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Q: Problem backing up computer

I'm trying to do a complete system back up to an external hard drive. I loaded the Ntbackup.msi utility from my XP CD but I get the following error: "The files for the recovery diskette could not be created. The operation was aborted." when I attempt to copy.

Is this a XP issue and if so, is there a fix?

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A: Problem backing up computer

Hello & welcome to TSF,

it is just not that great of a back up system !!!!

here is a link to a real easy to use program

follow link


select the (author's site ) wait for the yellow bar if you are useing internet explorer

now it will back up to where you tell it and do compleat / or just selected sections of your harddrive & has the reinstall utility built into it

it nice & free

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I have a Windows 8.1 computer that has a virus. I pulled the hard drive out of the Windows 8.1 computer and hooked it up to my Windows 7 computer via a data transfer kit that hooks up USB. I booted my Windows 7 computer up into safe mode and took over ownership of all the folders and files on my Windows 8.1 hard drive. After I took over ownership I copied my user folder that had 200GB of data to my Windows 7 computer to store my data temporarily while I formatted the Windows 8.1 drive to get rid of the virus. After I formatted and reloaded windows 8.1 I pulled the hard drive out of the computer and  hooked the drive back up to my Windows 7 computer. I then cut and paste all of the data back to my Windows 8.1 hard drive. The data copied correctly no problem but when I put the Drive back into the Windows 8.1 computer I cannot see any of my data that I copied from my Windows 7 computer. Any help would be appreciated!

A:Problem Backing Up Data from Windows 8.1 Computer To Windows 7 Computer

HDDs/SSDBs have identifiers which are are recognized from the motherboard it is installed with.  Before moving a hdd/ssd to another motherboard you need to remove these, to do this you generalize the operating system by using sysprep from the command prompt.  This must be done before moving the HDD/SSD.
In the Elevated Command Prompt type in CD C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep, then press Enter.  Then use the command: sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown, then press Enter.
If you do not do this prior to moving the drive you may only receive error messages.
Are the data that you can't read encrypted?

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Hi this error message has been floating around for a long time.  I have yet to find a solution that works or that I can understand.  Why is the error message not resolved after 6 years?
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\SyncUP. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))

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Hello. Quick question. My mum asked me to help her make her computer faster, and I figured the best and easiest way would be to back up her stuff and reformat windows.

Anyway, my questions is - how do i actually back all her files up?

Can I just copy and past everything in C drive onto the external hard drive?

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Copying all the contents of C wont save the applications, be a bit more selective, say my documents and any files that are not saved in the my documents folder.

Depending upon your pc - control panel has the backup feature usually, you can do a full windows backup which will take a while.

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Hi, I'm trying to back up my Sony laptop in preperation for sending it away to tech support across the country - even though it's only for cosmetic repairs they warned me they still might format it!! Even when I ASKED them not to!! Anyway i wanted to do this as quickly and simply as possible, but nothing is making it easy.

Ok, so I used Windows XP Backup to create a huge image of my hard disk. This file is called backup.bkf and it is 32GB in size.

Now comes the question ... WHERE do I put this 32 GB file??? All I have is a CD-RW drive. CD-R's seem like a dumb way to do this ... i estimated that it would take 40+ of them to hold it! I don't even know if i have that many...

Someone give me a better solution ... please?

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Kinda hard findin that reverse gere?

Another way to go would be to change the CD for a DVD, this will give you about 4GB storage space. Too bad the "Blue Ray" isn't in production yet, you could almost put it all on one disk.

You could also look into an external hdd, you could use it as a backup for the laptop hdd.

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I use to have a backup on my computer but I guess when my windows 7 machine upgraded to 10 and then downgraded back to 7 it got tampered with???? "
Task image is corrupt or has been tampered with 0x80041321"
Is the message im recieving.


Any file, including a backup, on a hard drive can become corrupt. The theory is that it is unlikely for the original data and the backup to go bad at the same time.

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Hi Folks - this is my 1st post here, so please bear with me because compared to most folks here....I'm sure I'm very low on the totem pole of computer knowledge.

I just started with computers about 7 years ago (I'm 59) & I'm just self taught. I got started with computers because I like to play poker & when I used to live out West....there were plenty of "live" venues (casino's, Poker Rooms) to play at. When I moved to GA where I live now, they have no "live" venues, so I decided to learn how to play on the interet because I knew that online poker was booming at the time.

