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Windows 7: Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup


10 Feb 2014   #1
CBM

1.Windows 7 Ultimate x64; 2.Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows Backup and Restore fails to create backup

I've used Windows Backup and Restore successfully on many occasions but I now get the error "0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up" and I don't understand it. I've spent hours researching this issue and cannot seem to create a backup.

I've been to all the Microsoft pages and various "Windows 7" forums to no avail. I've gone the "delete the Java cache" route, the "C\Users\my account\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\6.0" route and deleted the numbered entries (which remain in my Recycle Bin), the "Command Prompt with DIR /AL /S, which showed "File not found" (I still don't understand what a reparse point is) and the "virus in a shadow copy" route which produced nothing. I've scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, the only AV application I use, which produced nothing. Disabling MSSE does not help (I checked Task Manager, All users, and the MSSE process before attempting the backup and it was indeed stopped). I've also performed full scans with MalwareBytes, the paid version of Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware, which produced no results. I don't let these additional malware applications run in real time. I only start them when I want to run additional virus scans. I've run the Microsoft Safety Scanner in full mode, which produced nothing. I've run chkdsk at boot time on two occasions which produced "unallocated free space marked as allocated" the first time, which, according to the chkdsk report was fixed during the scan. I've run sfc /scannow three times and found no errors. I've checked Services to ascertain that all the relevant services were running and set properly.

I upgraded to Acronis True Image 2014 but I don't recall if the Backup and Restore failure occurred prior to or after the installation (I have no short-term memory ability). I have not converted any Windows backups to Acronis files or Acronis backups to Windows files. I have not integrated Acronis True Image 2014 with Windows as the Backup and Restore still remains in Control Panel, although when I right click on both the C internal drive and the D internal drive and select Properties I see an Acronis Recovery tab that was not there prior to the Acronis installation. System Restore points can be made and there is abundant drive space dedicated to it.

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on a Dell XPS-17 L702X laptop with two internal drives at 500GB each. The OS is on C Drive and I'm backing up to D Drive, into the "Windows Image Backup" file that Backup and Restore produced. I don't know what else I can do to get it working. I'm not a super user but I'm not an idiot either. I would appreciate any assistance that can be provided. I've attached a screenshot of my Disk Management that shows the internal drives structures but I don't know if the Recovery partition is the original one placed there by Dell because I usually fully reformat the OS partition into a single partition to eliminate all the crapware that comes with a Dell. If it is in fact a Dell recovery partition I suppose I could simply do a restore from it after exporting my Pale Moon Bookmarks. I don't save anything to my C Drive so I'm not worried about losing any important data. I keep all important information, pictures and videos on the D Drive.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

C. B.




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11 Feb 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)
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11 Feb 2014   #3
CBM

1.Windows 7 Ultimate x64; 2.Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
It sounds like something got damaged or corrupted for unknown reasons. You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. Did you go through this Microsoft KB article (Issue 2) and the full suggested workaround about half-way down the page?

Windows backup or restore errors 0x80070001, 0x81000037, or 0x80070003

If the workaround doesn't help do you have a restore point from before this problem first appeared?

System Restore

If a restore point doesn't fix things or isn't available, do you have a recent system image (from before the problem first appeared?)
Thank you for your prompt reply, marsmimar. I appreciate it very much. I researched and tried just about everything before posting in this forum. I don't think it's fair for someone to simply expect others to provide the answers to a problem. I feel that one should try to solve it himself/herself before asking others. To do otherwise is simply a case of gross laziness.

In any event, after my failed attempts to get the backup to work successfully I decided to do a recovery since all my restore points had been wiped out by a very popular cleaning application every time I used it, which is denied by the developers of the application even though an abundance of users experienced the same exact problem. I've since decided to stop using third party cleaning and defragging applications and simply go with the native defrag and disk cleanup applications of Windows. I'm going to go the "bare bones" approach from now on because, through experience, I've concluded that Microsoft's built-in applications can be as effective as third party free or paid utilities and much less destructive to the OS.

