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Windows 7: Personal files missing from backup


27 Jul 2012   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidGiul View Post
Ah, I do see a system image (D) created on 7-12-2012. Does that help? Also I re read the backup settings. Using the "Recommended settings" it does say that personal files & folders are included. As that I believe I chose that setting initially, I'm a bit at a loss as to why they don't appear to be there?
You got it made. Mount the VHD as described in Shawn's tutorial. Then open the VHD in Computer and copy your files.

PS: In order to get to the VHD, you have to double click on your image file and the subsequent files. I think there are 4 levels.

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27 Jul 2012   #12

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This was interesting - I just ran the backup to see if it was running properly. Here is the message I got:

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27 Jul 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

David,

That error indicates that Windows backup skipped backing up the files/folders on the G: drive at those locations since the G: drive is where you are saving the backup to. You can't backup items on the same drive/partition that you are saving the backup to.

From the folder paths in the error, did you change the default location of your user profile folder to be on G? If so, that is why since it's located there.
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28 Jul 2012   #14

Windows7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Brink,

No I didn't change the default location. When setting up the backup the two options listed are to backup to either the E: drive (CD) or the G: external drive. How should it be set up?
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28 Jul 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You can set it up how you like, but you would just need to not include anything in your backup on a drive letter that you are saving the backup to. That's all.
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29 Jul 2012   #16

Windows7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Brink, I'm a little dense..if the drive letter is the external drive and I'm not backing up on the external drive, doen't that defeat the purpose of having the external drive?
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29 Jul 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's saying that you have the G:\David-PC (G drive) and the G:\New folder\C\Users\David folder selected to be included in your backup, but G is the same location that you are trying to save the backup to. It can't backup from and save to the same drive/partition letter location.

Is the G:\New folder\C\Users\David folder a copy of your C:\Users\David folder, or did you move it to this G location? You can see why I asked if you moved it earlier now.

Basically, you would just need to unselect those items to not be included in the backup, or backup to another location other than G to have them included in the backup. If you did move your user profile from C to G, then moving it back to C would fix this as well. That's all.
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29 Jul 2012   #18

Windows7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Thanks, yes the G:\New folder\C\Users\David folder is a copy. When I tried to do the restore initially, there were over 800 files that were skipped. The restore prompt recomended trying a new location, so that is what I did.
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29 Jul 2012   #19
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
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