By the way, as anybody else who is an American internet poker player knows.....online poker for American players has been going downhill ever since 2006 & it is at the point now where it is for lack of a better analogy....on life support.....why?......because our politicians don't have anything better to do.....actually, the one who did the most massive damage hasn't been a politician for a long time.

ANYWAY - sorry for getting off track. What I'd like to know is this. I would like to back-up my computer with CD-R disks. I tried backing up my computer once before with special disks made specifically for my computer....and everything seemed to be going fine....and when I finally got to the end of the 3rd and last disk & pressed the final button to finish it all up (I'm not sure I'm describing this exactly right...it was a... Read more

A:Backing Up Your Computer

To help us help you,please use the TSG System Info tool to let Tech's know the specs of your computer: http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe Copy and paste the results here in your thread. You can use the TSG Info to fill in your computer information in your user profile as well.

Also, if its a brand name system like an Acer,Dell or HP, please post the exact model of the system.

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I have a Home wireless network with two desktops and a laptop. Both desk tops have Trend Micro Internet Security 2006 installed with Win XP SP2 also on both. I mapped the network and was able to back up my main computer by simply clicking and dragging to the second desktop.

Now when I try to open the drive for the second desktop I get a pop up asking for a user name and password. I have never set up a password on either but do have two users on the second desktop. I have chabged both desktops to the Office Network, Home Network and Wireless Network confugurations in Trend Micro as well as turning off the firewall but I still get the same message.

Anyone run into this before?

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I would just like some advice really my friend told to backup my pc which I agree with, however I do not have the external hard drive so my friend said I could use his meaning he will have my backup.

Is there any risks or anything anyone would be able to do with my backup I should worry about?

A:Backing up your computer

To me, the term 'secure' means only I have access to my computer and it's data.
Your friend may be trustworthy, but once your backup is in someone else's possession, it's out of your control.

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I have never backed up a computer the whole time I've had one which was when they first came out. I got Windows 7 and I have this little flag in the right hand corner that says I have to back up.
Anyway - should I do this and how? How do you know what to backup? Surely it wouldn't be all the programs and can you back it up right on your computer somewhere.
I know nothing about this, so you might have to talk kids language for me.

A:Backing up computer

I guess you mean a complete back up
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

I was not aware of a notice that it had to be done.

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The computer in question is a Toshiba Satellite Laptop - model A205-S4629. I think I've narrowed my issues down to problems with Vista.

I was attemptingto make a mirror backup of my computer before I just do a complete Wipe and reinstall. I will be creating backup via CD, and it states I will need 13-19 disk, which I have. During startup the computer freezes, however on rare occasions it boots up. My concern is having it freeze during the backup process. Does anyone know how much time is required for a complete back-up??

Some background. The computer started freezing or hanging several weeks ago. I have attempted:

** The only way the computer will start up in normal mode is if I use the battery.
** To use the power plug, the computer will only boot via Safe Mode.

1. Startup Repair
2. Checkdisk
3. Inserting original disk which came with computer.
4. Bootrec
5. BIOS/Setup - error came "back system.mgr is unavailable"

I think I went through the above diagnosing correctly, but if you feel I may have missed something let me know.

Based on the time I have spent, I have faced the reality my best option is the complete reinstall.

I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have.

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I have noticed that with many of the back up software, they do not work very well with CDs. I could not back up my Windows Seven on CDs. I finally bought an external hard drive and using Macrium Reflect (which has already saved me from a major problem) I can back up with no problem. May I suggest the use of an external hard drive and Macrium Reflect.
As added information, the use of Karens Replicator will be an excellent method to back up your personal stuff, either manually or on schedule.
To get to your original question. I would give it about an hour to back up. Of course there is not way of really knowing, since it depends on how much stuff you have.

Here are my solutions to freezing, and an excellent article, which I hope is of some help
Go to search type device manager and look for any yellow warning markers
Download and run malwarebytes, a full scan after you update
Run antivirus scan
Check memory with memtest86
Make sure that you are not over heating.
Try in safe mode; report back if it works properly.
Try a clean boot
Make sure PSU is working properly
If overclocking, restore to original
Test hard drive at company website.
Test in safe mode, does it still happen?
Try with clean boot..

and for both Seven an... Read more

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I am new to this, the other week i had to pay alot of money to get my pc fixed ,As i did not have any recovery disks.

It was not starting in safe mode so he had to do a reinstallation , but he has put a folder on my computer with the PCs entire settings or (snapshot) of the whole computer.

So i would have to call him out again, if things went wrong, i still don;t know why i would have to call him out, doe's he have some sort of speical software he uses
So my question is if this happens again, could i learn how to do this myself, if i bought an external hard drive, and copied the entire hard drive onto this, how would i be able to restore my computer if things did go wrong again.

