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    Backing up system image of one PC's C drive to other PC's C drive

    Under Cygwin under Windows 8.1 Pro x64, I've successfully used:
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    /cygdrive/C/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/WINDOWSPOWERSHELL/V1.0/powershell.exe -command 'C:\Windows\Sysnative\wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:X: -include:C: -quiet -vssFull -allCritical'
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    to backup a PC onto an external drive, run with elevated privileges as a scheduled task.
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    However, our current Thinkpad Carbon X1 laptops only have one hard drive, and I'd rather not backup onto other external drives. *Our 240 GB SSDs have room to support one or two images. *I'd like to store a system image of each laptop under a "backup" folder on the other laptop, running the following three lines with elevated privileges as a scheduled task.
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    net use X: "\\OtherLaptop\backup"
    /cygdrive/C/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/WINDOWSPOWERSHELL/V1.0/powershell.exe -command 'C:\Windows\Sysnative\wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:X: -include:C: -exclude:C:\backup -quiet -vssFull -allCritical'
    net use X: /DELETE
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    This is not an experiment I'd like to do without getting some feedback as to how I might mess up one or both laptops.
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    Lester

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    Networking the various laptops together is the only thing I can come up with.
    As to how one would successfully do that with your specific setup, well, someone else would have to chime in
    with more detail.

    You would be far better off getting yourself a small 1TB passport drive to image the
    relevant computers with than going through the trouble with all the above tinkering.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-03-06 at 19:05.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    You would be far better off getting yourself a small 1TB passport drive to image the
    relevant computers with then going through the trouble with all the above tinkering.
    Yes, external drives are cheap now. You can back up both your laptops to one easily. I have my laptop and desktop both backed up to a 1.5 TB Seagate drive.

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