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Any software to backup and restore all my drivers?

Q: Any software to backup and restore all my drivers?

So I am going to be reformatting my PC. It's an Asus computer that I bought used from Craigslist and it didn't come with a driver backup CD. Also it doesn't have a recovery partition on it either. So I am wondering if there is any free software that will allow me to backup, and then restore all my drivers after I have reformatted the computer. I searched some of the other threads and a few people suggested Driver Max. Driver Max used to be great, it used to be the best program because it was free and fully functional. But now it's complete garbage unless you actually buy the software, which I cannot do. So are there any other methods/programs any of you know of that can backup drivers?

A: Any software to backup and restore all my drivers?

Windows 7 has a Backup and Restore feature built right in.

Backup and Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

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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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Hello,

I'm looking for a good Backup/Restore software package. I have a mix of Win XP, and Windows 7 computers. I would of course be needing to restore the operating system as well as the boot image. I don't do multiple OS boot up's.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks

A:Backup/Restore software

I've had good success with Maxtor One Touch Plus and its built in software. Data backup takes about 4 minutes. OS takes 2 hrs. Can store multiple full OS backups. This is important if you mistakenly backup corrupt system.

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Okay, so, it looks like I'm going to have to refresh or reset Windows 10 at this point (I'm having an issue with it but I have tried all possible solutions). Is it possible to backup the program files, and/or registry settings for those programs and then restore afterwards? Even if I do it manually, it would save me a LOT of time than having to reinstall every single program (I have tons). Just wandering if there was a way to do this at all to an external drive, just to make it easier for me to reset the system.

Thanks,
Rowan

A:Possible to backup software and restore?

Using the Refresh Option, should restore the windows OS only, leaving your installed programs and files intact..

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Does anyone know of backup and restore software that can run under dos (without windows). Specifically, software that can backup an entire hardrive to cd's.

Thanks very much.
 

A:backup/restore software that runs under dos

norton/symantec ghost (really cheap when you buy systemworks 2002 or 2003)

powerquest drive image (avoid v8)

both work (best IMO) when booted form a disk instead of using the windows gui
 

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Hello! I just installed a Windows 8 computer for a friend and he needs a simple, automated backup solution comparable to the Backup & Restore included in Windows 7. Can someone recommend a good freeware that can be scheduled to do incremental data backups as well as system images? Thanks, and if this has already been discussed just link those threads

A:Looking for simple Backup & Restore Software

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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Hello there,

I am a huge fan of Tech Support Guy so I thought I might give this a go by asking you guys a question. Please bare with me as this is my first time!

Right, recently our company just upgraded our SBS server from 2000 to 2010! (At last!), however, during the process one of the users has lost a week's worth of important emails. Before the upgrade, the SBS2000 server was backed up and then compressed on a daily process on a network drive via Windows Backup.

Now, Windows Backup can recognise the .bkf file, and can identify how large it is (around 17GB), however, when I expand the folders in the Windows Backup Software, it keeps saying no entries found. I presume that it is not the software itself because I have restored many other files (.doc, .xls etc...) in the past. The computer that is running the Windows Backup software is not the same as the SBS2000 server.

If you need any other information please let me know and I will give it to you to the best of my knowledge! Thank you Tech Support Guy community for taking your time!

Brock_UK
 

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Hi All,

I need help from you, I wanna buy a backup and restore software instantly, Could you recommend a good backup-restore software to me (including the reason)? Thanks in advance.
 

A:wanna buy a backup and restore software instantly

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Hello there,

I am a huge fan of TechSpot so I thought I might give this a go by asking you guys a question. Please bare with me as this is my first time!

Right, recently our company just upgraded our Exchange server from 2000 to 2010! (At last!), however, during the process one of the users has lost a week's worth of important emails. Before the upgrade, the Exchange server was backed up and then compressed on a daily process on a network drive via Windows Backup.

Now, Windows Backup can recognise the .bkf file, and can identify how large it is (around 17GB), however, when I expand the folders in the Windows Backup Software, it keeps saying no entries found. I presume that it is not the software itself because I have restored many other files (.doc, .xls etc...) in the past. The computer that is running the Windows Backup software is not the same as the Exchange server.

If you need any other information please let me know and I will give it to you to the best of my knowledge! Thank you TechSpot community for taking your time! :blush:

BrockUK
 

A:Cannot restore SBS 2000 from Windows backup software

It is there, but you likely need an experienced tech to rescue the invormation... someone who has already gone through several installs and updates. I cannot imagine anybody giving you enough information in the proper steps over this small message box... without knowing a great deal about your equipment and software, and the install procedures.

You have perhaps a 20 to 30 minute job for the techs who know what they are doing.
 

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On my android phone, I can make backups of installed application in the exact condition at any point of time. This helps me to restore them back after I format or hard reset my phone. However, I don't know about any such facility for computers.

My laptop is getting slow. I want to format it and install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 x64. Installing all the software all again, one by one, takes a lot of time. I want to make a backup image(s) of installed software so that I can restore them quickly after clean installation of Windows. Is it possible?

The only way I have heard of is of "ghost image" backups that take the entire image backup of the complete system and using these image files, the pc can be restored. However, on a downside, it takes up documents and other files also into consideration.

So, is there a way for backing up and restoring software in the way that I'm mentioning?

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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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Folks
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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I currently use Norton cloud storage but I'd like to backup to DVDs instead. Does all backup software have the convenience of search-ability? It's a pleasure to restore exactly a file specified, and only that file - that's what I mean by search-ability.
Thank you in advance for sage recommendations or advice!

A:What backup software is complete and has searchable file restore?

I assume you are referring to data backup, not Windows backup.

Any ordinary data backup I have seen can be viewed in Explorer and searched on a folder by folder or file by file basis.

But I'd use hard drives and avoid DVD burns.

Why have you chosen DVDs?

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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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Hi

Im looking into getting a new pc with entirelly new hardware in the next 6 months.

I have over 100 applications installed on my current (3 years old) Vista PC and I have made a complete image/backup using Vista's "Backup & Restore Centre".

I have not tried this before but if i buy a new pc and install vista on that, then would i be able to restore my image to this new pc?

I have used easy transfer and understand i could only transfer my files and settings but no software.

I see the complete restore would make life easier instead of installing 100 software applications again. My understanding of "Backup & Restore Centre" is that it creates a partition image i.e. will have all the wrong drivers installed for the new pc even if i installed vista and correct drivers before the restore.

Searched the internet and dont feel im the only one. Any questions please ask.

Look forward to a reply

Tom

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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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Hi everyone,

I created an image using the Microsoft Backup and Restore tool in Windows 7. I saved the image on a network shared folder.

