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Windows 7: Comodo Time Machine Partition


11 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Comodo Time Machine Partition

I have 4 drives on the same harddisk.
c windows 7 home, d ultimate. both 64 bit. e empty, f my files.
i am installing comodo time machine.
my computer is booting, i can see the boot choices, but when i choose the operating system after , it says windows is starting , before the log on screen, it gives a blue screen error. i am fixing it with boot options by the system repair disc. but then comodo time machine says the necessary subsystem is not active.
i know comodo time machine creates another partition in the hard disk. but it is created as an extended partition. and cannot be actived.
what can i do to fix this problem.
is the wrong partition active?
is it because there cannot be more than 4 partitions (extendeds excluded) in one harddisk?
if anyone installed comodo time machine, is their partition extended or logical on their computers. (can be checked by diskpart by the system repair disc or original windows disc, repair, command prompt, diskpart, list disk, select disk, list partition) ?


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11 Jun 2010   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I couldn't get CTM to install.

You may be best uninstalling it.

If you like that kind of thing , Genie do an interesting app. - it seems to work without causing issues.

Genie Timeline Free - Free software downloads and software reviews ...


It is a continuous data protection app. It tracks which files have been altered/deleted and backs them up every half an hour. To restore there is a slider to go back thru the back up times.

It is not a replacement for a drive image program.
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11 Jun 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm a big fan of Comodo firewall, that said I've seen nothing but bad things posted about Time Machine. From just being a pain, to causing need for complete reformat. I'm sure some use it with no problem, but this is one program I could never recommend to anyone with a clear conscience. A Guy
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18 Jun 2010   #4

win7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Beware, Comodo Time Machine can and will hose your backed up system. As time goes by it will suddenly become "full" and therefore, your hard drives will report they are out of space even if you have several gigs(20 in my case). I tried to uninstall it, it failed, saying that the drive was too full, then asked if I wanted to leave the system AS IS, or Restore.

I chose AS IS... It kindly decided to Restore anyway and overwrote the system with a four month old backup that failed anyway because it then tried to back that up too as it overwrote it despite the fact it already claimed the disk was full. Windows was unrecoverable and I had to completely reinstall. I lost very little as I had done a manual backup to spare hard drive 4 days before it failed.
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19 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I am not trying to install it anymore because of the problems anyway. It is not just time machine, even other back up programs are having free space, full drive issues. I have already another partition for my important files. It is just if something happened to windows, i didn't want to install all the programs i have installed again and arrange their settings, but so far, i have no solution for backing up windows and program files (except windows system restore, but mostly if windows is messed up, system restore does not work or help anyway.). and the way i am using the save my files is having another partition for them.

Thanks for the replies guys, every answer here is some use.
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19 Jun 2010   #6

win7 home premium 64bit
 
 

As to fixing the partion created by Comodo Time Machine, it didn't make a partion for me. It just used a directory on my hard drive. You could use a live linux OS CD to recover any files stuck on the computer. Don't think you can repair the comodo time machine partition. You should try the comodo forums about that.

One solution for backing up windows can be a program like Clonezilla. You boot with the Clonezilla CD and it makes a copy of the drive or partitions. You can then restore them. You will need somewhere to put the pretty damned big(a few gigs or more depending on how much is on the drive) clones.

One problem with this is clonezilla's interface is not overly obvious which is the best option for what you want

Another problem is that it is not an automatic solution. You have to manually do it. It takes about 15 minutes depending on how fast you can wade through the options.
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19 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

You're not supposed to use System Repair Disc's, Recovery Consoles, Drive encryption etc.. with the likes of Comodo Time Machine, Eaz-Fix, RollbackRx. If you have attempted to do this then there is a good possibility that you are hosed. If by chance you use an Imaging/Backup program, then you should be able to restore the image with the option to repair the MBR providing your Image/Backup program gives you that option. I've never tried it but I feel as though you might be able to repair the MBR making the system bootable again after which you could un-install CTM. Folks at Comodo Forums say differently though. What it seems like to me is that you have tried to repair without uninstalling CTM which again might be difficult or impossible to fix. If that is the case, the only successful way I've heard of is the Image Restore with option to fix MBR. Check the CTM forums, some have used something called TestDisk to successfully bail them out.
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19 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post
I am not trying to install it anymore because of the problems anyway. It is not just time machine, even other back up programs are having free space, full drive issues. I have already another partition for my important files. It is just if something happened to windows, i didn't want to install all the programs i have installed again and arrange their settings, but so far, i have no solution for backing up windows and program files (except windows system restore, but mostly if windows is messed up, system restore does not work or help anyway.). and the way i am using the save my files is having another partition for them.

Thanks for the replies guys, every answer here is some use.
If you don't have an external USB drive or docking station I'd recommend it. It's especially good if you have more than one. With a docking station you can swap out the Sata drive so that you have a backup that's not connected to the machine if you get hit by a virus. Even if you don't get hit with a malware, stuff that messes with your boot system, such as these "shield" or "rollback" programs can inadvertently ruin your backups on the save partition.

It's worth the investment. There are several free image backup programs around so basically you only need to buy the drives/docks. Plus you can always get use out of them other than just back up images. I have mine partitioned so that I store backup images in one partition and video images to play with my set top box in another. Plus not doing everything with one physical drive smooths out how your system runs.
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