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Q: how to backup and restore c: drive

i have installed windows XP in my laptop, i want to backup and restore it, currntly im using "Norton Ghost-2003" i can only restore my c: drive from windows (if i can access the desktop of windowsXP) but i cant restore it from DOS, i tried to restore it from DOS but it hangs while restoring from DOS, tell me software by which i can backup and restore it both from windows and DOS. thanksKazim HassnainPakistan

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A: how to backup and restore c: drive

Have you got Windows XP Home, or the Professional version?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just wanted to double check!!

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

Thanks!
OM
 

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

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

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

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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 !

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

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

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

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

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I posted this last week and didn't get any response. so I'm trying again.    I guess I shouldn't have started so late on. My hard drive failed I replaced it.  When I tried to restore the files it would do nothing.   My backups were on a secondary drive.  It's curious that I had also simply copied important files to directories on the secondary drive.  Those files aren't there anymore. I opened the Backup and Recovery Manager.  Went to "Recover important files or the entire system", then either advanced or wizard,It askes for  "the backup to restore" and files to be "added".  Then nothing.  Whatever I did, it wouldn't add anything.  I've seen reference to the backup having to be older than the drive.  Impossible here obviously.  Is there a workaround?  The files have an .inp extenstion.  Am I missing something else? Thanking you in advance.

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Hi There,
I recently lost a HD in my laptop (WXP Home SP2).
I always have everything backed up at least once, so I have a solid backup (made by BounceBack Pro) on an external drive. I have bought a replacement drive and have connectors allowing me to connect and format/load... anything on this drive before putting in in the laptop.
What do I do next? Is there a way to load the backup on the HD to be recognized by the laptop as OS?
I would appreciate help.
JMK56

A:Restore A Drive From The Backup?

Welcome to BCPage 71 of the owner's manual will tell you step by step what to dohttp://www.cmsproducts.com/pdf/BBPro7.1.6Manual.pdfMark

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Dell Desktop 8300 [modified hardware]
200GB Hitachi HD = Master ?C? Drive,
~40GB Maxtor HD = Slave ?F? Drive Dedicated To Backups
VisionTek Radeon X1050 = Graphics Card

When booting up, my computer attempts a CHKDSK on drive F: which is a slave drive dedicated to backups. I tried to access it, but I just get an error dialog box says that the drive is unreadable and asks me if I?d like to format now? (I always click no).

I notice that accessing ?my computer?, C: drive, shortcut windows and a few other double click commands take longer than usual to respond? but eventually do work.

I went to uninstall a program today and can not access the ?add remove programs? under the control panel. The control panel comes up and the ?add remove programs? window comes up, but then just says ?please wait? populating programs? and never completes the task.

Everything seems to be operating. There must be something that I?m overlooking or just unaware of. Can someone help me out here?

A:No Access Restore/Backup Drive

Can you unplug the drive and see if the issues are still there?

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I have read the post about Macrium Image your system with free Macrium (all 12 pages) but my question is can I make an image backup of my current hard drive, remove it and put in a new hard drive and restore to it? I currently have a 160 gig hard drive partitoned in two. C has the os and D has all the programs I use and all personal files. I also have all personal file saved off site. I want to replace the hard drive with a faster larger hard drive. Is it possible to do using Macrium?

Thank you

A:Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

Yes
Using Macrium or Windows Imaging.
A current Disk Management screenshot will help the description.

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I can't get my backup to load to a new hard drive.  From "recover important files" it asks for the files to be "added" but I can't select files nor give it a location.  The backed up files (on a second drive) is mostly a list of files with .inp extensions.  I've seen reference to a problem with (I believe) the backup being older than the hard drive installation.  If that might be the problem is there a way to change the date of the files? or another work around.  Or, am I not doing something else right? 

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

Thanks for your help.

A:Backup and Restore to External Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

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

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Hi everyone.
I was just about to go out and get myself a nice big 4TB WD MyBook External Hard drive to use for my PC backups and data backups, until I read somewhere that Windows 7 Backup and Restore has issues with large drives. Something to do with 4k sectors or something...
Is there a way I can get the 4tb drive to work with it reliably and easily?
Or the other thing I was thinking was getting something smaller that Backup and Restore can manage (maybe 2tb? what's the limit for the thing?), and another drive for my drag-and-drop files.
Or could the 4tb one work with it partitioned into 2 smaller ones that Backup and Restore can work with and use the other for other files? or will that not work because of the sector thing?

