Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

Can Windows 10 Handle Backup Restore From This External HD?

Q: Can Windows 10 Handle Backup Restore From This External HD?

Prior to a clean Install of Windows 10 (from Windows 7), I'm backing up my files, using Acronis True Image 2020, to a Hitachi external hard drive with a capacity of 465 Ggb....

Its file system is FAT 32. Can I do a Restore OK in Windows 10 with that file system?

[Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16353 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 255 GB (78 GB Free); D: 0 GB (0 GB Free); E: 48 GB (43 GB Free); F: 1784 GB (1240 GB Free); H: 289 GB (207 GB Free); I: 465 GB (260 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASRock, 970A-G/3.1
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated]

RELEVANCY SCORE 200
Preferred Solution: Can Windows 10 Handle Backup Restore From This External HD?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Can Windows 10 Handle Backup Restore From This External HD?

Providing you are using the same software to restore as you did to back up, you should be fine

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 69.6

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 ... Read more

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
Regards,Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 66

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

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 62.8

 
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

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 62.4

 
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

Read other 16 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 62

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.
 

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 61.2

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.
 

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 61.2

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

Read other 15 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 60

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

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 60

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

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 60

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

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 60

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

Read other 4 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 59.2

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

Read other 4 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 59.2

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.

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 57.2

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.

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56.8

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?)

Read other 7 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56.4

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

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56.4

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

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56.4

I have taken a full (Image ?) backup of both my laptops to an external expansion drive.

I am now trying to recover some files and folders from one of the backups.

I have some folders in the C:\ root directory and some in the C:\users\fred\applications folder.

I cannot get the restore program to select the folder in the C:\ root, and whilst I can search for the folder called Applications in the C:\users\fred the restore program will not show all the folders under the user fred when browsing.

I've tried the search, browse, folders and files etc. but Micrsoft apear to assume that all users will only use the half dozen standard document music, video folders.

Does any body know how I can make Microsoft Windows 7 restore show all the folders when browsing?

I have read the help before posting this issue.

Regards,

A:Selecting Folders to restore in Microsoft Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Hello Crumbley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this is for a system image and not a Windows backup, then you could use the method in the tutorial below to manually extract files and folders from the image if you like.

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 55.6

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&#58;Java&#47;CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 55.6

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.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 55.6

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.

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 55.6

My hard disk was recently re-imaged as part of a laptop repair. I had backed up my files using Windoes Live OneCare. I then did a restore using Windows Live OneCare. I then tried to Import the restored Mail file, it seemed to work, but when I looked, my old messages were not there. The Imported file structure was there, but no messages. Can any one help me restore my old messages?

Thanks

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.4

I have setup the backup utility to use my network drive and create an image and copy the my doc folder. When I run the utility it will go through it's process for a long time before providing the following error information:
Check your backup
One of the backup files could not be created.
Details: The handle is invalid.
Error code: 0x8078002A
I am unfamiliar with what the error means and when I go to the network drive the backup zip files say they are also corrupt. Has anyone come across this, or have an idea as to what the problem may be?
Thanks in advance, hopefully I have provided all the necessary information.

A:Backup error: The handle is invalid

Put that error message in google and you will generate some hits.

Here is the first hit; some people with the identical problem, and a few suggestions:

Backup display message 0x8078002a

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54

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.

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 53.6

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 ?

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 53.2

I've started using hard links when organizing pictures (image files).  This allows individual image files to be referenced from different folders.  In that, using folders to represent collections (e.g., sets or albums) a given picture may be
included in multiple different collections without duplicating the file itself.  When used as part of my image editing work-flow it both avoids the problem of keeping track of which collections a picture is included in as well as avoids the added space
consumption for files that can become rather large.

At the same time I'm considering the use of Windows (Win7 Pro specifically) Backup.  My concern is that Windows Backup won't recognize the hard links and will end up duplicating the files in the storage used for the backups.  Also there are different
scenarios (i.e., use cases) that come into play with respect to restoration operations.  I'm guessing that Windows Backup could really mess things up under certain situations related to restoration.  For example, what will happen when  drive
fails and all of the files covered by backup need to be restored?

