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Published on 08.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Backup and Restore to Backup Your Computer Hourly

Set Windows 7’s Backup and Restore to backup your computer every hour like Apple’s Time Machine.

Large Backup Images

Backup and Restore does a great job at keeping backup images as small as possible. I’m not going to go into the details about how it does this but just know that frequent backups will make your backup images grow a little faster than normal. If you’re going to backup hourly, make sure your backup media is as large as possible.

Note: Setting Backup and Restore to backup hourly doesn’t work well if you frequently work with large files like video or audio. If very large files have been added or edited Backup and Restore might not have time to complete a backup before the next backup is started.

Set Windows 7 to Backup Your Computer Hourly

  1. Make sure Backup and Restore has been set up and is scheduled to back up your computer.
  2. Let’s open the Task Scheduler by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Task Scheduler.
  3. In the left column you’re going to expand a few folders by clicking the arrow on the left of each folder. Expand Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, and then select the WindowsBackup folder.

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  4. Double-click AutomaticBackup in the top section of the center column.
  5. Select the Triggers tab.
  6. Select the trigger (you should only have one) and then click Edit.

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  7. Set it to happen daily.

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    Note: If you want the hourly backups to start now, change the start time to the next hour on this day.

  8. Check off Repeat task every, set it to 1 hour, and for a duration of indefinitely.
  9. Click OK to save the changes.

Speed Issues

I’ve noticed a very slight speed hit when the backup is being performed. If this turns out to be an issue, try setting the backup to start only when the computer is idle.

  1. Follow steps 1 – 4 above.
  2. Select the Conditions tab.
  3. Check off Start the task only if the computer is idle for and set it for 5 minutes.

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  4. You should also set Wait for idle for 1 hour so that it tries to perform the backup every 5 minutes as long as the computer is not idle.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

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