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Restoring backup from CD in Backup and Restore Center

Q: Restoring backup from CD in Backup and Restore Center

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... when done..good luck

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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 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 uninstalled Acronis Ture Image Backup and replaced it as it caused a malfunction. While using it, the main screen was modified for the Acronis programs menu. Now I can no longer return to the original Backup and Restore page via the control panel to create restore points or image discs. How do I restore the page to it's original settings ?

A:Restoring backup and restore function

You may have a System Restore to an earlier date than you have uninstalled Acronis .

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ok, for some reason, the "Backup and Restore Center" window under my "Control Panel" popped up, even though i didn't click it...

what does it mean if it suddenly pops up like that? ._.

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How do you repair backup and restore center on vista 64bit home premium?

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Hey Guys,

Does the complete pc backup compress the say 20 GB on two 4.7 disks or is it linear like 5 4.7 disks for 20 GB? And I don't know why but if I do a complete backup and then try to boot off the disks and press enter it doesn't recognize the disk and just boots up normally.

A:Backup and Restore Center

Lets put it this way I backed up a 200Gb raid 0 drive with 40Gb space used onto 5 dvd's... approx 20Gb

As for installing pc backup: insert O/S dvd, restart, hit any key to boot from disk, follow prompts for recovery, click Windows complete pc restore, THEN insert last dvd of the recovery image. At prompt, insert first disk of recovery image.

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Hi all ,,, i have come accross this problem trying to restore some files i lost,,, i used the backup and restore in vista home prem to make file and documents backups,,, now im trying to restore some lost files and when i go into the restore center. When turning on the external drive my system recognizes it, however when navigating to Control Panel/System and Maintenance/Backup and Restore Center/Restore files from backup/and then to Restore Files I receive a yellow yield icon with an exclamation indicating that "There are no backups available on this computer". when i look in the ext hdd they are all there, i can see them,,, am i doing something wrong or when i made the backups did i do somehing wrong then?? The external hdd is formated to ntfs.

A:Vista Backup And Restore Center

Not much help, but some links to possible solutions:'d also suggest checking Event Viewer for more information on the exact error that is generated.

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I am new at the forum so please bare with me I hope I can give everyone the information needed. I was trying to back up my computer which runs Vista, I believe that it is the premium version but not sure how to check. I went to the maintenence screen and went to the back up and restore center. I started a back up and everything seemed to be working fine until 1/2 way through I got this error message "the parameter is inncorrect (0x80070057)" any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Vista backup and restore center

This error "the parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)" is caused by a bug in File Backup where if you don't back up at least one file during the full backup, every backup after that fails. The workaround is to go through the Backup wizard again and choose a new full file backup at the very end.How to backup your data

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I already have my backup settings configured, but wish to go in and change the backup time. How do I change the backup time and save this setting WITHOUT starting a new backup?

A:Backup and Restore Center Question...

Hi Patrick,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

Step 17 in this tutorial will show you how. Just be sure to leave the box in the right screenshot boxed in red under step 8 unchecked.

Backup Files

Hope this helps,

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I have set up Vista Home Prem. to backup my files onto a external HDD. It preformed this function flawlessly. My question is if I delete a file on my computer and it does a back up, will it remove that file from the backup HDD or is this program only a "one way" street and will simply keep adding files and altering files but never removing.

If that is the case are there any free backup utilities you recommend? Because I download a lot of movies but don't need those backed up and the Vista Backup Center does not let you choose which folders so my external HDD fills up quite fast.

Thanks in advance

A:Question About Backup And Restore Center

I think the best free backup solution, hands down, is DriveImageXML.You can find more about it here: my two centsBilly3

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OS vista businees 32 bit sp2 hp compaq dx2450 4gb ram

When I use backup and restore center, I can backup files no problem, but when I use backup computer option the backup operation displays error 0x80080005 can not connect to server check system settings then hangs in continous loop. Only way to stop loop is to use task manager to quit backup.

I have had HP tech remote and MS tech remote attempt to repair to no avail without a complete system restore. There should be a way to solve this without complete restore. Both HP and MS tried to a system repair using origional vista business OS install disc and both failed. I ran scan now on c drive. It found corrupted files but did not list them. How do I get a list of corrupted files:

I have origional HP backup and restore set of discs for this computer. Is there any way to extract just files needed?

Please Help ,
Jack (kc6qdi)

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Hi am new to this group!! Have a question about doing backups with Vista. I am using a external hard disk drive over a home network. Every time I start the utility it goes to the hard drive and creates a folder and assigns a long long number as a file name. Then a short time later, I get an error message saying "Cannot create a file when that file already exit (0x800700B7)". I think that it is a Vista problem so I spent 12 hours on an email chat with support personnel and they did not know why this is happening. Any body have anybody have any suggestions. Backing up to DVDs is very time consuming

A:Vista and Backup and Restore Center

I do not recommend you use the Vista backup program to backup important files. I did, and was able to backup to my network storage drive but when my computer crashed I was not able to recover my files using my other computers. I recommend you purchase a separate backup program and then test to see if you can restore your backup files using a different computer.

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Hi everyone, I upgraded to 8.1 this past weekend and it went just fine, however now the the Backup and Restore Center and Create Recovery Disks options are busted. Both icons appear in my app list as generic grey document icons, and if I click either of them I'm brought to the desktop and then...nothing.

I use BRC for my daily backups so I'm obviously concerned that it's not working. I tried searching for a way to reinstall these programs, but as they're part of Windows I wasn't surprised to not find anything. Has anyone else experienced this issue and can offer some tips? BRC was working fine for me prior to the upgrade so I'd hate to have to buy a third party solution now.


A:Upgraded to 8.1 -- Backup and Restore Center Now Broken

Go to File History and make a system image (the button is on the bottom left).

Then you can use file history or Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download to make backups. No need to buy anything.

You might want to consider using this tutorial in case you want to refresh in the future.

Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

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I would like to do a back up of my computer's files and folders but I am experiencing great difficulty. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm using Vista 64-bit.

Here's what I've done.

