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Windows 7: Backup to External drive

08 Jan 2012   #11
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Honestly its your choice.

You have plenty of free space on that drive. The backup just creates 2 folders like below and your backup is all kept in zip folders inside these.
Backup to External drive-capture.jpg
So you could either just save it to that one large partition or shrink it down and create another purpose made backup partition.
The shrink will only shrink the size of the partition not the data but is dependant on where the files are located on the disk as to how far it will shrink.
So its whatever you feel more comfortable with.

Danny




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08 Jan 2012   #12
qim

windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
The shrink will only shrink the size of the partition
Fine. That's what I had not understood. Will go ahead with the partition as per your suggestion.

Many thanks for your help and patience.

qim
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08 Jan 2012   #13
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by qim View Post
Quote:
The shrink will only shrink the size of the partition
Fine. That's what I had not understood. Will go ahead with the partition as per your suggestion.

Many thanks for your help and patience.

qim
Post back with any questions/results
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08 Jan 2012   #14
qim

windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Sorry to be back so soon, but the backup does not seem to have worked. Although I have folders in the new partition I got a message saying that the backup did not complete successfully due to i/o problem.

Help...

qim
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08 Jan 2012   #15
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ok first post a screenshot of your new disk management screen again. How long into the backup did the error occur. Did you assign the new partition a drive letter and also choose that letter when setting the backup.

Danny
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08 Jan 2012   #16
qim

windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

It seems to have stopped half-way through. I tried it a second time, and just now a third, with the same result. I accepted theletter assigment as suggested by the prog, and the back up did go to the right new partition. The problem is that I have no idea if it is any good. According to the box that popped-up, it is not. I am attaching screen shpts.

qim


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Backup to External drive-partition2.jpg   Backup to External drive-backup-failure.jpg  
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08 Jan 2012   #17
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ok the partition you created is all fine with plenty of space, the error is to do with the backup only not anything to do with the new partitions.
I've done some searching and if I'm not wrong the blame seems to lie with shadow copies and system restore. Turn off system restore on all partitions and apply to delete all restore points. Then turn it back on for your windows partition only and manually create a restore point so you have one available - System Restore Configuration - Enable or Disable
After a reboot try again this time configure your backup only to do your user files (ie uncheck the box for system image during the configuration) as this can be done on its own later.
Backup to External drive-capture.jpg

See if that works, post back and I will get some more help with the error if it doesn't fix it.

Regards Danny


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08 Jan 2012   #18
qim

windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

I''m afraid the problem subsists, even after doing as you suggested. By the way, I turned off/deleted all restore points, and when I created new ones I did it for the 3 drives (C, G, H). Does that mean that if, one day, I need to restore it applies to all these drives, or can I choose onbly the one I need?

Qim
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08 Jan 2012   #19
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It would only be the one you do the restore on. Usually you would only use system restore on your windows drive personally I would turn it off on your external as its a backup/data drive.
Please run this - SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and report any results.Try the backup again after.

Other Reading - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/9734...karoundissue12

Windows backup can be temperamental at time you may consider using this instead - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
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08 Jan 2012   #20
qim

windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, now I am havinbg problems with scannow. If I enter the commands in the 'Run' nothing seems to happen and ceratinly I get no results. If I open the Dos window it tells me that I am not an administrator. I am!

The computer is new (two weeks old) and I would be surprised if there is any corruption already.

qim
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