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WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

Q: WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

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A: WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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New to this forum. I am using Win7 Backup and Restore, along with a Seagate external drive for my backup needs. I backup every week, and have been using it for about 1 year. I see the backups happening each week, but I've never had the need to restore anything. For the first time, I've needed to find an old version of a file. I have read the many articles about how to use the Win7 Restore utility, but when I 'search for files' using this utility for the file I'm looking for, I don't see it in any of the backups (various dates over the past 3 months). Now I'm wondering what it's backing up. The backup drive has lots of data, so it's putting something in there ;-)

So, in summary, I go through all the restore steps, but can't find the file I'm looking for. Is there some secret to using this tool? Seems straight forward...

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows7 Backup and Restore utility: I can't find the file to backup

I find this program invaluable - it will find everything on your comp in seconds.

Download Everything

Type in the name of the file or any part of it and if it's on your comp, it will tell you.

When the file come up, right click and "open path."

Hope this helps.

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Hi all!

I have xpprosp2 and an inaccessible backup file of 30 Gb. A while ago I performed my first ever backup using the xp backup utility. I thought I followed the instructions, but something screwed up.

My problem is the restoration wizard (backup utility) will not restore or give access to the library of the backup.bkf files, which it displays as a cd.

It says under the backup identification label: "No entries found". I recall that the backup utility, after backing up, asked for a floppy disk or something and as my computer does not carry any floppy drives, I skipped this step, which might have been a big mistake.

So now I have this 30 Gb file on my harddrive, which I cannot access at all.

Could someone illuminate this situation and in particular how to access the data in this file?

Thank you for sharing and a possible solution to this problem.


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Hi everyone,

I created an image using the Microsoft Backup and Restore tool in Windows 7. I saved the image on a network shared folder.

I then went to the Advanced Recovery Methods in Windows to restore my image...that I just created. It restarts the computer and goes into recovery mode, I point to where the image is located, I entered the network credentials and it give me an error.

"The Specified network resource or device is no longer available. (0x80070037)"

Please look at the attachments below.

Oh...I'm doing this in Windows Virtual PC.

Anyone knows what I'm missing?

A:I created a backup Image using the Microsoft Backup Utility and Now I can't Restore.

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I recently had to reformat my computer due to some sort of malware (I think) that I could never get completely fixed. Before doing so I backed up my software with the Windows Backup that came with my XP Home to an external hard drive. After reformatting, I connected the hard drive and found the file. It was 33+ gigs, just like it was supposed to be. But when I clicked on the file and then chose "restore," the utility told me there was no file there. I'd doublechecked just before reformatting, and the file worked fine, so I have no idea what the problem is. Can anyone help? I desperately need that info!

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 

The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
grateful for any help.

A:Vista Backup and Restore - Mediaid.bin problem cant restore from backup on Seagate USB drive-backup location not found

If you get the following error when restoring your backup to its original HD (see error code bellow)Error Description:When you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message: The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: The backup file could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). and the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted or lost, then use the following instructions for rebuilding it:1.Unzip the sdutil.zip file and rename it from sdutil.ex_ to sdutil.exe2.Copy the sdutil.exe to the root of the driver which contains the backup files3.Open the folder Catalogs located bellow the folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx?4.Copy the file GlobalCatalog.wbcat to the root of this HD5.Go to Start -> Execute and type CMD.exe6.At this ?DOS? window type: sdutil mediaid GlobalCatalog.wbcat [HD letter (as an example D:\)]7.A new MediaID.bin is created8.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore an older backup created in this machine9.If done: it?s over!10.If it fails: Map a network driver at your LAN11.Copy the MediaId.bin file to the root of the previous mapped LAN driver12.Copy the whole folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx? to this same driver13.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore backup created in another mach... Read more

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I want to upgrade from windows 7 professional to windows 7 ultimate and I want to know if I can use windows image restore in windows 7 built in utility to restore my computer if I didn't like windows 7 ultimate. I want to know if I can restore my computer back to windows 7 professional if I didn't like the features in windows 7 ultimate. And can I restore it using the windows image backup feature in windows 7? Please help me if anyone has any ideas about this, thank you.