There again, would you need to take the hard drive out, to wipe it first, the more i find out about this the complicated it becomes

As i would like to learn how i could get my computer backup and running, if it was not even starting up in safe mode.

P.S would i also need the "Acronis true image" software as well
Windows xp user

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I got an external drive, a 750 GB drive. The actual capacity of the drive is 698 GB. I have 678 Free. I only have one internal hard drive, with an actual capacity of 687 GB, and I have used 178 GB of my C drive. I have a 12 GB or so Recovery partition. Anyway, When I use widows backup to backup my computer, the backup size is 283.5 GB, which about 100 more GB than is taken on my drive? Why is this?

A:Backing up my computer using too much space

Are you creating a Full System Image in the backup?

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I am starting up my own computer repair company. I am trying to figure out the most effective/quickest way to back -up a customer's PC. Is creating a disk image the best option. I use Acronis True Image on my own PC and really like the job it does. Can someone tell me exactly how you would restore a crashed system by using the disk image. I guess it is much quicker than a complete computer back up. Using a program on a trial basis, would that still allow you to create a disk image and recover a system. Appreciate the feedback.Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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I have an old desktop (Pentium II) that became infected with spyware and possibly a virus. Before I shut it down and stored it none of the disc drives (cd/dvd/floppy/zip) were functioning. I no longer have a monitor for it. Can I back up the picture, video and doc files using my laptop without transferring the spyware and/or virus to my laptop?

Thanks for the help!

A:Backing Up Another Computer Thru My Laptop?

The short of it...Yes, you can. The long verison you will need to run antivirus, antispyware, and post a hjt log to allow the experts verify you no longer have malware on the drive. You must determine if the data is worth the time and effort. You maybe talking about a week buy the time the HJT Team finishs the reviw of your drive. It's not that they are slow, they just take it very serious and are careful.You can buy a USB to IDE cable to transfer the contents of the drive. Open your old computer unplug the IDE cable to the hard drive then plug the transfer cable in. Turn the old computer on then plug in the USB to IDE transfer cable into your notebook. You need to leave the drive in the old computer to provide power. The USB cable will not power that IDE drive.Only attempt this if you have all your antivirus installed and updated. Make sure your antispyware is also installed and updated. You may still end up with malware on your notebook. There are no promises it won't. If you have to put the old data on your notebook there will be risks.I recommend you have all the following (except where indicated) installed prior to attemping any fie transfer.Antivirus (Run only one.)AVG Free Edition Antivirus (I personally use)Avast Home Edition Antivirus FreewareAntiVir Personal Edition Classic FreewareBitDefender 8 Free EditionAntispywareMicrosoft AntiSpyware Beta (2000,and XP only)SpybotAdAware SE Personal EditionEwido Security Suite - 14 day trial(2000, and XP only)(Fe... Read more

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I am trying to get a backup of my computer. I recently had a problem with it and it has been restored to a good point. I would like to backup the computer as it is now on CD-RW. When I go to Accessories>System Tools, there is no back up listed. It has the disk cleaner and such but I do not have backup listed as an option. Any ideas? This may be a stupid question and forgive me if I am wasting your time. I will be out of town for a couple of days but will check back with any help you can give me. Thanks, as always.

A:Backing Up Computer Files

Give these a try and if you wish to use them please print the for reference.PC World = Ultimate Backup Guidehttp://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,101767,00.aspThe backup and recovery solution that awards 100% reliability and superior performance at a click of a button.http://www.backupanswers.com/freewinbackup/

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I would like some advice regarding how I can back up my computer and system in the event it crashes again. I would like to be able to restore the computer in exactly the same state it was in when it crashes.

A:Backing up System and Computer

You should look at a cloning software product. I use Acronis True Image and it will restore your system to its point in time that the backup was taken.

You will probably have to purchase some addtional hardware depending on your system, but you can get it restored if its backup up correctly.


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Hi All

I've a second hand pc with no floppy drive. As you know Windows Backup does not work with CDs/DVDs and not sure it backs up your OS at all.

I have a 80MB drive that could be installed and used to backup to... but cannot run it externally and cannot afford Imaging software.

Can you suggest a way for me to Backup Windows in this instance?

Much Thanks!!

A:Backing Up WindowsXPsp3 on a Second Hand Computer

Have a look here
free software

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I've actually been looking for a solution to this for quite a while, but with no success, so hoping some of you knowledgeable people can advise.

