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Windows 7: Backup stalled at 96% on dying hard drive -s this usable?

21 Jun 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home 64bit
Yay! Hard Drive Backup Data saved at 97%!

After waiting for the Windows 7 Backup and Restore to finish for 4 days, and having been stuck at 97% for two days, I pulled the plug - literally.

As the Windows "safely remove hardware" function did not work on my failing hard drive, I did a hard stop on the system, removed the external hard drive, and rebooted. It came up with warnings but it came up.

Put the external hard drive onto a different computer, installed the software to run it, and there it is. 97% of my files. Of course I haven't checked all of them, but I opened random files, including some Word documents that have more than 150K words (an illustrated novel) and it's all there.

I am so happy I could cry, and very grateful for all the help and moral support I received on this forum from ignatzatsonic. You're awesome. Thank you.

I am now doing the mouse and drop on a few items (in case they are in the 3% that didn't get saved, and I will definitely have my external hard drive backing up EVERYTHING on my new computer, which arrives tomorrow.

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21 Jun 2015   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Good job.

After you get the new Dell limbered up, pick a backup application like discussed above and set it up.

Be careful at first as they are powerful tools and if you make an incorrect choice in the configuration, you could be in for a bad surprise. I'd probably make a manual mouse copy of a bunch of files to a "test" folder and then see if I could configure the application to back up the files in the test folder. Once I understood how it works and what the options mean, then move on to backing up all files.

Another thing you might do (if not already done). Make an occasional (monthly or quarterly?) mouse copy of ALL personal files to your backup drive--if space allows. Or even to the cloud. This is separate from whatever automated application you choose. Just another layer of security that would never be that far out of date. Most likely, your data files are all in a single location somewhere under C:\users.

Re backup applications. I have extensive experience with only 2 of them: FreeFileSync and Second Copy. The former is free; the latter was $30 for a lifetime license the last time I checked.

FreeFileSync works very well, but the interface design is not what I would call user-friendly for someone unfamiliar with backup programs. It will furrow your brow.

Second Copy is much more straightforward and is flawless in my experience. The only reason I quit it was that I'm cheap enough that I did not want to spend $30 and I had enough experience to where I could understand FreeFileSync.

I suspect some of the other free choices I mentioned are more user-friendly than FreeFileSync, so you might download a couple to try out. Or look over screen shots of the interface on the application's web site to get an idea of which seem understandable to you.

You could do worse than spend $10 or $20 on a smallish USB thumb drive to store copies of your most irreplaceable files. 16 GB goes a long way for text documents and ordinary jpegs.

Start a new thread if you need further help after getting the new machine--for backup issues or whatever.

You might eventually investigate an imaging program such as Macrium Reflect Free Edition to backup your Windows installation per se, as opposed to your personal files. Easier to use and understand than Windows Backup and Restore.

The new Dell should have some capability to return it to the "out of the box" state as well. You should investigate that. It may or may not be cryptic.
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