Vista "Complete PC Restore" doesn't recognize backup files.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by zonzin, Jan 28, 2008.

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    zonzin Guest

    I recently used the Vista Ultimate "Windows Complete PC Backup" utility and I
    think I'm glad I did, If I could get the restore to work.

    I am running an Intel Q35 MB with Adaptec SCSI RAID and an SATA drive that I
    use to backup to. The RAID totaly crashed and required replacing of a drive
    but unfortunatly required formating as well. No problem, I just backed
    everything up right? Well it would be OK but when I boot off the Vista DVD
    and use the system repair options to perform a complete PC restore I get the
    following error:
    "No valid backup locations could be found."
    Now I know the backups are there because I can use the command window and CD
    to the drive their on and see them. The files are there why won't the Restore
    see them? All neccessary drivers are loaded and all the drives are visible.
    What am I missing?

    Thanks in advance.
    zonzin, Jan 28, 2008
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    Guido22 Guest

    Same problem here. Anybody with a solution?
    Guido22, Feb 20, 2008
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    sjalski Guest

    I' ve got a quad core with only sata 3 connections ..

    strange : the *Second* DVD of the complete backup set can be viewed
    with the restore!

    not the first one..
    sjalski, Mar 25, 2008
  4. The "VALID" backup sets are kept in the WINDOZE directory
    on the drive that crashed. Kinda bad place to store THOSE huh?

    Hopefully someone at MS wrote a utility to fix this issue. I have
    a 500 GB RAID 1 setup that is backed up incrementally to a USB
    500 GB drive. BUT after a restore of the IMAGE COPY of the RAID
    I cannot restore the BACKUP files at all from the USB drive.
    Cliff Hemstock, Mar 26, 2008
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    kewl1 Guest

    I have the same problem. I had to restore the PC to the way it came from
    the factory but it does not recognize the complete backup I did on an
    internal drive. I can see it there with it's VHD files but it will not
    restore them. HP and MS have not been able to help. What should I do?
    kewl1, Apr 5, 2008
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    druid001 Guest

    The answer is being propigated throughout various Visat boards: use th
    last disk of the backup series first. Just like back in the day when w
    used to span floppies, it seems to look for the last disk, then it wil
    tell you to insert the first disk. After that, you are on your way
    Seems Microsoft could have taken a moment and explained that
    druid001, Jan 13, 2009
  7. If you happen to be restoring the backup to a different hard drive, see
    the hard drive volume requirements given by Al Degutis in his article,
    "Complete PC Backup/Restore Drive Requirements" at:
    Daze N. Knights, Apr 21, 2009
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