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SkyDrive: What happens to a synced folder, if the PC dies?

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    RodAtWork

    I've got a 3 year old PC I use for development.  Its been fine, but is beginning to show some problems.  I've not synced any folders with SkyDrive, because I'm very concerned what happen if I loose my HD or the PC suddenly and fatally crashes.  Will I loose all of the files and folders in a synced folder from SkyDrive?  The folder I want to sync will have vital documentation in it, which I can't loose, so I don't want SkyDrive thinking that just because the HD may disappear on me, it should then blow it away out of my SkyDrive.

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    spivonious

    @RodAtWork: Files synced with Skydrive remain on Skydrive even if the syncing PC disappears. You can test this out by syncing to Skydrive and then unplugging the PC from the internet.

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    DaveWill2

    @spivonious: what happens when the machine is reloaded with the OS and skydrive is installed and signed in with the same account?

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    daSmirnov

    SkyDrive will download the contents of SkyDrive to the new PC.

    The only way this will happen is if you actually delete something, the PC fauling up won't do this.  Obviously its something to be concerned about - accidentally deleting something, and having the delete command spread.  But that's what the Recycle Bin is for - and backups.

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    figuerres

    , RodAtWork wrote

    I've got a 3 year old PC I use for development.  Its been fine, but is beginning to show some problems.  I've not synced any folders with SkyDrive, because I'm very concerned what happen if I loose my HD or the PC suddenly and fatally crashes.  Will I loose all of the files and folders in a synced folder from SkyDrive?  The folder I want to sync will have vital documentation in it, which I can't loose, so I don't want SkyDrive thinking that just because the HD may disappear on me, it should then blow it away out of my SkyDrive.

     

    then start making backups .....  While SkyDrive can help why not burn a DVD of files each week or so as they change ??

    and get a spare drive like an external E-Sata drive and image the system to that ...

     

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    RodAtWork

    @figuerres: How do you create an image of a system?  I've heard the term "image of a system", or "PC image", but I don't really know how to do it.  And it would definitely be helpful here at work, when we set up new PCs, and we'll be doing several of those soon.

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    Sven Groot

    @RodAtWork: There are a lot of different ways to do so. Windows 7 and 8 have the option to create a system image built into the backup tools. Basically this creates a copy of your entire system drive (and optionally additional drives) that can be restored to instantly recover your system to a previous state.

    Note that this isn't really the best option for installing multiple PCs. If the PCs are not all identical you may have driver problems, and even if they are the system image includes the product key and activation information (I think you can change that, but it's a bit of a hassle).

    For your purposes, something like the Windows Automated Installation Kit is probably better. This allows you to revert a system to a state where it will re-run the OOBE wizard on next boot so you can add a new product key and perform hardware detection etc. (and provide answers for many questions beforehand so the installation runs unattended). You can create an image in wim format (which is what the Windows installation DVDs use) and install it just like you install Windows from scratch, only with all the extra stuff you added to the image included. If you have a Windows Server in your network, there are also ways to automatically deploy these images.

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