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Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

Q: Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

I recently had to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium on my PC. Before I did that, I made a backup from the Backup and Restore Center onto my WD My Book Essential qith half a terabyte of memory. The device had and has some files of its own on it --
it was a couple of programs that I don't see any reason to use, thoug hI didn't see any harm in leaving them there. The backup is labeled HOUSE-PC, the name of the user account I backed it up from, though as far as I am aware it backed up all the files across
all of the user accounts on my PC.
I've reinstalled Windows and am now trying to retrieve the data from my backup, again using the Backup and Restore Center, but the Center won't recognize the backup on my external drive. I've tried using the Advanced Restore function and choosing the option
Files from a Backup Made on a Different Computer, but I still have no results. Have I done something wrong, or is there something wrong with my backup?
Additional info: The backup's file path and organization is as follows: On the root folder, there is a folder labeled HOUSE-PC, where my backup is located, as well as a few other folders and files that came with the drive. In HOUSE-PC, there is a folder
labeled, "Backup Set 2011-02-28 165830," inside of which there are two folders: one by the same name, and one labeled Catalogs. The Catalogs folder is protected and only contains the BackupCatalog (not to imply I know what that means); in the other folder
is a large group of numbered ZIP archives, each with a folder labeled C in it (some also have a folder labeled D) with various files and folders from my old install. As far as I can tell, none of the files are damaged or corrupted; the data is all still there.

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A: Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

Hi,
You should be able to use Windows Recovery environment (installation media) to recover the image.

Please share the output of the following command after booting into recovery environment and opening a command prompt.
1. WBADMIN GET VERSIONS -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
Note: Assuming your backups are stored in F:.

If you are able to see the version you can use following command for complete PC recovery.
WBADMIN START SYSRECOVERY -version:<Version> -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
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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.

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

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

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I am looking at external drives for making system backups and additional storage. The storage part and copying data files are easy, but the backup/restore side of the equation for Windows XP is harder.

Let's assume that I made a full (XP, registry, everything) backup of my C: drive onto the external drive and my internal drive crashed. I install a new drive.

Would I need to install XP and all of my software onto the new drive first in order to run the restore software? If I did that, then did a file-by-file restore of both data and software files from the external drive, would there be problems?

I know software installs set up shop all over the place in Windows, including the registry and other places. Am I better off installing all of my software from scratch and restoring data files only?

Would I be able to restore a FAT32 file-by-file backup to a new NTFS drive? I know an image backup has to go to a like file system.

Installing all of the apps could take days, but a complete restore could be done in a few hours. Any thoughts?
 

A:XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

Can't answer that without knowing what you used to make the image file of "C" drive. If Ghost or Acronis True Image , you need to make a rescue boot disk after installing the program (Ghost the install cd is one) and then you put in a new hard drive and simply restore the image file to it. NT Backup no you have to install XP first before restoring the image file.
 

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Is there a free program that would enable me to backup various family members computers to an external hard drive (I fresh install, run all updates, update driver, put in some of their software like Google Chrome, etc.) and whenever they run into problems I just load that image? Is there a program for that? I'd like to be able to place multiple system on my 2tb external hard drive.

Thanks for your help.

A:Backup and Restore to External Drive

Hi there is a list of free programs here Best free backup software: 11 programs we recommend | News | TechRadar
2,5,6,9.10 are better known

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Hi,

When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

I've also done a system restore - to a back up point of a couple of days ... Read more

A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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Hi,
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.
 
Cheers

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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So we are going to be hypothetical here. 
 
1. I backup my entire system onto a 200gb external hard drive
2. I COMPLETELY erase windows from my computer, and all of it's data
3. I plug in the external hard drive. 
 
is it possible to re install windows at that point? Or would I need disc/usb flashdrive 
 
Thanks! 
 
 
 
 
ALSO: Is the "Systems image" with no other data enough to restart windows? Thanks! 

A:Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

Creating an image backup of your entire hdd is a wise thing to do. Some time in the future your hdd will become unusable. Sometime in the future
your OS will become unusable. How often you create an image backup of your hdd or just your personal/ business files is dependent on how important your files are.
Another option.....You can clone your hdd to another hdd of the same size or larger.
 