I then went to the Advanced Recovery Methods in Windows to restore my image...that I just created. It restarts the computer and goes into recovery mode, I point to where the image is located, I entered the network credentials and it give me an error.

"The Specified network resource or device is no longer available. (0x80070037)"

Please look at the attachments below.

Oh...I'm doing this in Windows Virtual PC.

Anyone knows what I'm missing?
 

A:I created a backup Image using the Microsoft Backup Utility and Now I can't Restore.

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Hi,

New to this forum. I am using Win7 Backup and Restore, along with a Seagate external drive for my backup needs. I backup every week, and have been using it for about 1 year. I see the backups happening each week, but I've never had the need to restore anything. For the first time, I've needed to find an old version of a file. I have read the many articles about how to use the Win7 Restore utility, but when I 'search for files' using this utility for the file I'm looking for, I don't see it in any of the backups (various dates over the past 3 months). Now I'm wondering what it's backing up. The backup drive has lots of data, so it's putting something in there ;-)

So, in summary, I go through all the restore steps, but can't find the file I'm looking for. Is there some secret to using this tool? Seems straight forward...

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows7 Backup and Restore utility: I can't find the file to backup

I find this program invaluable - it will find everything on your comp in seconds.

Download Everything

Type in the name of the file or any part of it and if it's on your comp, it will tell you.

When the file come up, right click and "open path."

Hope this helps.

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I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

A:WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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My laptop is currently running Windows 10 Anniversary Update and I have the Windows Disc from which I have installed this window but now I have installed bunch of Apps and installed Windows Updates. I want to backup all of my Apps, Settings and Updates. If I ever install Windows 10 again I just don't want to install all those updates and apps again (I might not even remember all of the apps I have now) so How can I create a backup now so in the future whenever I want I can just restore back to this point? Should I create a System Image or System Restore (Restore Point) or a Recovery Drive or Backup and Restore (Windows 7) ? I don't know which one is the right for me because I have never done any Backup, Restore or Recovery. Please Help.

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

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

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

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I've used Windows Backup and Restore successfully on many occasions but I now get the error "0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up" and I don't understand it. I've spent hours researching this issue and cannot seem to create a backup.

I've been to all the Microsoft pages and various "Windows 7" forums to no avail. I've gone the "delete the Java cache" route, the "C\Users\my account\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0" route and deleted the numbered entries (which remain in my Recycle Bin), the "Command Prompt with DIR /AL /S, which showed "File not found" (I still don't understand what a reparse point is) and the "virus in a shadow copy" route which produced nothing. I've scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, the only AV application I use, which produced nothing. Disabling MSSE does not help (I checked Task Manager, All users, and the MSSE process before attempting the backup and it was indeed stopped). I've also performed full scans with MalwareBytes, the paid version of Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware, which produced no results. I don't let these additional malware applications run in real time. I only start them when I want to run additional virus scans. I've run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in full mode, which produced nothing. I've run chkdsk at boot time on two occasions which produced "unallocated free ... Read more

A:Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup

It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

A:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.
 

A:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup
 

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.

Thanks
Samuel

A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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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).

So I went to restore the Chrome state from my tape backup, but for the first time since I started a tape rotation, Yosemite backup insisted on getting every single backup tape I ever used even though all required data was on a single tape, there didn't seem to be a way for it to make it understand all the data was on one tape. I think if I forced it to use just the correct tape, it restored to what seemed to be several weeks ago, even though a backup from the day before was on the tape.

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?

Thanks

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

Here is the situation...

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

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



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

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

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

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

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

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

Imaging with free Macrium

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

Here is the situation...

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

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



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

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

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

ad 1) restore points are in the shadowstorage

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

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

Imaging with free Macrium

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have read the help before posting this issue.

Regards,

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

Hello Crumbley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi:

I have a Win 7 Enterprise Pro x64 laptop. Most of the files in my recycler/recycle bin mysteriously disappeared a few days back (I am guessing some OS quirk since desktop.ini also seems to have been modified then, though everything is still running smoothly).

So I want to get those files back. In my weekly backup to an external HDD using Win 7's built-in Backup and Restore I thought I have the recycler backed up:
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Options > Change Backup Settings > Select where you want to save your backup > Where do you want to back up?: Let me choose > What do you want to back up?: Computer, Local Disk (C:, $RecycleBin is checked (my HD is partitioned and I also have the D: $RecycleBin selected here)

But when I select
Control Panel > Backup and Restore > Restore my files > Browse for files (or Browse for folders)
I get a explorer like screen which lists in the title bar,
Backup on <location> > Backup of C:
and lists all other folders I checked off in the Backup in the last paragraph but not the $RecycleBin folder.

Note that I have "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" selected and "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked in folder options (so for example ProgramData is listed in the folders in the last paragraph). I also am able to restore other files from my backup so I am rather sure the backup is not corrupted.

Is there someway to find and restore the recycler files or is this... Read more

A:Backup and Restore: restore files in Recycler (Win7 Enterprise x64)

Sorry to bump this but hoping someone might have a suggestion on this (or even to tell me that it is not possible to restore files from the recycler)

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.

Thanks.

A:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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I have tried to create a batch file to backup our important data from our program to our server(drive letter Z)on our network and cant seem to get it to work.Could someone look at it and be able to tell me what is wrong with it. We also decided to include backing up our my documents folder too.

@echo off
:: variables
set drive=crocare.win
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...
@pause

xcopy "Z:\Procare\DB\*.*":\\dataonserver01\users\Jeannie\Procare.win"

echo Backing up My Documents
%backupcmd% "userprofile%\My Documents" "%c%\My Documents"

echo Backup Complete!
@pause
 

A:Software doesn't backup so trying batch file backup

I guess it depends on what you're backing up. I use Beyond Compare to sync files between machines.
 

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Windows Vista
Dell Inspiron 1545

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center - one was a continuation of the other.
I have the disc in the drive, and I click 'restore files'
It tells me the disk containing the backup is unavailable. I do not see an option to change where the computer looks for the backup.

Viewing the files on disc one did not give me anything usable.

Googling has showed me several different ways to backup, but very little about how to restore (aside from 'click the button and follow the instructions'.)

Any advice?

