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Windows 7: Backup Constantly Fails


31 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Backup Constantly Fails

Hi all!

Have a big problem with Windows 7 Ultimate: everytime I try to do a full backup or create a system image on a drive, an error appears.

This is a new/clean/fresh installation of Windows 7. I want to perform the backup on an internal drive (Drive D - see attached image)

I fail to see what the problem is, but after some searching it seems to be a common problem with no common solution.

I attached some images of the problem.

I also checked Event Viewer and I have uploaded the "Create System Image" error, and the "Backup Now" error.

Volume Shadow Copy service is set to automatic and is 'started'.

All help greatly appreciated! I have done some searching and tried some things, but to no avail.

Thanks in advance for your help!



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File Type: txt System Image Error.txt (2.9 KB, 8 views)
File Type: txt Back Up Now Error.txt (2.3 KB, 3 views)
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31 Aug 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Please bear with me, I am not there so have to start at square one?

Follow these instructions and try again. If it does not work, tell me exactly what happened.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Some possible problems, not enough space in restore drive
Not same format Need ntfs, not fat3
Not backing up to correct drive.
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31 Aug 2010   #3

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

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31 Aug 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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31 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Please bear with me, I am not there so have to start at square one?

Follow these instructions and try again. If it does not work, tell me exactly what happened.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Some possible problems, not enough space in restore drive
Not same format Need ntfs, not fat3
Not backing up to correct drive.
The problem is shown in pictures. It was, in fact, that guide that I was following all the time! It reaches step 8, gets to 4%, and the error shows up (see the fourth pic).

The drive is NTFS, the pictures show it is an empty drive with over 73GB (plenty of space) and it is backing up the correct drive.

I'm really at a dead end, unless I try 3rd party software - as Dinesh & whs suggested... Hmmm... Macrium Reflect looks good! May just try that, but I would still like to get this problem fixed!

Thanks to all who replied!
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31 Aug 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Do you have a dual boot?
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31 Aug 2010   #7

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
One place to look

I had that problem once and I believe it was "Block Level Backup Engine Service" in your services panel. It needs to be running. If it won't start post back. You could have a corrupted file if it don't start and that can be fixed.
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31 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

@ richc46

Nope. Only Windows 7 on computer.
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31 Aug 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

WitchKing,

Simple. You are trying to backup to yourself.

You only have one physical hard drive.

Now it is possible to make a System Image backup of the C to the D as long as you don't include the D in your System Image backup.

One should never put a backup on the very drive that you want to backup.

If your drive crashes, you are lost.

You can backup a system image of the C to the D.
This is very foolish and foolhardy but it can be done.
Why? They are both on the same physical hard disk.

Despite the poor wisdom of such a choice, if you desire to backup a System Image of the C to the D then fire up Windows Backup & Restore and over in the left-hand pane where it says System Image, click on that. When prompted for what you want to include in the system image, then DO NOT include D but do select D as the location for the backup.

No matter what backup program you use, the only wise decision is to backup to another physical drive, be the drive internal or external.

Get yourself an external USB drive-they are quite cheap-and use that as the destination for your backups.
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31 Aug 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Ok while Im away try this. If errors are found try several times. Then try image again. I will not be here for a while

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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