I have a new computer arriving today, and need to backup all my emails from MS Outlook. It's a work computer, and I have 5 years worth (and roughly 5,000 emails) that I need to backup so I can import them back to Outlook once installed on the new computer.

The emails are spread across about 8 different POP3 email accounts, and some are stored in folders I've created (as sub-folders) of 'inbox'.

I really cannot risk losing these emails.

Does anyone know how to back them all up safely?


A:New computer/ backing up emails from MS Outlook

Which version of Office / Outlook are you using?

CluelessBloke said:

need to backup all my emails from MS Outlook.Click to expand...

Outlook keeps EVERYTHING (eg; contacts, email, calendar) in one gigantic file; the *.PST

This file is in your %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\*.pst
The Local Settings\ is a hidden directory and you will need Admin rights to make it visible and accessible to your user-login.

To capture that file, 1) quit Outlook, 2) copy the PST to some external media (aka USB Thumbdrive)

need to backup so I can import them back to Outlook once installed on the new computer.Click to expand...

hmm; import - - not sure on that, but usually you can
a) delete the PST on the new system
b) copy the external USB copy back into the proper location.

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My computer is still under warranty and my DVD drive has died so I'm taking it in to the service centre Thursday (Australian time) to have a new drive put in.

My question is what is the quickest and easiest way to back up all my files to make sure they're safe? Do I download Cobian Backup?

Remember that I'm just a beginner at this sort of thing. LOL!

A:Backing up before taking computer for repair

If you have a secondary hard disk, I'd use something like Acronis True Image to do an image backup. That way you have everything exactly how it is now. If you don't have a secondary hard disk, and your DVD drive is dead, I'm not sure how you plan on backing up.

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What I would like to do is to back up either the files on my computer or some subset of the files on my computer to a portable hard drive, even though the computer can't boot. Is this at all possible?

A:Backing up a computer unable to boot

Hi, provided the HDD is not the problem, you can remove it from the computer and slave it to another working computer, then you will be able to access the data and back it up to another drive. One easy way is if the drive is IDE and the host computer has an IDE cd\rom drive then you can connect it here, just be sure to replace the connections to the host's cd\rom drive when you remove yours. BTW what happens when you try to boot your system now?

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Hello BC, I have two computers, one running Vitsa Home Premium and the other running XP Media Center Edition. I have several folders sharing between the two, but I'm trying to back up some of my Vista documents onto the XP computer. When I run the backup on the Vista computer it ask for a password, so I created the same password on both computers.

I'm moving it to a shared folder on the XP computer and I have the Allow network users to change my files checked.

The error message I get is:

The network share could not be accessed for the following reason:

You need Full control permission for the network share. Make the user a co-owner of the share, with Full Control. The network share cannot be on a computer running Windows XP Home.

Now I did some research about my XP computer and it turns out Media Center Edition is a Home Edition with Professional Codebase.

Thanks in advance for any help and idea.

Sorry I figured it out

I had to turn off Simple File Sharing under control panel/folder options/view, then set the sharing options to Full Control on the target
XP folder

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I have two questions:
The first is, how exactly do you back up a computer?  I'm embarrassed to say that I've never known how to do this, but after my last computer crashed unexpectedly, I realized I need to learn how.  I have a HP Pavilion g7 that runs Windows 8.1.  What are the steps?
The second question is if it's OK to back up your computer using a USB flash drive or if it's better to use a USB hard drive.  Obviously the flash drive would be cheaper, but is it better to use a USB hard drive instead?
Thanks for your help!

A:Questions about backing up a Windows 8.1 computer

Some people use USB flash drives, but invariably, they have very little data, mostly MSC Office files like Word & Excel.
If you have a fair bit of data, then it's more economical to buy an external hard drive.
Bear in mind that the USB flash drive will copy your data a lot slower than an external hard drive.
As for backing up your data, it's as simple as right clicking on one of your folders, and hitting 'Copy" then open your backup drive and paste the folder in there.
Here are some folders that you're likely to want to copy.
Pictures, documents, downloads, favorites, videos, saved games & desktop.

