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Solved: Backup help needed

Q: Solved: Backup help needed

Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4087 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 268949 MB; J: Total - 161018 MB, Free - 73302 MB; K: Total - 48461 MB, Free - 48360 MB; L: Total - 267457 MB, Free - 267349 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H55M-LE, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A: Solved: Backup help needed

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I have a one person office I rent from a company. The company has a network and a server. They have tight security so I can't plug anything into the network other than my workstation.

I have about 50GB of files on their server (they partitioned me some space and assigned me a network drive letter of H ) and another 50GB of files on my C: hard drive.

I need to back up this data to a local NAS drive and keep the backup current. I suppose all I can use is USB 2.0 for that unless there's some faster way... maybe put a card in my workstation or something.

Right now I have XP Pro SP3 but will be migrating to Windows 7 pro in a few months.

Ideally, I would like a NAS drive that has autobackup built in and can backup the data on both drives and keep it current rather than having to use Windows backup or install a stand alone software backup program.

LEO! LEO'S FRIENDS! HELP! I know you guys are really really smart. Is there a great solution that meets these requirements?

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: NAS Backup Solution Help Needed


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I don't know if this is the right place for this place for this question but here goes.

I want to make a backup copy of the 3 laptops in my home and I need to calculate
the number of CD's I will need to do it.

Other than manualy, does anyone know of a calculator that I can use do this.


A:Solved: Number of CD's needed for a backup

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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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I have a 5 years old PC with 80gb internal hard drive. I've just bought an external hard drive; Buffalo Drivestation 1tb. My aim is:

1- To boot from Buffalo DriveStation in the event of internal harddrive failure (the hd start making clicking sound). I've just reformat my PC and a one-off 'copy' of how my OS setting is fine, I dont need scheduled backup / 'copy' of my OS in my Buffalo DriveStation. FYI, the OS is in my C: where else files, pictures, songs etc is in different partition.

2- To make scheduled backups files,pictures, songs etc partition to Buffalo DriveStation every fortnight or so.

3- Im planning to partition the Buffalo DriveStation such as below:
a) 10gb --> to make a 'copy' of my current C: drive where my OS is
b) 150gb --> for pictures
c) 300gb --> for videos
d) 50gb --> for files
e) 490gb --> to 'copy' partitions b) to d)

I've been reading Acronis and googled on how to do the above but not sure whether I should go with 'Disk Cloning' or 'Mounting Images' or both to perform Task 1 and Task 3e?

Also, in order to perform partition my Buffalo DriveStation as outlined in Task3 using Partition Magic, do I have to choose the specific task of 'Install Another Operating OS' for Task 3a?

I hope I have explained everything as clearly as possible and appreciate any help.

Thank you

A:Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

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What size CD is needed for Windows XP Home Edition backup?

A:[SOLVED] What size CD is needed for Windows XP Home Edition backup?

If it is just the Operating System you need to backup XP will only need a CD-r

If it is other items (Pictures, Documents etc.) it will depend on the amount of info to be backed up.


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I would like a recommendation for a backup product that will copy files, on the fly to a separate HDD [ internal or external ]. Essentially, a mirrored image.

Unfortunately, the computer uses IDE HDDs and had no SATA ports on the motherboard.

I have used Acronis True Image & Norton Ghost to clone HDDs.

Win XP SP2, Win Vista, Win 2000 Pro.

Thanks for your advice.


A:Solved: real time data backup - recommendation needed

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.

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My new (and still under warranty) windows 8 laptop keeps going to the recovery screen, error code:

when i hit f8 the "winload.efi" is mentioned above the error code.

Customer support said I'm S.O.L. and need to reboot but i need to make a backup first.

Is there a way to fix this error or back up my computer?
I can make live USB's and I have a data transfer cable.

Thanks in advance.

A:Help; Backup needed.

See here, sound slike it's exactly what you need: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I created a full backup this morning which shows in the WindowsImageBackup folder on my F drive. After loading a new program the sytem locked and the only thing that worked was the refresh which deleted all my programs.

The recovery does not find the folder. I have created a recovery disk,but not certain who to use it.

Could somebody help?


A:Help needed with a backup

As I recall you'd need to use a windows boot disk, then use the option to recover from a backup. Check here

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Recently I lost my HD. I was lucky to be able to retrieve most of my personal files but it has still been a hassle having to locate and load all the programs again.
Wanting to prevent this hassle in the future I want to have an exact duplicate of my internal HD somewhere. Then if it ever craps out on me I can just add another HD and copy all my programs and files to it from this other source all in one swoop.
Iím thinking of getting a WD FireWire 120 GB external HD and using Norton Ghost to make an exact copy of my current HD. However, I want some expert opinions before I run off and do anything.
I have never used an external HD or Norton Ghost so Iím not sure they will accomplish what Iím hoping for.
My current (working) HD is a WD 120 GB running Windows XP Pro.
A. Would Norton Ghost make an exact duplicate of the original HD (OS, BIOS settings, programs, files etc.)?
B. After the initial backup is made how will future backupís be completed, i.e. will Ghost record/update just the changes it sees or will I have to reformat the external drive and redo a complete copy every time I want to backup?
C. How long does it take to backup? I have approx. 40 GB on HD that would need to be backed up (at least initially). This will continue to grow as I do a lot of picís and someday hope to get confident enough to try adding home videoís .
Is there a better (by better I mean more clean/easier) way of accomplishing my ultimate goal of having an exact duplicate HD in case one craps ... Read more

A:HD Backup Help Needed

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I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.

A:Backup Advice Needed

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I just backed up my drive with 3 partitions with Nero on DVD.
If my Windows XP ever takes a crap again: Will I have reinstall XP and Nero and then restore:? If yes: With or without partitions? Will the restore overwrite the registry so all my programs will work? I am not trying to beat any copy protection here, It just takes me days on days to reinstall all my music studio programs and dink around digging up all the keys and disk's. I have always started from scratch in the past.


A:Backup advice needed!

Your data should be good. I doubt the DVD is bootable though. You would need to reinstall XP, programs, drivers, ect. And then you could copy the data.

You cain't simply back up your system and restore it as files in use cain't be copied and anytime Windows is active there will be files in use.

