Backup/Restore using Vista Backup not recognising 2nd SATA drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by ChrisBeeChris, May 29, 2007.

  1. When I first tried to backup to a 2nd SATA disk, Windows Vista backup would
    not detect the drive. However after formating it I could backup to that drive
    and used the Backup Files option. After my primary hard drive crashed I
    reinstalled Vista, and now want to restore the files off the 2nd disk. I can
    see the Global catalog and Backed up files on the 2nd drive using Explorer,
    but using Vista's Backup,Advanced Restore I cannot detect the backup
    device....nor restore any of my backed up files!

    Any suggestions?
    ChrisBeeChris, May 29, 2007
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  2. Jill Zoeller [MSFT], May 29, 2007
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  3. Thanks... its not a restore problem as such, it is a problem with the Vista
    Backup software not recognising my second SATA drive. If I go to backup
    files, the secondary drive is not detected (formatted as NTFS) yet I can see
    it under Windows Explorer and browse to the Global Catalogue files created
    when I did a backup.

    If I copied off the backup files,re formatted it so its recognised by Vista,
    then copy the backup sets to it, should I be able to restore from them still?
    ChrisBeeChris, Jun 1, 2007
  4. Problem solved - The secondary hard drive was designated as the system drive,
    but all the Windows and data was on the primary drive. I was unable to read
    any of the restore catalogues off the secondary drive. Have no idea how this
    became the system drive.

    Removed the secondary drive, reformatted the primary drive and loaded Vista
    back on. The primary drive was now the system drive, so connected up the
    secondary drive and then was able to access the restore catalogue of it.
    ChrisBeeChris, Jun 1, 2007
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