Or if the stock Windows Backup and Restore sucks, and I should use something else, what should I use? What should I do? I want the process to be as smooth and reliable as possible.

Thanks for all of your help peoples

A:4TB Drive Backup and Restore Compatibility?

Not sure about the 4 GB issue with Backup and Restore, but most here would tell you to use another program. It works, but isn't polished, flexible, and easily understood.

You'll have to initialize the drive as a GPT disk if you want to utilize all 4 GB. I don't see any reason to chop it up into multiple partitions for most purposes.

You could look at Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper to make images of Windows. Both free. I think Paragon may have a free imaging program too? Macrium is probably the favorite here.

You might want to consider something other than imaging to back up your personal files. There's a bunch of free applications that do a pretty good job of that.

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I've had to do a backup restore of my hard drive and now all the files and folders on the entire C drive are read only. I can't change anything even though I'm logged on as the administrator.

I've searched these forums and the net and tried quite a few things to resolve this but I've had no luck. Any help would be truly appreciated.

A:C drive read only after restore from backup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by scr


I've had to do a backup restore of my hard drive and now all the files and folders on the entire C drive are read only. I can't change anything even though I'm logged on as the administrator.

I've searched these forums and the net and tried quite a few things to resolve this but I've had no luck. Any help would be truly appreciated.


Might be as simple as taking ownership. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

A:Software to backup and restore the hard drive

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Hey so this is a pretty basic question.
But lately my computer has been running a bit slower and I notice typical tasks are taking a bit longer.
I intend to format my hard drive and make it run like new.

First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

A:Question about formatting a drive and using a backup to restore.

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Quote: Originally Posted by briantheman890


First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Did the factory built PC came with an OEM Windows installation and you moved that hard drive to the home-built PC, which had a different motherboard?

Is the Windows installation on the home-built PC with the old HD currently activated?

Do you mean a 25 character Product Key when you say "CD key"?

Does that Product Key come from a sticker on the factory-built PC, or from a disk of some type, or what?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

A restoration from an old backup will contain whatever defects were on the C drive when you made the backup.
What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

You could have fixable problems that cause a slowdown, but a clean installation is preferable if you are willing to do it and have the appropriate Windows license and an installation disk.

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Hi,
I believe the following statements are true for win7 image backup.
1) The win7 image is for the entire HDD (or SSD).
That is, you cannot make an image of just one partition.
2) When you restore the image, there is no option to restore
a single partition. That is, you have to restore the entire image.
3) The new disk must be larger than the image disk.

This is very restrictive. And it discourages large C:\ drives :-(

Are there any image backup/restore tools that will backup/restore
just one partition?

If I could do an image backup/restore for a selected partition
then I could have a C:\ partition of maybe 200GB for OS and a
D:\ partition of maybe 800GB for data on a 1TB disk.

What is best practice?
thanks

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Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD). My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive. Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it. From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

Thanks in advance,
Pete

A:want to restore backup image to a new hard drive

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Quote: Originally Posted by pl28


Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD).

Describe this recovery disk. Where did it come from? Burned? Bought? Can you make another?


My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive.

Made an image backup with what application?


Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it.

I'd expect that your "recovery disk" is something you would attempt to boot from to restore an image. Are you able to boot from this "recovery disk"?

You say "does not recognize my new hard drive". Do you mean you can boot with the recovery disk and locate your previously made image file, but you cannot select the new hard drive as a destination for the image restoration? Or do you mean something else?

From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

You didn't say what application you are using to make and restore this image. A lack of proper drivers on the recovery disk can prevent i... Read more

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Paragon Backup & Recovery?, version 10.2 free

If my backed up HD dies and I put another HD in my computer, can I do a restore to the new HD using this software?

A:Can Paragon Backup restore to a different hard drive

I find Paragon Backup & Recovery to be a very nice app. It will do what you want and it is fairly easy to use.

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I am trying to find some documents on a back up on my Flash drive. I have the folder MINWINPC and within that I have Backup1 and Backup.2.fbw but I can't open them.

I have tried from Recovery Manager and that does not give me an option to restore just these files.