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My dad and I are planning to switch computers and he would like to transfer all of his programs, software, and folders to my computer. With that, we would just simply have to switch hard drives. We could always set up a new OS and reinstall all of the components and drivers manually. Is there an efficient way of keeping all of his programs and folders while still be able to reinstall a new OS? Or would he have to reinstall all of them? We have an extra external hard drive at hand in case if we need it for backing up


A:Backing Up Programs to Transfer to New Computer

Can you post the specs for both PC's.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

Take a look at this tutorial:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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So! My computer's not a new computer anymore, and I want to back up the entire thing to SOMEWHERE. I don't have an external hard drive, so I thought I might try the cloud. After clearing sufficient space on my hard drive, I used sysinternal's Disk2vhd to create a VHD image of the whole computer, so that if this current machine ever stops functioning, I could retrieve this image and keep my files. I've got a fast enough internet connection to make this feasible. However, I've run into the problem of where to upload this thing to. Instead of paying a premium for extended space, I found the biggest, seemingly best cloud utility I could, Yunio. 1 TB of free space off the bat, with a special promo slowly adding 9TB as you begin using it up, and it also seems that your account gets 1GB more each day, on top of that. However, the filesize limit is 5GB. I've considered splitting the file with 7zip, but I only have 1TB of space on this hard drive, and I don't have room for one non-split 370GB file as well as one split 370GB file. The same problem pops up when I think of how I'd encrypt it (again, with 7zip), because I just don't have enough space on my drive to play around with two copies of this file. I'd like to know if there are any solutions/alternatives, short of buying space or an external hard drive, since my budget is very tight at the moment.

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A:Backing up my entire computer to the cloud!

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

No reliable and safe cloud service will allow you to backup over 1TB without paying.

They would lose profits if they did.

You can either buy a second hard drive or pay the premium for say this:

Carbonite Cloud Backup Services - Online Computer Data Backup

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About 4 days ago i got hit with Anti Spyware Soft and everything has went down from there. I've been running AVG free and Stopzilla, and they've been finding hijackers and Omega search, and Anti Spyware soft again and now i have a webpage redirect issue. I've read on a forum (can't remember where) that i might have something that won't go away and Reformatting is the best option. I have another hardrive that I've been meaning to switch to anyway so I'm more worried about how safe the files i back up now are As well as the harddrive that I install my games too as well as my external hardive which has a file on it called "SZKGFS" which is a DAT file that refuses to be deleted. Also the websites I've gone to that have needed passwords were all saved so that i didn't have to type it in, should i go change them?

Any help and info would be greatly appreciated.

A:Backing up and infected computer and other harddrives.

Hello and welcome... Let's try this first. if needed I'll tell you the other things.Please follow our Removal Guide here Remove Antispyware Soft (Uninstall Guide) You will move to the Automated Removal InstructionsAfter you completed that, post your scan log here,let me know how things are.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.

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I've got a problem with backing up my hard drive. I'm running a Win 7 Pro, in a HP #p6720f, and normally use FireFox as my browser. I have a Seagate, 1 TB external hard drive. I use Acronis as my back up program.

I've tried three times to back up my system. Each time I use it, it takes over 12 hours to get to a problem screen that says, "E00070004 Failed to write data ti the archive file. A possible reason might be poor media quality."

The first time I got another box saying I have used up all the space on my external hd. I went and opened up and deleted all but my last back up. This gave me between 30 & 40% open. I don't know I can do next. Any help???


A:Backing up problem

If it's the Acronis software that's causing the problem, Windows 7 has it's own built-in utility for creating a system image so you may want to try that instead: Control Panel > Backup & Restore > Create system image

If you decide to use that utility you will also need to create a system disc with the Backup & Restore utility.
This is bootable and allows you to access the system image when it's required.

The only downside of using the built-in system image creator is that it insists on writing the image in the root of the selected drive (ie you can't choose a folder as the destination).

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I've always been bad when it comes to backing up and after nearly losing everything a while back I decided to get my butt in gear.

Bought a USB stick and went to Settings>Update & Security>Backup>More Options and selected the folders I wanted to back up. But every time I try to back up I get the below (right hand corner) error message and the files won't download to the stick. Any ideas?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8082 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 223 GB (143 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 81EB
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Enabled and Updated

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I've always been bad when it comes to backing up and after nearly losing everything a while back I decided to get my butt in gear.

Bought a USB stick and went to Settings>Update & Security>Backup>More Options and selected the folders I wanted to back up. But every time I try to back up I get the below (right hand corner) error message and the files won't download to the stick. Any ideas?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8082 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 223 GB (143 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 81EB
Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Enabled and Updated

A:Problem backing up in Win 10

Does your computer goes to sleep or hybernate during this process.

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I'm not sure I'm in the correct forum? I'm trying to back up my Quicken, I thought it was going on to a floppy--but it's been going to my C Drive--I would like to back up either to a floppy or to a cd? How can I best do this?