If what you are looking for is a means to restore your system then you need a image of the drive. Ghost or Drive Image will make a image than can be used to do a restore. They boot to their own system.

FWIW I run a vanilla system with few special drivers. I have my drive partitioned as you do and I load XP and drivers to C, application programs to D and data goes to E. So I just back up data on E. Therefore I don't clone my drive. If I feel the need to reload XP I back up E and reload XP and my programs.

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Hi, I'm new here... but then again, you probably already guessed that by the fact that I'm posting this in the general discussion forum.

As I'm pretty sure this isn't the right place to ask I'm hoping someone will point me in the direction of where that is, but in case there's a quick and easy fix someone knows of I'm going to ask anyway.

I've backed up a network of, say, 6 PCs onto a NAS drive and then copy/pasted all that onto an external HDD to be kept away from the network. But how can I restore from this HDD when backup & restore doesn't appear to let me find the HDD.

Is there a way of setting up another backup to take all the stuff off the NAS and put it on the HDD or will C&P suffice?

All help gratefully received, though I totally understand if you just roll your eyes and tut, tut at the newbie.



A:Backup and restore help needed

From what I can tell, C&P should be fine, although it'd be better to clone the partition using a program like Partition Wizard. Granted, it will take longer to clone the partition each time you want a backup of your backups but it will make sure that you can use the Backup files and that you don't miss anyway hidden files.

BTW, Please don't post duplicates...
MODERATOR: This is a clone of this post:

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i need to backup my Inspiron laptop as well as my iPad 2. I've narrowed it down to buying the cord. Now I need referrals for backup software. I'd like to backup Windows to my iPad as well as to a flash drive. Then I want to backup my iPad to iTunes on my Windows laptop, then to flash drive.

Which software do you suggest -- free preferably -- to do all this? I've been using Windows since 3.0 but Apple is fairly new. I'd need something fairly simple to use.

Once done, I'll upgrade to a Windows 8. I'm waiting on ten as I've read too many horror stories. That's normal, I know, but I always wait a while

Thank you

A:Backup advice needed

I don't know what "buying the cord" means.

I know absolutely nothing about backing up an iPad.

I have no idea if you could back up an Inspiron to an iPad. I've never heard of such a thing. Anything is possible.

You ought to think in terms of backing up the Inspiron to a hard drive of some type. Not to an iPad. Not to a flash drive.

I'm assuming you are referring to backing up Windows itself, not just your personal data, pictures, videos, etc.

The standard tool to backup Windows to a hard drive is imaging software such as Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper. Both are free.

You can back up to DVDs, but it's foolish and asking for trouble.

If you just want to back up your personal data, rather than your Windows installation, that's another story entirely.

"Backup" is a poorly defined word that means different things to different people at different times. What do you mean when you use it?

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I have a program which i use daily at work, the program instalation disk is a single use disk only so should i encounter a problem with this program i have to contact the company and wait 4-6 working days for a new disc. My question is, would a back-up program restore this program to working condition should i encounter another problem , and avoid the 4-6 day wait ?

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I'm looking for a simple and inexpensive backup solution for a remote location. They have just over a gigabyte of data that needs to be backed up regularly (at least weekly if not daily). I'm sure the amount of data to be backed up will grow over time. These user's do not have an on-site tech and are not very computer savvy. They're okay, but as simple a solution as possible is what is needed. I'm looking for something that would hang off of a PC, maybe via USB? There are no servers over there, just about six PC's all running Windows 2000 Professional. The data to be backed up is on a single PC. Any ideas?

A:Backup solution needed

An external USB2 Hard drive would be a great solution. It could be partitioned and used for several different machines too if needed. It can easily be taken off-site (as any real back-up should).

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Hello everyone, I love to make back up of dvds that I like so that I can watch them later when I feel so. But the problem is that the recent dvds are not so easy to back up as the people are using certain tricks so that the dvd cant be copied like bad sectors, encrypting and other things. Can anyone give me software for my solution?

Thanks in advance!!!

A:DVD backup software needed!!!

I believe this section of TSG "Rules" applies to what you are requesting:

Other Illegal Activities - As you might expect, we don't want anything illegal going on here. Users cannot post hacks, cracks, pirated software, or anything of the like. Furthermore, we do not allow instructions on how to complete illegal activities, such as pirating. Please don't ask for advise on using illegal software, as it will be removed.


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I thought it would be a good idea to have a back-up of my files, vital programs etc in the event of my PC crashing and losing everything as my PC is coming up to 6yrs old. I have downloaded and printed off a copy of a step by step Windows reformat and have my original XP Home Edition SP1 disc as well as a streamlined
disc my son in law made with SP2 added.
My question is, what programs etc do I need to make a back up disc of my Firewall, AV, Spyware and other security programs as well as any necessary files etc. I have several DVD+R recordable discs with 4.7GB capacity which I plan to use. I am used to burning music CD's using Windows Media Player 11 but having never done this before am not sure if I can use WMP11 to make a data disc or do I need any special program instead and would appreciate any advice / help offered.

A:Making a Backup Disc Help Needed.

You will want software that will let you span discs so that you can fill up each disc completely and then insert another one to continue copying without having to find files that do not exceed the capacity of each individual disc. I finally bit the bullet and bought a 500 Gb external USB drive and Acronis True Image both for a little over $100. I can mirror image my entire internal 80 Gb hard drive or recover the entire internal image in about 2.5 hours on my old machine. I mirror the internal at night so it takes no time. When you back up to CD's it's a slow process each time that has to be repeated over and over. Then you have to really know where all your user files are located and it is easy to miss backing up an important data file that may not be in your user directory. The other part is that for me it would literally take days to restore all the application software I currently am using and get all the application settings back. I am cheap but that $100 investment has been worth every penny.

Good Luck

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I am looking for good, free or inexpensive, backup software to allow scheduled backups of data from a laptop to an external hard drive. Again, I need to be able to schedule backups, as well as set up exactly what folders get backed up. And the software must create some sort of place for each backup seperately on the external hard drive, not just overwrite what has already been backed up. Log creation would be a bonus, too.

Please only recommend software if you have first hand knowledge of it. Thanks so much!

A:Backup Software Recommendation Needed.