1) I click on "Back Up and Restore Center" in the Control Panel
2) I click Back Up Files. I then get a pop up message that says "Windows needs your permission to continue". I click OK.
3) "Where do you want to save your backup?" (I don't own an external hard drive so I'd like to back up to DVD-RW). The only options available is "DVD-RW Drive (D.
4) "Which disk do you want to include on the backup?" The only option available is "(C System". Its box is already checked by default. It's grey and I can't uncheck it.
5) I click the 'Next' button and received this error message: "The disk C: has errors. Windows has detected file system corruption on C: You must check the disk for errors before it can be restored." In this same message I'm given 2 options, one of which is already checked by default: 1) Automatically fix file system errors (checked box); 2) Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors (unchecked box).

I leave the second box unchecked and leave the first box checked. I click the "Start" button in the message and then receive another message saying "Windows cannot check the disk while it's in use. Do you want to check for hard disk err... Read more

A:Unable to use Backup and Restore Center properly

You may have to run chkdsk from the Vista recovery environment command prompt.

Once at the command prompt type the following command and hit enter. Be patient it may take some time to finish, do not interrupt the process.

chkdsk /r C:

spaces between k and / r and C

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I'm confussed please help...

Why does Windows Backup and Restore Center not backup to USB flash drive sticks?

After the program telling me this why did it except one of my sticks and not others?


A:Windows Backup and Restore Center and Usb sticks

Can noone Help on this one please?

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I am missing the Backup & Restore Center in my installation of Vista Ultimate (32bit). Any idea how to repair this and sidestep an entire reinstall of Vista?

I also seem to be missing a number of other icons in the Control Panel (classic view)... they just aren't there. Can anyone shed some light on why or how this happens, and how to fix it?

From the images I've seen posted online for a typical Ultimate Control Panel, I am missing the following items in my Control Panel:
- Audio Devices
- Backup & Restore Center
- Ease of Access
- Offline Files
- Parental Controls
- Problem Reports
- Speech Recognition
- Sync Center
- Text to Speech
- Welcome Center

Does anyone have any suggestions at all as to how to remedy this situation? Just to let you know, I have tried to alter things in the Group Policy Admin, though perhaps I wasn't making the right changes. Any advice at all would be appreciated.


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Every Day when I leave my computer on and I check the start menu, for some reason the Backup and Restore Center is always there, even though I've never used it and constantly remove it from my front window, any ideas why?

A:Backup and Restore Center keeps appearing in front window of the Start Menu?

By front window, what do you mean? The most recently used programs list? A screenshot or 2 might help.

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I would like to use Vista Ultimate's Backup and Restore Center to back up my Satellite A205-series laptop's hard drive to an external hard drive wirelessly. The external hard drive (which is NTFS-formatted) is directly attached (via a USB port) to my Belkin N+ wireless router, instead of being plugged directly into my laptop.

I know this WiFi network-based hard drive is recognized by my Satellite A205 series laptop, because it appears as "Drive Z:" when I click on "My Computer"...but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).

On the other hand, the version of Backup and Restore Center that is found on my computer at my office (also running Vista) only lists the drives on the computer at first--but includes a "More:" hyperlink whereby somebody with Admin rights can click and get access to network drives.

This "More:" hyperlink does not appear on the version of Backup and Restore Center on my Toshiba Satellite 205 laptop.

I can't even get anyone at Microsoft to talk to me without first
charging $69.95 for the "privilege".

Any suggestions?

A:Satellite A205 - Vista Backup and Restore Center with WiFi hard drive

Hi irsharp23,

> but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).
I think this is not a Toshiba related issue. Backup and Restore Center is designed from Microsoft and Toshiba has nothing to do with that. So I think you have to get in contact with Microsoft guys to ask for a solution or maybe there is an update for this tool.
Have you checked this?

Furthermore why you don?t connect the external HDD directly to your notebook? I don?t see a reason for connecting such a backup HDD via network because this backup image can only be used on your notebook.

Alternative I can recommend Acronis True Image that can save backup images on network or you use Microsoft SyncToy to synchronize your files between notebook and network. ;)

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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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.


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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 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:Java/CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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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.

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I have restored from a backup, but now all the c:\backup folder is doing is taking up space. Can I delete it if I have everything out of it that I need?

If I should need to restore again, will Vista create a new folder or should I just do a backup anyway?

A:Restoring from a backup

Hi. . .

The document from your link tells me that the folder contains a backup of the c: drive and serves no further purpose after a Vista re-install from the recovery drive assuming that you have copied out all files that you need.

Since you have retrieved the files that you want out of it, go ahead and delete it.

Regards. . .



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OK, so my laptop's hard drive went kaput. No new story there. But I was a good little boy and in a panic backed up my data as well as I could. This basically means that I went in and selected everything on my hard drive that I could and dragged and dropped it onto an adequately sized external (which my system will not boot from). Now my loverly computer is running again with a fresh install of WinXP (same as before) and I'm wondering if there's an easy, non-painful way of taking all that "valuable" data that I haphazardly threw onto the external and restoring it to my new hard drive. Copy and paste would be just too easy here (plus I already tried it, it din't work). Is there something I can do to get all my programs, settings and documents back where they should be? I've also tried using the files and settings transfer wizard to get it all off (should have known that wouldn't work!) but to no avail. Any help here could really make my day.

A:Restoring a backup

Well if your running a brand new copy of xp, your running a brand new registry, with no keys containing all of the programs and settings you used to have. So, chances are most of the programs will not function right and throw errors at you. Your better off just reinstalling all your programs.

However, have you tried just dragging/dropping your documents?

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My OS is W7 Home and I used Easus to back up my files to CD. Due to a sudden failure of the HDD, I did a fresh install of W7 on to another internal HDD, including all Windows Updates etc but when I tried to restore the Backed Up Files via Easus, it seemed to corrupt or mess up the OS to such an extent that I had to format the drive and reinstall Windows yet again, including all the Windows Updates, which was a bit of a pain to say the least.

Before I make the same mistake yet again, can anyone confirm there is no reason why I should not be able to restore the files (via Easus) to the newly installed W7 OS on the new HDD?

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My computer running win 7 Home Premium is dying. I did a C: backup,
BUT could I restore it onto a newer machine running Win 7 Pro?

If not, what are my alternatives?

