Vista Ultimate Complete Backup & Restore: Need Help!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Buz Fuller, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Buz Fuller

    Buz Fuller Guest

    Performed complete backup of C:/ drive to external HD. Vista message,
    "Backup successful." Shut down computer. Restarted, booting from
    installation DVD. Computer boots up. I select repair computer, then complete
    PC backup. I expected Vista to recognize and find the external HD which
    contains backup file. I get message Vista can not find any backup files. I
    have tried reformatting the drive and backup again. Each time Vista says
    backup successful. However same message.

    Does anyone know how to work around this?

    It should be noted that I have successfully done this before, using the same
    drive and procedures. Now for some reason Vista does not see external HD.
    BIOS sees the drive when booting. I'm using eSATA connection.
    Buz Fuller, Aug 1, 2007
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    KNtow Guest

    Just going through a similar problem. I can't seem to find any respons
    to the above post. Can someone show me how to get the wizard t
    recognise the complete PC backup on my external HDD

    Best regards
    KNtow, Feb 27, 2009
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  3. This will tell you how to restore a complete Vista backup..
    Mike Hall - MVP, Feb 28, 2009
  4. Buz Fuller

    KNtow Guest

    Thanks, Mike, for the excellent article. The challenge remains, though
    I still get the message that "no valid backup locations were found
    after each search by the complete PC backup recovery tool. Yet I ca
    access the backup on the external HDD in Windows Explorer (and also th
    copy I made to the internal HDD as well). Need help on this one. Bes
    KNtow, Feb 28, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    I can't ever get this Complete PC Backup to Recover my installation.
    gave up
    chuckbam, Mar 6, 2009
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    Clark Guest

    Did you make the boot medium to restore? I don't have the Vista
    Ultimate, but Windows 7 restored itself fine. Stuck in the boot media
    and allow it to restore. It does restore the same size partitions, so
    if you have changed hard drive size, you might look into that.

    Clark, Mar 7, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    *I will not use the MS Complete PC Backup again.*

    A few days ago, I decided to change my RAID 0 Strip from 64KB to 128KB
    I made 5 back-ups on 3 different drives. All failed after I reset m
    RAID. I received several different error messages. I worked on trying t
    restore for over 12 hours. While reading all I could and trying som
    tricks with Diskpart

    The time before I attempted to use it, it also failed. I believe tha
    was due to having my Pagefile on a different partition

    Just search the net, many people have problems with this program. So
    would not be to concerned about it is not backing-up. But, will the da
    thing restore

    It should not be that complicated. If it can't due something or can'
    find something, it has the Setup CD, it should pass that up and move on
    or revert to default

    If your 80GB HD is to small and you buy a 1TB, it should work. At leas
    when given the option to partition the disk as it wishes, to atleat
    restore the original

    I never loose data. I back that up separate on a regular basis. I wil
    be looking for a more fail-safe back-up program. This one I don't trust
    *The only Ultimate feature I ever used. I should have stayed with Hom
    chuckbam, Mar 7, 2009
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    Frank Holman Guest

    Keep that thought.
    Frank Holman, Mar 7, 2009
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    pacinitaly Guest

    I was going to get a new tower just so I can try ultimate for just th
    reason to back up ( clone ) now I'll wait for windows
    pacinitaly, Mar 8, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    I am looking at MaxBlast 5. It is a free program from Seagate that
    think works if you have at least one Seagate or Maxtor drive

    I need to read the full PDF. It is very large
    chuckbam, Mar 8, 2009
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    SIW2 Guest


    You might take a look at these other free solutions - work on al

    'Free Drive Backup Express - disk backup software

    and the excellen

    'Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Hope it help

    SIW2, Mar 8, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    chuckbam, Mar 8, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    Dear SWI2,
    With Macrium Reflect, there are two types of CD recovery Linux and
    BARTPE. They list for Server 2003 and XP. What about Vista? and the best
    chuckbam, Mar 8, 2009
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    SIW2 Guest


    For Vista, use the Linux cd - works superbly on 7 as well

    SIW2, Mar 8, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    chuckbam, Mar 8, 2009
  16. When Acronis True Image caused me problems (e.g., rendered this computer
    unbootable temporarily) I switched to the paid edition of Macrium Reflect.
    I like it and recommend it. BUT be aware that I have not tried to restore
    the drive from it, so that part is untested.

    Thanks for pointing out the free version - I am mow about to download it
    for another computer.
    Gene E. Bloch, Mar 8, 2009
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    pacinitaly Guest


    I posted this somewhere else here but I don't remember

    If you install seagate software...when it says "you must have at leas
    one segate drive

    hold down * A L T a n d \ " T \ " a n d \ " O \ " *

    I was told by a segate tech support rep that this is a secret overrid

    pacinitaly, Mar 9, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    nice tip, you told them
    myself- I have no shortage of Seagate drives

    I am using Drive Backup Express today. Next, I will use the MaxBlast
    It is "powered by Acronis". I what a dual type back-ups. Vista can tak
    a good while to install w/ all the updates. Plus, it is even hard for m
    to get it stable enough to load the drivers for an i
    chuckbam, Mar 9, 2009
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    pacinitaly Guest

    Hey again

    I do a CLONE of my xp machines and vista laptop drives every couple o
    I use maxblast on the XP mach and I use seagte wizard of VISTA
    Whenever I change software or uninstall something I just clone th
    drive ( takes 38 mins ) I do them all at the same time
    pacinitaly, Mar 10, 2009
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    chuckbam Guest

    how do you like Maxblast?
    chuckbam, Mar 10, 2009
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