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My laptop hard drive is formatted as Dynamic, but i want to convert disk to Basic and restore the same system and continue work.

i used backup and restore to create system disk and saved on a external hard drive

my question is if i restore the system image will restore process create dynamic partition or basic when restoring? will there be a option to select with partition table i want to create before restore?


A:help needed with windows 7 backup and restore

I wouldn't want to restore an image of dynamic disks if I wanted to get rid of dynamic disks. I don't use Windows Backup, but would not expect it to offer me any choice between dynamic and basic during the restoraton process.

You need to look here, particularly at option 4:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

And avoid dynamic disks like the plague in the future.

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Can anyone please tell me if it is possible to backup the data on my EXTERNAL hard drive?

Also another option might be to change it from NTFS to fat32 without losing any data???


A:Data Backup Help Needed - URGENTLY

you can backup your stuff on an external hard drive, but the problem with this is that the external is only a hard drive, if this fails you will loose your work, what you should do is back up your stuff on DVDs this is a more permanent and secure way of backing up.

any external drives or flash drives should really be kept as FAT32, but depending on the size of the drive you can consider partitioning it one side FAT32 the other NTFS.

read this, going from NTFS to FAT32 - do a google search.

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hi guys iam using win7 ultimate evalutioin copy
it is going to expire in 2 days if it expires all my data will be lost or not
i am using windows xp as alternative

help me fast

A:backup needed for evalution copy

Back up your data. Purchase Win 7.

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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a while but have swung by because I'm in desperate need of help in deciding down which route to go with regard to backups.

The thing is that there is no sub-forum where this question would be appropriate - so I'll ask it here!

I need to perform a backup on an HP Proliant DL360 server so that in the event of theft / failure / fire etc. I can restore the system and also the files. It's got an 80Gb capacity, and there's constantly about 60GB (mainly of PDFs) on it.

The prime consideration is cost - or the lack of it because the company is very small. Before I arrived someone bought a Sony AIT-1 tape drive (35gb per tape) so I suppose I could use that but I need to be able to backup all the system files while the server is up and then restore them in the event of a failure. I also don't know what backup software is good or even compatible with this drive.

I was wondering if there's a software solution that would enable me to make a complete copy of the server's drive to my PC (over the network) and then simply update that every evening by copying changes over. I've got plenty of space on the PC and then if I needed to restore the server I could just push the data back onto new hardware.

The third way could be to buy a USB hard drive caddy and copy the system to that but I would still have the problem of copying the windows files and also climbing into the server room every time I need a backup and, we,, it's not a very elegan... Read more

A:In Need of an 'Everything Else' forum?? Backup Advice needed...

moving you to xp forum

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i need to identify an old tape backup (1999?)

from the device stickers

hewlett packard model XXGBi

also twice MX00302822

TRAVAN on the faceplate

inside i can see colorado 5GB
PN: C4354-56000

I salveged this out of a friends system with a fried HD and my system recognises it but i dont know the exact driver to download for win98se.

A:driver for old tape backup needed

Internal or external?

internal colorado 5GB internal travan drive

external colorado 5GB external travan drive

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I've been going through my house and insuring everything against fire/theft loss, and now I'm looking at my computer. My data is all backed up off-site in two ways. I have not previously tried to back up software install discs, but seeing as they could get torched in a fire, it would be nice to have a backup in some safe location.

Most of my expensive software is music software that uses dongle protection, so the install discs themselves aren't copy-protected and this should be easy.

But what about the Win 7 install disks? (I have both the 32-bit and 64-installers for Win 7 Home, in the upgrade version.) I also have some Windows XP disks from earlier on. Can these disks be copied simply as a data disk (i.e. look at the files they contain and copy to a new disk) or is there some copy protection scheme?

Or maybe I don't need to back them up. Does Microsoft have some policy of resupplying the disk if I can show the serial number or something like that?

A:is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

ImgBurn will do it. Make an ISO and either just keep that or burn another DVD if you want. I cannot comment if MS have issues but of course the copy is useless without the key you paid for. Also, you can download the ISO if you get stuck. The real thing is to keep copies of your activation Key.

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I run a backup tape on the company server, it schedule at 2:00 o'clock A.M. My problem is we have a alot to storage so when I come in at 6:00 A.M. I put a second tape in. Then at around 12:00 P.M I put a 3rd tape it finally completes its the whole backup.

Here is my creative thinking. Is there a external backup device that I could put 3 tapes or more in and have a Data tape that is tied to the device ( example; Think of a box with a tail and at the tip of the tail it has a data storage tape ) and then insert that tape to the server so when the backup schedule runs at 2:00 A.M. and when it stops at 5:00 A.M it will trigger the second tape in the device and so forth. Hopefully I made this clear.

Is there a device like that?

A:External Backup device needed

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I have the windows backup set to save my important folders to my second drive.

the backup file keeps getting larger (now many gigs).

does the program ever start a new backup file?

when I first used it a few years back, it would start a fresh file periodically so
I could delete old backups.

is it me or is it microsoft??


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I recently backed up my files to the Recovery D drive (Back up and Restore center). It failed as I did not have enough memory to complete the op. I've since uninstalled programs that I do not normall use, but still only have 20MB free out of the 10GB drive. I'm trying to go into the user files to delete folders which contain pictures that I want to delete to free up room. BUt when I click on the folder and try to delete it, I get an error message indicating that I do not have enough memory to complete the operation. So how do I delete these folders (that contain a ton of pics)?? Any help would be appreciated!

A:Help needed in deleting backup files

As suggested by richc46 I tried to delete one pic at a time; however I am still receiving an error message indicating that there is not enough disk space to perform this operation. Any other ideas?

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With my desktop cpu slowing down, I decided to run the backup utility to save all of my files before running the
restore program. Once I knew all my files were safely backed on my usb hard drive, I ran the restore. Now I am
trying to reload my backup files and the system will not let me. I have saved the zip files to my desktop for now
and have been trying to locate the folder to move them into to see if that will work.

I had a similar issue with a friends XP loaded computer but I was able to load the Microsoft Utility Backup Software but it
looks like this program will not load on Vista. I have the home version of Vista.

Any suggestion would be extremely appreciated.