A:Restoring backup from CD in Backup and Restore Center

I am trying to restore using two CD's I made in backup and restore center how are you trying to use them?, try rebooting with the disk in the tray see if it boots to the disk.if it don't you may have to reset in bios to boot from cd/dvd 1st... http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/how-to-boot-from-a-cd/reset when done..good luck

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Hi everyone, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 OS on my HP Pavilion p6330f desktop PC. Prior to installing the new Windows 8.1 tower, I copied and saved to DVD+R disks my documents, pictures, videos, etc. from Windows 7 OS. Then I tried to install them into my new Windows 8.1 OS only to discover that this new animal does not have backup and restore on Control Panel or anywhere on the Start screen. I hesitate at simply loading them up like DVDs and opening them. All I can find out is that I can use Windows Easy Transfer if I have either an external hard drive or USB port gadgets. I have neither but some of what I have saved to disks is Windows 7 Easy Transfer files and folders. So can anyone tell me how to accomplish this minor miracle w/o losing everything I have saved from my Windows 7 hard drive? Thanks a lot and have a nice Hall-o-we'en season. Hope to hear from someone soon- keimanzero

A:How do I restore from backup Windows 7 DVD+R backup disks?

Backup & restore is there. Just hidden in 8.

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I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!

A:Restoring a backup from Windows Backup and Restore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by SEE


I currently use Vista Ultimate. I am preparing to move to Windows 7. Is it possible to restore files from Vista Backup and Restore Center to Windows 7 after a clean install? Thanks!


Use the "Windows Easy Transfer" utility. Will restore each of your "User" accounts with all settings. Simple, quick.

When I install the new OS, I create the first "User" account "Admin" and then only use the account for maintenance. When the OS has finished the install, I load all the programs I use. Then the "Easy Transfer Wizard" restores the other user accounts from the previous OS.

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I have been using Acronis Rescue disk to make images of my system. It works fine, but is a pain because I have open up the case and disconnect my secondary hard drive and change from my wireless mouse to a wired mouse. So I decided to try to the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Pro and backup to an external hard drive.

In preparation for backing up my system partition, I do the following:
Clean all cookies, internet files and History.
Remove all restore points except the last one.
Run Malwarebytes
Run MSE version 2
Run Ccleaner (not messing with registry)
Run Smart Defrag (lastest version)
I then reboot and hook up the external hard drive

I then go into the Control Panel and select Backup and Restore. I set where I want the image to be created and start the backup. Everything looks normal for a while.

After about 4-5 minutes, NSE shows the below:



This is the only time NSE ever detects this and it detects it every time I try to backup. I have had NSE remove it or leave it alone. It does not matter.

Eventually I get the notice that the backup did not complete sucessfully.



I check the Events log and got this:



I have been through this several times and it occurs this way every time.

I would like some help solving this issue. Any help would be be greatly appreciated.

A:Backup Image with Windows Backup and Restore

Here's some excellent info from Microsoft regarding the Java exploit.
Encyclopedia entry: Exploit&#58;Java&#47;CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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Hi all!

I have xpprosp2 and an inaccessible backup file of 30 Gb. A while ago I performed my first ever backup using the xp backup utility. I thought I followed the instructions, but something screwed up.

My problem is the restoration wizard (backup utility) will not restore or give access to the library of the backup.bkf files, which it displays as a cd.

It says under the backup identification label: "No entries found". I recall that the backup utility, after backing up, asked for a floppy disk or something and as my computer does not carry any floppy drives, I skipped this step, which might have been a big mistake.

So now I have this 30 Gb file on my harddrive, which I cannot access at all.

Could someone illuminate this situation and in particular how to access the data in this file?

Thank you for sharing and a possible solution to this problem.

Tonyb57

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OK, so a couple of days ago, my HP desktop crashed and then went through the whole System Recovery loop(I couldn't login to Safe mode, wouldn't let me past the System Recovery Screen). Well I backed up the entire C drive using Backup your files in the menu. Then it shows you all the file types it will back up; i.e photos, videos, e-mails and bookmarks. So I did that to an external hard drive and it comes out to 143GB.

Then I did a factory restore to my desktop.

Now comes my problem. I've been able to copy everything from the external hard drive using RecoveryMgr.exe which opens the WIM files and saves them to my C: hard drive under System Recovery Files. However it does not seem to work when it comes to putting in my old Thunderbird e-mails, contacts and such or in Firefox to restore my bookmarks, saved passwords. Any help would be most appreciative. Thank you

A:System Backup & Restore will not restore bookmarks or e-mails

A default Firefox installation has all configuration info including bookmarks in C:\Users\your user name\appdata\roaming\ in a folder called Mozilla.

A default Thunderbird installation has all configuration info including email in C:\Users\your user name\appdata\roaming\ in a folder called Thunderbird.

If those folders got backed up, you should be able to drill down to them and restore.

I assume you used Windows Backup to do the back up. I have no idea if it will include those folders.

If those folders from your original installation still survive, you can restore by copying them to the same location on new Thunderbird/Firefox installations, over-writing the new folders created when you reinstall Thunderbird/Firefox.

It's a good practice to back up the Mozilla and Thunderbird folders periodically as a matter of course--just as you would any other data.

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After doing a restore I lost some important emails. Is there any way to get them back? Can I restore my computer to an even earlier time? I did this, I thought it was an earlier time, but it may not have been. It may have been the same restore point in fact.

If I restored my computer to an even earlier time would this restore the emails I lost?

If not is there any other way to get the emails? My backup drive is my E: drive and I tried getting the emails from there, but you know how microsoft outlook is , i just don't know how to do it. Is there anything I can do?

Maybe a system restore? I haven't tried that, although it's been a little while, I'd hate to lose something else :(. It would be worth it though to get the emails back.

Thanks a lot.
Brad

A:Did a restore (using backup and restore) and lost important emails

you should be able to reverse the restore if its what cause the lost of emails. However, normally your emails are safe during a restore.

you could also do a search and see if it finds your pst files. see this for more info

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

Thanks

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Hi all,
my Latitude E6540 refused to boot this morning and all automatic repair options failed. No sweat I thought and installed a Windows System Image created about a month ago. Now I proceeded to restore the missing data using DBR - I'm doing automatic daily backups - only to find out that this software apparently requires a system backup to work. The problem is that after the last update, DBR refused to accept my Toshiba usb hard drive for system backups, stating that this media device could not be used for system backups - that's why I created a Windows System Image. Nowhere does it state that DBR does not backup data at all if a different software is used for system backups. It seems to me that this is a pretty sh.... piece of software (I bought the premium version). I have learned it the hard way. From now on I will not rely anymore on Dell software for backups. Just thought I'd let everybody know.

