Vista Complete Backup and Restore - not able to restore

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jim, May 24, 2009.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Well, the unthinkable happened, I had a very serious event which has caused
    me to try and use my backup in order to restore to a previous state. - Ain't
    happening.

    Please help.

    1) I have a dual-boot Vista/XP Pro system.
    2) Contains 3 160GB internal physical drives.
    3) Contains 4 partitions (primary is dual partition for Vista and XP Pro)
    4) Has one 1.5TB external SATA Backup drive.

    Problem:
    1. Performed Complete System Backup one month ago.
    2. Install of Windows XP Pro MS update failed with Blue Screen failure (x0D)
    which seems to indicate a video driver problem (no issues on Vista Side).
    3. Unable to use any recovery method to startup/repair XP Pro side (Safe
    Mode works).

    Need:
    1) How to restore from Windows Vista x64 Business Complete System Backup
    only the partition for Windows XP Pro?

    Findings:
    A) No recovery functions either recognize external SATA Drive as my backup
    medium, or no options offered on the Restore Screen in Windows Backup window.
    B) Apparently the .vhd files are not true virtual drives and can't be
    mounted using MS Virtual product (this was tried to see if files were
    recognized.)

    If any one knows how to use the Backup product provided by Microsoft please
    let me know - otherwise it is useless and I'll have to resort to
    reinstallation of Windows XP Pro - then by a product that actual works as a
    backup/restore product.
     
    Jim, May 24, 2009
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    John Barnes Guest

    Windows complete system backup is not designed for partial restores. You
    would be advised to obtain Terrabytes BootItNG for backing up or many like
    Acronis products for backup, but I have found their support lacking. Your
    problem is still being reported in the Windows 7 groups so the problem is
    still not solved.
     
    John Barnes, May 25, 2009
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  3. Jim

    John Barnes Guest

    Sorry it is their Image for Windows product for backups. Great product.
     
    John Barnes, May 25, 2009
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