A:Restoring Backup

What backup program did you use? What type of Backup was it? Was it a Full backup with Windows and all of your programs? or is it just a backup of your personal files? When did you backup the computer? Is it before the computer started dying?
If your computer is dying, that probably means the HDD is dying. A HDD that is dying has corrupted files on it. If you did a full back up a dying HDD, when you restore it, some or many files may be corrupted and unreadable. If it is just your personal files, most of those should still work.
If you are trying to restore a Clone Image of Home Premium, the destination drive (eg) Win 7 Pro,will be wiped out and the Home Premium image will overwrite it. If there are any corrupted files or problems on the 7 Pro, they will be imported to your newer machine.

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Okay, so my old hard drive seemed like it was nearing its last breath, so I used the Windows Backup and Restore Center to backup my entire HDD (about 400GB worth) onto an external HDD that I bought. After putting my new internal into my computer and loading up the Windows/HP CDs and whatnot, I plugged in my external. I went to the Restore section to see if I could restore all of those files from my external, but it seems to only work with a backup file that's already on this computer (all of my backed up files are on the external, not the computer). So how exactly would I go about doing this? Copy and pasting the files that I would want would take forever, and the folders aren't labeled very intuitively for being able to find things so I don't know what files would be in what folder.

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I have created this backup on another internal Hard Drive ok. Now I was wanting to upgrade my main C Drive, which has the Windows 7 installed, to a larger, say 500gb drive. Can I now remove the old drive and install the new one and then use the system recovery option on the Windows 7 disk to copy this backup to the new drive? and not lose any of the original installation? TNX

A:restoring from backup

If you made a complete disk image of everything, you should be able to.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup (which you have already done)
System Image Recovery (How to do the recovery)

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Good Morning All,

My In-laws had an issue with spyware that had heavily infected their computer. I tried to clean it up, but in the end the best thing I found was to reinstall Windows XP Home. I made a backup of the entire hard drive prior to wiping it and reinstalling. I went ahead and ran all software updates and installed a good anti-virus and antispyware program.

Now I want to restore their files and user accounts. What is the best way to go about this? Should I recreate the accounts in XP and then just overwrite their user folders with the backups that I have? Which directories should I copy?



A:Restoring From Backup

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Hey, I have an interesting problem here.

I use Windows Live Onecare, I used that program to back up all my files into a removable hard drive (music, pictures etc...)

So, computer dies. bla bla.. the thing is, that computer is no longer avialable, not that or my windows disks or anything. lets just pretend that pc doesnt exist anymore.

I get a new computer and buy Windows XP profesional, the thing is, this windows is in spanish, my previous windows was in english.

So I log on to the windows live onecare website to reinstall windows live onecare in this machine so that I can restore my back up...

Here's the problem, there wont be international support for windows live onecare until the end of this year or so and the version they have now will not install in a windows that is not in english, so I cannot restore my backup.

Now, I cant apply the usual solutions, I dont have another PC so i cannot restore in another machine then transfer it to this one via LAN, I just have this PC, in spanish and no possibility of installing another windows in another language in it.

I know the windows onecare back up does the back up in a ton of .zip files so I am sure I could manualy restore it but that would be a major pain in the butt...

The question I have is, is there a way to restore a windows live onecare back up with another program? in other words, restore a backup I made using windows live onecare without having windows liveone care in the machine?


A:Restoring a backup, help me out

I just downloaded Winrar and selected all the files and clicked on extract, that seems to be working allright :)

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I just restored XP Home with the option to back up. All files were backed up and placed in folder called "My Backup" on my C drive. Is there a program in XP that automatically restores the files?

A:Restoring from backup

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I use the Enhanced Windows Backup program. I have just copied backup files to a CD. The files have my docs on it, along with Local Settings, All Users, Start Menu, etc.
Fortunately, I haven't had to restore any info due to computer crashes.
I tried to check if the files got copied to the CD and all I can see is the name of the folder, but not the individual files. My concern is how do I know if the files are there and then, what would I have to do to get them transferred to my computer in case of a computer crash? Thank you.

A:Restoring from a backup CD?

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I have another thread. I still seem to be having issues. I have a feeling something nasty has imbedded itself in something. I was wondering if it is an option to just back up many of my important files and then restore from a ghost image I made a month ago. Would that wipe out the problem? I think Norton AV has been compromised because I am no longer able to enable autoprotect. Should I uninstall NAV? I'm also afraid to use Ghost to restore as it to may be compromised.


Jeff Harmon

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Hi all,

My mother's computer got a virus on it she let the virus database get old (no update) and so I cleaned the pc and then made a backup of the hard drive with Acronis true image home 2009 and then wiped the hard disk with the manufacturer's provided disk, then the computer was fine and I it was left to do its work. Then I am asked to restore her settings (bookmarks) to the machine and then when I locate the files and try to restore it wont let me becasue of an "unexpected end file in a file" the size of the iles is also a little strange as there are a few files tht are empty...tbh I am really lost on this and it would be really good if you guys can helpme and prevent me from being shouted at!: rolleyes:


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I have Norton Ghost 15.0 and i've made a backup of both partitions of Windows 7 Ultimate.
1. the 100mb System Reserved partition (g:/) that it made by default when i installed win7, because it recommended it.
2. the (C:/) main partition.

but my question is this:
Which of these 2 partitions is "Set Active for booting OS"? I can't figure out which is the boot drive. I called Symantec (norton) and they say it's the C:/ drive.. yet when i read the Forums there the regular people that use their forums tell me it's the SRP [100mb system reserved partition (drive g]


And should i restore original Disc Signature?

What about the MBR? do i restore that if i'm using same harddrive with no partition-changes? Just rewinding time.

i have restored many times with previous versions of windows, mostly vista and XP but since Win7 is trying something new by using 2 partitions, it confuses me as to how to go about doing it correctly so i dont have to use the DVD to "repair" afterwards or do any other fancy tricks.

A:Restoring From Backup - How?

Quote: Originally Posted by Brash

I have Norton Ghost 15.0 and i've made a backup of both partitions of Windows 7 Ultimate.
1. the 100mb System Reserved partition (g:/) that it made by default when i installed win7, because it recommended it.
2. the (C:/) main partition.
but my question is this:
Which of these 2 partitions is "Set Active for booting OS"? I can't figure out which is the boot drive. I called Symantec (norton) and they say it's the C:/ drive.. yet when i read the Forums there they tell me it's the SRP [100mb system reserved partition (drive g]


And should i restore original Disc Signature?