Thank you,


A:Loading Vista Backup Files Help Needed

If the files are in a .zip.. you should be able to right click the folder and extract the files.. or just go into the .zip and try and open a file and that should start the extraction process.

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Hi,I am pleased to announce that we will soon be launching the BETA program for Oops!Backup version 3.For those of you that remember, in September last year I posted a similar post - - so as to get BETA testers for version 2. The feedback we received from the BETA testers was great and we are looking to do the same for version 3.For those that are reading about Oops!Backup the first time - Oops!Backup is a very easy to use Continuous Data Protect (CDP) software backup product. Oops!Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. We are planning to launch the BETA in about 6 weeks time. We would love to get beta testers to help us beta test Oops!Backup v3. Beta testers will also get a free license once they are accepted into the program.It's still too early to mention the new features in v3 but I will be making these public to the BETA list later on.So - anyone that wants to join the Altaro Oops!Backup v3 BETA program go to the note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the pr... Read more

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I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A:Device Drivers backup Software needed

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Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 on a Windows 7 Ultimate system.

I'm creating an image onto the primary drive of a partition on a secondary drive. I have Acronis set to divide the backups into 1.95-gigabyte sections. Each time it completes a 1.95-gigabyte part, it puts up an "Insert next volume" dialog. It says "Please insert next volume or select different location.". Problem is there is still many times more space at the backup location than is need for the image. I'm having to attend to this throughout the backup process--clicking on "OK" time and again to get it to continue.

I get the same result on three different systems so this problem is not unique to one computer.

Does anyone know how to stop this annoying behavior?

A:Acronis backup asks for next volume when one isn't needed.

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I had a Samsung RV511 laptop which has a lot of important information on it, so I bought a 1TB Toshiba hard drive which came with back up software. I backed up the whole system as a system image. Had I known the difficulty I have now, I would have just backed up the files. My laptop died, and so I need to know....

If I buy another laptop the same, will I be able to backup the system image from my old laptop?

If I buy another does the spec need to be exactly the same? i.e. I have seen another with a smaller hard drive and less memory. My laptop was 640GB hdd and the ones I have seen are 320GB and 500GB. I have not as yet seen a second hand one with the same spec as mine. Also the ones I have seen have less RAM, mine is 6GB, and the ones I have seen are 3-4GB.

Can someone tell me what I need to buy in order to restore this system image please? I understand that I will have backed up drivers, so does that mean the new laptop has to have the same hardware?

I have read about software that will enable you to restore to another computer, but cost is a factor at the moment, so I don't want to waste money on something that won't work. I have read good and bad about the software.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading

A:Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

You want to restore the image of the C partition on the old laptop onto a new laptop?

I'm assuming the new laptop will have a new Windows installation when you buy it---they nearly always do.

I can't see why you would want to do that, leaving aside the legality. If you did it, the fresh Windows installation on the new laptop would be destroyed (overwritten) by the restoration of the image of the old laptop. What's the advantage of that?

On the other hand, if you simply want to restore your DATA (not Windows) from the old laptop to the new laptop, you should be able to do that without overwriting your new Windows installation.

I'm guessing you used Toshiba software to make this image.

I know nothing at all about that software, but there should certainly be a way to drill down into the image and simply copy your data files to the new laptop with the mouse or keyboard. You can certainly do that with other imaging programs. I'd consult the documentation for the Toshiba software, which may be included with the drive or may be available on the Toshiba website.

Imaging software is not the sharpest tool for backing up data, as you've found out. It works, but it can be testy or clumsy.

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Hi All,
I have Windows 8.1 and would like to use the System Image Backup option in Windows under File History. I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook that was shipped with the Factory Image pre-installed on the hard drive. I want to be absolutely certain that I dont damage or remove the Dell installed factory image as I want to always have the option to do a Microsoft Reset using that factory image in the future when required.
I know nothing about where this factory image is installed on my hard drive but I only have one hard drive on my PC. I just want to backup the System Image and be able to Restore the system image back to the same hard drive on my PC in the future. I havent made any changes to partitions on the drive and never will. Its exactly as it was when shipped from Dell.
Can anyone advise me of the options I need to select during the Sysem Image Backup and Restore process so I dont remove or corrupt the pre-installed factory image on my hard drive during the process?

A:Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

You need to make the DVD's and keep them in a safe place. If you wish to make a whole drive image, use Clonezilla or EaseUS Workstation Todo. At least with the EaseUS software, you can shrink or grow the image, depending on the size of the drive. Clonezilla makes it a little harder, since you have to have the exact same drive that the original image was one.

All the factory image does, is allow you to restore it back to the "OOB" or "Out Of the Box" image. Anything you have installed, will not be in that image, so you have to use a third party software to get the job done.

Microsoft's backup software fails too much for Windows 8 & 10. That is because it was written for Windows 7 and below OS's.

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Hey All We are a new software company (Altaro Software) and we are developing a backup / version control product called Oops! Backup. Oops! Backup is a hybrid between a traditional software backup product and a lightweight version control system. Oops! Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. To a certain extent it is a Time Machine for Windows - we did get influenced by it.We will be going into BETA in about 3 weeks time and are looking for BETA testers - anyone willing to give it a try fill in the form here. We will obviously give a free license for the BETA testers that download and test the product. The license obviously will never expire Oops! Backup has a great graphical interface to go back in time and restore files You can see the backup product screenshots here.The backup software product features here.Your opinions and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated (would love to hear the bad stuff ... more than the good stuff).Please note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the product in full - and the BETA testers that download and install will get their fr... Read more

A:BETA Testers Needed - Oops! Backup Product

I have given permission for this topic to be created. The product looks interesting and anyone interesting in a new backup software may want to take a look at it.

David, I assume any questions or issues that arise from using this product can be posted here?