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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I just bought a USB 3.0 3 TB external drive for making backups. After some searching, I decided to use EaseUS Todo Backup because CNET rated it highly. I plugged the drive into a 3.0 port and did a backup. It was a file backup, not an image backup, but it still puts everything in one file (.PBD) and then apparently modifies Windows Explorer to be able to browse the file. Windows Backup (the one that comes on Windows 7) seems to work similarly, though you need to use a wizard to restore things. The backup took twice as much space as my data takes up on my internal hard drive. Also, it took 8 and a half hours, which I calculated to be 20 MB/s. So my questions are:

1. Why doesn't it just put things in the drive in a normal folder/file structure?
2. Why did it take up twice as much space?
3. Why did a USB 3.0 backup go so slowly? (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it took up twice as much space, but that's still slow considering I've gotten speeds of 75 MB/s, and I do realize transferring a lot of small files will take longer.)
4. Am I just better off with using Windows Backup (or is restoring a pain with the wizard)?

Thanks for any advise!
 

A:Backup Software (EaseUS/Windows Backup)

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Hi,

Because the amount of data stored on my drives is continuously increasing, I've decided that it's time to find a way to backup the most important part of it.

So, I'm looking for a software capable of making a backup copy(on a secondary HDD) of certain folders and of certain files(from certain folders) and keeping it updated.

I'm also interested to make a backup copy of files that are locked, if possible.
I have some VMs and I'd like to back them up too if possbile.(I'll check to see whether VMWare Workstation can backup itself by taking snapshots on a different HDD at certain moments).

The software really needs to be able to cope with paths longer than 255 characters, it has to be able to retain all the file's attributes(creation date, modified date, attribute fields, etc), and it has to ba able to do bit-by-bit checking in order to prevent corruption.

Also, there are some large files that I can't backup(it would take too much space), and in this case I'd like to have a list of their names and sizes, and if possible a checksum(TTH or emule's MD5), in order to redownload them easily in case of a disaster.


What software would you advise me to use?
BTW, I'm also very interested about your backup methods for your sensible data.

PS: Neither RAID nor a ZFS NAS box are solutions for me at the moment, and I'm not looking for a software that does backup to an entire partition.

Regards,
Nick

A:Looking for a good backup software/backup plan

You dont want much do you Nick?? Im not aware of any program that will do 100% of everything that you have listed ... that would require custom software ... the easiest solution IMO would be a program like Acronis/Macrium image, backed up to an external 2tb hard drive ... it may not be the most elegant solution, but it would work...

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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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Hi, I had critical errors occur that kept me from logging onto my windows account (the only profile on my computer was the admin account) on my 32bit vista home premium install. This forced me to do a complete wipe and restore from the startup menu and I made a backup when prompted to in the process of the complete restore. I have this backup folder on my external hd but I can't seem to restore the files from it. I found some tutorials on the forums about restoring from a "backup set" but my backup can't be found using the backup and restore center. The folder on my hd is called "G:\MINWINPC\Backup Files 2010-11-18 182844" and I can't seem to figure out how to restore from it.

Issue solved.

A:System restore backup files won't restore

Hi convert,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

Here's an article on the restore procedure: Restore Backup Files

Just to make sure you're doing it right. It's a selective restore of a full or selective backup (not a complete restore of a complete backup) - but since you did a full backup it matches your process closer than a complete restore would.

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Back-up-and-restore-frequently-asked-questions

I also found the following (but don't know if it's true or not):

1. After starting "Backup and Restore Center"
2. I selected "Advanced Restore"
3. I wasn't asked for an Administrator password....maybe because my account is an administrator account.
4. Selected "Files from a backup made on a different computer"
5. In the Dialog stating "Select the location of the backup to restore", select "Hard disk, CD or DVD......"
6. Under the drop-down box, select your drive/partition and continue
7. If there are any backups on your drive, it will show a list of them.
8. In my case, it did show a backup but in backup location, it will show "Backup location is not available."
9. I was frustrated but then I somehow just selected that backup(yes....even though it said that the Backup location is not available"
10. and pressed "Next"
11. Guess what....not error!!!!!
12. A window showed up asking me whether I wanted to perform comp... Read more

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When I try to back up and restore (my files) it does not complete. I get the message disk full. I tried to uncheck the (shut off and delte all files from system restore) but that does not help. When I check the amount of space available on the D drive, it shows as full, but system restore seems to work; any suggestions?

A:Backup and restore (Not System Restore) Not Working

What are you using to backup your system?

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I've been facing issues with backup / restore / system restore - Hope fulle someone may help me. I've attached screenshot as help. Kind regards

A:backup, restore, and system restore problems

Sorry, my Word program can't read your systemrestore.doc.
Could you try sending it as a jpeg file?

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I have been have some problems with my HP dv 8500 laptop. It has vista on it. I could not get any windows updates. So I backed up my files to a flashdrive and did a system recovery. I have files on the flash drive but cannot transfer them back to the laptop. I would love it if someone could guide me through the process.
Thanks in advance
 

A:System Restore - how to restore backup created

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Hi there,

My work laptop was being changed from a Dell to a Lenovo and I was using Windows Backup & Restore to backup my important documents and emails. I took a final backup to my external hard drive before handing my old laptop to IT.

Once I restored all my files I noticed the following;

1. Some files were not the latest versions, i.e. they were a month old.
2. Some subfolders simply weren't there. I had two subfolder in one of my folders and only one was resotred and not the other. I made sure that I restored from the latest backup file.

Any ideas why this happened? I have lost faith in this program and am now looking for alternate soultions.

A:Restore from backup didn't restore all files

I have no idea why it happened, but here are some alternatives for file and folder backup:

Karen's Replicator

Synctoy

Second Copy

FolderClone

Syncback

Freefilesync

None of these back up your Windows installation---they are for individual files and folders only.

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If I create a system image and then periodically create full backups of all drives would I be able to recover the system to the last backup? I am thinking I could recover from the system image and then recover using the backup.

A:Fully restore system using Backup & Restore

Yes. Also use the previous versions feature at any time to restore a file several versions back. This works even without setting up windows backup, as restore points also create backups of your files. But windows backup will offer even more on days the backup is created. I have mine set like this:

2 internal hard drives, one is main, other is backup. Windows backup runs to it every 2 weeks and does a system image and backs up all my files. An external hard drive works well too, but then is hard to have on a schedule since you need to remember to plug it in.

I still recommend having a backup external hard drive as well, with your users folder dragged onto it just in case.

Just like time machine on apple. Of course microsoft removed this feature in windows 8, because they like to screw up good things.

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"Turn on Settings", "Change Schedule" are examples of the buttons which do not respond to clicks - I am unable to use the Backup at all as nothing works. Can anyone please tell me how to fix this problem. I have searched the Microsoft forums, and it is clear that the problem I have is of long standing. No fix was found and obviously Microsoft has not, or cannot, fix the Backup facility. Any help will be greatly appreciated. BallyIrish504

A:Backup and Restore: Backup problems

Stuff Windows crummy system, here's a good article on good free backup programs, pick one you like and use that.
 