Read the info in the links below and if you still have questions, please ask.
What happened to Backup and Restore? - Microsoft Windows Help
How to refresh, reset, or restore your PC - Microsoft Windows Help

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I have multiple computers that I want to backup - a Windows 2000 computer, a Windows XP computer, and a Windows 7 computer. I have one external hard drive that I want to use for all 3 computers.

I would like to have 3 subdirectories on the external hard drive - one subdirectory for each computer's backups. I am going to use a third-party backup program for the Windows 2000 and XP machines, and I know that it can backup to a subdirectory on an external drive.

But I'm thinking about using Backup and Restore to backup my Windows 7 machine. Is it possible to tell Backup and Restore to store its backups within a subdirectory on the external drive, so that it doesn't affect the Windows 2000 and XP subdirectories? Or will it take over the entire external hard drive?

A:Can Backup and Restore save to a subdirectory on an external drive?

Hi Delerious, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You get partly what you want to using native tools, Windows Backup & Restore creates independent folders for each computer using computer name. I just reinstalled Windows to this laptop today, the highlighted folders were created by system when doing initial backup after everything was installed.

You can't put these main folders, backup and image, into another folder. System creates them and does not let you to modify the path. Backup folders are located on root and named with PC's actual name, system images are located in image folder's subfolders with PC name.

Kari

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Hi,
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.
 
Cheers

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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Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to another Computer without Reinstalling them? For example, My computer Windows 7 Home Premium has many softwares, applications, programs, utilities, etc.. That i purchased and dont want to Reinstall them on new computer. Is it possible for them to work without Re-entry keys? Any help I will appreciate

A:Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to

Basically, no.

You can back-up the .exe then reinstall them, you will also want to save any license's for ease of re-registering

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Hello to all you smart/clever people out there;
My problem started as: My XP SP3 recyling icon howed full but when I opened it to see what was in it, it showed empty (nothing). From the icon it showed 41 files.
I deleted the contents but I did not realise or know that "my computer" and "my documents" folders on drive C were in the recyle bin I had deleted. A total of about 11 000 files - 30Gb.

As I had a saved version on my external "Seagate FreeAgent" hard drive I tried to restore these files for the first time ever. It was more difficult than I thought, I was unable to do so. The instructions only tell of dragging the respective file to the location wanted, but it does not work.

I have all the files from the external drive shown on the PC and load and transfer files that way. I am not allowed to to use the safe disconnection feature of the USB, getting the message to wait until later for disconnection so I leave it permanently connected.

My question for help is: how can I restore the two folders and and their files in a simple procedure.

Thanks to all helpers

A:unable to restore from external "freeagent" backup drive

You can't delete the My Computer icon or send it to the Recycle Bin. My Computer has everything on your computer under it, including the protected Windows System files, so it will not let you delete it. You may have deleted the My Documents files, but this too has protected system files that won't let you delete it. If you go to C:\Documents and Settings\[username} is there a My Documents folder there? If so, you can open it up and copy the contents of the My Documents folder in your backup, and paste it into the My Documents folder under your user name.

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Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive that's being backed up. Here is my set-up... Primary Drive "C", external drive "F", external drive "G", external drive "H", external drive "I". The "F" drive is one of my external drives. As you can see in the screen shot, drive C and F are being backed up.
Now, I want to only back up my "C" drive to the "I" drive and have that set to do once per week. That is what I have it set for. I am allowing Windows to choose the files for me. Does someone know why this is happening and how to stop it? Thanks to all for your help.

A:Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive

Windows Backup works in mysterious ways.

That's one of the reason many avoid it. It's not intuitive or easily understood.

It has it's own idea of what needs to be backed up.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I am attempting to use Windows Backup on my Dell Inspiron 560MT with Win7 Home Premium installed. It fails supposedly for lack of space available on the receiving external drive (250 GB gross, 232 GB net), of which 26.6 MB only is occupied.

The space occupied by files and folders in my hard disk partitions, C: and I: (recovery) is 171.07 GB, so I do not understand, why there is insufficient space. Surely there should be at least
231-172= 59GB left once the backup is completed!

Can anyone explain and advise? Please!

A:Windows Backup says not enough space on external drive, but there is

Could you take a snip of your Disk Management and post it? It would help to see exactly how your hard drive is set up.

