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Windows 7: Backup no longer works

11 Aug 2010   #21

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

And that you are booted Normally without the Little tweaks

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11 Aug 2010   #22

Windows 7 64-bit

Don't know what the Little Tweaks are, so I guess the answer is Yes!
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11 Aug 2010   #23

Windows 7 X64 Bit

i use Macrium reflect to back up entire C partition and works well, i shrunk my WinRe Vista partition which ment the C partition was bigger, from the Macrium recovery disk i reinstalled the partition no problems, as it asks if i want to extend the recovery partition to fit Volume C,easy to use and back up i frequently, just reboot and its like nothing had happened (defragging the drive 1st seems to help speed up the process)
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11 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks for that.
The thing is, I don't want to back up whole partitions, just selected files and folders across several partitions.
As I said earlier, I already use Geniesoft Timeline 2.1 for my main backup. It is excellent. Very similar to Time Machine on OS X.
Has no-one got any further thoughts on the original problem?
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13 Aug 2010   #25

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Step 1:

Run Disk Management and make a snapshot of output thereof.
Be sure to maximize the output before making the snapshot.
You can use the Snipping Tool which comes with Win 7 or use MS Paint to make the snapshot.
Include the snapshot in your next post.
Be sure that the external drive is connected when you run Disk Management.

To run Disk Management:

To run Snipping Tool:

WIN is that key with the wavy flag on it.

How to Post a Screenshot
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13 Aug 2010   #26
Microsoft MVP


You have more serious issues than the backup if Repair Install is erroring out.

Backup your files externally by click n drag, Disable your AV, unplug any USB devices, try again.

Next do a Clean Boot Procedure to try install: How to Troubleshoot a Problem by Performing a Clean Startup in Windows 7 or Vista

Next test your memory using memtest86 for 5-6 passes, reseat your RAM, swap sticks.

Next test your HD using maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Update your SATA controller driver, reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

If you are still unable to do a Repair Install, wipe your HD before clean reinstalling from booted DVD:
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13 Aug 2010   #27

Windows 7 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Run Disk Management and make a snapshot of output thereof.
External M: is the drive I'm trying to backup to.

gregrocker, thanks for your input. I'll look into what you suggest. However, I don't have any problems at all with my system except for Windows Backup not working. For many months, I've had no crashes or problems at all.
I use Timeline as my main backup which does selected files from c: and d: and continually backs them up to Backup (f:).
Also, since the Windows Backup issue, I've gone back to my old Acronis True Image 2009 to perform the secondary backups to the External m: drive with no problem at all.

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13 Aug 2010   #28

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Although I find some inconsistencies in some of the posts and your disk management snapshot,

I agree with Greg: if Repair Install is failing, you have more serious problems.

I recommend following his advice.
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13 Aug 2010   #29
Microsoft MVP


If you're happy with performance then monitor it closely for further problems.

Check Event Viewer>Admin View to google repeat errors to eventual resolution.

Click through WEI score link at Computer>Properties to choose Advanced Tools, look for cued issues, check Performance log, Generate a System Health Report.

Run sfc /scannow to see if System Files have been corrupted which could explain why backup fails only on built-in backup.

If further problems arise work through the checklist given to absolve hardware, then Repair Install which is the next best thing to clean reinstall and keeps all your programs, files and settings in place.
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13 Aug 2010   #30

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks guys.

karlsnooks: Can you explain what you mean by inconsistencies in my posts and screenshots?

gregrocker: I've done the WDigital diagnostic on all drives (including the external usb) and they are all OK. I did a MEMTEST yesterday and it was absolutely fine.

The DVD setup error. I'm wondering if it has to do with some stuff I did months ago to get rid of the annoying 'System Reserved' partition that W7 put on. What do you think?
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