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 53.2

If I know the handle of the application which has a pair of comboboxes, how can I get the handle of one of these combo boxes? Using spy++, I have found that the combobox I need is of

Class: Combobox
Style = 56000213

The other is

Class: Combobox
Style = 5E000213

Is there a way that I can get find the handle of the first combobox? I am trying to click this combobox, and then make a selection from it.
 

A:How can I get the handle of external app's combobox?

What language are you using?
 

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52.8

On a Windows 7 laptop, I noticed that Windows Backup hadn't backed up anything in about a year since the USB drive it was backing up to was full. (I thought Windows 7 would delete old backups if the backup drive was full, but that's another issue.)

So I deleted all the backups off the USB drive and told Windows 7 to do a backup. But the backup failed with an "Invalid window handle" error (error code: 0x80070578). It gave me options to "Try to run backup again" and "Change backup settings". I tried both options and re-tried the backup, but the backup kept failing with the "Invalid window handle" error. I also re-formatted the USB drive (as NTFS) and also restarted Windows, and the backup still fails with the same "Invalid window handle" error.

Any idea how to fix this?

A:Can't backup - Invalid window handle (Error code: 0x80070578)

Format the drive in computer. Then go into backup and restore. Click change settings and wait for windows backup to start. Click the drive again and follow the prompts.

By the way, action center will alert you if the backup fails due to lack of space.

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52.8

I want to get a new computer, that can power three displays at once. Preferably three external monitors,  maybe even four.  I was thinking of getting either an ultrabook, T430u or X1 Carbon. Or a think branded desktop.  Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks













Solved!

Go to Solution.

A:T430u: How many external displays can it handle?

ThinkPad T430u can handle one internal, one through hdmi, and one through miniDP. So in 3 in total (natively). If you need additional LCD support, maybe consider an ThinkPad USB 3.0 dock, which allows you to add another 2 screens support per dock (for a total of 2 docks or 4 additional screens). X1 can can handle one miniDP external screen, not sure whether Displayport 1.2 passthrough works on them or not.

Read other 5 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52

My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I use Outlook 2007. During a virus attack on my pc, my data files got affected and after the clean up, I reinstalled my msn email again, but it looks like some folders or emails were lost. In a Q here at EE, the below was suggested, and in order not to piggy back my original Q, I am posting it as a separate Q.
How do I do the below suggestion, are there any step by step instructions to do this? Thank u.

If you have a backup prior to problem, you can restore .ost and .pst files from backup and then re-attach them. You may have a profile issue though
 

A:Outlook 2007 - restoring .ost and .pst files from backup, and how to handle the profile issue

John- Outlook 2007 will save your stuff in something called a Personal Storage Table file (.pst). This is normally stored in two places- C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\ and in C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Outlook.

1). go to both of these places and see if you have a pst file (usually in the form of "youremail".pst.
2). Check the dates and file sizes. Hopefully only one was trashed (the good one will be the higher file size)
3). If you ever did an Outlook backup, search your computer for archive.pst

If you found anything useful, import the pst file back into Outlook using the Import function:

How to Import Your .pst Files Into Outlook 2007 - TechFleece

Hope this helped.

M
 

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.6

Hi,

This is probably the silliest question ever, but I haven't done partitioning in a very long time and don't feel too confident, so here goes:

I bought a 3 Tb Seagate external hard drive a few years ago, created two partitions on it and left almost 1 Tb unallocated. Can't remember why, and didn't even remember it was there! All this time, I had been thinking I had a 2 Tb disk that was getting more and more full...

Anyway, I just rediscovered it and would like advice on how to best exploit it: should I extend "SeagBig" (which is full to the brim), or create a new partition (or several) in the unallocated space? What will be more convenient / less risky?

Also: I think I used Windows' own Disk Management tool initially. Can I do that again?