Open Disk Management - How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

You may have a problem with insufficient free space in the hidden 100MB ?System Reserved? partition.

The backup did not complete successfully - not enough free space.

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When I installed windows 7 on my computer, I had forgotten to RAID my dual drives together. Can I do a windows backup onto an external hard drive, then raid my drives together, reinstall windows 7 and then do a restore? I wanna have everything exactly the same but with my drives raided together. Thanks

A:Windows Backup to restore drive after RAID

Hello con3636, welcome to Seven Forums!



A lot of users are having serious issues running Windows 7 from a RAID setup and there is really nothing to be gained with such a configuration; if you're trying to get faster access times you'd have better success using a Solid State Drive (SSD) for a boot drive and having your data on a spinner.

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Which exactly the files do I have to cut so I can then paste them and move the backup to my external drive?
And then change the Windows 7 backup path to the new hard drive to continue the backups
Can I have a link to this process

A:Can I cut Windows 7 backup files and paste it to external drive

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
This is the recommended restore method
Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi Gang!

I was wondering if this would work as a poor man's backup system for Windows 7.


1) Take my daughter's laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate on it and partition the only hard disk to have a C: drive (125 Gigs) and E: drive (75 gigs).

2) Setup Windows 7 backup to backup data and disk image of the C: drive TO the E: drive.


Works OK on backup.... I know...I know.... if the hard drive fails, you loose everything.... C: and E: ..... but if you want a quick fix for virus attacks on the C: drive, or a quick way to restore files to the C: drive... this is ok.

Now... the 64 dollar question... I haven't tested this part yet.... but can you RESTORE the E: drive image of the C: drive using the SYSTEM REPAIR DISK ??

Would the restoration reformat the entire hard drive, and in effect crash the restore before it starts? Or would it just reformat the C: drive partition???

I don't know... haven't tried it yet.... have you guys tried it out before??

Thanks a bunch!!!

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

It worked for me the one and only time I tried it. But I haven't tried it since Nov 2009. I got my first Windows 7 machine in Oct 2009. I created a separate partition for backups and called it the G: drive. When it came time to use the System Repair Disc > System Restore option, it searched for the backup location, found G: and the restore worked. It treated that extra partition just like any other hard drive containing a system image ... C: was restored to it's previous condition.

But for the reason you mentioned (if the hard drive fails, etc etc) I bought an external hard drive in Nov 2009 and haven't looked back. It was also around that same time I learned about the free Macrium Reflect imaging tool. Much greater versatility than the native Windows 7 tool. If you haven't seen these...

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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Hey guys, I restored my computer from the windows 7 CD that came with my computer and when I went to restore my computer to a backup that I had put on my external hard drive, windows will say that it cannot find any backups. Is there anyway I can fix this? I know my backup works because I first restored to my backup image and it worked fine, but I cancelled it half way thinking it was reversible.

A:Windows will not recognise my backup image on external hard drive?

please help!!!

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I ran an Image back up of my C: drive (using Windows 7 & an external usb drive) after getting warning messages that the Hard Disk was failing and to back up the drive.  I got a replacement 500 GB internal drive to restore the Image to and got as far as the Windows Login Screen after the Image Restore was complete and then automatically rebooted.  I typed my password in under my profile BUT, it was not accepted/ recognized... (I can't remember the exact wording) There are 2 profiles that come up, at that point, (just before going into Windows)...Mine, and my g-friends, whom, for whatever reason, WAS able to login to her profile  ...
 
Can anyone tell me how to bypass or fix this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
 
I have an Acer Aspire 5750-6414, 500 GB, Serial ATA, and running  Windows7.

A:Unable to login 2 Windows after backup and Image restore of drive

It's possible that because the hard drive was failing, your profile was corrupted and restoring the image still resulted in a corrupted profile. Try the following.
 
If you gf's account is admin then log into her account and change/clear the password of your account in "User Accounts" of control panel.
 

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Hi,
I recently did a system restore and it has created an extra hard drive RECOVERY (D:) Does anyone know how I can get rid of this, there does not seem to be any up to date info on it, only these,

Dell - Recovery - Temp - tmp and ResSys

I used to do a system image every night to my second hard drive - Hard Drive2 (B:) now when I go to back and restore settings this drive no longer appears and I am unable to do my system image. The drive appears everywhere else, my computer, windows explorer etc.