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I have a Venue 11 Pro (7130 Pro/7139 Pro) and I was trying to make a new recovery drive before I upgraded to Windows 10.  Everytime I tried using the Dell Backup and Recovery software (Basic) the program was locking up or giving an error.  I also noticed it had an error the other night when it tried to install an update.  Today I uninstalled DBAR and downloaded the most current version available, Backup-and-Recovery_Application_GX7TX_WN32_1.9.2.8_A00.EXE.  Now, every time I try to install it, I get an error, "Factorysetup Error 6" and the program won't install.
I searched Google and the best that I came up with is a forum relating to "Factorysetup Error 5":  I tried some of the fixes listed there, but to no avail.  I tried the C:\REAGENTC /info but my Windows RE status: was Enabled already.  I even tried disabling and reenabling, but that didn't work.  I also tried right-clicking the installer and running it as an Administrator but that didn't work either.
I have attached the log file from the most recent failed installation.  Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your assistance!!!

A:Dell Backup and Recovery Factorysetup Error 6 HELP NEEDED

Try backing up with the Windows System Image Backup. program. Look in File History in Win 8.1. In Win 7, Look in System and Maintenance and then Backup and Restore.

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?


A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this:

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

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

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

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

Thanks for looking.

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

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Not sure how to explain what I mean but can anyone please tell me if there is any difference between backing up files as 'data' files or making a music CD as a means for backing up? I normally backup my music files, using Nero, as 'data' files. Once burnt, I can also use this same DVD/CD on my PC and play the music files in the normal way, so what is the difference between choosing 'data' as opposed to just backing up the files as music files, please? Does it perhaps take up less room when choosing the 'data' method?

I should be grateful for any replies.
Many thanks

A:Solved: Data Backup versus Music backup

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I accidentally closed a Google Chrome window with many tabs and for some reason I no longer have the "Reopen last closed window" option in Chrome (just reopen last closed tab).

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I ended up restoring it from my second emergency backup that's done to a removable hard drive.

I clearly don't understand how to do the restore I want in Yosemite backup, any idea why it insisted on getting like 5 tapes when all data needed was on a single tape?


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I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.† The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.

On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.† It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)

Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get† backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.

any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it.†

The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.

grateful for any help.


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Recently my computer has been infected with two spywares that have been spamming me with popups whenever I'm online. After doing a run with Spybot Search & Destroy, AVG from Grisoft, and Adaware by Lavasoft I still have them on my computer. Spybot says I'm infected with the following that it cannot remove:


I downloaded HijackThis like I saw other users with these problems, and here is the log it gave me. Thanks a lot in advance!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 5:34:08 PM, on 6/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G PCI Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
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I am looking for some help on an access database. I am trying to create a form that will automate a time tracking for a task I need to perform daily. My needs are pretty straight forward.

1. I want a button that when clicked will enter the current date into a text box, but I also want the ability to type a date other than that into the same text box. I want the format to be MM/DD/YYYY.
2. I want a set of buttons (Start Time and End Time) that will do the same thing as above with a timestamp. Also, again the ability to type directly in the text field. I want the format to be HH:MM.

Is this something that is easily accomplished? I have some experience with code behind forms, but would appreciate any help you would offer.


A:Solved: Solved: Code Needed For A Timestamp

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Hi i have just completed a backup to my laptop D: partition, however NTI asked me where to save the backup job file, I saved it to the C: partition. Is this correct, what is a backup job file, if it is the backup itself then why did it ask me where to save the backup to first.

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After I set up a computer running XP Pro for my grandchildren, I would like to make a total backup of the C:\ drive and the F:\ drive which holds C:=OS and F:=Programs. I have a drive large enough to hold both. What would be the best way to do this? It is just for my sake in case they mess the OS up and I have to fix it.

A:Solved: Backup of OS

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Is it possible to use MS Backup to backup to a CD? Ive tried it and it hangs part way through.

A:Solved: MS Backup


No, you need a third party program to write to the CD, Symantec Ghost or Acronis Drive Image are ideal for this. Other CD writing software can also be used for backups.



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For backup I was advised to copy the C drive and User account.

I have the administrator user account and a family member has a user account.

If I copy the C drive, aren't the user accounts on the C drive?

A:Solved: Backup

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This is probably a stretch, but I was wondering if it is possible to clean my OLD desktop of all files and programs and use it as a backup drive for my laptop. Old PC is 9 years old with W98. I was wondering if there is a way to connect with laptop running Vista home basic via USB and use it to backup. Is this at all possible?

A:Solved: Can I use old PC as backup?

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I have a dell demention e520 windowsxp,my problem is icreated a folder in my documents
to save my favorties, then from my folder i wanted to send to my flashdrive, low and beholed, it did not work. ty for any help, i am reslly lost. littlejay2

A:Solved: backup

when you say favorites, I assume you mean Internet saved sites in IE

if so - you should be able to copy you favorites directory onto a flash drive quite easy

goto documents and settings
look for your account name
in there is a folder called favorites
try coping that

otherwise if not the above
explain furter what you mean

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Does Windows NT Backup lock files when backing up? We are using NTBackup for one particular server that is required 24 hours a day by users. When they access the system between the hours of backup they are denied access and cannot even log on.

Would it be beneficial to switch to Backup Exec? Would that solve the problem? Am I being a bonehead?

A:{Solved} - NT Backup

Ahhh well, I'll just have to answer my own question. I did indeed install BackupExec and with the option checked to backup open files this now seems to have solved the problem.



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AOL 9 backup?

I'm working on a friend's computer and need to backup the mail, contacts, calander, etc so I can reinstall AOL 9 which seems not to be working properly.

When clicking on "Send" the computer locks up and the screen has a bunch or horizontal stripes on it, according to them. I haven't seen it yet but if I can backup AOL there's no reason not to reinstall and see "how she do".

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I just bought a new pc (Vista OS) & I'd like to backup/snapshot it before I do anything. This way if there is ever a problem I've always got the uncorrupted original settings etc. How do I go about doing this?

A:Solved: backup new pc

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I had my PC built built at a local store so theres no main dealer to contact they told me Icould make a backup restore disc. They said to go from start, programs, accesseries, look for backup. I did this but it only backed up files as I wanted to make a backup restore everything on comp such as office and others that they put me in but there was no discs.Iam running windows 7. If it cannot be don can you recomend a good program to do this.thank you

A:Solved: backup my pc

With win 7, to save a restore image, go Control Panel > Backup and Restore> Create a System Image.

From there, you get a choice of where you want that saved image put.
Remember, you should be saving it to somewhere other than your primary hard drive because if it fails, game over.
If you don't have an external drive or a secondary internal hard drive, choose the DVD option.
I save to both an external drive and DVDs, but it took about 5 DVDs to save one image.