Thanks!

A:How to handle the unallocated space on my external hard drive?

You could make a 3rd NTFS partition; then you can either merge 2nd and 3rd partition or simply have 3 partitions. I think Windows' Disk Management will be fine. Scuttlebutt elsewhere indicates MiniTool Partition Wizard may be all you need -- or any similar 3rd party utility.

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

I want to make a system image of my Windows 7 Pro laptop to an external HDD. The external drive is connected via USB 2, formatted as NTFS, with 930GB free. My laptop's internal drive is a 250GB drive with 40GB free.
When I go to Windows Backup and Restore and choose "Create a system image" the external USB drive is not available in the "On a hard disk" dropdown.
HOWEVER...on my Windows 10 laptop, 250GB internal drive, going through the same steps, the same external USB HDD IS available for images.
What is the difference?

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

I currently have a T430 which is an absolute beast and solid as a rock. However, it is a nightmare for external monitors. I have a Lenovo LEN LS2223wC monitor and a Lenovo LT1952p monitor that I would like to use as external monitors. Both monitors run on HD 4000. I run Windows 10 operating system.  I don't need the newest model. Just something solid and dependable. If it has the option of eventually doing three monitors that would just be icing on the cake (but not required).  Does anyone have any ideas for laptops that might fit these specs as well as docks to go with them?  Thanks

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Subject: Windows Backup and Restore

I just purchased a USB back up drive. My drive image attempts using Windows Backup and Restore completes up to 99% and then hangs up and tells me that it could not make a shadow image. Error code 0x80780034. The drive has plenty of space and copies other files without difficulty.

Has anyone experienced this and found a solution?

A:Windows Backup and Restore

Download Seatools and backup your computer like that: | Seagate

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Hi To all
I am using windows 8.1 since 2013
And i am installing a lot of applications on my laptop
But when i new the windows ,
Then i am installing all my apps, and drivers
So i need a procedure to make a backup of my windows to restore fast
because when i am installing new apps to windows i am wasting 2 to 3 hours on it.
so this is a big problem to be, and because of that i am not changing my windows.
So please guide me with full details because i am completely new to backup and restore

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

I am backing up my laptop to an external hard drive using Windows Backup and Restore. It runs weekly. The Initial backup consumed 37 GB. Each weekly incremental uses about 2 GB space. At some point, my external hard drive will become full. Deleting older backup sets doesn't seem to work because the backup set is still listed in the catalog. Is my only option to delete all the backup sets folders and initiate a full backup and start all over or is there a way to delete some of the older backup sets and modify the catalog so that these deleted backup sets do not show up in the restore list?

A:Windows Backup & Restore

Hi parryjm,

You can go into:
Start > Search > Type "Backup & restore" > Hit enter.
Click "Manage Space" > View backups.

You can then remove older backups if you feel the need, so that you can keep backing up newer files. The backups are only needed for X time anyway, home users don't really save all their backups forever.

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

So everytime I go to Windows Backup and Restore and try to access the Manage Space or any other link that is on the computer with the little Windows Shield next to it, it opens Windows Explorer at the root drive. How do I stop that from happening and make it open what it is supposed to open? PLEASE HELP!!!

A:HELP!!! with Windows Backup and Restore

First, are you trying to backup, or restore? Have you previously backed up your PC and "created" a backup? IOW, does your main backup/restore window say "create backup" or does it say "backup now"? Also, what window is it "supposed to" open? It's looking for an external drive and if it doesn't find one it will display the root folder.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Hey guys I have backed up my computer using the backup and resotre utility which went fine.

When I went to the location were the backup was saved it has an image file and folder

See screen 1


Also I noticed in the settings for setting up a backup there is an option to Include a System image. I have the ability to untick this option.

See screen 2

If I untick this option will I not be able to restore my pc?

Also whats the difference between the Windows7 image file and the WindowsImageBackup folder?

thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore

There are some tutorials on this site about using the Backup Restore function, which are very helpful. The basic difference is the image backup is a snapshot of your drive to be restored at once. The files backup allows you to restore all or some of the files backed up.