A:Have question about using Windows 7 image restore/backup utility

I'd certainly think you could do that. That's what it's for.


Windows Backup and Restore isn't foolproof and may not work in any given instance.

It's a bit cranky---you have to know how to operate it and that isn't always clear.

Lastly--if you like Professional, I don't see why you wouldn't like Ultimate. They differ only in a few features. If you don't like the additional features, ignore them. Likewise, if you have no use for the additional features, why bother upgrading?

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I have Win7 and I had an extra internal drive acting as backup to my system. Well, the system got infected by a virus that I couldn't cure, so I figured that since I had a backup, I could probably just restore files from that. Well, I got Win7 reinstalled and then I went into my backup drive and selected the icon with my old computer's name (disc with green arrow pointing down), right click and select "restore options." Then, I get "do you want to restore files from this backup? So then i click "restore files." Then, a loading bar comes up that says "looking for backup devices" and then goes away, showing nothing but "refresh" and "browse network location..." as options.

Anyway, how can I get my backup files from this image if it can't see it for whatever reason?

Thanks for your help.

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I have Win7 and I had an extra internal drive acting as backup to my system. Well, the system got infected by a virus that I couldn't cure, so I figured that since I had a backup, I could probably just restore files from that. Well, I got Win7 reinstalled and then I went into my backup drive and selected the icon with my old computer's name (disc with green arrow pointing down), right click and select "restore options." Then, I get "do you want to restore files from this backup? So then i click "restore files." Then, a loading bar comes up that says "looking for backup devices" and then goes away, showing nothing but "refresh" and "browse network location..." as options.

Anyway, how can I get my backup files from this image if it can't see it for whatever reason?

thanks for your help.

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I can't find the Backup Wizard in my System Tools. I understand that I can install it off the XP CD, but that wasn't provided with my computer. I created a Windows Boot CD when I first started the computer. Can I install the Backup Utility off that? If not, how can I find or download it?:

A:Solved: Windows XP File Backup Utility

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Our XP Pro workstations back-up to our server using the Windows Backup Utility. I would like each user to be able to password protect their back-up files. Can anyone provide instructions on how to do this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


A:How can I password protect my Windows Backup Utility file?

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I want to backup my PC's data files to an external HD using W7 backup & restore utility.

If I use the recommended default option that also includes a back mirror of W7 will the PC automatically backup only new data since the backup at the scheduled option chosen??

Will the backed up files on the backup drive appear as windows file folders (My Pictures, My Documents etc.) or be in an encoded file format?

Thanks for your help

A:Questions re W7 backup & restore utility

Hello Provlima,

The Windows Backup on a schedule will only create incremental backups of the folders you have included in the backup at the scheduled time and date if changes have been made to the files since the last scheduled backup.

The system image will be a new full system image each time the schedule runs. If you run out of HDD space, then the oldest system image will automatically be deleted to make room for the new one.

Backup User and System Files

Hope this helps,

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hi every1, a friend of mine recently had a virus which basically rendered her computer unusable. windows would start, backround of desktop would appear but thats as far as it would go, no icons, taskbar, etc. the only way around was doing a system restore in safe mode. windows is fine now, no viruses and running good. she also backups up the 'c' drive to an external drive 'f' using xp's backup utility. the problem is when we went to restore some of the files, the restore failed saying it could not find the backup file to restore from. when you start the backup utility, all the backup files are there, you can open them and see all the folders inside each file, but when it tries to restore from that backup file it says it cant find it. did the system restore wipe something out??? the system restore was done using a 3/11/2011 date. the backup we're trying was done 1/20/2011. is there anyway to fix this?

A:xp backup/restore utility problem

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I've used Windows Backup and Restore successfully on many occasions but I now get the error "0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up" and I don't understand it. I've spent hours researching this issue and cannot seem to create a backup.