It's also a good idea to make that system repair disk on a CD.

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Hello. I was doing my weekly backup to an external hard drive and i got this message in the log. Can anyone tell me what it means?

Backup Type: Normal

Backup started on 8/9/2012 at 8:15 PM.

Error: Could not access portions of directory C:\Documents and Settings\Mike\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery\Last Active.
You may not have permission to open the file, or the directory may be missing or damaged.
Please contact the owner or administrator.

A:[SOLVED] backup

Hi John.

This is the local cache that Internet Explorer uses so that the program (browser) can recover from a crash. I would imagine that since you last used internet explorer (or the system did - Windows Update etc), the backup started, and the cache was later cleared, leaving a discrepancy in the files expected by your backup solution.

Best, Mike.

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I am going to format my laptop and change from Vista to Win 7. I have had MANY, MANY, MANY problems in the past when I try to backup and restore, so I just want to make sure I do it right this time.

I use iTunes but my husband is also using WMP 11 and he does not want to lose the music he has on it. We do not buy any music from the internet - it is all from CD's and the 'info' is complete.

Please tell me how to back up WMP correctly.

A:Solved: WMP 11 backup

Before going any further, check that your laptop manufacturer has Windows 7 drivers for your model. Check their support website.

As regards backing up music, you are not backing up WMP as such. You need to make backup copies of the music files wherever they have been saved to (usually the Music or My Music folder.

Do not copy the Music or My Music folder to another drive. Instead, copy the contents of that folder.
This will make it easier to restore them without getting "Access Denied" errors if you want to restore them to a fresh Windows installation.

Also, I recommend you do not use backup software to make file backups (just in case the backup software stops working). Just copy the files manually (eg copy & paste) to another drive, adding new files as necessary as time goes by.

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Is there a program that can backup all my data, users etc andmy programs to an external drive while i reinstall vista on my Dell dimensions E520

A:[SOLVED] Backup

I guess you're trying to avoid the arduous task of installing each program. Unfortunately when installing from an external drive they don't magically appear. They still require the installation procedures.

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Does anyone know of a really good all in one program for backing up DVD's into DIVx file format? There are many methods out there, but they all seem to involve two to three different programs. I just want something simple so I can quickly back-up my DVD's and then later turn them into clips when I need to. Any suggestions?

System Specks
Pentium 4
Gigabyte of RAM
110 Gigabytes of Hard Disk Space
64-bit graphics card with TV-out

A:(Solved) DVD Backup

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Why is my backup only 1.55 gb when my C drive uses about 35 gb.

A:Solved: backup

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A:Solved: What to do with backup

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I ran into a ton of problems in the past week on my computer. So I figured I would just backup some files on my E drive and restore my PC to factory settings. Now I just dont know how to get all my files out of the E drive and back to normal.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: Help with Backup please!

Lol nevermind I got it

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Although I do not own a machine with Win 7 (I run XP), I have a number of friends and family who do run Win7. Since I'm the go to guy for that group of folks when they have a PC problem or question, I find I need to learn a bit more about some aspects of the Win7 OS.

One murky area for me is the built in backup feature. I've used Acronis with great satisfaction since it first became available and recently have been using the free program called Easeus ToDo Backup Home. Both have perform admirably whenever I've needed them.

What I'd like to have some input on is whether the experience out there can say whether the Win7 built in backup program performs to the same standard as the two programs I've mentioned. I've learned in basic research that one cannot retrieve specific files from a full C:/ drive backup (like Acronis), but the program can create backups of selected files separate from the full backup. Any opinions regarding any downsides to the built in backup program would also be appreciated.

A:Solved: Win 7 backup

Windows 7 backup is pretty limited.
I use it to do a backup of a clean install and a backup
when my regular programs are installed.
It does a full system image and can be set for scheduled backup.
It has major problems dealing with restoring to a different size
hard drive.
Much better to stick with a third party backup program for
incremental backups or restoring to a new drive.

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I have backups on an external drive. Do I need the original program that was used to do the backup in order to do a restore. Used both titan backup and backup expert to create the backups.

A:Solved: backup

Titan at least makes backups using ordinary .zip archives so you would not need the Titan software to recover the data. Titan may remember exactly where the files are supposed to be though and without it you may have to manually restore the backup files, once you unzip them to where they are supposed to be.

In general that's the way all backup programs work in that if the backup data is not packaged into a proprietary format that only the program that made the backup can read, you can restore the backup without it. If not, then you need the backup program used to make the backup to restore a backup, and as mentioned, even if you can restore without the program, it may be more difficult to do so because you have to manually unzip and move the files to where they should be.

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Have a DELL and originally had Win ME but then upgraded to XP. Am having strange problems ... suspect XP over ME so would like to re-install XP. My son just bought a DELL and has the backup from that .... question is:
can I use his backup?? Is there a technical problem - like does it key on the machine ID?)

I don't see that it's stealing (or using the backup illegally) because I purchased the original program.

A:Solved: Can I Use a backup XP?

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My Win 7 x64 machine (Dell) has three hard drives in it. The original 2TB Seagate with the operating system on it, C:, a 2TB WD used for data storage,F:, ..and a 1TB Seagate repurposed from the XP computer it replaced. That last drive contains only data as that was its purpose in the previous machine. There are no programs on it and it's formatted NTFS.

On boot-up, the computer sees the 1TB Seagate as drive E: and it functions just fine until it's time for a Windows Backup. About 30 seconds into the backup, I get the message that "Intel Rapid Storage Technology has detected a disk removed on Port 3." At this point, the backup fails and Windows no longer sees the E: drive until next cold boot. The backup's target is an external Seagate drive J: that is unaffected by any of this.

Yes, I've changed SATA cables. I've changed the Motherboard connection where the E: drive's SATA cable is attached. I've reversed and rerouted cables so there's no odd pressure on any one of them. I've disabled the power-saving settings so the disc spins all the time. Nothing helps.

The E: drive functions just fine until Windows Backup starts, then it acts as if I removed it.

Error code from Windows Backup dialog is 0x80070002 "The system cannot find the file specified."