Please, can anyone one help me out,

many thanks,

Chris.

A:System restore has created a new drive (recovery) plus, windows backup

Have you tried restoring any of your previous system images? If not, and you made a system repair disk, try booting your computer up with it and see if your system images on 2 HDD are availble to recover your computer. If you didn't make a system boot disk, then go into Backup and Restore in the Control Panel and open "Recover system sytem settings on your computer". Then open "Advanced recovery methods" and select "Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer". Your computer should reboot then and take you to the Recovery Console.

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Hello: newbie here

I looked but I couldn't find the answer. I had made a full image of 3 drives using Win 7 backup tool. However, since then, I have removed 2 of the disks but I want to restore just one of the drives where the OS was installed (these are physical HDD= 3). Windows restore CD does not let me restore just one drive since the image is for all 3.
Is there any way that I can force windows 7 to restore just one of the drives from the the full image with 3 drives? Unfortunately, the drives that I removed already have new data in another PC and pretty big (2T each). I don't to buy 2 drives just to install the OS image.

thank you

A:Restore from full image just one drive.. Possible? Windows Backup tool

Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the two HDDs that you removed were only data drives and not system drives, then yes you could use step 8 or 9 in the tutorial below to only restore the system drive (step 8 easiest way) or exclude the drives you don't want restored (step 9).

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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?

Thanks!
OM
 

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Hello,

I'm trying to delete a Windows OneCare Backup on my external harddrive, however, it says I do not have permission to delete these files. I tried to change the security settings on the Windows OneCare Backup so that the administrator has full control. When I try to do this it says:

Error Applying Security

An error occured while applying security information to:
D:\Windows OneCare Backup
Access is denied

I then click continue and another windows pops up saying

Windows Security

Unable to save permission changes on Windows OneCare Backup
Access is denied.
Thanks in advance for any help.
 

A:Solved: Can't delete Windows OneCare Backup on external hard drive

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I have been searching and reading on internet for software to backup my hard drive to an external hard drive and have been overwhelmed with the options
The system is an xp with 148gb and the external hardrive a 500gb western digital
I have looked at Comodo backup and Acronis true image
What software do you consider the most user friendly and overall best to use?
Thank You
 

A:backup restore HD to external HD

Acronis seems to be the easiest way to go. Just image it and put it in the destination.
 

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I did a windows system image back up on our windows 8 PC before we had to send our HP All-In-One to HP to replace a broken hard drive (we have only had the computer for less than 6 months, arghh!). They also told me to wipe the computer prior to sending it so no personal information was on the computer.

The computer was just returned to us and I am not able to find a command or windows program to Restore my computer from the USB System Image backup that I made. Also, when I plug my USB external HD into the computer, I see the file for the system image backup, but the drive and files columns say that it is empty.

Can someone please help?

A:System Image Restore from USB External Drive ??, Windows 8

-- FYI: I am using a Seagate 2.0 1TB HD.

Since posting this thread this am, I have been able to boot to the advanced options settings and got to the System Image restore wizard (from the windows 8 blue screen - weird format - Iam use to Windows XP).

Anyway, when I select restore pc from system image backup there are two options. I select the second option that states select system image from a different location. However, the pc is not reading my HD.

How do I make windows 8 see my hard drive with the system image backup on it in the advanced options system image restore wizard?

thanks!

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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My laptop recently died and it turned out the hardrive had come lose. I plugged it back in but now when it tries to boot up it keeps trying to do a system repair. The system repair keeps reporting that it cant find any faults, but wont fully load windows. I think I need to repair the windows files on the drive.

To try and rectify this, Ive took the laptop hardrive out, plugged it into my PC, and run chkdsk on it which found some faults and said it resolved them. Id now like to run sfc /scannow on the drive.

Im using this in the command line 'sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows' where d is the external drive but it comes up saying "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation"

Any ideas how to get by this?

Thanks.
 

A:using sfc /scannow on external hard drive to restore windows settings

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I've got a new external hard drive.
I have many other external hard drives for which I want to backup the files of.

What's the best way of copying files from one drive to another?

1. Should I connect both on USB3 and copy one from another?

or

2. Copy to computer and then copy to new hard drive?

I've got a feeling that the second option might be the best one?

