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Windows 7: Backup no longer works

13 Aug 2010   #31
Microsoft MVP


The inconsistency I see is that the 200mb EFI System partition is highlighted as the booted partition (by diagonal lines) while it is not denoted as System Active Boot - the Win7 partition (correctly) is.

Confirm DISK2 is set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup to be sure.

I would want to work through the error blocking Repair Install to run it as it should solve all problems unless one is related to settings which it reimports (rare).

Google the exact text and number of the error to read all about it and work through to solution.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #32

Windows 7 64-bit

The info is correct.
I have a boot partition that allows me to select whether I boot into Windows or other OSs.
I did a system diagnostics report and it was fine.
See attached an Event Viewer error report. Those VSS errors are similar to what I was getting from Windows backup.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #33
Microsoft MVP


It would have been nice to know all along that you are multi-booting as it suddenly becomes clear that you likely have creeping corruption from your bootloader.

The procedure is to google the error text and identifying numbers to read how others have resolved the issue. The VSS errors are likely related to your backup failure and especially need to be resolved. Do you even have System Restore points now and do they work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Aug 2010   #34

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks again.
Sorry, I didn't think that the multi-boot thing was relevant to having problems with Windows Backup.
I did Google the error code and message before posting here and couldn't find anything useful to my case.
I think the setup.exe error is to do with the boot partition issue and isn't anything to worry about. (Agree?)
The Windows Backup problem - subject of the post! - is more odd. I haven't changed anything on my system at all, and it had worked without a problem for many months. Only in the last few days has it become an issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #35
Microsoft MVP


What I would do is boot your OS's on separate HD's via the BIOS boot order and one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, which makes them independent and avoids GRUB or other boot loader corruption of WIn7.

By all appearances Win7 is already independent to be booted via BIOS and removing it from GRUB or whatever is messing it up should help a lot.

Even better, Reinstalling it to wiped HD with all other HD's unplugged would give you a fresh start free from the previous corruption.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #36

Windows 7 64-bit

Booting from the Windows drive has solved the 1) Repair Install problem and 2) the Windows Backup problem.
I guess Windows was trying to write to the boot partition in 1) and couldn't.
I can't quite understand the Windows Backup thing though.
Any ideas?
Also, any ideas on how to get it working with Chameleon boot partition? I do seem to remember that all my drives got re-ordered in BIOS for some reason a few weeks ago.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #37

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Glad to hear that all problems are solved.
Greg is without equal when it comes to diagnosing boot-related problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #38
Microsoft MVP


The backup was likely hamstrung by VSS corruption from the 3rd party boot manager, as was the Repair Install.

I do not recommend you boot Win7 from the manager again, as it is unnecessary since you have separate HD's and can boot much cleaner via the BIOS boot order and BIOS one-time Boot Menu key, which keeps the HD's independent.

You would probably do better to boot your other OS's via BIOS as well and drop the boot manager. But at the very least I wouldn't involve Win7 in that mess again.

Good catch on the Disk Mgmt screenie, Karl.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Aug 2010   #39

Windows 7 64-bit

Thanks a lot guys.
I'm still confused however by why Windows Backup used to work OK, and also why other backup applications (True Image and Timeline) work OK booting from Chameleon. Do they not use VSS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Aug 2010   #40

Windows 7 64-bit

No further thoughts on that, guys?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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