After backup disc #17, Vista tells me backup "failed"

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by AS, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. AS

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    I just spent a day and a half creating several back-up disks so that I can
    reinstall my OS. After creating disc # 17 (almost 18 hours after I created
    disc #1), I did what I did for the previous 17 discs and inserted a new disc
    #18. I then received this error:

    "The backup did not complete successfully. An error occurred. The following
    information might help you sove the problem: The wrong diskette is in the
    drive. Insert %2 (Volume serial number: %3) into drive %1. (0x80070022)."

    Again, I had already created 17 BACKUP DISKS and if I have to start over,
    well some blood will be spilled tonight (and it will be my laptop's and

    Please tell me all is not lost. I had previously installed Vista on a
    less-than-year-old laptop which apparently did not have enough juice to run
    this OS successfully (or efficiently or even slowly) and I'd had enough of
    waiting 30 seconds for a photo to open or 5 minutes for the the thing to boot
    up. So I wanted to install a fresh copy of XP and get out of this he**. So I
    did what I was supposed to do and let Vista do the backup. I have no idea
    where to go from here. Any advice would be most appreciated.

    AS, Oct 9, 2007
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  2. What kind of disk(s) were you backing up to?

    A little more information about what hardware/software you're using, what
    type of backup you're attempting and what disks you're using would be most

    Michael Palumbo, Oct 9, 2007
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  3. The way you are trying to do this is very painstaking....

    you should use an image program like acronis true image and backup on a
    network or external drive or second parition.

    Once you do that and the disk images are created, you can then copy those to
    dvd's or cdroms.
    In acronis you will se an option to split the image into parts.. I suggest
    you use the 700mb setting even if you are going
    to write these parts on dvds.. you can burn 6 or 7 of these 700mb parts on
    each dvd
    Thai Berry \(U.S.\), Oct 9, 2007
  4. AS

    AS Guest

    Vista Home premium. Backing up to CDs on the Cd drive.
    AS, Oct 9, 2007
  5. AS

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    I do have a 4 GB USB Flash drive -- will that do? If it's 6 or 7 700 MB
    parts, I'm guessing it will. I think it's pretty shameful that Vista Support
    doesn't say this to begin with. It makes it seem like it's all so easy and

    However, thank YOU for your suggestion.

    AS, Oct 9, 2007
  6. I concur with the other posters.

    The only realistic way to do this is to buy yourself an external USB hard
    drive and back up to that.

    CDs are just TOO small. Indeed, DVDs are, too.

    Steve Thackery, Oct 9, 2007
  7. If you are going to use optical media, use DVDs. I doubt very much that a
    4gb flash drive has enough space to back up an entire Vista Installation.

    If you want to do a clean install of your system, you should use the CD
    burning program to save all important files, and then just start over,
    re-instating your files afterwards.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Oct 9, 2007
  8. Personally, I think you are lucky you got to #17 before your CD burner took
    a header ... and blaiming Vista is roughly like blaming Craftsman Tools
    because you hit your thumb with the hammer. Be thankful it failed during the
    creation of the CD ... imagine your frustation if all 17 or 18 CD's said
    they copied and verified to have #11 fail to read AFTER you've wiped your OS
    to install XP. What should Vista Support say? Backing up to over 17 CD's
    MIGHT be possible, and that you MIGHT be able to restore all 17+ CD's?
    You've got over 17 chances for a singe CD to fail ... twice. I've thrown
    many a brand new just-busted-the-cellaphane-off-the-jewel-case because the
    burn attempt failed. I've done the same thing to floppies and DVD's, and yes
    I've even scrapped a few HDD.

    Obviously the backup is important to you ... I applaud you for the 18 hours
    you spent attempting, but your best backup is to an external HDD. Even to
    use DVD's you'll have 2 to 4 discs, any one of which could throw a read or
    write error for any number of reasons that have nothing to do with the OS.

    External HDD's are your friend. They are relatively cheap and you can unplug
    them and secure them when you don't need them.
    Gary G. Little, Oct 10, 2007
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