What about the MBR? do i restore that if i'm using same harddrive with no partition-changes? Just rewinding time.
i have restored many times with previous versions of windows, mostly vista and XP but since Win7 is trying something new by using 2 partitions, it confuses me as to how to go about doing it correctly so i dont have to use the DVD to "repair" afterwards or do any other fancy tricks.

C : should be your boot drive if you installed it correctly.

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My PC came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home. I used the Backup and Restore program in the Control Panel to make weekly backups to an external drive. To improve home networking, I was advised to upgrade to 7 Professional, which unexpectedly wiped everything! However, as well as my backup, Windows 7 created a 'Windows old' folder from which I could much more easily copy my documents back.
However, I now wish to Restore my e-mails, calendar and contacts from the Backup on the external drive. Using the Backup program it is unable to even see the drive. At the same time, it is there under My Computer and I can open the folders!
Can anyone assist, please?

A:Restoring from backup

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Hi. My HP dv9667ea laptop does not work anymore, so I bought an Acer 5750 laptop. I now want to move the files (music, pics, documents) that I backed up on my external hard drive to my new laptop. I used windows 7' (which I installed on my HP a while before it broke down) back up function in Control panel, to do the back-ups. How can I go about to simply move the files from the external hard drive to my new pc's hard drive. I don't know enough, but I do not want to restore to some previous point or something along those lines, as this is a new pc and does not need restoring. Someone said that because the old pc was different with different hardware to the new pc it may damage the new one. Forgive my ignorance. Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Restoring backup from one pc to another.

There is a difficulty in transferring the operating system and installed (particularly licensed) applications from one PC to another.

You can transfer your personal file/folder backups easily enough.
The reason is that there are 2 types of backups. Images which are snapshots of the whole disk. These can be difficulty for technical and licensing reasons.
Personal file/folder backups are different technically and easier to move around.

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Thanks for any help with this.....

My flatmate lost my windows 7 installation disk, now I've had a OS error, where my system keeps on asking to restore system... I have backups on both the secondary hard drive & an external... I cant find the disk & now have another installation disk, if I was to install new Os, could I then use a backup to restore where I was previously?

A:OS error & restoring a backup

Press the F8 key repeatedly at boot up or use the Startup disk.

Try this:
Safe Mode

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options
System Restore

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New to the site but still hoping somebody might be able to point me in the direction of some useful info!

My Vista notebook is faulty and back for repair, in the mean time I've borrowed a friends XP desktop PC. Is it possible to restore my Vista backup onto XP? Or maybe just extract some of the files/folders I need?



A:Restoring Vista backup to XP PC?

Hi Rob,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

Sorry, you cannot restore backup files using the Vista built-in Backup Files and Complete PC Backup features into XP. If you manually copied individual files to a DVD, then you might be able to use them in XP though.

You can, of course, reinstall Vista and restore your backups then.


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Three days ago my,2012 HP Windows 7 Laptop starting acting up doing the ghost thing on certain programs(Microsoft office 2010 Excel). It would allow me to open the program but then would say not responding.

After a few attempts on restarting the computer, I gave up and fully backed up the HP Laptop & restored the computer to factory settings.After three more attempts the computer seems stable now and loaded everything from my backup again.

I never did the recovery disc when I bought the machine 6 months ago,also have never done a system restore from external hard-drive either.

I'm very angry after the restore because my files/programs aren't in the factory locations. Does anyone make a program to reinstall all my programs with serial numbers(Photoshop) or my I-tunes library etc.

How have other members made this process easy with getting all the files back into there locations and finding serial numbers.

Also, after everything is fixed do I delete the backup from my external HD?? Everything has been copied into my laptop again right?

I'm just a Newbie computer person looking for some help please


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I have made a CD that has my laptop backup files in 2009, the operating system I was using then was windows XP.
Later on, I lost the CD and I changed my laptop and the operating system and now I'm working on window 7.
The thing is I found the CD and now need to restore the files badly.
I wonder how I can do this my current operating system (I have never restored backup files before)
Thank you

A:Restoring backup files

What program did you use to make the backup files and how were they copied onto the DC? Do you have the same backup program available to you now?
What is the extension on the backup files?

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I took a HP laptop running Vista Home Premium back to factory fresh. I backed up the files, photos and documents, onto an external hard drive using the backup utility in Control Panel. After reverting back to factory condition and updating, the Backup Restore in Control Panel doesn't recognize the files on the external hard drive. When I go to the hard drive, there is a program placed there by the computer when it backed up which does reload the files into the computer in a folder labeled C:\system recovery\ and places a shortcut to that on the desktop. But, when I try to open the files, such as a picture, it tells me I don't have permission to access that file location. This happens when I try to open it with Photo Gallery, Paint, or whatever.
Clearly, I have not finished the restoration/unpacking process. What should I do to be able to open those files?

A:Restoring files from backup

Try this Take ownership of files & folders

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I backed up a full image onto an external USB HD using Paragon's Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition. If my W 7 system refuses to boot how do I access the backup so that I can restore the system from the image? Paragon's utility does not seem to provide a mechanism to boot up with.Thanks.

A:Restoring from Paragon's backup?

I think Paragon offers creating Bootable Recovery CD/DVD or USB flash drive
So create it.

And when your system fails you can just boot from that CD and recover your PC.

EDIT: It`s called Recovery Media Builder!

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I need help solving an issue with restoring backup files created using the backup utility included with Vista Home Premium x64. When I try to use the same utility to restore the files, I get an error message saying the disk is not accessible, please make sure it is active and connected to the PC.

Background check: I created the backup on a 1 TB internal hard drive formated as NTFS before creating the backup, and activated and initialized using the disk manager. I then installed Windows 7 RC on the drive that was backed up. About 2 hours later, I re-installed Vista and tried to restore the last backup. Some background on the PC might be useful too. I have an Asus P6T Deluxe mainboard and use the integrated Marvel 68XX controller for three (3) WD Raptor 300GB drives in RAID 5. This volume was created before the introduction of the 1 TB drive. The BIOS for the RAID controller describes the 1 TB drive as Non-RAID. If this is the problem, I suppose I can just reinstall everything, or give Windows 7 another shot.