I've been to all the Microsoft pages and various "Windows 7" forums to no avail. I've gone the "delete the Java cache" route, the "C\Users\my account\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0" route and deleted the numbered entries (which remain in my Recycle Bin), the "Command Prompt with DIR /AL /S, which showed "File not found" (I still don't understand what a reparse point is) and the "virus in a shadow copy" route which produced nothing. I've scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, the only AV application I use, which produced nothing. Disabling MSSE does not help (I checked Task Manager, All users, and the MSSE process before attempting the backup and it was indeed stopped). I've also performed full scans with MalwareBytes, the paid version of Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware, which produced no results. I don't let these additional malware applications run in real time. I only start them when I want to run additional virus scans. I've run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in full mode, which produced nothing. I've run chkdsk at boot time on two occasions which produced "unallocated free ... Read more

A:Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup

It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.


A:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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Hi there, basically what im looking to do is delete some old entries that the XP backup utility has created over time that i setup a while ago. Im using the "copy" option..so nothing has been appended or incremental.

Im just looking to avoid deleting the setup i got, and maybe just delete a few "copy" backups so that theres not 8 gigs / 1 years worth of backups...i only need about 4 months I forgot about it....cuz i never neaded it

But it looks as if its the only way b/c i cant just delete selected backups...all or nothing?/

Anyone know of a better backup utility that is simple and easy on a system BTW???

Thanks for looking.

A:Solved: Can i edit a backup created in XP backup utility?

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I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!

A:Restoring a backup from Windows Backup and Restore

Quote: Originally Posted by SEE

I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!

Use the "Windows Easy Transfer" utility. Will restore each of your "User" accounts with all settings. Simple, quick.

When I install the new OS, I create the first "User" account "Admin" and then only use the account for maintenance. When the OS has finished the install, I load all the programs I use. Then the "Easy Transfer Wizard" restores the other user accounts from the previous OS.

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I have been using Acronis Rescue disk to make images of my system. It works fine, but is a pain because I have open up the case and disconnect my secondary hard drive and change from my wireless mouse to a wired mouse. So I decided to try to the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Pro and backup to an external hard drive.

In preparation for backing up my system partition, I do the following:
Clean all cookies, internet files and History.
Remove all restore points except the last one.
Run Malwarebytes
Run MSE version 2
Run Ccleaner (not messing with registry)
Run Smart Defrag (lastest version)
I then reboot and hook up the external hard drive

I then go into the Control Panel and select Backup and Restore. I set where I want the image to be created and start the backup. Everything looks normal for a while.

After about 4-5 minutes, NSE shows the below:

This is the only time NSE ever detects this and it detects it every time I try to backup. I have had NSE remove it or leave it alone. It does not matter.

Eventually I get the notice that the backup did not complete sucessfully.

I check the Events log and got this:

I have been through this several times and it occurs this way every time.

I would like some help solving this issue. Any help would be be greatly appreciated.

A:Backup Image with Windows Backup and Restore

Here's some excellent info from Microsoft regarding the Java exploit.
Encyclopedia entry: Exploit:Java/CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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Hi everyone, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 OS on my HP Pavilion p6330f desktop PC. Prior to installing the new Windows 8.1 tower, I copied and saved to DVD+R disks my documents, pictures, videos, etc. from Windows 7 OS. Then I tried to install them into my new Windows 8.1 OS only to discover that this new animal does not have backup and restore on Control Panel or anywhere on the Start screen. I hesitate at simply loading them up like DVDs and opening them. All I can find out is that I can use Windows Easy Transfer if I have either an external hard drive or USB port gadgets. I have neither but some of what I have saved to disks is Windows 7 Easy Transfer files and folders. So can anyone tell me how to accomplish this minor miracle w/o losing everything I have saved from my Windows 7 hard drive? Thanks a lot and have a nice Hall-o-we'en season. Hope to hear from someone soon- keimanzero

A:How do I restore from backup Windows 7 DVD+R backup disks?

Backup & restore is there. Just hidden in 8.