Thanks.
 

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11.21.2013, whew! after YEARS of my now 2TB plus 250 GB INTERNAL hard drives were supposedly cleaned of this HORRIBLE worm virus that got in through a trojan horse that i picked up at microsoft's * windows live * website after joining it BACK IN 2006 (!!!) as a community to learn more about my:
 
windows XP professional edition and ...
 
now ...
 
SP3 (service pack 3)
 
operating system
 
i need to know how to check for the virus on all of the external hard drives that i bought since the problems reared their ugly little heads upon performing what windows live called a * OneCare Backup *. 
 
the worm was unknown to microsoft, even, until approximately 2010.  i didn't understand all the $$$ i had to put out over time, since 2006/2007 problems began, all as a result of the infection caused by the TH mentioned above, for software support to dell. 
 
i spent some of that money buying external hard drives, including one made by iomega that holds a mirror (norton ghost 12) image of everything on my C:\ and D:\ (the 250 GB half of one 500 GB SATA drives with the configuration of RAID ZERO, a/k/a RAID-0) drives.  that image was made in april 2009. 
 
as to the other five (5) external hard drives, i have stored backup copies of all of my primarily microsoft-based program files, but especially important to me are my media files, which were attacked by the virus.  i do not even know the name of the virus itself, which... Read more

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Hi guys,

I am new here but I have been browsing for days trying to solve various problems with this laptop. I have done a clean install of windows 7 on the c drive (after deleting the partition as my first clean install just wrote over the top of what was on there).

Now I have the icon of my ex HD appearing in the "Hard Disk Drives" along with c, d and e drives. When I use the Backup and Restore tool with intentions to restore this to the way I have backed up, the tool cannot locate my ex HD. Should it be in the "Devices with removable storage" location?

I am sorry if there is an answer somewhere here already but I have spent too much time searching and getting various solutions to similar issues but cannot see this one.

Please help me!

A:Backup and restore cannot locate my external HD yet icon is visible

how do you clean installed...do u know anything about reverting back to pre installed os with recovery cd

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I want my computer to be fully cleaned but I want to make sure I love none of my data.

I want to make sure the computer is completely clean before I start putting things back.

Is there a step by step set of directions to do this?

A:Directions for backup up computer on external full format and restore.

Hello Jon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Please update your system specs so we know if you are using a OEM (store bought) computer with a factory recovery partition, or if you built the computer yourself using a retail copy of Windows 7.

It will depend on what you have for what you may be able to do without losing everything.

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Dear all,
Recently there was a problem in my Dell XPS 12 and I had to use Dell factory reset to renew my windows 8.1. While I was doing factory reset my computer created a back up of all my personal files and save them in a folder called "20140701120559_BACKUP". Inside this folder there are so many ".INP" files and some XML files. When I open "include.xml" I can see the path for all my files. Sadly after my computer finished installing new windows it didn't restore my files and it restarted and came up with new windows. Now I am trying to restore my files but "Dell Back Up" and Restore application cannot find the back up and I cannot select manually that back up on my external hard drive. Then I did some search and I ended up that I can use a solution that was explained in this link:
http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&docid=539013

Using this application I can select the back up in my external drive but when I press restore, I receive this error:
SoftThink SAS has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.
Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

And when I press close, it will close and nothing will happen!
Can anybody please help me to find a way to restore all my files?

Thank you,
Saman

A:How to restore backed up files that was created during factory reset and saved in external hard drive in windows 8.1?

I just found out that MigRestore.exe is making a log file and in it's log file I found this error:

[2014-07-03 14:05:05]Info: RestoreUserDataW: [2014-07-03 14:05:05] ERROR : RegQueryValueEx('UserDontShowInLogonUI') on SAM\SAM\Domains\Account\Users\000003E9 : The system cannot find the file specified. (2 - 00000002)

Hope somebody here can help me.
Thank you

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Hi,

I'm trying to backup Win7 to an external HD that currently is used to backup mac. Can anyone help explain what I need to do to make this happen? I'm sure I'll have to format the ext HD then backup the mac using a different file format, but am unsure just what I'll have to do or how to do it.

TIA!

A:Backup to external HD that also has Mac backup on same drive

I assume the external drive is formatted HSF+. If you want to keep using it for the Mac, you can partition the drive with 1 partition HSF+ and the other partition NTFS for windows. Failing that, the Mac can read from but not write to NTFS.