I attempted to do a recovery using the f8, Advanced Boot Options, Repair My Computer approach but every time I got to the Repair My Computer option it wouldn't work. Nothing would happen when I clicked on it and I couldn't even scroll down to the other options using the arrow keys. I assume it was corrupted in some way or some Windows elements were missing. A repair using my Windows 7 installation disc did nothing to fix the problem. Luckily, I had made a Dell DataSafe backup on DVDs when I first received the new laptop. I used the DVDs to access the Factory Recovery partition on my C Drive and restored the OS to its pristine state, thus eliminating the need to reinstall the hardware drivers and utilities had I used my installation DVD. The nice thing about Dell's Recovery Partition is that Dell no longer includes all the crapware in the Recovery partition but instead retains it on their servers for download if you uninstall them and then decide to reinstall some or all of them at a later date.

Live and learn; that's the name of the game isn't it? Thanks again. I appreciate the effort.
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11 Feb 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Glad to hear you were able to successfully use the Dell DataSafe to restore to factory specs. One suggestion, if I may (and no disrespect intended.) When you get your computer set up again, personalize all your settings, and everything is working as it should, I recommend making a periodic system image. Some folks use the built-in Windows 7 imaging tool and others use the highly recommended (and free) Macrium Reflect. Here are a couple of tutorials for the Windows 7 imaging tool:

Create a System Image

Restore a System Image

And a tutorial for Macrium:

Imaging with free Macrium

I found out from personal experience that I can create (or restore) a system image in less than an hour. The image will restore a computer to the exact condition it was in at the time the image was made. All programs, apps, personal settings, updates, etc. The only caveat is to store the image on an external hard drive rather than on a separate partition of the laptop's hard drive. If it's stored on the lappy's hard drive, and that drive ever goes belly up, the images will be useless.

Again, I mean no disrespect and my apologies for offering unsolicited advice.
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11 Feb 2014   #5
CBM

1.Windows 7 Ultimate x64; 2.Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Glad to hear you were able to successfully use the Dell DataSafe to restore to factory specs. One suggestion, if I may (and no disrespect intended.) When you get your computer set up again, personalize all your settings, and everything is working as it should, I recommend making a periodic system image. Some folks use the built-in Windows 7 imaging tool and others use the highly recommended (and free) Macrium Reflect. Here are a couple of tutorials for the Windows 7 imaging tool:

Create a System Image

Restore a System Image

And a tutorial for Macrium:

Imaging with free Macrium

I found out from personal experience that I can create (or restore) a system image in less than an hour. The image will restore a computer to the exact condition it was in at the time the image was made. All programs, apps, personal settings, updates, etc. The only caveat is to store the image on an external hard drive rather than on a separate partition of the laptop's hard drive. If it's stored on the lappy's hard drive, and that drive ever goes belly up, the images will be useless.

Again, I mean no disrespect and my apologies for offering unsolicited advice.
LOL. I'll take all the unsolicited advice I can get, any time, day or night, marsmimar, and I really appreciate your desire to help others who lack your knowledge. I do in fact use Windows Backup and Restore, once a week, backed up to my internal D Drive and then copied to an external drive for safe measure. I do the same thing with Acronis 2014 but something was so corrupted the backups wouldn't work, even with the Acronis F11 route and Acronis installation disc, which as you know will boot a corrupted system. I don't particularly like Acronis, as I've had issues with every edition I've purchased but I won't even consider anything from Norton. I've used both the free Paragon and Macrium applications in the past and found them to be quite functional and easy to use.
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11 Feb 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Download the Macrium iso from my Skydrive and burn that to CD. With the CD you can make clean, reliable images and also recover from those images. Imaging with free Macrium
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12 Feb 2014   #7
CBM

1.Windows 7 Ultimate x64; 2.Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Download the Macrium iso from my Skydrive and burn that to CD. With the CD you can make clean, reliable images and also recover from those images. Imaging with free Macrium
Thank you again, whs. You've helped me in the past and it was much appreciated. I admire you for your willingness to sacrifice your free time for others who don't have the necessary knowledge to solve their problems. I wish you the best in everything you do.
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12 Feb 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CBM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Download the Macrium iso from my Skydrive and burn that to CD. With the CD you can make clean, reliable images and also recover from those images. Imaging with free Macrium
Thank you again, whs. You've helped me in the past and it was much appreciated. I admire you for your willingness to sacrifice your free time for others who don't have the necessary knowledge to solve their problems. I wish you the best in everything you do.
Thank you. You are very kind.
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