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-backup-software-11-programs-we-recommend-1137924

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Maybe I have a misunderstanding of how System Restore works. Yesterday I uninstalled a program that I'd like to now get back. The company that made the program no longer offers archive downloads for that program in particular. Today it occurred to me that I could do a System Restore to when the program was still on this laptop & all would be returned as it was.

The first 2 times I tried was a total fail for returning the program but when I went back to a week ago it was there; kinda. Something is missing & it errors asking for the old install software that doesn't exist anymore (the program was purchased it 2008). Is this normal or is there more that I need to do?

A:System restore doesn't restore uninstalled software.

System Restore cannot be relied upon to reinstall programs, it is not a backup and restore program. Needed to backup this software before hand, as files will be most likely missing reasons for what you were told. How did you uninstall it through Windows Program and Features or a third party uninstaller ?

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Hi all,

here is the thing, I'm not looking for a backup software which backup entire hard and takes whole lot of space. just I need something like system restore which only takes small portion to create a restore point. I'm not sure about which backup software got these facilities and I found Acronis True Image and Farstone's Restore IT as results from Google. but not sure about whether they have abilities that I seek for.

Here's what happened with my restore,

every time I tried to restore windows it comes up with a window says restore didn't complete due to antivirus or fire wall. but I have deactivated both of them before I run restore. then I tried with Recovery menu at the boot by pressing F11 but answer was no good. then tried with rescue disk and result was same. due to this problem I have reformated my system too. and then also follwed the same routine after a fresh installation. result was also the same. and also in both times, tried in safe mode too.screen shot attached.

Note: I have disabled and changed the startup of some services in win 7 but volume shadow copy service is in automatic and it does load with the startup.

this is because why I need something like system restore. I do not need to clone or take a entire copy of my hard as a backup. just want something like restore does which replaces files and settings to a good configuration if I had messed with system. thanks you.

A:software to use instead of Win 7 system restore cuz restore not workin

yet no answer. here is some additional info and any suggestion would be much appreciated guys.

here is my system info if you guys could help me,
HP pavilion G6 notebook with 1TB hard and 6gb ram on Win 7 ultimate x64.
<div>After a clean installation of windows and drivers, I have changed my services according to this, but not some because I want them like network services, volume shadow copy....etc....

Black Viper’s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com
system protection is on for every drive for settings and files.(10gb on C:, 20gb on each D: and E
Then its running Avast and zonealarm and tuneup utilities as primary softwares and as 3rd party apps which loads on startup are, except for above,
*Raxco Perfect Disk - which used to defrag my hard and startup files
*FolderLock
*youcam service
*nokia connectivity which identifies when I connect any nokia
and If you are interested, because I dont know what it does but just installed cuz its from HP site, Intel Rapid Storage Driver.

And as sytem apps which came with drivers, there is Catalyst control centre, Synaptic touchpad, IDT Audio.

Even with these it worked until the time I again tried to install comodo firewall which cause me to do a re-format of C. It made my system unstable and it was the beginning of the chaos. and the strange thing I happened to notice is that on my 3rd installation of windows, I did not wanted to change any service properties. they were the... Read more

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I run some classes for seniors, one of which is on backing up.

For Windows 7 backup program we look at at the initial setting up.
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For subsequent classes I would like to repeat this, but have not found a way to go back to the condition of backup not yet set.

Is there a way to do this?

A:Revert the backup and restore window to "backup not set"

Hello dsim,

You could use the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup back to default conditions to not being setup again.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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a) I'm trying to create an image of my C: Drive using Windows 7 Backup & Restore.
(screenshot 1) View image: s1
b) Win 7 automatically selects my D: drive as the save location, but also warns there may not be enough available disk space, which makes no sense as there's 251 GB free space on D:
(screenshot 2) http://s4.postimg.org/qrfmzq3wt/sc2.png
c) In the next step I find that Windows 7 is attempting to back up two drives at once, drive C: and drive E: there are no Windows files on E:
(screenshot 3) http://s14.postimg.org/jr1drq1zl/sc3.png
I haven't a clue what's going on, any advice appreciated ? tia

A:Can't Backup C: using WIN 7 Backup & Restore ?

Hello Nikev,

Did you move any of your user folders or the page file to your E: drive? If so, then E: would be considered a system drive and would be included in the system image by default since it would be required to run Windows.

Considering the size of your E: drive, this would be why you get a warning that your D: drive may not have enough free space on it to be able to save a system image including the C: drive and E: drive. The image may fail due to the size required and what may or may not be available on D:.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

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Hello,
Some days ago, I've noticed system started (after long pause!) creating a windows backup,after almost
1.5 hours the work was done (don't know when will be the second).
Now I attach here a screenshot of the backup content, since it is 36 GB, I ask which part to burn to a DVD disk, if I have to burn all of this, then I have to use 10 discs.
Another question, looked for some (free) burning program capable to erase also (windows can't), so I found
"ImgBurn) but my antivirus found inside ad-malware program and removed the downloaded program.
Any idea about a small burning-erasing program ?
As said above, attached a screenshot backup content.
Thanks for answering,
Motim

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Just bought a 1TB external hard drive for use to back up files and system. Now, i understand Windows 7 backup will not back up Program Files and System files even if they are selected. Am i correct in saying that when i go to 'Let me choose' in the backup if a folder is greyed out it means that Windows will not backup that particular folder it up even if it is selected??

A:Backup & Restore

Back up and restore is for your personal documents
System Image will back up the entire drive
System Restore backs up the entire OS.

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I backed up using XP Pro. Installed Vista Home Premium and tried to restore. After "no backup files on this computer" I eventually found 7 files and had to individually unzip each file to C:\.
I fiddled around some more and in "Empty file" found 32 files to unzip individually.

Is there an easier way to "restore" - please.

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I have a new HP desktop, pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium. My current confusion is in the "backup" territory. I've been reading posts here, as well as info on other sites like MS, but just can't seem to feel comfortable enough to press the button. Here's what I've "done" or think I "know" so far:I have successfully used the Create a Checkpoint, and Restore from a Previous Checkpoint functions when I was trying to clean up the crapola that was shipped with the machine that I didn't want.I successfully followed the steps under System Maintenance to "Protect your files by backing them up" and it pre-selected the D:\ drive as the destination so I left it at that.This morning, I decided "gee, I'm about to make changes so I can migrate my old Outlook files, so I probably should do another backup" - so I followed those steps again...only to learn that the D:/drive was full and the backup aborted.I found a post here from Maverik in response to another user who noted that his "C was small but D was full" which seems like my situation. That reply said:"This happens cause Vista is saving backup files in recovery partition D.Go to start and open computer, click Alt key to get the menu on the top. Click on tools and go to folder options. Click on View tab and put a Check mark in Show hidden files. Close that and double click on D Recovery and open it. Usually Vista will save this backup files under the user name a... Read more

A:?s Re: Backup And Restore

Dazed

If your PC has SD or Compact Flash, windows backup data may be saved on those.