Thank you

A:problem backing up

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I want to reformat. I got a nasty variant of the TDSS/TDL3 rootkit. (link to my thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/328086/windows-now-says-i-have-3-days-for-activation-after-virus-scanremoval/ .)(I have a lot of time on my hands right now so my mind is made up thumbup2.gif ) I want to back up some of my files onto cds and dvds. what files should I avoid and what files are ok to back up with out fear of reinfection. what about pdf? music? movies/videos? (avi wmv and mp4 or winrar archives that contain no .exe just videos.) also I would like to save my firefox bookmarks if possible. I notice that the back up bookmarks for firefox are saved with a json file extension file type. How safe would it be to back up this? or just use carbonite to back up my video and compressed rar videos.

A:backing up infected computer help me not reinfect new instal

Well...I can't answer your question...but it appears to me that Boopme has already answered that, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1824861.Louis

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I have a question about backing up my files on a HDD and then attaching it to a new computer without having to delete backed up files. Would this work ?

Reason I ask this is because, I'm upgrading to a new pc. I'm keeping RAM, all the hard drives (2 TB and 1 TB HDD. 1 TB HDD is for backing up files), power supply and computer case. Others will be replaced with new and better hardware.

BTW, the hard drive, where I want to keep my backups is completely separate hard drive, it doesn't have system files on it.

Is this possible?

- Jack

A:Using old hard drive for backing up files to a new computer

Depends on what you mean by backup files really,
Personal files should be fine and dandy to use like that,
Old system images I doubt those are any good anymore if they exist on the hdd,
A lot of people use separate hdd's.. for backup files/ system images... without any issues
The best backup is not always connected to the machine all of the time otherwise bugs can access it as easily as you or the system can,

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I have an irritating problem with backing up data at work. We have a Win2kserver and use Areca, an open-source backup program to create backup scripts and schedule them using windows task scheduler.

All data is backed up each day to a removable portable HDD no problem. I have also created a script that executes a backup to the HDD of a client PC running windows XP.

I have created a shared folder on the HDD of the client pc and mapped it as drive B:\ on the server. The client PC is always on, and power settings have been changed to 'always on'. The user stays logged in to the domain, and locks the workstation.

The backup seems to fail. When I check the folder on the client PC in the mornings, there is nothing in there. Any ideas?

It would be great to be able to backup data to that PC as well as the removable portable HDD. I am trying to avoid getting a network storage device if possible.

A:Problem backing up to networked PC

Hard to say, but I'd try a sample backup in that configuration and watch what happens. What does any backup log or the event log say about the backup process?

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I am trying to do a backup on my friends laptop - her D drive doesn't have enough space so I am trying to change the location to the C: drive but can't seem to figure out how. I get the error 0x80070005

A:Problem Backing Up on Vista

hi the d drive is usually the recovery partition however maybe not in this case anyway this may be of some help http://aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x9f

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Dear Windows 10 folks,

I recently tried to restore files from some back up DVDs I made using the backup facility in Windows 10.

But there is a problem.

When I try to do this the software wants me to find an earlier dated DVD than I have inserted.

When I put that DVD in it doesn't recognise it.

It doesn't seem to recognise any of the DVD backups I have made and then actually retrieve the files from them.

What am I doing wrong here?
Regards and thanks

Michael Fothergill

A:problem backing up DVDs....

I am not completely sure what procedure you are following. Are you using file history or something like Backup and Restore?

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Hi, I am going to clean up my cousin's computer. It is slow as molasses and I am guessing that it is infected bigtime. I wanna plug my external hard drive into the computer so I can backup all the files they want off the computer. I am just wondering if my external hard drive is vulnerable to viruses when I do this? I am going to do a Factory Restore. Also it takes forever and I mean forever to get to things on that computer. Is there a faster way to get files onto my external hard drive before I do a Factory Restore? Also if I do a Factory Restore instead of a reformat will all the viruses be gone?

A:Backing up infected computer to external hard drive

JMT74 said:

Hi, I am going to clean up my cousin's computer. It is slow as molasses and I am guessing that it is infected bigtime. I wanna plug my external hard drive into the computer so I can backup all the files they want off the computer. I am just wondering if my external hard drive is vulnerable to viruses when I do this? I am going to do a Factory Restore. Also it takes forever and I mean forever to get to things on that computer. Is there a faster way to get files onto my external hard drive before I do a Factory Restore? Also if I do a Factory Restore instead of a reformat will all the viruses be gone?Click to expand...

Any files you back up to your ext drive that are infected, will still be infected.
Back-ups need to be done first, before you get infected, so you can restore them.