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So I just got a new computer, and I'm attempting to migrate all my files from the old computer's hard drive to the new one. So I'll list what I have tried so far:
System Image Backup: I made a system image backup of my old hard drive using the built-in Windows tool, thinking I could just pop my external hard drive into my new computer, restore from the image, and I would be good to go, right? WRONG. Apparently, Windows frowns upon using a system image from one device on another one. So that failed.Third party backup software: I've tried EaseUS and Acronis True Image, and both failed.
EaseUS: When I started the backup, the time to completion for the backup just kept going up, with no progress.Acronis True Image: the program starts the backup and gets stuck at 8.89 GB, refuses to go any further. Yes, I tried formatting and running a CHKDSK on the external hard drive. Still failed.Simple File Backup: This is where I am now. From the articles I've read, most of them only explain how to restore ONE file.

So my question to you all: Is there ANY way to simultaneously restore all of my files to my new hard drive at once? Because there is no WAY I'm doing it one by one.

Alternatively, if anyone knows of another way to create and restore a system image, that would be great as well.

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hi again forum members,
I have just successfully performed a standard system restore on my Packard Bell, 2001 build computer, after getting multi errors on my C Drive.
I then tried to restore my 20 Gb backup file from my slave drive, using the Winows Backup Wizard and this message came up: The backup file contains unrecognisable data and cannot be used. I successfully made this file in Srpt. '07, using the advanced mode on the Windows Backup. I have tried restoring using this mode and standard mode, but no joy. I have OEM Windows XP. Has anyone come across this problem before and is there something I need to install before I restore the backup? I had SP2 on my backup file, but my computer hasn't got it now, after reinstalling Windows.
Any ideas welcomed. Thank you.
Regards tech-no

A:Windows Backup won't restore saved file?

Just to let everyone know, if they come across this problem with an older computer. You have to install Service Pack 2 first before the Windows Backup will load. I have successfully loaded my Backup now and reccomend using this method, it sure beats installing everything manually. I would like to thank TheMatt and kinbard for answering my private messages to them.
Regards tech_no
This thread can be closed now thank you.

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1. I upgraded from XP to W7 after backing up my whole XP laptop.

2. I want to restore some programs from the XP backup to my W7 laptop.

3. W7 windows explorer sees my external usb disk and the XP backup file I want to
restore from.

4. However, W7 backup utility does not see the external disk or the backup file.

5. Any ideas? Can the W7 backup utility work with a backup file created by XP's
backup utility?

A:Can W7 backup utility read XP backup files?

Hi Ikers;

Windows 7 backup does not recognize XP backups - However, Microsoft does offer a free tool:

Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility

Utility for restoring backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to computers running Windows Vista and Microsoft? Windows Server? 2008.

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility

This download requires Validation from Microsoft - If your copy of the OS is less-than-legal, the Validation process could cause you some headaches.

Be sure to follow the instructions on the download page to the letter. And as always, create a system restore point and back up any personal data prior to downloading/installing the utility.

Best of luck to you!

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How do I restore files backed up via DOS Backup to a relatively new PC with windows 2000 installed? I probably was using windows 3.11 at the time I saved the files. I have the disks and the name of the folder where they came from. Do I need some utility to restore these files?

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During backup, while creating a shadow copy, backup failed"The backup did not complete successfully.An error occurred. The following information might help you resolve the error:Access is denied. (0x80070005)" Concurrent with a serious viral infection, which was cleared with the heroic help of elise025. (Thanks!!!)I guess it's the ragged remnants of the virus that has left weird permissions refuse that still stymies my backup process. The problem is not in the target drive; I've tried two different drives and it's the same result.Other strange anomalies persist, but this permissions dealie is the first to address.I run Windows Vista Home Premium 6.0 Service Pack 2, newly updatedMy first desperate help voyage was http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/270271/feisty-infection/

A:File permissions glitch in MS Backup Utility

plus my FireFox keeps crashing,
Plus Outlook is acting weird.

