| By Fred Langa |
Backups that interrupt your regular work are annoying; backups that never happen leave you vulnerable to lost data or worse.
Here’s how to live happily in the middle ground between convenience and protection.
Change Win7 Backup’s default schedule
Reader Mike Bydder finds the Win7 backup tools useful, but he wants more control over when backups take place.
- “I do find Win7 backup a bit limiting in some areas. I’m wondering if there are some hacks that could control some of its features.
“The automatic timing seems to vary. It would be good if I could set a specific time frame. And each backup is added to the previous one, until there is no more space on the drive. Then the whole thing grinds to a halt. Is there a way to automatically delete the old backups when the drive is, say, 80 percent full?”
Better backup control is available, Mike, but Microsoft buried the settings somewhat. Here’s an illustrated, step-by-step guide to changing the default settings and managing your backup times:
Enter “backup” in Windows 7’s Search programs and files box to open the backup applet, shown in Figure 1. The Manage space and Change settings items (circled) let you tweak your backup setup.