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Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much mor... Read more

A:Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 
 Good luck.

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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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

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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Product Name and Number: HP Pavillion 6000 Series BV601AA#ABA
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Error Message: Cannot copy file 'C:\Users\hp\Music\Master File\Johnny Hates Jazz - My Secret Garden.mp3' to 'J:\Music\Music Backups\Johnny Hates Jazz - My Secret Garden.mp3.ffs_tmp'.
Windows Error Code 82: The directory or file cannot be created.
Changes Made Before Issue Occurred: Some files may have become corrupted due to repeated power failures in which the system was not able to properly start up, or shut down before losing power.

Description: I am trying to back up a very large music collection to an external hard drive so that if anything happens to my computer, I will have a back up from which to restore it. I am using a free program, called FreeFileSync, to start doing incremental backups of my music collection to the external drive as it grows. When I first used it, it copied about 15,000 of 20,000 files with no problem. However, for the remaining 5,000 or so files, I was not able to due to "Windows Error 82". Coincidentally, I have been getting an error from within iTunes that tells me that the iTunes library file is not able to save, and wonder if it may be related to the aforementioned problem.

Other Concerns: I've tried looking around on the internet for an answer to this problem without much luck. Some resources suggest using a registry cleaner, of which I have tried without any effect. Other resources suggest using... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Unable to backup up files to external drive due to &quot;Windows Errors 82&quot;

Thjis may be related to an overstuffed temporary files (tmp) folder.

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?

Thanks!
 

A:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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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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My questions are on Windows 7 System Restore, Restore Points and Backups; specifically, potentially using a Backup as a Permanent Restore Point.

Here is the situation...

About a month ago, I did a complete Factory Restore on my HP desktop and returned it to it's factory condition. After removing the bloatware and performing all the necessary Windows Updates, the Factory Restore process went off without any issues.

Today, however, I needed to use System Restore due to an issue I was having with multiple monitors that I just couldn't figure out. So, I went into System Restore and found a "Date andTime" of a restore point that was right around the same time I did the Factory Restore. That Restore Point was also the oldest and since I knew it was a known & good restore point, I decided to use it. That restore point "Description" was labeled "System Image Restore Point" and the "Type" was labeled "Backup." (See Image)



I don't recall setting up or doing any backups although, between Windows Backup, Norton Backup and HP's Backup utilities some type of backup obviously happened. FYI, I hate having all those options, as I'd rather use native Windows tools. In any case, today, I used the System Restore using the System Image Restore Point labeled as Backup and, after performing a few minor Windows Updates, everything went off without a hitch and my monitor problem was solved.

However, seeing that Restore point b... Read more

A:Windows 7 - System Restore, Saving a Backup & Permanant Restore Point

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

ad 2) yes they are overwritten when the shadowstorage is full. You can set the size of the shadowstorage with vssadmin

ad 3) for permanent backups I suggest imaging. There you control the images yourself.

Imaging with free Macrium

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My questions are on Windows 7 System Restore, Restore Points and Backups; specifically, potentially using a Backup as a Permanent Restore Point.

Here is the situation...

About a month ago, I did a complete Factory Restore on my HP desktop and returned it to it's factory condition. After removing the bloatware and performing all the necessary Windows Updates, the Factory Restore process went off without any issues.

Today, however, I needed to use System Restore due to an issue I was having with multiple monitors that I just couldn't figure out. So, I went into System Restore and found a "Date andTime" of a restore point that was right around the same time I did the Factory Restore. That Restore Point was also the oldest and since I knew it was a known & good restore point, I decided to use it. That restore point "Description" was labeled "System Image Restore Point" and the "Type" was labeled "Backup." (See Image)



I don't recall setting up or doing any backups although, between Windows Backup, Norton Backup and HP's Backup utilities some type of backup obviously happened. FYI, I hate having all those options, as I'd rather use native Windows tools. In any case, today, I used the System Restore using the System Image Restore Point labeled as Backup and, after performing a few minor Windows Updates, everything went off without a hitch and my monitor problem was solved.

