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Windows 7: Backup

16 Jun 2011   #41
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

What does it show now in the same screenshot from above after you had unchecked those 3 boxes under "Data Files"?

Strange, usually you should get a prompt (something like below) asking if you wanted to replace the file/folder or not when they have the same name.
Backup-replace-1.jpgBackup-replace-2.jpg





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16 Jun 2011   #42
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

You're right. Normally I do get that prompt. But not with this external hard drive specifically, which unless you know about it, means that you are unaware that you're not updating the copy. No idea why it happens.

Okay, this update was supposed, today, to take effect at 7pm. Now, the computer was switched off at 7pm. Does the PC have to be on in order for the updated two files from the desktop to transfer across to this external drive?

If it doesn't have to be switched on (the computer) all I can say is that nothing's happened. The two old folders on the external drive are still there ... and not the two updates on the desktop that we've been discussing all this time. So things are now as they were yesterday, despite all this stuff we've done.

I don't know if it makes a difference. But normally (without this backup thing) as I said before you need to first DELETE the old file before replacing it with the updated on on the external drive. Perhaps that applies here (backup and restore function). But if you have to go to all this trouble, the backup and restore facility is pretty pointless and very disappointing since it's supposed to save all this messing about.
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16 Jun 2011   #43
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, the computer will need to be turned on for it to work.
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16 Jun 2011   #44
ukthesis

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But what happens if you set it to work at 3am? In other words, unless you happen to be on your PC at 3am in the morning ... and you also have to remember to be on your computer at the precise time. If you are on vacation, then, it doesn't work either. And when you say it has to be "on" you mean that it actually has to have windows on, rather than it just being on standby (power on but the PC not actually switched on)? Essentially it means that you either have to remember to be working on your PC at the right time, or to at least have it fully switched on even if you may be watching the TV and so aren't actually using it?
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16 Jun 2011   #45
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

By default, the computer must be turned on and running for the scheduled backup to run. If not, then it will notify you the next time the computer is on that you missed the scheduled backup and for you to run it then.

If you use sleep mode (not hibernate) instead of turning off (shutting down) the computer, then you could go into Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc), and follow the numbered steps in the screenshot below to set the AutomaticBackup task to wake the computer to run.

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17 Jun 2011   #46
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

Okay, but it still isn't working. I'm on the PC now and I was on it at noon when it was supposed to back up to my Intenso external hard drive. Those two folders I selected from the desktop (see above) were recently updated and I needed to save the updates. Checked at 12.30pm, still working on the computer, and the old files are still on the Intenso, and not the updated files from the desktop that should have replaced them. In other words, it hasn't worked. What next?
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17 Jun 2011   #47
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

I've adjusted the settings and the update of files on the external drive still hasn't worked using the Backup and Restore function .. .
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17 Jun 2011   #48
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Is the external HDD drive turned on as well?

Double check to make sure that the scheduled backup is turned on, and that the AM/PM is set correct for the time. I know, but it is a common mistake that's easily made by anyone.
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18 Jun 2011   #49
ukthesis

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I'll only be able to check tomorrow, since I was out when the scheduled saving was due today. I had to go out, which is part of the problem I was mentioning. It WAS on standby, though, but I don't think the posters who said that simply having it on standby is enough. The machine seems to have to be fully turned on for Backup to work and if it's not fully turned on, nothing happens. And now I've switched it on again, as you can see, there has NOT been a message popping up to remind me that the backup did not take place. So I still don't know what will happen until tomorrow.
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18 Jun 2011   #50
ukthesis

64 bit
 
 

I've used the "Backup Now" button and the updated desktop files (2) have NOT been saved on the external drive as they should have. The external drive only contains the old version of the same files and no error message appear, as though it was going through fine. What next?
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