A:When Backup Runs, Windows Reports Backup Target Disk Removed

Can you access the external target drive normally?

Also, could you post a screencap of Disk Management for us?
(Windows key + R to open Run, then type "diskmgmt.msc")

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How do I control how much disk space my Windows Backup takes up? I have a 1TB external disk for backups and other files. My computer's HDD only has about 250GB capacity. I don't know why my backups file got so bloated. What should I do?

I see that I can delete the older backup file: 22-Oct to 11-Nov. But read the text.
""Deleting previous backups will free up space on your backup location."
So far so good.

Then it continues, "All files backed up during the selected period will be deleted."

I'm pretty sure the text is just badly written. I guess that means the backup-files (on the backup drive) will be deleted. They couldn't mean that the original files (on my data drive) will be deleted. That sure is a scary possibility though. How do you understand this?

System: Windows 7 Enterprise

ScreenCap below


A:Backup takes 800GB? Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

Yes, it is perhaps, badly written, but true. All files in the backup period from 22-Oct. to 11-Nov. will be deleted. Not to worry, though, because those same files are backed up in a later backup period from 11-Nov. to ? It is safe to delete older backup periods.

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

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

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

Just wanted to double check!!

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


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Hi everybody,
I have an Inspiron 7548 4K with W10 (upgraded from 8.1) and since a few days I've been having the following problem with DBAR (1.9.X.X). When I try to take a SYSTEM back up, it ALWAYS stops/fails to complete at 12% during the Backing Up module (checking system and building list complete OK). The message is "Operation Cancelled. Destination location unavailable or not enough space on the disk". It always happens at 12% of the process. I have tried it more than 10 times, with no avail. Further info:
1. The only change in my system was a W10 update of March 23, 2016. NOTHING else. Up until then everything worked fine.
2. Tried with both the external HDD with previous/existing backups AND a new/clean one. Both are 500 GB for backing up the internal 256 GB, so there is more than enough drive space. Also tried different usb ports in case one was malfunctioning. 
3. Recovery media backup works fine. The problem is when it tries to proceed with system backup. I don't take data backups since I use cloud.
4. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling DBAR, keeping it below latest version Same result.

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Does the following make sense to use for a backup strategy?
Like most people I am terrified of losing my data and I have 75,000 photos on my 2TB C: drive. What I am considering doing is adding a second internal 2TB drive and running Rebit to back up to that drive. Then adding an external 2TB external USB drive and also backing up to there with Rebit.
I would also run the backup program that is part of Win 7 Pro and weekly create a system image and also save it to the new internal 2TB drive. Then once a month create a system image with the Win 7 backup program and save it to the external USB drive.
Currently my C: which is a WD20EARX has 755 GB in use. Not sure if this makes any difference but I am running Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) in Enhanced Mode and have a Crucial SSD running RAID 0.
BTW, I know that Rebit is always backing up. Can that be a bad thing?
Any opinions on the above will be greatly appreciated.

Zack S

A:Does this backup strategy make sense? Rebit, 2 drives and Win7 backup

A few random thoughts:

It sounds like your data (photos) are on the C partition. You might find that putting your data on a separate D partition on that same drive will make your backup strategy a bit simpler. Not a requirement, just a suggestion.

I would not rely on an image as a backup for data. If your data is on C, any image of C will of course include the data, but imaging is not foolproof and can go bad for unknown reasons.

I have never even heard of Rebit and assume you know it to be reliable. I don't know if it is a file by file backup program or an imaging program.

Copying the photos to another internal drive is a good idea. As is the idea of copying the photos to an external. The more backups the better. But you might consider some type of offsite backup in case of fire or theft.

I'd probably do this:

Temporarily move all data from C to some other physical drive--internal or external.

Then shrink C considerably to the size needed to hold Windows easily--maybe 100 GB.

Then make a new D (data) partition from the free space now available.

Move all data back to the new D from wherever you temporarily moved it.

Use an imaging program thereafter to make periodic images of C alone, storing the image on either the new internal or an external.

Use a file by file backup program to make periodic backups of D alone to the new internal and the external.

I'd probably just use a single partition on the new internal and the external and separate stuff by a folder struct... Read more

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I bought a 128GB "PNY Attache 2 USB 2.0 Flash Drive" so that I could preform a "Bootable Backup" using "Dell Backup and Recovery" yet when I inserted the flash drive and selected Bootable Backup from the list it fails to detect the drive.  Bootable Backup says it requires "a storage USB storage device with more than 100GB of capacity so why doesn't "Bootable Backup" sense my USB flash drive since it has more than 100GB of space on it?

A:Dell Backup and Recovery's Bootable Backup Won't detect USB Flash Drive

Try updating your Dell Backup and Recovery software.  With the update it now seems to work with all USB flash drives I throw at it.

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i just wiped my back up drive and then restarted my computer and now i cant find my backup HD

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well, i have done a search on backing up systems, and it only confused me even more. my system is old, and is starting to act up. so i have purchased a WD elements 1tb external drive to back my system onto.

i use my PC for ebay transactions. other online purchases. forums. banking. a lot of internet browsing. i have a lot of pictures, and PDF files saved to my computer.

i would like to have my system backed up to save my pictures and PDF files. it would be nice to be able to use my external WD drive to put my computer back to where it was before it crashes as well. i think it is just a matter of time before this thing does crash on me.

if this is possible with the system, and components that i have, what would be the best procedure for me ?? what software should i use to accomplish this ??

any help would be appreciated.....


A:Solved: best backup procedure for my needs ??

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I just purchased a new computer with Windows 7 Pro.

I have an XP and have used Acrionis True Image to create a snapshot.
When Acronis creates it, I can open it and view all my files - pics, files and os.

I just tried the Windows backup and also created a restore cd.

I don't see any of my files in the backup - just os, and when I rebooted to see if the restore cd would boot, it did not.

What am I doing wrong?



A:Solved: Windows 7 Backup

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XP home-IE8-OE6
I read an article recently about driver backup programs. I have downloaded drivers in the past but have never considered a backup program for drivers.

Is this really important and prudent to do so?

I would appreciate any comments or recommendations of products to use!


A:Solved: Backup Drivers on XP?