Please help

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Hi all - i really appreciate any help in advance
The other day i had a problem with my new laptop(vista) that i couldnt rectify - the only thing i could do is press f8 on boot to get into the repair your computer section of vista... It gave me the option of restoring my computer to factory settings and the option of backing up the files before i did so .
I formatted my usb drive and backed up everything i could from my computer and "reinstalled" Vista - backup restore file was saved to my usb drive.
Once up and running again with a "new" vista i double clicked on the file restore application and it asked me which parts i wanted to reinstall i said all and then continued and the backup restore started . I then however, stupidly and accidently hit cancel about a minute or two in.
Now i find that when i try to do it again and double click the restore application the timer icon comes up for half a second and then dissapears with nothing happening at all - over and over again.
I have tried all ways to get it to open and it will do nothing.
Since i first opened it and canceled it the file name has changed to backup.1 & it is now in subfolders: MINWINPC > Backup files 2008 > then backup.1 where as before the first time i ran it there were no folders just the application and nothing else.
I am sure the file name has changed but i cant recall what it was the first time - i was wondering if i renamed it would it work again??? Or any other ideas??? PL... Read more

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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. ?

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

A:Windows Backup to restore drive after RAID

Hello con3636, welcome to Seven Forums!



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

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When attempting backup operations, I receive the following error message:

The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation. (0x8004230F)

I ran sfc /scannow, with the following message:

Found corrupt files but could not repair them.

Looking through the CBS.log, the file "settings.ini" is identified as not being repaired, and there seems to have been a lot of other activity in the scan.

How do I make repairs?

A:Unable to do system or hard drive backup/restore

Hello, MildBill.

What antivirus (if any) do you have installed on your machine? I have run into problems with using System Restore with a couple of programs. They seemed to lock the necessary files.

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Help Help Help Help!!!!

If i
1) Delete System Reserve
2) Convert my all partitions to Fat32, i have 250gb Hard Disk

Can i use Old version of Norton Ghost 8 or 9 (not latest version), or can i make backup of c drive and restore it with old Norton Ghost?

A:can i make backup of c drive and restore it with old Norton Ghost?

Hello Siraj, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you're just wanting to create an image backup, then you could use the free Macrium Reflect instead that's up to date if you like.

Imaging with free Macrium

MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,

I'm using Windows 7 and I have four hard drives in my computer labeled C, E, F and G. A few days ago I got a BSOD and my computer wouldn't start up after that. I've been having a few problems with the C drive lately so I bought a replacement and restored from my Acronis TrueImage 2010 backup. That went fine and my computer now works as it did before with my F and G drives connected, but not my E drive. If I try to start up with my E drive connected my computer just gets stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen. If I look at my BIOS settings with it connected it is not listed. It's a pretty new drive and I've never had any problems with it before. Please can someone tell me how I can start using it again?

Thanks,
Joe
 

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I would like to ask if there is someone with a Vista computer who also has an Iomega REV drive installed who can run a test to determine if they can execute a "Complete PC Backup & Restore" using the REV drive as the backup destination? The operation to run this test is as follows. Put a blank, formatted disk in the REV drive, then press Start, then Control Panel, then go to Backup & Restore Center, then press the Backup Computer tab, then "after looking for backup devices" finishes, select "on one or more DVD's", then select REV drive, then press "next" twice, then press "Start Backup". At that point a screen will appear that has written, "Windows is saving the Backup" and "Preparing to Create Backup". If this screen remains for a few minutes, and progress is indicated by the advancing blue bar, then the backup will be successful. If the backup is not successful, then an error message will appear that says, "Media is not UDF". I always am forced to terminate the backup at the error message, "Media is not UDF". I will be eternally grateful to anyone who will run this procedure and email me the result at ***************. At Iomega Technical Support there is no one there who has Vista installed who can run this procedure. Thanks. James