If you backup HDD data to the HDD, your defeating the purpose of backing up.

D

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A while ago a used the Windows Backup Utility to put all of the files on my thumb drive in. I just needed an easy way to free up space and move all the files around. I wish i would have used a ZIP! I kept 2 copies of the backup file, one on my laptop, and one on my desktop. I restored files on the laptop often and it worked flawlessly. I have since reinstalled Windows XP on the laptop so i copied over the backup file to restore a few files but now im not able to restore files! So what i do is, i open the .bkf file and it opens the Backup and Restore Wizard just like it used to, i click the next button just like i used to. Now it asks if i want to restore files or backup files and i choose restore like always. Now check out my nice photo.

I used to be able to click in that little check box to expand a list of files and from there i could restore them. Now when i click nothing happens because its greyed out. I hope there is a way to get files out of my backup and from now on i will be using ZIPs. Thanks for any help getting my files back.

A:Restore Backup

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Win7 64bit Home Premium
I am currently testing Backup and Restore to get a better idea of how to use it. I have a backup set up which includes only a small part of my files. After I better understand backup, I will expand the backup to include the rest of my files. Backup was run yesterday and again today. It appeared to run correctly with the size of the backup increasing only a small amount for the 2nd (incremental) run. Now I want to run restore using the above backup to restore to a temporary folder on the desktop so I can compare the restored files to the files already on the computer. I will then delete the temporary folder (with the restored files).

Here's the problem - I started the restore process and after clicking Restore My Files got the Restore Files window, but the Next button is greyed out and I can go no further. What is causing this?

Just in case it is relevant, clicking on any of the other 3 buttons (Search, etc) appears to do nothing.

A:Backup and Restore

Hello Bob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This below may be able to help. If not, then please post back screenshots of what is different than in the tutorial.

Restore Backup User and System Files

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I had to replace a dead HD. I had been making backups using the backup function to an external HD. After replacing the C drive and reloading XP Pro and ALL updates, including sp3, I'm unable to restore my backed up data. The computer sees the external drive and I can see the data files on it.

A:Backup won't restore

Hekko cool1

Take ownership of the folder by right clicking it and selecting Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?

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My neighbor uses Windows 7 Backup & Restore. We tried to restore a file, but it will not restore the file. The detailed note states "Restore Skipped Restoring the C:\Location\filename"
It gives no reason and wonder if we are missing something? Any help would be great. Dewey
 

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For some time I have been using Backup & Restore to create an image to a Nextar external drive. When checking Properties on the the C: drive I would get, for example, 38.4GB used on the HDD, and checking the E: drive would show about 35.8GB (or close to it).
Lately, when checking each drive the E: drive shows about 2GB more than the C: drive. When restoring an image everything is fine, but I was previously informed that the image was about 2 to 3GB less than the C: drive because the virtual drive was not copied.

Has something changed?

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How many backups have you put on the Nextar ?

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I bought a commercial backup programme when I bought my Windows 8 PC.

Now, when I need it, I am having difficulties in restoring.

Is the "Windows 7 File Recovery" which is included in Win 8 a good replacement for commercial programmes such as EaseUS and Norton?

I would like to trust Microsoft with my file and image backups.

A:Backup and restore

I am using a free version of Macrium. It's free, fast, reliable
Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com

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Hey guys, I have backup my hole C and D drive and i am going to put it on something or upload it not sure. Might upload it to my site host but i dont know. Just for the transfer. but the files are .DAT i am wondering how do i suppose to transfer the files to my new windows? Like what do i suppose to do and it is windows xp pro.
 

A:Backup my PC how do i Restore it?

That is going to depend on what backup application you used. I suspect you did not use an image utility that could actually restore a bootable image...
 

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Hello,

I have the following problem: I had XP installed on my netbook and encrypted my hard drive with Free Compusec, which installs a new bootloader that after typing in the correct password loads the XP bootloader NTLDR. Because XP started to run slow I started to think about a new clean install and also wanted to try out the new Win7, but first I wanted to try it on a different partition. Well after I checked, if Compusec was fine with dual-boot systems and Win7 and didn't find anything negative I went ahead. Well and now first XP won't boot (no dual-boot screen) and second my whole HDD (except for the Win7 partition) is encrypted, so I don't even have access to my old stuff (because the Win7 bootloader destroyed the Compusec bootloader and now I can't type in my password).

Well now there is a possibility to decrypt the drive with a special key file that is, of course, on the encrypted part of the HDD, so I had to find another way. The forum of the company that makes the encryption software is seldom maintained. I did find some good information though. I was able to extract the MBR from the installation disc. And now here's the thing that I need help with:

In Win7 it says that the extracted MBR is 1024 bytes big (as far as I know this would still fit in the first sector right?). It's also called "extended_mbr.bin", I thought maybe it needs to be bigger than 512 bytes because of the additional functions.

I read in the forum that I... Read more

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Hello,
1) I am thinking to buy an external drive to store macrium backups, since it is usb connected, and if something happens to the windows system and have to restore, there is no option in the boot sequence to boot from usb, only from hard drive or cd / dvd.
Any ideas how to resolve this issue ?

2) Since erasing rw cd or rw dvd with windows (it destroyed a good rw dvd as I posted before), I was lookig for some "normal" program, capable doing burning and erasing, found a free program
"ashampoo burning studio free" here "https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/fdl/13/31/free/2" and would like to ask your opinion (if you know) about this program, before I install it.

Answers will be much appreciated.
Thanks
Motim

A:Backup and Restore

ad1) You don't boot from USB. You boot from a recovery CD thgat pulls the image from the USB attached disk.

ad2) I know nothing about CDs. I hardly ever use them and I never erase them.

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Hi everyone. I have been trying to understand the backup and restore utility in Windows 7. I did a complete backup with a system image a week ago. I have the utility on a schedule to backup up my files. Does the utility only backup the new files or all the files on the partition? I already have a system image that is suitable. Why can't I just backup up my user account. Is there a way to just backup your user account? Any assistance will be appreciated. deanie

A:Backup and restore

My understanding is that the backup utility in Win7 for backing up files on a scheduled basis only backs up changes to files.