I hope someone out there can help me finger this out.

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A mopnth or so ago I bought a backup program from Spotmau and backed up all system files and data files to an external USB drive. Then my hard drive crashed and I ended up with a new computer and OS. I went from Win XP to Vista. I need all the data files and program settings but don't want to restore the old system files. I'm very confused about how to do this and don't have technical support from Spotmau. The program I purchased from them is Powersuite Professional 2008. Can anyone help? I have no experience backing up or restoring beyond what I stated here, but I'm not a total computer novice either.

A:Restoring Some Backup Files To New Os

don't have technical support from Spotmau.Free technical support for one year. Bottom of page: boot to the CD, you have to go into the BIOS and change the boot order to have the CD/DVD drive first

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I installed a Linux OS yesterday with a dual boot setup for WIN XP (already on my HD) and the Linux flavor (Ubuntu).

Bottom Line: Installation went smoothly and dual boot menu works fine. But, my WIN XP has been reset to original factory condition as if I just bought it. I thought I lost my data files, but found them in the C:drive.

Problem: I've tried to use the Backup program to restore my backup file to XP. But when I get to the dialog box that is supposed to list the backup file, nothing is in there. Then, when I browse to the backup file of my data, I can't insert the folder in the box as it's calling for a "file" to expand. That stops me dead in my tracks.

I thought there's a way to point to the main backup folder with all its sub-folders and files and copy that back into XP. I guess I thought wrong.

I've searched the MS knowledge base, printed the backup guide, but nothing references this problem. Also, the file names exceed the 2XX character limit and that seems to be a problem.

I'd SURE appreciate some help with this as I can't use my primary OS (WIN XP) and am temporarily relying on the Linux OS in the meantime.



A:Need Help With Restoring My Backup File

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I know this seems like a stupid question, but I just installed Windows 7 and I backed up all my stuff from vista on to an external (WindowsImageBackup) and I need to restore it all. In windows backup and restore it says it can not find a backup for this computer. How do I put all my old stuff back on with this image file. I know it's probably as simple as 1,2,3 but I dont know!?

A:Solved: Restoring a backup?! Help!?

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I did a custom install for the vista home premium 64bit version; while in the 32 bit version, i did a full back up on a external HD. I restored the files while in the 62bit version without a problem, but I can't find neither of my files? I used the help and search options but nothing. I am in big trouble since i had family pictures and a extensive music library. Help please!

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Hi, saturn01, and welcome to the forums.

I got a few questions to ask, but I am also off to bed - it's 1 AM and I have class at 8 AM and a 30 min apologies if I am not able to get back with you, but I am hoping that my questions will help someone else out in targeting your problem.

First of all, when you installed Vista x64, can you describe the customizations you made? Did you use the same exact username and password as before?

My theory is that if you didn't use the exact same name and such, the files are there, under your old username, and you simply cannot access them because Vista thinks you are not the same person....

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The good news is that I backup, using Windows backup and restore.

The bad news is that I deleted an older backup folder to make space.
The worse news is that I saw I deleted the wrong data folder (to make space) right after I deleted the backup folder.

The good news is that I was able to recover the old backup folder from the recycle bin.

The bad news is that now, Windows restore doesn't "see" the restored folder.

More bad news is that I can't figure out how to access the data in the zip files, which I see in the directory.
The error messages tells me the zip file is invalid, but I don't believe that since I got the files out of the recycle bin right after I deleted it.

What do I need to do to get windows to recognize this backup folder, and/or how can I open the zip files to extract the data?

I have over a years worth of work in the deleted file, so I'm desperate.
Special thanks to anyone who can help me restore my files.

A:Need help restoring a backup folder

Try restarting the laptop first!

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I recently had to re-install my windows and am trying to restore my quickbooks from a backup that I made.I am confused as to where to save the files to during the restore process?

A:Restoring Backup/Quickbooks

What program was used to make the backup?
What are the instructions for said program...when attempting to restore a backup?

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Hi Guys

I have a old 16g drive and need to fit a new drive.

What I want to know is can I restore my full back (I used Acronis) to a new drive, the drive would be a different make and of course bigger storage. What will happen when windows discovers that the hard disk drivers are different.

So can you restore your full backup to a completely, different size and make hard drive??

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I recently had a problem with my computer not booting. After many attempts to fix it and many suggestions from this board, I finally gave up and decided to reformat my drive after backing up all the files. I booted off of an "Ultimate Boot CD" for Windows and ran the Windows backup program to back up the entire C: drive to a network drive on a Linux system I have. I then reformatted the hard drive and installed a new version of XP on it. After the reformat, everything is working fine. I then booted from the UBCD again and restored the files from the backup that was made.

Silly me expected that the registry and everything would be restored - It wasn't! All of my files are there but nothing is installed and virtually all of my settings and customization are gone.

Is it too late to fix this or is there still a way to recover all of the old settings and registry stuff? I tried restoring the Windows folder explicitly and that didn't work either.

A:Restoring files from a backup...

To do what you wanted would have required "ghosting" or "imaging" the drive with Nortons Ghost or Acronis True Image or similar. But then you would have probably reinstalled a damaged operating system.

It is pointless backing up installed program files as you need to reinstall the programs, only the data created by you needs to be backed up.

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When I installed Win 7, the first thing I did was to make a backup/image of the system disc. I then repeated that after installing a few vital apps.
Now, I would like to start again with Win 7, and use one of those backups to save time in getting the pc up and running.
The problem is, neither of them is recognised as a backup or image. I've tried from a reboot with a rescue disk, and from the control panel.
Each 'backup' has the name of the PC and the following:
(A)'Backup yyyy mm dd' folder which contains a vhd file and a group of xml files;
(B)'Catalog' folder containing a couple of small files with no extension;
(C)'SPPMetadatacache' folder containing either 1 or 3 alphanumerically named files
Now, first thing, are these correctly formed Win 7 backups?
If so, how am I supposed to use them?

A:Restoring Win 7 Backup/ Image

What did you use to create the images?
In any event, you would (most probably) need to restore the images (i.e. the images themselves probably aren't bootable).