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In the past whenever I needed more disk space for a backup I would just delete my old backups but recently Windows Backup has just been adding the new backups to the old file.
So now I have one 500 GB file that includes a dozen backups ranging from October until now and if I need to make space for a new backup I'm forced to delete the only backup I have!

I want to set it up so that it will create a new file every time I run it. I've gone through all of the settings and I've searched online all over the place but I can't seem to find an answer to this problem.

A:Windows Backup keeps adding to the old backup file

I don't use Windows 7 Back and Restore just for that reason. It may work and then not work.
My here suggest Macrium Reflect but I use Acronis True Image WD Free Edition and NEVER had
a problem.
Sorry I did not answer your Q.

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I've got Acronis True Image 10.
Can I backup all emails and then restore to a new installation of the hard disk?

Erm: OK... that might sound dumb!
That's *exactly* what it's supposed to do right!!?

I've got a copy of XP Tablet which is dying.
I want to do a full original installation restore and restore the emails.

Just wanted to double check!!

Also: I've made a backup (of another PC).
I have a file size that is 9GB.
How can I store this onto DVD discs?
And how can I make the discs be bootable??
So that I can juts restore the whole system by booting from the DVD discs?


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I need to backup weekly updated files that I use.
But when I use the windows update utility I can only backup to an A drive floppy and not to the E drive cd that I want to use as backup. Help!!
I am running windows xp home. Thnx

A:windows backup utility

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Computer illiterate...for sure.

I'm not sure what I have on my hands here, but the computer keeps serving me with warnings that I am running low on disk space. I have done Disk Cleanup and Defragmenting a couple of times, but basically, out of 6GB on the C drive, I have a remaining less than 400mb.

Computer illiterate or not, I know this is not a good ratio. I looked, and what is taking up so much space is "Windows Backup Utility"....approximately 4GBs worth!

What do I do with this? How do I get that space back?

All I can think of is to buy some disks, backup everything on my computer, then delete the Utility....I just don't want to delete ANYTHING without someone saying it will be okay. Is the Utility a program? Or is it the actual backup info?

Please help

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Is the backup utility that comes with Windows 7 capable of making incremental backups?

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Is anyone familiar with the way this utility works? I've used other third party backup software before that just creates a "copy" of all your folders/files on a seperate partition. The Windows backup utility creats its own proprietary type file called something like "backup.bkp" or something like that. It's one file that doesn't appear to just be a "copy" of your existing folders/files.

Anyone know why this is or what the advantage is?

A:Windows Backup Utility

Essentially, once you tell it what files you want to keep backed up ; it creates a single compressed file and backs them up there. It uses the archive bit on those files to monitor if they are changed. When you change them the bit gets flipped and next time you run backup, windows will back them up in their updated state.
Personally I do not bother with this automated backing up.
I just keep my data organized. The only thing worth backing up is data. Programs come with installation CDs same with Windows itself. So I save my files to folders in my documents and save a second copy of important ones to a backup folder on a second drive or networked computer. I regularly burn copies to DVD too. This has proven quite reliable , but I never have needed to use this except as an easy method of putting my data on another machine.

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is it illeagal to copy/install the "ntbackup.msi" onto my PC from someon elses CD since i have a OEM (4 CD recovery) not a retail. i just find it useful. Or better off finding a freeare version.

A:Windows XP Backup Utility Useful

IzzyCheck out these two links for some answers that might help you.Why XP Home Edition omits NT Backup! How can I get NTBackup for Windows XP Home EditionSince you have the OEM and not the retail version seems to me you were "cheated"out of part of programs you thought you paid for in price of your machine.(I'm unsure about the legality of the issue.)