Have you referred to this link Backup and Restore - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

The backup and restore utility in Win7 does not mention a feature for backing up a user account. This makes sense because your hard drive is not partitioned according to user accounts. Or is it?

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Got a newish PC: HP Elite 8000 with Win 7 Pro 64 bit.

Have a separate USB WD 80GB external HDD which is solely to be used for bootable backup and restore of OS and programs, the only information on my C drive. This in case my OS gets corrupted and I will then be able to restore everything from the USB via boot, without having to reinstall WIN7, updates and programs.



All working files and documents and music etc., are on separate external USB hard drives.

I read through the forums and created a WIN 7 System backup I guess of everything on my C drive, Windows and Programs. Hopefully is is something I can boot from.




There is nothing else on my C drive. Image file that was created on the 80GB USB drive is about right: 46GB.


I wish to untether the USB with my backup information from my PC (so I can store it away and redo weekly or monthly).

Using Remove Hardware from task bar I get a message that the drive I wish to remove is
"currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again."


Question One: Is the information on the USB drive, created by the WIN7 backup and recover method explained in this forum, bootable?

Question One a: If not what must I do to make sure I can boot using the backup USB, assuming I wish to wipe the C drive clean and start anew with the information on the backup USB drive?

Question Two: Please advise what I need to do to correctly remove the USB bac... Read more

A:Need a bit more help on Backup and Restore

Hello Robert,

If you are using Windows Backup on a schedule, then that could cause the issue with the removable drive being "in use" still.

Instead, you should turn off the Windows Backup schedule, and use the separate System Image feature instead. You will be able to do a System Image Recovery at boot using either your system repair disc or Windows 7 installation media.Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi, i'm new here and have a question, when i run the backup to a network drive, will it only backup changed/new files, or will it back up all my files like onecare did?

Edit: dont worry about that, i have figured out why it always took up so much room, system image, now i have disabeled that, is there any way to backup the system image separately.

Edit 2: even though create system imaeg is unticked, it still seems to include system image in space calculation and backup. anyway to stop this?

A:Backup and restore

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Black Star


Hi, i'm new here and have a question, when i run the backup to a network drive, will it only backup changed/new files, or will it back up all my files like onecare did?

Edit: dont worry about that, i have figured out why it always took up so much room, system image, now i have disabeled that, is there any way to backup the system image separately.

Edit 2: even though create system imaeg is unticked, it still seems to include system image in space calculation and backup. anyway to stop this?


The first back up is a full backup. Subsequent backups are incremental, only the changes.

I have system image unticked, because I made one copy after I was fully installed and activated. Whenever, I make a big change I make note of it. If I ever need to use my system image, I have a brand new, no corruption, no malware image. To that clean image I make my changes. But to your question, I do not think there is a way to change it. But, just wait a bi,t someone with more knowledge in that area or maybe about registry, will assist you.

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My parents have a computer that was completely wiped out by a horrible trojan horse. I cannot find a backup disc anywhere. There were two partitions that were completely corrupted. As I understand it one of those partitions was the restore disc. What do I do if I have a computer without a restore disc and no restore partition? Can I request a backup disc from HP?

A:No restore backup

Yep, that's the easiest, quickest, and cheapest way to do it.
The info is at this link: http://www.carrona.org/recdisc.html#hp

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I recently bought a 500gb wafer-thin external usb hdd and backed up everything on my pc using the Win 7 backup option-- for some reason it took 11 hours to complete !

Now I have decided to restore this backup, I am bit confused how I proceed.

There are 3 files shown on the external hdd :

MediaID.bin-- Windowsimagebackup, and Mike-Tosh. I selected the windowsimagebackup, which surprisingly took only a minute or two to complete.

But when I went back to my desktop, all my program icons were there, but clicking on any them resulted in a 'cannot find program' message.

I then took a look at the Mike-Tosh file and it contained dozens and dozens of zip files.

My problem is not knowing the how to properly restore a full backup ? can anyone tell me the correct procedure please ?

A:how to use backup & restore in Win 7 ?

You have to use windows system image restore program to do it.

Boot the windows 7 dvd/recovery disc.

Select restore system image

System Image Recovery

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I get an error code when I try to back up as a mirror image
error code 0x807800A1

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Had a HDD failure - disk replaced and a clean install of W7 32bit carried out.

I had been using backup tool to create incremental backups ..
I have the nice 'backup folder' Backup set date xxx
on an external HDD ... and in it a number of files
How do I reinstall my files from this backup ?

I looked under backup and it only seems to give option to restore form a restore point ... which is not what I wan to do.

A:How to restore from backup

Hello Sargan,

The tutorial below can help show you how to restore files from your backup.Restore Backup User and System Files
If for some reason, Windows is unable to restore the backup, then you could use the tutorial below to manually extract and restore files from the backup.Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have a gateway T3302 and have used the restore cd to do a full system restopre with backup. A gateway tech told me after the restoration, which was necessary because i was missing a couple .dll wildows files, I would be able to access and restore all files previous to the restore. I now see the "My Backup" folder on my desktop. However, when I click on it, then on the documents & settings file, the user accounts I previously used are not there. How do I get my old files back. HELP!!!!!
 

A:Restore with Backup

All those accounts are gone after a restoration. If anything was saved, it will probably be in a folder at C:\ that is named something like "My Files" or "My Backup". Click on C: and take a look.
 

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New system using W7 Pro & IE11 with 1TB SATA hard drive (c drive) & an external drive (e) 250 GB Seagate One Touch Mini 4. Need help in deciding which backup & restore to use, Windows 7 Backup & Restore or Seagate 2 step programs or any suggestions. Want to be able to create whole system image & also backup of all users data files & programs. A couple of questions are: do I have to completely wipe my external drive clean before starting any new backup procedure, can I store both system image & data files on the external drive without creating paritions, is my external drive big enough to hold everything (I currently have space (approx 50 GB left on external drive when using XP). Thank you for any help you can provide.

A:Which backup & restore to use

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do I have to completely wipe my external drive clean before starting any new backup procedure


No, backup image is stored as a file.






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can I store both system image & data files on the external drive without creating paritions


I think you mean extra partitions - you must already have at least one.

Yes, just store it like any other file.






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is my external drive big enough to hold everything


Depends how much used space you have on the source partition. Also depends on what type of files you have on the used space, some will compress a lot, some file types compress very little.

Images will typically be 50-60% of the size of the original used space.