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Though I use Macrium for backup but few months back I created a Backup of one PC with Redo and saved the backup directly in pen drive but forgot to format the pen drive in NTFS and it remained Fat32. So the Redo created backup in four parts i.e part2, part3, part4 and part 5 ( I do not know why part 1 is not there) total 7GB. My question is whether Redo will be able to restore the backup from these parts or I will have to first joined the parts which I do not know how?

A:Restoring from Redo Backup

You might be able to open the split part(n) files with 7-zip and restore individual files like that.

I don't think you'll have luck restoring without part1.

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I have created a Backup file on an external hard drive that looks like this:

Inside that folder I have this:

And inside that I have this:

My question is this:

If I need to restore the system image, is there any particular file or folder I should be looking for ??

A:Restoring System Backup

Whats inside Backup 2013-06-11 085653? Looks like that's the critical folder?

See box titled NOTE here:
Backup User and System Files

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I used last year my new TOSHIBA vb63700-A 500GB external HD to Backup the 6 partitions PC using
" Paragon Backup and Recovery 2014 Free ".

Today tried to familiarise myself with it again, opened Paragon, clicked on Restore & Add an existing archive, went to Toshiba HD and found the two files at the bottom of this scan:-
I added the 202Kb PDF file see scan below but, at the bottom the warning error says "Wizard could not open the archive file".

This made me wonder if I was to restore in anger to a new HD would it work or I would have lost my system for good? Could not find an answer in Paragon's help

If anybody knows Paragon I'll be grateful for advise. .....thanx .....nick

Home build, Asus P5K Premium WiFi Intel,
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 95W 2.4GHz, OCZ Cpu Cooler,
2x2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 800 (400mhz) PC2-6400,
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX KO 512MB GDDR3 (PCI-E),
Seagate barraguda 500gb, Corsair TX750M Psu, X45, XPhome/Win8

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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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Hey all, my computer was having a lot of problems so I decided to back up my information to my clickfree 1tb external hard drive. after that finished, i reinstalled windows vista. now, when i try to restore from my external hard drive, it says i don't have enough space to do this.. i have 400gb free and only 60gb is on the hard drive.

i tried it on my brothers laptop which has 300gb space free, and it worked fine, but not on my home PC.

any ideas? i have a recovery partition on my hard drive, maybe the stupid clickfree is trying to copy to that or something?

i can't figure this out

A:Restoring from backup problems

Based upon your information, all we could do is guesss and here is mine. You were having problems and still are after the reinstall; sounds like potential hard drive problems. Test your drive and let us know.

Harddrive scan usings SeaTools - SeaToolsfor Windows | Seagate - Both long and shorttests

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I repeatedly have tried to restore a large (and important) backup I made sometime ago. The first time it actually started to backup but I aborted it
because I wanted to eliminate some audio files. When I tried to restore again (and again and again) After 6 seconds I get the message "Unexpected
end to backup" followed by the name of the backup file. I get the impression that the system seems to think it completes the backup
but I may be dead wrong. Puzzling. Any thoughts, suggestions?

Thanks much,

Hapless Hugh

A:Restoring backup problem

Hi -Are you backing up Internally, to an external drive, or to a CD or USB stick ??Thanks -

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Hi Folks,

My hdd just died. I have a full file backup of the main partition, and I'd like to try to use that to restore my comp to its state at that point. I do not have an image backup - just a full file backup using Retrospect (with Open File Backup).

Because I don't have a full disk image, I figure that I have to install windows 7 first in order to get the hidden partition installed. I'll do this with my Lenovo recovery discs. Then I plan on restoring all the files on the main partition.

Does this sound like a good plan? Will it work?


Win 7 Pro x64 SP1
Lenovo Thinkpad T410
500 GB HDD

A:Restoring from file backup

Hello Allie.

If you want to create specific partitions to include the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition, have a look at this info below, it shows how to create a SysResv at a better size than the new default of 100MB making for a better install.

Obviously you would skip the "clean all" in Step One as it's a new HDD and that's not needed.


If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.

You can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

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Hi all i have just replaced windows vista home premium with windows 7 proffesional. I thought i was doing the right thing by backing all my files using windows backup and restore. On trying to restore my files i cant seem to get it to do it.I saved them to my external hard drive, if i click on the files on my hard drive it asks me if i want to restore or restore all users file.But when the search box comes up it is blank.Can anyone help me out with this.

A:Restoring backup files

Also when i look at my hard drive it say there is only 56gb of 222gb free which to me says most of the back up stuff is on my pc somewhere.I looked on the hard drive but cant find all my backed up data.

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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.
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,

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It was necessary for me to format my hard drive so...I purchased an external hard drive to store the backup file which contains everything on my computer. I used the Microsoft Backup Utility to create the file succesfully. Formatted my C drive and reinstalled Windows sucessfully. Here's where I run into problems. When trying to restore the file I'm told 'Backup file contains unrecognizable data and cannot be used' What could have happened and how do I fix it?
Someone please help.

A:Problems restoring a backup file...

If you had WinXP SP2 when you did the backup, you will need to reinstall SP2 before doing the restore. There were some minor file system changes with NTFS file system between a standard XP install and an XP with SP2 install.

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I am trying to restore data from one of my tapes, when I run the restore wizard it tell me to chose to drive or folder to restore. Under 4mm DDS I dont see the tape that I put in the tape drive. For example, I am tring to restore the Tuesday tape however I only can choose monday, friday ...etc. Do you know how I can get the catalog from the tape that I put into the tape drive. Thanks Jon

A:Restoring data using a tape backup

This is how it is done
1) Goto RUN
2) Type> compmgmt.msc
3) Storage > Removeable Storage > Libraries
4) You right click on your TAPE DRIVE and then do INVENTORY

5) Close > Computer Management
6) Goto RUN and then type NTBACKUP and then try the RESTORE wizard you should be able to get it working now.

7) Enjoy


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I had an error with one of my system files and had to reload xp from the cd. I was given the option to back up all my personal files. My question is how do I restore all the files I backed up. They are located on the c drive under "my backup". Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Restoring backup files after xp reload

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My SSD died and I want to know if any issue I would have restoring the backup image to a mechanical drive and then back again when the replacement drive comes. Thanks

A:SSD Died and I Need Some Help Restoring Backup Image

If the drive is dead, how are you going to get the image off of it?

