Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Restore from backup didn't restore all files

19 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Restore from backup didn't restore all files

Hi there,

My work laptop was being changed from a Dell to a Lenovo and I was using Windows Backup & Restore to backup my important documents and emails. I took a final backup to my external hard drive before handing my old laptop to IT.

Once I restored all my files I noticed the following;

1. Some files were not the latest versions, i.e. they were a month old.
2. Some subfolders simply weren't there. I had two subfolder in one of my folders and only one was resotred and not the other. I made sure that I restored from the latest backup file.

Any ideas why this happened? I have lost faith in this program and am now looking for alternate soultions.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I have no idea why it happened, but here are some alternatives for file and folder backup:

Karen's Replicator


Second Copy




None of these back up your Windows installation---they are for individual files and folders only.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2012   #3

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Did you re-boot before doing your latest backup?
Backup utilities often work with VSS (Shadow Copy) data.
Just guessing here, but your VSS data may not have been the latest data you worked with.

Shadow Copy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't use Windows Backup, and suggest using suggestions from ignatzatsonic going forward.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Restore from backup didn't restore all files

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
System restore didn't work. I have all system restore points
Hi. I'm using 500GB hdd(source) and 500GB ssd(destination) and I've some questions: 1. I Did 1:1 copy of disc (in norton GHOST) and on destination disk system restore is telling that i don't have restore points. Why? 2. Then On source disc I was trying to unlock some disc space by entering System...
Backup and Restore
Windows 7 - System Restore, Saving a Backup & Permanant Restore Point
My questions are on Windows 7 System Restore, Restore Points and Backups; specifically, potentially using a Backup as a Permanent Restore Point. Here is the situation... About a month ago, I did a complete Factory Restore on my HP desktop and returned it to it's factory condition. After...
Backup and Restore
Cannot restore files from W7 Backup
1-Have a full back up of all files (7 DVDs) 2-Clea re-install of W7 Professional due to crashes When I try to resore my back up: "Retore encountered a problem while validating zip file: (contents of disc is shown in detial..files" "The backup file could not be found (0X8100001A)
Backup and Restore
Backup and Restore: restore files in Recycler (Win7 Enterprise x64)
Hi: I have a Win 7 Enterprise Pro x64 laptop. Most of the files in my recycler/recycle bin mysteriously disappeared a few days back (I am guessing some OS quirk since desktop.ini also seems to have been modified then, though everything is still running smoothly). So I want to get those files...
Backup and Restore
Cannot restore backup files
Ok, I'll explain my situation: So I have a macbook pro, and I use bootcamp to install Windows 7 on a partition. I prefer Windows, so the Windows partition is larger than OS X, though I find it advantageous to have both. Anyway, I recently picked up Windows 7 Ultimate, and at the time I had 7...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+