Aomei ( owmay ) Backupper is the best free imaging program, Standard version is free:

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Free Backup and Restore Software

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Hello,
On my computer is installed AVG antivirus, sometimes when I need to use a restore point to restore the system, have to disable temporarily the antivirus, otherwise the restore is not successful, and this is from my
experience (I learned it the hard way).
Now what happens when restoring using Macrium restore, I mean with the antivirus ?
Thanks for answers.
Motim
PS, If something was posted unfinished, it is because the page closed unexpectedly and reopened - sorry about that.

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Hello Forum,
First of all, I want to thank to all of you who advised me to use Macrim to make system backups.
And to share with you today's story: It started morning when started my computer, a notice popped-up that my AVG 2015 antivirus needs update (I do daily virus updates manually), so I agreed and then a big update started to download, it was a 2016 update version and it started to install. The progress bar crawled very slowly, most of the time it was stopping, after 3 hours ! it stopped at about 3/4 of the way and opened a notice window that "installation failed", to try again or contact support, closed this window and tried to operate the 2015 version, but this was partially overwritten - so I am without Antivirus - the system started alerting me, so I disconnected from the Internet, and started from control panel to uninstall the new installation, another 2 hours waisted. I used a restore point made 2 days ago by some windows updates, after the restore the antivirus did not work. Now I started to reinstall the 2015 version (have the instl. file on my computer) but it refused to install, saying there is a newer version installed and to connect to the net to complete the installation. which I will not since I am not protected. Now for the first time I used the Macrium backup done a week ago (lucky I made the rescue CD), made a whole system restore, and finally got my 2015 antivirus back working, can again connect to the net, still have to do some minor mainten... Read more

A:Backup and Restore

Glad that Macrium Reflect worked for you! It has certainly worked for me the few times I had to restore!

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I want a program that I can back up my entire drive to DVDs, and be able to easily restore from DVD. Basically, in case of a system crash that requires a restore, I'd like to be able to just put in the DVD, boot my system and restore from that DVD without having to first reinstall windows and THEN restoring....what program?|
Thanks
 

A:Backup and restore from DVD?

Acronis True Image

But using DVD's can be cumbersome and slow. Getting a second hard drive is a better idea. Then automate Acronis to make a scheduled system image and forget about it. It compresses the image, so if you have 12 gig of data on your drive, the image might be around 6 (varies).

But Acronis can backup/restore with its boot CD from USB drives or internal/external drives.

I can restore my entire system, programs, documents, and all, to a blank hard drive from the image in about 20 minutes (13 gigs).
 

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When Im in Control Panel\System and Security\Backup and Restore I find I cant click on Manage space. I want to go there to delete older backups.

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any ideas on this one?

Its why I ran sfc/scannow (which didnt find anything).

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Back & Restore successfully creates a restore point.When restoring, the system says it encountered an unknown error and system files have not been changed. Noticed this happening to all manually-created restore points. Not sure about restore points created when auto upgrades are installed. Any suggestions???

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Back and Restore ? Do you mean Backup and Restore Center ?

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Hi Guys

I have used Windows 7 backup and restore to create a system image on a separate drive. Recently I have needed to restore my files however when I click on "backup and restore " this is all I get. any ideas anyone?

A:Backup and Restore

Looks like you have a serious issue with your working install there - You may want to pop the win7 install dvd into the drive and boot directly from that - select the repair my computer option - you will hopefully be able to start the image restore from there

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Backed up my Maxtor 160gb Sata HD with Macrium Reflex & as a test I tried to restore the "C" 37gb partition first on a Maxtor PATA 80gb HD then on WD 80gb SATA HD.

All went fine but neither restore HD will boot.

Goes up to the MS XP logo, the dashes go back & forth then the sequence repeats.

Tried Macrium Reflect Restore CD, UBDC, BartPE, Paragon recover CD & in desperation Maxplus 4 CD hoping their restore MBR, Boot.ini etc repairs may help but with no avail.

Is this backup/restore caper a gimmick or am I doing something wrong.
Thank you

 

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Aloha,
I cannot backup & restore with my Win7 OS because the backup drive died so I installed another drive but the old assigned drive still shows in the backup and restore window. In the backup location it shows new volume I which is the old dead drive which shows disconnected. I cannot connect to my new external drive because when I click on "change settings" it gives me an error message. I will provide two attachments showing the Backup & Restore page and also the error message.

Mahalo,
doogdoog
 

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Hello Forum,
Recently I was trying to get rid of some old restore points, as you already know, it did not work.
Now I have noticed that the system does not create automatic restore points as used before, I do not know what turned this off, I would like to turn it back on, sometimes a new restore point can be needed.
However, occasionally when I open the "System Protection" window, I see in the "configure restore settings"
each time some MBs added and it keeps growing but no new restore point.
How do I turn on the system automatic restore points creation ?
Answers will be appreciated.
Thanks
Motim

A:Backup and Restore

Hello Motim,

By default, System Protection automatically creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days, and before significant system events such as a program or driver installation.

You might also check to make sure you have enough storage space set to have more restore points available.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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Windows backup:
"By default, Windows automatically saves as many system images as it has space for without taking up more than 30 percent of space on the backup disk. Once the disk starts running out of room, Windows deletes older system images. You can set Windows to retain as many system images as it has space for on the backup disk or to only keep the most recent system image."

Is there any way to increase space above 30% ?

A:Backup and Restore

The maximum space it allocates for the shadowstorage (that's where the restore points go) is 15%, not 30%. You can change the size with the VSSAMIN RESIZE command. Here are the details (saves me to type them): How to reduce disk space used by Windows Vista system restore Usually people want to reduce the shadowstorage, but it goes both ways. Just be aware, if you do a resize, you loose all current shadows (restore points) and start anew again.

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I just reset my HP desktop but I don't know to use my recovery drive to get all of my data back.Can some one help me?










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A:Restore From Backup

Montae, welcome to the forum. I am not certain if you used the Recovery Manager to backup your data or not.  However, here is a guide that should help you if this is how you did it. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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I have just bought a new pc with vista home edition premium, included in the package were 2 dvds with blank recovery dvd written on them ,on inquireing I was told that I would have to make my own recovery dvds and that instructions on how to do it would be found on my pc
I then found out that windows complete pc backup and restore is not included with vista home premium
Can anyone tell me how I can reinstall vista should I ever need to without some sort of recovery disk,as one wasn't included in the package
Thanx Chris

A:Backup and restore

Hello christy48, welcome to Vista forums!

What kind (manufacturer) of machine is it?

Most modern manufacturers add a recovery partition that is used to create the recovery discs from. Most of these partitions can be used to recover the machine without ever creating the discs.

Keep us informed!










Later Ted

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