You need to do a destructive recovery, format drive, not just a factory restore.

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We have a shared computer. I'm not sure how to back up & migrate
all the files back when I upgrade to windows 7. Do I back up each account individually & will windows 7 migrate them back to the proper account?

A:Solved: Backing up shared computer before windows 7 upgrade

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Okay, so sorry, im a total newb at this.

I seem to be bad luck for any computer I touch. I just got a new laptop at the end of last summer, and since then I have been having a bunch of problems. I have been able to solve them all up until now. I have no clue what's wrong, and stupid me, I never backed it up so anyway, currently my computer won't go on the internet (doesn't think it has a wifi card installed) won't play audio (doesn't think it has speakers--haunt tried plugging in external ones, but my guess is it would work fine) won't open any Microsoft office programs or files (no clue why) won't recognize my external hard drive, or flash drive, or any USB device. And the list goes on. Basically, I'm giving up and wanna just wipe the whole thing, restore it to factory state, and start over. Oh yea, and did I mention that it been partitioned like 7 times because I gave it to my friend to install linux, and when it wasn't working, he just kept trying and ended up installing ubuntu over and over again in a new partition. Yea.

So anyway I really wanna back up all my stuff, but how can I do that 1: in a way that won't transfer the problem whatever it is, and 2:that I can do with only CDs. I'm running windows seven home premium 64bit

Any help on the backup, and any tips in general would be really appreciated. I am at the end of my role here and about to go crazy.

Sorry for the weird long crazy post. I'm just like about to lose it

A:Backing up computer in order to reset to factory state

Now I'm trying to back up my whole system using windows backup or whatever it is onto a disk, but it's been stuck on 25% backed up for 45 mins

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I had a thread on this before w/no helpful responses. Thought I'd try again. My computer w/VISTA is set up to backup files on Sunday night. For some reason, this can't be done because the computer apparently can't tell there is a formatted disk in the disk drive. I have tried 3 different never-used-before disks. I formatted them even tho my computer also doesn't automatically give me formatting options. I can burn photos, documents to disks but the backup doesn't work.

A:Problem Backing Up Files on VISTA

Since I seem to be the only person who accesses this site who has this problem, the thread might as well be closed.

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I use Microsoft Money 2004 to keep track of my household and personal expenses and I also use a flash drive to back-up my financial database in case of disaster and I am experiencing a problem that has me scratching my head.

Microsoft Money automatically backs up the database to a location on my hard drive every time I exit the program. I also do a 'manual' back-up to a flash drive about once a week and this is where the problem comes up.

I am using a San Disc 4 Gig 'Cruzer' U3 type flash drive. I have disabled the U3 function on the flash drive. Whenever I try to back-up my financial data base Microsoft Money gives me a message that the 'floppy disc in 'F' drive is full, please insert a second disc to finish the back-up'. If I simply click on 'Continue' the program supposedly finishes the back-up.

The compressed size of the database as reported by my Microsoft Money program is 600 Meg and I have 2.5 Gig free on my flash drive so I can't figure out why I would be getting this message but I am very concerned as to the security of my back-ups.

I have checked all of the settings in Microsoft Money and I can't see anything amiss.

I have several questions:

1) Why am I seeing this message?

2) What has happened to cause this message?

3) Is this a problem? IE: Do I think I have a back-up but in reality I don't have a back-up?

4) How do I fix this problem or do I just go ahead and ignore it?


A:Problem Backing Up To Flash Drive

Well, IMO first step would be to make sure that your flash drive indeed has the letter F. Maybe it changed from the last time you've backed up?

Also, if you don't have anything important on the flash drive, you could format it. If you have Windows Vista and up - you could format it with NTFS partition type.

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I have made many back ups using Macrium Reflect in the past. I tried to make a back up today ecountering a problem that makes my efforts fruitless. When the back up reaches 11% complete the process freezes until a notice is displayed which says "Back up aborted, error code 1117. The request could not be completed because of an I/O error.
Since I/O indicates input/output, I feared the worst and made a chkdsk on both the drve being copied and the destination drive (my external) both show no problems. Any ideas guys and gals?

A:Problem Backing Up with Macrium Reflect

Is this any help Rich ? Macrium Support Forum - Image error 1117

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I have some issues I can't fix no matter what I do the main one being freezing, update errors and random restarts on top of lots of issues being reported in windows.

Nothing horrible but enough to bother me...

The straw to break the back will be this..