However, seeing that Restore point b... Read more

A:Windows 7 - System Restore, Saving a Backup & Permanant Restore Point

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

ad 2) yes they are overwritten when the shadowstorage is full. You can set the size of the shadowstorage with vssadmin

ad 3) for permanent backups I suggest imaging. There you control the images yourself.

Imaging with free Macrium

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I move my laptop between two locations with docking stations that have eSATAp(owered) ports, and I'm thinking of getting a 240-480GB SSD to carry between the two locations, to make backups on i.e. daily documents and periodic image backups. What I like about this idea is that I can just have a single eSATAp cable at each location, and carrying the 2.5" SSD along with the laptop is trivially easy and less dangerous than a HDD (e.g. if dropped).

My question has to do with use of an SSD in this scenario i.e. are there any down-sides as an external device? Does "TRIM" work with an eSATA drive or don't I care about that?

Any thoughts are welcome.

A:SSD as external backup drive?

If you can afford, sure it`s a fine idea.

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I use an external hdd for data due to frequent carrying. Make backup manually once per 14 days on an other external storage. How can this be a way to relieve automatic incremental backups, so that data on both disks are up to date?
It operates some sw this style?:
1/ primary backup data to another disk
2/ after a certain time comparison of both disks
3/ update backup - only new or changed files (incremental backup)
I tried Beyond Compare, which is great for some users. Especially for someone who wants to have total control over the process. After all, it is more efficient for me to somehow automate= more simplify.
Thanks for the tip
Peter
 

A:Backup external drive

Your topic appears to me to be the same question as your earlier topic here
http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/1146475-backing-up-external-portable-hdd.html

when a couple of suggestions were offered to you
That said if the OS if Windows 7 then the windows backup - will
After you create your first backup, Windows Backup will add new or changed information to your subsequent backups. If you're saving your backups on a hard drive or network location, Windows Backup will create a new, full backup for you automatically when needed.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/back-up-files#1TC=windows-7
It all depends on your requirements and whether you are looking for free software or are prepared to buy.
Many free versions are perfectly adequate for the average user.
The paid for versions offer more options of course.
One of the easiest to use is Easeus Todo
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software-features.htm
the free version offers both incremental and differential
there is also as you can see a comparison between the free and the paid for version.
The only drawback, as like with most free software, is the popup add when using it for asking you to consider the paid for version, but that is the case with most free software
 

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Hi,

I know this question has been asked before, "What NAS to buy?" My Network consists of:

Windows 7Pro Desktop,
Windows 8.1 Laptop,
Linux based Satellite receiver,
HP Photosmart Printer.

I want to download, and view later films from XBMC or TsMedia. I have shortlisted 3 NAS Enclosures:

Synology, WD and Qnap

Any/all advice appreciated.

A:What NAS/External backup drive?

No problem guys,

I have sorted which NAS to buy. An Asustor, it has all the Apps and pre-installed software I will need for my purpose.

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Hi All
I do not know a vast amount when it comes to networks...but I have a usb2 280gb hard drive (freecom) and want to configure it to be a backup drive. There are 25 XP pro pc's. The server is running win2000 (one pdc..one backup pdc, a fileserver and a mail server) We have BT Broadband 512k.
Is there software that I need to use...or can I set a daily backup from what I have.
Hope I have made sence!!...any advice greatly welcomed!!
 

A:set external drive as backup

Lot's of ways to do this.

One might be to create a separate directory for each user. Then on those 25 computers, create a simple batch file to copy whatever you want to the appropriate directory. This can then either be scheduled to run at a specified time or when the user clicks on a shortcut to it on the desktop. I have users that each prefer their own method.

You might also schedule something from the server but this might mean you would need to set up a lot of shares on each computer.
 

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I have an external drive with lots of data. If I use it to back up from Windows 7 64 bit, do I lose the fata already on the drive?

Thank you

qim

A:Backup to External drive

Welcome to SevenForums.

Which program do you use for backing up? Keep your data in a seperate partition and backups in a seperate partition on your external drive.

( I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 11 to back up to an external drive partition exclusively earmarked for Backups. That way I can monitor and ensure that there is always sufficient space for backups.

I also keep a copy of the most recent backup on a seperate partition (not on the System Partition C drive) in the internal drive and run the WinPE Rescue CD from my bootable pendrive to restore should there be a need, without connecting the external drive.)

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