Assuming you already have an image backed up, as long as you're aware of alignment, imaging to a HDD for now and back to the new SSD shouldn't be a problem... I always prefer to do fresh installs, but many do imaging without an issue...

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Hope someone can help?
After reinstalling Vista, when i try to restore a One Care backup i get to where
it asks which backup i want to restore and when i select a backup and click next
it does nothing. All i get is my cursor changes to the little revolving circle and stays like that.
Please help.
Thank You in Advance

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Hi, bear with me, it's a little complicated...

I'm trying to restore files from a Vista backup into 7, but, once they're restored I can't find them.

It only affects files that were in the various 'my documents', 'my downloads' etc folders on my Vista install - files from other partitions etc restore fine.

It seems as if the files are definitely being restored somewhere, because if I restore them again I get 'would you like to overwrite these files' dialogs. I've tried searching for the filenames after they're restored but they don't appear. I think maybe it's possible that 7 is restoring them under a different user (although my user name on 7 is the same as it was on Vista).

Is there any way I can view these files?

Many thanks

A:Restoring files from a Vista backup to 7

Click on computer, then 'Local Disk C:\
Do you have a folder named C?
If you do, click to open it, then click on 'users' ... see if your restored files are in the folder with your name.

*** You may have to 'unhide'/show hidden files and folders.

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I have turbobackup and it backs up ALL the files listed in the appropriate folders for outlook info, eg. .pst files, .ost, .pab, .oab and so forth. When I restore those files in the same directory as from where it was backed up from originally(clean install of windows and office 2007), everything like contacts, calendar and even the look of the folders, appear the same. However, the calendar reminders dont work(error message), the accounts even though listed in the side bar, personal folder and any imapi folders like hotmail, are listed however in the account settings there are no accounts listed.

I have done this before and have had no problems with outlook. All the settins xferred ok, and even the rules worked. This time the rules even say in parentheses (on other machine) or something to that effect.

Please help. Am I missing something?

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After encountering insurmountable problems I was forced to reset my Lenovo to its factory settings. This was almost, but not quite, a complete reformat. A couple of months ago I made a 7 DVD backup of my computer (via Windows Backup and Restore) which I thought I would be able to use to restore my pc to its ideal state (all my files, favourites, programs, etc.) Unfortunately I find that when I go into Windows Restore and try to do the restoration from my backup disks I am told that I haven't done a backup! perhaps this is due to the fact that I have restored it to the factory settings, before I had done the backup.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could use my backup disks to restore everything to its June state?

Also: a minor question, I cannot remember how to avoid having to enter my password when I log in


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Does anybody know how I can restore a backup I made in Linux? Before I installed mac os x on my pc, I made a backup of everything on my harddrive via Linux but I had one error of copying a file. When I successfully installed mac os x, I installed Windows 7 on my other partition also successful. But then I deleted everything on that partition and just pasted my backup there => now windows won't boot. Has anybody got a solution so I won't lose all my settings and programs?
Any help would be very much appreciated!!!

A:Restoring a backup made via Linux

Before I installed mac os x on my pcClick to expand...

Its against the mac End User licence to install the operating system on any thing other than mac hardware

so closing this post - as its against the apple rules and so ours

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I have Vista Home Premium.

Has anyone succeeded in restoring an ERUNT backup in Vista? If so, I would be grateful for some help.

I've tried several sets of instructions from various web sites, so please do not send me any links unless you have actually tried the instructions yourself, and succeeded.

I think I have tried every combination of:

a) Using the Administrator account.

b) Using my own account, which has administrator privileges.

c) Not selecting "Run as administrator"

d) Selecting "Run as administrator"

e) Backing up to the "Windows" folder.

f) Backing up to anywhere except the "Windows" folder.

g) Using the command line.

Here is a new question.

My laptop has only two accounts:

1) Administrator

2) Me (as administrator)

Will the registry entries for both of these users be backed up? Or do I need to backup from the Administrator account, then back up from my own account?

Here is another question.

Who is the "current user"? Is it me when I'm in my own account, and Administrator when I'm in the Administrator account. The purpose of these questions is to determine: is the backup made by "Administrator" identical to the backup made by "me"?

I have succeeded in making many backups both as me and as Administrator. I have succeeded in restoring backups made by "me", but *never* by Administrator. I am worried that a backup that is restored by "me" may not cont... Read more

A:Has anyone succeeded in restoring an ERUNT backup?

If Vista boots normally I have had no problem restoring an ERUNT save just by opening an explorer window in the \Windows\ERDNT\savefolder where savefolder is named for the date(using the AutoBackup program) and double-clicking on ERDNT.EXE.

You don't say what happens when you try to restore. Do you get an error message? Does the system sit there and do nothing? You have to give some info if you want some help.

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Ola! Folks! Well, I did it now. I restored a backup of my system files and now the windows task bar at the bottom is inaccessible (click, nothing happens), not to mention everything else is running like molasses. Is there some way to undo that backup restoration so that the later system files are back in place?

A:Bad idea restoring system backup

System Restore has an "unrestore" function.

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Can anyone tell me the name of the folder where my Live Mail contacts are stored?

I've lost them & I'm hoping to restore them from a Backup Image file


A:Help required restoring folders from a Backup

Hi gwladok5,

Try this:

Where does Windows Live Mail store my contacts?

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Hey guys, a while ago, maybe a few months ago, the blue screen kept coming up whenever I'd start up my laptop. I eventually had to backup all my information. It was 32ish GB worth. I now have 8 or 9 DVDs with all my documents, programs, and music on them. Since then, I've reinstalled a few of the programs I already have on the DVDs. Could someone tell me how to I guess restore using all 8 or 9 of my DVDs.?

Or if possible, are there any programs I can install that'll allow me to look for specific programs on my backup DVDs.? I'm mainly concerned with my Itunes account, and I know for a fact that the iTunes programs and music and stuff is on more than 1 disc.

A:Don't know what to do when restoring files from backup DVDs.

With most backup programs you'd start off with disc # 1 and just wait for the prompt to insert the next disc. However, I think many people on this Forum strongly suggest NOT using discs for backup and instead recommend an external hard drive. If one disc didn't burn correctly the entire backup is effectively ruined.