A:Compatibiliy Of Vista Complete Backup & Restore With Rev Drive

Bleepingcomputer.com Viewer: After a day and a half of attempting to solve the problem that my 35 GB USB REV drive was unable to store a Complete PC Backup in Vista, I have determined that the procedure is possibly possible. The closest I arrived at success is by uninstalling the REV drive software. In this instance Vista recognized the REV drive as a CD drive. I then ran the Complete Backup and Restore program with the REV drive recognized as a CD drive. The backup then completed successfully, and after reinstalling the REV drive software, the Vista Restore program recognized the backup image. The problem with that circumstance was that although the same files were recognized in the REV drive backup as in the external hard disk backup, two backup files on the REV drive had a total of 11 GB less than the total of the same two files backed up on the hard drive. I found no evidence that compression had been used in backing up on the REV drive. I called Iomega and was told that compression is used in backing up to a REV disk. The Rep. said the backup should be O.K., since no errors were reported while backing up, and all files were verified. I attempted to copy the backup image on the hard drive to the 35 GB REV drive; however, 35 GB wasn't enough space for the copy, which was 38 GB. Perhaps, copy of the image to a 70 GB REV drive might work in the Vista Restore operation. Thank you for your interest and attention. James

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Dear friends,

I recently moved a backup file stored in an external HD to a new location using copy/paste. Then, I moved it back to the original location. Now, this backup file is presented as a regular directory (doesn't show the backup file icon) and is not eligible to restore files. How should I make it visible again to restore files?. Also, there are a lot of zip files inside this directory containing the backed up files, but as I said, the backup date is not shown in the restore session.

Thanks.

Luis

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Hi Gang!

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Thanks a bunch!!!

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

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

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

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Delerious, welcome to the Seven Forums.

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

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

Kari

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I have done a search on navap.vxd which turns up several previous questions but none appear directly relevant.
I made a copy of my C: drive to the D: drive as a back up.
I then tried booting from D: to test whether the back up worked OK. However during the Boot the system reports that C:\progra~1\norton~1\navap.vxd is missing. The trouble is that it is not missing at all, the copy is right there in the folder where it should be.
I would prefer not to have to reinstall Norton Internet Security again since the last time I tried it tooik the entire weekend, including a manual uninstall following instructions on the Symantec Website.
Is there asolution please?
 

A:Restore Backup copy of Drive loses NAVAP.VXD

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Hi,

I'm using Windows 7 and I have four hard drives in my computer labeled C, E, F and G. A few days ago I got a BSOD and my computer wouldn't start up after that. I've been having a few problems with the C drive lately so I bought a replacement and restored from my Acronis TrueImage 2010 backup. That went fine and my computer now works as it did before with my F and G drives connected, but not my E drive. If I try to start up with my E drive connected my computer just gets stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen. If I look at my BIOS settings with it connected it is not listed. It's a pretty new drive and I've never had any problems with it before. Please can someone tell me how I can start using it again?

Thanks,
Joe

A:Can't Access Secondary Hard Drive After Restore From Backup

If your G drive isn't showing up at post/in the BIOS, it means that your computer is getting timeouts when trying to communicate with it (this *could* have been the cause of your BSOD's if for some reason you had your paging file set here for example). Subsequently, if your motherboard/bios aren't seeing it, neither will Windows. Just doublecheck that it's plugged in properly with the right cables and power adapter. Try a different cable for power/data and try a different port.

If none of those work, you have a dead drive :-\

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

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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Hello,

I am looking to restore a complete backup in Vista. Vista is installed on a 500gb internal c: drive and the backup is installed on a physically seperate 500gb internal d: drive.

I have other files on the backup drive (outside of the backup images) that I want to be sure to keep. When trying to perform the backup, the dialog boxes are unclear as to whether or not any files will be erased from the backup drive. It just says that all files will be erased.

Will the full restore put everything on both drives as it was, or will it only affect the c: drive?

A:Does Complete PC Restore delete other files from backup drive?

Hi infinitr, what did you use to make the backup?

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

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

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

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

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

Basically, no.

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

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Hello: newbie here

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

thank you

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

Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)
Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time ... Read more

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

Dell - Recovery - Temp - tmp and ResSys

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

Please, can anyone one help me out,

many thanks,

Chris.

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

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

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** Admin/Mods: I cannot find my original thread! If found, I will gladly update that thread and ask that this thread be deleted.**

Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD ... Read more

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just as the title indicates, i have one hard drive that is partitioned 3 times for a tri OS boot.

window 64bit, 64bit and 32bit all window 7, for my personal reasons.
now i just found out today window 7 image backup tool backs up the entire hard drive, and can not seperate partitions therefore backs up all 3 parition together as a single image file.

what i want to know is, if there is a way either through window 7 or via another 3rd party image tool, that i can backup image and restore image per partitions instead per harddrive and still be able to tri boot? and if so, which program and how..?

thanks a lot!