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I recently installed windows 7 on my new Windows 8.1 computer and then made a system image and set up a regular backup schedule using Windows backup in control panel. The system image was created with no problem but I ran into a problem with the file backup. I get this error message when windows attempts to backup my files "Backup encountered a problem while backing up file c:\widows\system32\config\systemprofile\Background. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified." Can anyone tell me what this means and how to fix it; or even if it is something that requires fixing?
Thanks, Andy

A:Windows 7 HP SP1 backup utility

Welcome Andy,
Can you tell us exactly what you want to backup and the command line you are using to do that? Also, what is the backup destination?
Thanks. Keep us posted

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I'm trying to be a good Windows 7 citizen and give the built in backup chance instead of installing Acronis or Macrium or the sort.

I'm running this on my Dell D830 laptop with a 500gb internal drive in it which only has about 130gb used. I'm trying to run the back to a 250gb internal drive in the drive bay.

It fails every time with the error that there is not enough disk space to back up.

I also tried backing this up to an external 750GB drive but I received the same error.

Any ideas?



A:Windows 7 RTM x64 Backup Utility

Anyone have an idea?



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I'm running Windows 7 64x Home Premium on a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop. I just got it back from the warranty repair center, where they replaced the hard drive and graphics fan & heatsink, and reloaded the factory windows version. Before I sent it out for repair, I used Windows Backup to create a backup of all my files on a Toshiba casio 500GB external USB drive (I had over 300 GB of files, so it was easier to use Windows Backup than drag and drop all the files, at least at the time). Now that I have the laptop back, I'm having trouble restoring my files. When I go to Control Panel-> Backup & Restore, a message appears in the restore section, saying "Windows could not find a backup for this computer." I've tried reconnecting the drive as well as restarting my computer, but to no avail. I can see and explore the files in My Computer, so I know the hard drive is properly connected. I appreciate any help you can give.


A:Backup External drive seen by My Computer, but not Backup & Restore

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Hi guys for my institute need i need all pc to configure like uninstall all which comes with all per-install computer and install some software and make some changes like disable firewall , Bluetooth, WiFi adopter  
 so my question is if i only configure one pc and and create a backup and deploy that backup via lan with multiple pc will it do all those work like install uninstall automatic and do the all configure , iss their any software available to do that work

Resource and system details : one L2 switch  with lan cable all 120 Hp prodesk windows 7  sp 1 per- install pc

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Hi everyone,

A friend and I set up a little network for this guy we know and we're just having a little debate which to use to back up his data.

Network setup;

He has 4 pc's, all running XP Pro. He's main machine, we call server, has two 200 GB Hds. This machine stores all the data from the other 3 client computers. He wants the first 200 Gb drive which stores the partitions for the client computers to be backed up into the second 200 Gb drive.


Which is better to use Norton Ghost 2003 or Windows XP Pro backup utility?

Thanks inadvance for any replies and it is appreciated.

A:Windows backup utility or Ghost?

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Alright, so I'm about to do a clean install of Windows 7. I realize this wipes your whole HDD so I need to back up my data.

I have a 500GB external HDD which is more than enough.

My problem is this. I don't know if I should back up EVERYTHING.The backup utility gives you the option to manually select what you want to back up and then I can check all the things I want to backup.

My worry is that if I check ALL the files which includes my entire C: drive and all my "my documents", "Pictures" folders...etc...will this interfere with my newly installed Windows when I restore these files?

What I mean by this is there are certain files such as "windows games" and I assume even my current OS, that will be backed up.

Now I'm sure my new OS will have some of those same files already installed, such as games like minesweeper and such. That's just an example I'm sure there's more important stuff.

Will this cause a problem if I backup my ENTIRE HDD and restore it all onto a fresh OS?

Also, to anyone familiar with steam, will it be ok to just copy my entire steam folder and then restore it without running into problems? Will I have to redownload steam or my games? Will I lose game saves?

Thanks in advance.

A:A little confused about Windows backup utility

I believe you can backup your entire HDD, it will appear as windows.old if I'm not mistaken once you install Windows 7 & from there you can retrieve files into new Windows - also, check this post out:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hi, I use the windows backup utility to back up certain files onto my usb flash drive, currently I have to go through the wizard every time and select these files etc.

Im sure I used to have it so that I clicked an icon/shortcut stored on my flash drive and it was set to backup these specific files automatically as well as all the settings.