I've reinstalled a few of the programs I already have on the DVDs . . . are there any programs I can install that'll allow me to look for specific programs on my backup DVDs.?

That's another problem using discs for backup. You can only search one disk at a time. Whatever procedure you used to find the programs you've already reinstalled would work. Don't need third party programs.

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I recently ran HJT and deleted what i thought were malicious files. Now my PC will not connect to the internet. (i am using a different PC now!)
If look at properties on IE i get the massage that there is a dns error in ihe Windows System 32 folder.
How do i restore the backup files from HJT so that i can return my PC to how it was?

A:restoring Hijack this backup files

To restore hijack this back ups simply run hijack this, you will be greeted with a screen asking you if you want to do a system scan and save the log, a system scan only, to view the list of back ups, open misc tools, open online hijack this quickstart, and none of the above. You want to choose view the list of back ups, now you should be able to check what you want to restore and hit the button on the right that says restore.

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Help!! My Vista laptop recently suffered a harddrive failure. Luckily I did a complete computer backup using the Vista backup facility and wrote this to an external hard drive.

I have since bought a new laptop hard drive and a tempory case for it (which allows it to be used as an external hard drive).

My plan was to utilise my old laptop (which runs XP), plug my external hard drive in (with the Vista backup files on it), then plug my new laptop hard drive in... and then restore the Vista backups via my XP laptop to my new laptop harddrive/case which is also plugged in via a USB port. Once I had restored files to my new laptop hard drive, i was going to place that inside my newer laptop?

...firstly... can i do this process??
...I cant find a way to restore the Vista backups in XP?? i need another Vista PC to plug these hard drives in... then use the Vista restore facility??

Look forward to your help & assistance on this matter!!


A:Restoring a Vista backup to a XP computer

Buddy did a some checks
"Vista file backups are .zip files, so theoretically you could just extract
the files you want from each zip, though in some cases files are split
across the zips and you'd need to recombine them.

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Backstory: My computer decides to crash on me while browsing some site, and it failed to startup after that. After many tries of getting it to work through system restore/system repair, it still would not load up. I then see an advanced option of restoring to the system default, with an option of saving all personal data such as files and documents. After this successful reinstall, I have a huge folder (190 gigs!) worth of my old files sitting in a folder named 'Backup' in the C: drive, all on a fresh version of Windows 7 (ie: default programs and icons like internet explorer). I have tried running Windows' Backup and Restore application, but the aforementioned backup drive does not show up. Is it possible to transfer everything back?

tl;dr: restored old comp to system default, (with an option to save personal files/programs, all in a new folder C:/Backup) but can't figure out how to move/replace this system default back to my old setup.

Thanks in advance!

A:restoring files from a backup folder

You are going to have to reinstall all of your previous programs and settings, but all of your user DATA i.e pictures and music are safe and they can be found in the Users folder under Windows .old.

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Hello, I was recently asked by a friend to help fix a computer problem he had. For one reason or another (something about not connecting to internet or such), he performed a Factory Restore and Backed up his data during the process onto two DVD-R 4.7 GB. Now with the system restored to the factory state, I've been trying to get the data back but I'm not sure how.

The files in CD #1 are .wim files, one configuration settings file which I can't access (usually I can access them with notepad) and one application named Recovery Manager or the like. A attempt to run it in Safe Mode produced a error and a attempt in Normal mode is taking some time.

Should I just keep waiting for the application to appear, or am not doing it the right way?

The System is a HP Touchsmart 600 running Windows 7 Home Preimum 64-bit, and is not completely updated in drivers and other software.

A:Restoring Data from Backup CDs - Windows 7

.wim files are Windows Image files. You can open them with 7Zip and copy over the data you need.

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I did a back up to and external HDD prior to reloading 7. I reloaded 7 and then restored the backup. If I look at the properties of the folder, lets say documents, it shows that there are many files and folders. If I click on the folder it shows empty. Any ideas?

A:Folders empty after restoring from backup

Have you checked the other documents folders for these files ie public & shared libraries etc and/or different users

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Hi all,
I have a Dell XPS L502X laptop. The hard drive died recently, but I have an image I took of the system a month ago and I am trying to restore it. I purchased a new HDD which is larger than the drive the original image was taken on.
After completing the system image restore, Windows does not boot. I get a BSOD (photo attached).

Things I have tried:
I have gone into BIOS and set the drive from AHCI to ATA (there is no IDE setting)
I have run a complete chkdsk /r and /F on the drive, no errors.
I have run Seagate's drive-checking tool, no errors.
I have used bootrec /fixmbr and /fixboot
I have tried to boot in Safe Modes of different sorts.
I have installed a new copy of Windows 7 on the partition. That boots up fine, though I can't seem to get the laptop hardware drivers anywhere (and besides, that wouldn't rescue my data).
Everything I have done tells me that the drive is perfectly functional, but when Windows tries to boot, I get a BSOD. Does anyone have any ideas?

A:BSOD - Restoring a Windows 7 Backup onto a new HDD

I should add I also tried reseating the memory, and swapping out one dimm at a time, to check if it was a faulty RAM issue. No luck.

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I need help getting Mozzilla Thunderbird to repopulate the inbox, settings and other stuff saved in a Harddrive Backup of a computer that crashed and has all my e-mail stored away in a large inbox file. How do I get Mozilla to use this file and restore these backed up e-mails?

A:Need help restoring Thunderbird Inbox from an HD backup

Mail Account Folder Location

Manually Transfer Mail Files

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Hello everyone:

I have read this thread, and I totally understand it. The problem is, when I back it up to an external HD, what if I need to restore it? Ex: If my current HD failed, what do I do to basically use the data inside the HD I used to put the system image?

Sincerely, Legoboy.

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After a trip with my notebook, upon startup W2K informed me that my user settings file was corrupted and, of course, I got a generic W2K screen anew, as if I were starting for the first passwords, no favorites in Explorer etc.

Fortunately (perhaps) I just backuped my system files the day before. My question is, are the user settings saved with the system backup option and therefore restorable? If so, can they be selectively restored or do I have to restore the whole puppy?


A:restoring user settings from backup?

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