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I am getting a change backup settings message. The message says that my settings may be out of date. Should I do this? Should I also consider an online backup recovery system? Thanks!

Dell Inspiron 1546
Win 7

A:Solved: Backup Settings

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Have to create a backup..told by Dell have windows problem and has to be re-installed. Is it possible to back up program files or better to just back up pics, vids, etc and re-install programs after reinstallation. Sorry, but not very handy around these things. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

A:Solved: Creating backup

All programs will need to be reinstalled if it is a destructive reinstallation. Better save all your personal files.

If you have an external drive, you could make an image of the whole drive so you would be sure to have everything backed up.

Macrium Reflect

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Can anyone recommend a backup solution from their personal experience.

I have seen services offered on the internet but I prefer to have something portable that I cn carry around. I currently have around 2.5GB of data files. I was thinking of buying an external hard drive to do a daily automated backup but there appears to be quite a few alternatives and I would appreciate any guidance on the ones to look for and the ones to avoid.

Many thanks.

A:Solved: Backup Recommendation?

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First of all I have never made a backup of my laptop and have no idea of how to do it.

I tried to do this today and total processing time was 20 min & 1 CD .

I think I did it wrong because I have a total of 83GB on C drive and 12GB on the D drive.

Is there somplace that I can read about how to do this properly.


A:Solved: Creating a backup

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What software and hardware do I need to make a complete image backup of
my entire system. My total use is 120GB

A:Solved: Image backup

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I have an HP G60 Notebook PC running Windows Vista (first mistake) 32-bit w/sp 1.

I recently had to restore the PC to factory defaults but made a backup to a usb ext HDD when I was prompted to by the program, this took several hours. After completing the backup and restoring the PC I wanted to use the backup to restore all my programs, setting, updates ect. When I clicked on the backup file it opened a wizard and copied all the files back but it just stuck them in a sub-folder labeled 'C' it did not reinstate the programs or settings. I tried using the total PC recovery tool but it said it could not find any backups to restore. Is there a way to use this backup to revert my computer back to it's previous state?

A:Solved: Restoring PC from a backup

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Currently I have two hard drives in my computer.

1. OS and Programs and Program Data
2. Data (all the stuff I want to save)

However there are certain programs which have data on my #1 drive that I would like to backup on my #2 drive automatically.

(I know this is not a proper backup situation, I also have one more HD that mirrors my #2 drive)

Basically there are folders on #1 that I would like to keep updated and backed up on #2, including changes to files. Is there a way to do this, or a program that does this kind of stuff.

Thanks for looking

A:Solved: Looking for a Backup Solution

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Every few months or so I like to backup my computers. I used to use Macrium Reflect - Free Edition but now they have removed that option.

I though I would use Windows Backup but not sure if thats what I am looking for. Will Windows backup, backup my computer to a network HDD?

If not what program do you guys best recommend to use for a computer backup?


A:[SOLVED] Windows backup

Windows 7 Backup can indeed back up a system drive to an image file.

You can only save your backups on a network location on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise, so in your case you will be able to do that.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1006 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 70714 MB; F: Total - 11774 MB, Free - 9226 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, D865GVHZ
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

hello again
my system has crashed 2 times recently thank goodness for acronis
i am not sure what i am doing somehow it worked, backup. i need help knowing what and how backup also if hp true image is mesing things up thanks in advance CCNV

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After a recent hard drive failure, I want to be a bit more careful in future by taking regular backups.

Can anyone advise on the best way to do this using XPs own backup facility if possible?

Is there any way I can save my favourites and emails as well?


A:Solved: Using XPs Backup function

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Hi Folks,

I have backed up my C: drive to an external drive with Snapshot.

Now I have no idea what this will do for me so this may be a stupid question.

Here's what I am hoping it will do...

I now want to change my OS from XP to Windows 7. BUT, if for some reason I don't like Windows 7 and want to reformat and then put my XP back on my PC will I be able to load up my Snapshot files and have my PC back to exactly the way it was with XP...

Any help would be appreciated...


A:[SOLVED] Backup question

If this is the application - - then you will be able to restore to the previous state. Check out the link to 'Restore from DOS' on that page and make sure you create a boot disk first.

However, I think you will like Win 7 - it's quicker than XP, lighter on resources and has many built in features that save time and effort.
(Can you tell I'm hooked? )

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I have a secondary IDE 160 GB hard drive that is full. I have transferred the data to my new drive. I now want to erase the data off of the old 160 GB drive. I want to make sure it can't be recovered. But, I want to use the hard drive as a backup of my main drive.

I'm not sure what to do to erase the data and get the drive ready for re-use or if I have to buy a program to erase the data so it can't be recovered.

A:Solved: How to erase HD for re-use as backup HD

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i've decided to do clean install of my os (win xp).. i want to know how to backup my ms office 2003.. would a simple 'copy and paste' work?
i dont have the cd for ms office

A:Solved: ms 2003 backup

Welcome to TSG.

Unfortunately because of file associations and required registry keys, you won't be able to back it up in any usable way. You will need to find your CD and reinstall office after the OS install.

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I have been tasked with maintaining/managing a small file server for my employer and am having a problem with the backups. Because our file server is attached to the corporate domain, the passwords are set to expire every 64 days. The last time I changed the password for the server administrator, I also changed it in the backup utility so that the backups would run uninterrupted. But the backups are not running now. The message I get looks like everything is normal and that it took 3 hours and 12 minutes (or whatever) for the backup to run, then the next line says that the operation was unsuccessful. There is nothing on the tape, so there is no backup. The server is running Windows Server 2003.

Everything I have found thus far tells me how to schedule a backup, but not what to do if it won't backup. And, yes, I have tried deleting the job and rescheduling it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Solved: Backup not backed up

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Would there be a problem in getting an external HD running off USB port that I could back up internal HD running XP home addition? I am worried about being able to boot off this drive and have all files copied to the new disk. To copy files can one just drag c:/ to new drive and have all hidden files copied or does one need special copying software to make this function as a totally full back up system? Appreciate your input. Would appreciiate any brand names for hardware/software that you know have worked this way in the past. Plysne

A:Solved: External HD as backup

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How do you backup the registry in Windows7 (64bit)?

A:Solved: Registry Backup

Check out

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