A:single drive, 3 paritions, one OS per parition, image backup/restore

Macrium lets you back up one partition at a time. So does Acronis.

I think Windows imaging has its own idea of what a "system" partition is. I don't use it and will have to take your word for it that you have no control over that.

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Hi,

I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.

Thanks
 

A:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive - Control Panel ( Backup & Restore )

I have upgraded to Windows 10 from Widows 8.1 (pre-installed) , on my "ACER Aspire E1 472P- 6491" laptop by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer and successfully activated Windows 10 . I do not have a Windows (8.1 or 10) product key , as the Windows was pre-loaded on the laptop .

Now I want to make a " Windows10 Recovery Drive ", which can be used later to boot/re-instal Windows10 in case my Laptop fails to boot or to reset/troubleshoot any problems on Windows10 . Accordingly I tried to Create Factory Default Backup via Control Panel ( Backup & Restore ) option, but I found that it is meant for Windows 7 or 8.1 only ( which means that the system can be recovered back to Windows 7 or 8.1 only ? not Windows 10 ) .

I am surpised as to why Backup & Restore is meant for Windows 7 only , when I have upgraded to Windows 10 already . In fact I have upgraded to Windows 10 from Widows 8.1 ( not Windows 7 ), then why it is taking me back to Windows 7 ? Can I not create a Recovery USB Media/Drive Backup for Windows10 for future use , after I have upgraded to Windows 10 ? If not , then how to make a Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive .

I expect some Microsoft representative to reply & explain on the following points ?

a) After upgradation to Windows 10 , why Control Panel ( Backup & ... Read more

A:Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive - Control Panel (Backup & Restore)

Hi, this forum is run by fellow users.. if you'd like to attract the attention of MS employees, suggest trying technet - a MS forum.
Technet forums

To answer (a): Here's a MS answer (a little searching finds this helpful info):
Backup and Restore - Microsoft Community

To answer (b): From the tutorial section:
Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

I would also strongly suggest you look into 3rd party disk imaging, generally preferred, which allows you to restore your system to how it was when you created the image, back up your data, and generally let you sleep at night

Hope that's useful.

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Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive - Control Panel ( Backup & Restore )

I have upgraded to Windows 10 from Widows 8.1 (pre-installed) , on my "ACER Aspire E1 472P- 6491" laptop by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer and successfully activated Windows 10 . I do not have a Windows (8.1 or 10) product key , as the Windows was pre-loaded on the laptop .

Now I want to make a " Windows10 Recovery Drive ", which can be used later to boot/re-instal Windows10 in case my Laptop fails to boot or to reset/troubleshoot any problems on Windows10 . Accordingly I tried to Create Factory Default Backup via Control Panel ( Backup & Restore ) option, but I found that it is meant for Windows 7 or 8.1 only ( which means that the system can be recovered back to Windows 7 or 8.1 only ? not Windows 10 ) .

I am surpised as to why Backup & Restore is meant for Windows 7 only , when I have upgraded to Windows 10 already . In fact I have upgraded to Windows 10 from Widows 8.1 ( not Windows 7 ), then why it is taking me back to Windows 7 ? Can I not create a Recovery USB Media/Drive Backup for Windows10 for future use , after I have upgraded to Windows 10 ? If not , then how to make a Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive .

I expect some Microsoft representative to reply & explain on the following points ?

a) After upgradation to Windows 10 , why Control Panel ( Backup & ... Read more

A:Windows10 Recovery USB Media/Drive - Control Panel (Backup & Restore)

Hi, this forum is run by fellow users.. if you'd like to attract the attention of MS employees, suggest trying technet - a MS forum.
Technet forums

To answer (a): Here's a MS answer (a little searching finds this helpful info):
Backup and Restore - Microsoft Community

To answer (b): From the tutorial section:
Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

I would also strongly suggest you look into 3rd party disk imaging, generally preferred, which allows you to restore your system to how it was when you created the image, back up your data, and generally let you sleep at night

Hope that's useful.

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