Is this possible?

Thanks, Leigh

A:Windows Backup Utility (template?)

Use a better backup program. I suggest using Cobain backup.

Or Karen's Replicator might be easier for you to use.

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Hey all, i am just wondering if when windows xp is installed, is the windows backup utility normally installed during the xp installation? i have read in several posts where advice was given to make sure people use the windows backup utility before they start fixing problems. being curious i went to my start>all programs>accessories>system tools>and there is no windows backup utility installed. being computer illiterate, i am just wondering if it is complicated to install it?

A:Solved: Windows backup utility

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Hey Everyone!

So I just went to clean up and defrag my computer and during defragmenting it I saw that I had almost no space but didn't know why because I have almost nothing on this PC. I was going through my Add/Remove Programs list and saw that "Windows Backup Utility is taking up 4,0095 MB. I haven't purposely backed anything up nor do I need any of whatever may be backed up at the moment. If I were to click "remove" for this would this wipe out my option of EVER backing anything up in the future? Or would it just remove all the stuff that was somehow backed up?

A:Remove Windows Backup Utility?

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I was asked to see what is being backed up on a Server. When I open the Microsoft backup utility I see there's a daily differential backup that is running. But how do I see or find out what data is being backed up?

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I have Windows XP Pro. Every time the Backup Utility program runs an error pops up and says that the program has encountered a problem and needs to close. Is there a way to stop this message from popping up? Please help!

Thank you so much!

A:Windows XP Pro Backup Utility Problem - PLEASE HELP

You may want to close all files - including Turning off any Virus and Spyware programs.
After you make sure all files are closed. Try the backup process again
If the backup hits a file that is in use then you will get this error

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I am having some trouble restoring my .bkf file after I reformatted and restored my computer. The problem is that when I go to the Backup Utility in XP and use the Restore Wizard I can't find the .bkf file through the wizard. I titled the file "Backup.bkf" on my M: (external HD) but when I use the wizard to look it up all I can find under my M: is two folders "Recycler" and "System Volume Information." Neither of the folders contain the Backup.bkf file I need.

When I used a trial version of .bkf file recovery software I saw that the .bkf file does in fact contain the files I saved and the information I need, so I know that the .bkf file is accessible.

Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to buy .bkf file recovery software to restore my information? When I did attempt to restore my setting by just checking the M: box I got the following report, and it did not restore anything.

Restore Status
Operation: Restore

Backup of "M:", Restored to"M: "
Backup set #5 on media #1
Backup description: "Set created 12/23/2007 at 8:01 PM"

Restore started on 1/4/2008 at 10:52 AM.
Restore completed on 1/4/2008 at 10:52 AM.
Directories: 7
Files: 8
Bytes: 28,991
Time: 1 second


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i already backup my file in D before i restore from initial backup used onekey recovery..but .. i want to restore backup file, when i already select backup file on D and click start, notice out tell me" the images file is not valid. please select a valid images file"why this happen?please help me how to solve this problem... thank you...

A:restore backup file

hi elmo5367,this "D" is it an external harddrive or is it a partition you made in your unit's harddrive or is "D" referring to an optical disc?could you give to us the MTM of your unit?To locate MTM - http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/FindProductNumber.page#findat the same time, do provide a screenshot of the error.

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Windows Vista
Dell Inspiron 1545

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center - one was a continuation of the other.
I have the disc in the drive, and I click 'restore files'
It tells me the disk containing the backup is unavailable. I do not see an option to change where the computer looks for the backup.

Viewing the files on disc one did not give me anything usable.

Googling has showed me several different ways to backup, but very little about how to restore (aside from 'click the button and follow the instructions'.)

Any advice?

A:Restoring backup from CD in Backup and Restore Center

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center how are you trying to use them?, try rebooting with the disk in the tray see if it boots to the disk.if it don't you may have to reset in bios to boot from cd/dvd 1st... http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/how-to-boot-from-a-cd/reset when done..good luck

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