If I back up my computer (how do I do this) and then do a fresh factory install can I use the back up cds to put everything back on my computer? including programs (just wondering) Also will it put back my desktop and all that? or is this to much to hope in which case if I factory restore with saving all my info and it goes to a back up folder will it include programs or just files? Also will it all be usable or am I better off copying files to a flash drive or dvd cds?

Im just curious im super lazy I doubt I will do this but ... Clearly my computer won't play ball its going stay way it is unless I do this or just send it back and hope toshiba fixes it (which I know they wouldn't it has be windows error)

I been debating this for awhile now I honestly think some program or tweak or something must of really messed up a windows setting or maybe a power loss during update messed it up and I want some basic info before I even begain to think about doing this. I was also thinking of trying linux out but I think no matter what I need windows...

Just if I do reinstall I want it to be worth it also windows repair doesn't work ran it 10 times trying fix issue I don't get it it just keep updating same thing over and over

A:backing up restoring computer fresh install Just fast question

Back UP your personal files/Data. Pictures, Videos, Doc. any thing that is not a software. when your doing a factory install it should be like you bought it. How do you backup?? If you backup like this and then try to restore it won't do you any good. grab a USB stick and start coping your personal stuff and insert your factory Recovery DVD/CD and Restore your Computer.

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I recently received the blue screen of death. I restarted it, and it continuously gives me the error "windows-delayed write failed" and this happens for multiple "folders" or something....
Anyway, after restarting again (or just turning it off because I cannot click on anything) it fails to boot up at all. I cannot even do it in safe mode. And when I could, I couldn't do anything anyway.
I CANNOT lose my files, and I was told to use the program UBUNTU to get the files off of my hard drive, and then continue to reinstall windows to wipe everything out. However I am very confused on how to do this. They said that UBUNTU is a watered down version of windows and I should be able to get my data and save it somewhere else, even though I cannot even get on my computer right now.
How will I be able to get this program off my CD when I put it in my CD drive, if I can't do anything on my computer?

A:Backing up files on hard drive (when computer wont boot up)

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How do I know which files I can back up without infecting my external drive? I have been reading that Norton Internet Security and Malwarebyte can't detect this rootkit. So if I scan with these products and they say they are not infected how can I trust them. I would like to back up my files in case I need to format my computer to get rid of the rootkit.
I will appreciate any help or suggestions on how to back-up my files and not infect the external drive.

A:Backing up files with TDL3/TDL4 problem

Should you decide to reformat or do a factory restore due to malware infection, you can back up all your important documents, personal data files, photos to a CD or DVD drive, not a flash drive or external hard drive as they may become compromised in the process. The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding a file extension or adding to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to to copying it back to your hard drive.If your CD/DVD drive is unusable, another word of caution if you are considering backing up to an external usb hard drive as your only alternative. External drives are more susceptible to infection and can become compromised in the process of backing up data. I'm not saying you should not try using such devices but I want to make you aware of all your options and associated risks so you can make an informed decision if its wort... Read more

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Half of the folders are empty! Just the empy folder got copied. Any ideas/suggestions? The project covered about 2 discs. I looked at the 2nd disc and more than half of the folders were empty. Tried the first disk and each time I tried opening a file it stopped responding and eventually Windows Explorer shut itself down.

I tried the fourth time and autoplay kicked in and when I tried to click on a file to see if it was actually on the disc it asked me if I wanted to retrieve it and send it back to it's previos location. Isn't there a way to just make a DVD+R that has all the files on it so I can just open the file I want like you used to do on a diskette or a CD-R???

I might just have to say screw it and go get an external hard drive because I'm about to throw my laptop out the window because of all my problems with the stupid DVD burner! UGH!!!

A:Tried backing up files using Roxio Creator Classic- one problem

Donít know about Creator Classic, but Iíd guess that the Laptop burner is OK, it was just given bad instructions.

External HDs are the way to go. May I suggest, shopping for an External HD Enclosure - then shopping for sales on internal HDs. You can get more gigs for the buck this way.

Donít throw the laptop out the window, you could hurt someone. Ship it to me instead.

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I back up my Outlook.pst file to an external hard drive, but when I try to recover for various dates in Windows File History, it just shows an Outlook.pst file with a few kilobytes in a white shaded out form, not like my archive.pst, etc. which gets backed up and looks like a regular yellow and white Outlook.pst file. I simultaneously back up ALL the same files (automated) to the cloud and to an attached SD card with Crashplan and when recovery is attempted, they all appear to have backed up properly. I'm using Outlook 2010.

A:Problem: File History not backing up Outlook.pst properly?

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