If you do an image backup and replace your hard drive, your system will restore back to the way it was. If you do the files backup, you have to reinstall the OS and other programs depending on what you backed up.

Just like in Vista, the image backup won't be available in all versions of the Retail W7.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

I am confused as to how Windows Backup and Restore works. I am not trying to use it, but would like to know. == If I backed up my HD and later wanted to do a Clean Install, it would seem that the format would erase my backups. Would I have to make a separate partition for the backups or how does that work?

A:Windows Backup and Restore

Hello.





Yes you have to save the backup to another partition and some programs require you to save to another, separate Hard Disk Drive (HDD) all-together.

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate.
After creating a number of backups on on an external disc I thought that I had better try to restore  from that backup.
I tried several times, I completely cleared the backup files from my external disc and after choosing the backup to
restore from I received the following massage:-
"The restore did not complete successfully

Restore encountered a problem while validating the zip file:

\\?\Volume{127767ee-d6b7-11e1-a888-0026b9cf5b2e}\SPY-PC\Backup Set 
2012-07-24 130658\Backup Files 2012-07-24 130658\Backup Files 1.zip

The following information might help you resolve the problem:

The backup file could not be found. Make sure the drive that the backup is 

saved on is attached or try to restore from a different backup. (0x8100001A)"

I can find no answer to this problem.
HELP





Bill

A:Cannot restore after Windows Backup

NO it does not appear on the external drive.

With apologies I appear to have solved the problem. After carrying out multiple searches I came across some help on Seven Forums which appear to have cleared the problem.
Windows 7; Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration
I did what was indicated and it seems to have worked, thank you for your effort.
I have run a backup and restore from that backup and everything seems to be OK, sorry if I muddied the waters by mentioning my fire!!
I am still somewhat of a newbie.WAH

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

The Windows Data backup does not include any overwrite feature. How can I setup a backup routine that doesn't run out of room?

A:Windows Backup and Restore

Try to back up to another drive or a DVD?

Read other 7 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

i have heard negative comments about the backup and restore option in previous versions of windows. however, how much better is the improvement in windows 7? i have a spare hdd that i was hoping to put to use. has anyone had any luck with this feature?

A:windows 7 backup and restore

It is much better. And faster.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Read other 4 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Hi

when i run windows backup, it open up the system32 folder.

i can access the backup thru the control panel, but when i try to create a backup, it opens the syustem32 folder for file selection.

any ideas.

thx

A:Windows Backup and restore

Change the folder using the mini-explorer to choose the exact folder where you want to place or retrieve image. Best to put it in the root (example: C) of the partition or drive.

If this is not the problem then please describe it in more detail.

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Is windows backup and restore any good? using windows 7. If I use backup and restore to back up my stuff to an external drive, can I restore all programs as well as files?

Hoping to hear from people who have used it.

A:windows backup and restore

Hi 7up (lol used to get called that at school due to the tall spiky hair)

Ive used windows backup and restore since I first upgraded to windows 7 for all my personal files and have never had an issue with backing up or restoring.I prefer to use a system image to back up my programs and windows drive though.

Danny

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Hi,
My O/S is Vista Ultimate x64.
I used the Windows Complete PC Backup via Backup and Restore Center to create a backup of C: 74GB drive that shows a capacity of 69.2GB.
I then replaced the 74GB drive with a 150GB drive and successfully restored the "entire computer" from the Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore image.
My question/concern is now C: 150GB drive is only showing a capacity of 69.2GB with 70.49GB as unallocated.
How do I allocate/merge the rest of the space without having to do a complete fresh install of Vista?
Is Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore not compatible when the user upgrades to a bigger hard drive while trying to restore an image of a smaller hard drive?

A:Help with Windows Backup/Restore

Hi,

Go to Disk Management, rt click the 69.2gb partition and select Extend.

Hope it helps

Read other 3 answers