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Windows 7: Image backups

05 Jun 2010   #11
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That's for a network restoration however. When browsing for it while booted in Windows or when booting upto the repair tools command console you should be able to browse right into the WIB folder without a problem.

blockie is reporting not finding any image being created but strictly empty folders instead. That sounds like the backup is being canceled out for some reason right after the initial main folder is created before any actual data transfer takes place.

If it ends up requiring a clean install to solve this the next option would be using the Windows Easy Transfer tool to see if that will back things up before a need for manually backing your files up before seeing the fresh install go on. This would be a last resort however if the present one can't be repaired.


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06 Jun 2010   #12
blockie

 

Nighthawk.
I did as you suggested. Made a backup and found a folder with "computer name" on it. So I guess Its doing OK.

Found out why the folder was empty.
The folder tree on my C; drive is C:\Users\William\MyDocuments\files. All images
show the tree as C:\Users\William\MyDocuments\no files and C:\Users\William\Documents\files It seems that when creating the image the bakup programs added the folder "Documents" and put the files that should have been in MyDocuments in it and left MyDocuments empty.
I have changed my C: drive folder name to "Documents" from "MyDocuments". That seems to take care of the empty folder problem. Have to change the default paths in several programs now. But that can wait until tomorrow. Thanks for all the help as I stumbled through this.
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07 Jun 2010   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Well I'm glad you saw a working image created and stored as well as uncovering a minor not major OS headache to deal with there.

On secondary drives in the desktop here I verify each image made by browsing to the latest "WindowsImageBackup" folder created by the tool to see if the user name sub folder is present since that's the actual archive contained in that.

The restoration is made simple as well even when the image is dislocated with a drive letter change or copied to a new location since the tool allows you to browse for any image rather then looking at specifics like time and date.

For the rest you may need to locate and modify some registry entries as well to make the small change on the folder name change there. For 7 you shouid see the defaults folders as "My Documents" in WE while images should be going to where you specify.

The WIB folder for you should be found inside the new "Documents" sub folder you created. The recommended place however would be on a separate drive or partition apart from C in case of any virus infection or other mishap for safekeeping. The restoration process itself when restoring any image will actually wipe the C primary as part of the process.
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07 Jun 2010   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Bill,

Sounds like exactly the same issue you had with 3rd party backup apps.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
Nighthawk.
I did as you suggested. Made a backup and found a folder with "computer name" on it. So I guess Its doing OK.

Found out why the folder was empty.
The folder tree on my C; drive is C:\Users\William\MyDocuments\files. All images
show the tree as C:\Users\William\MyDocuments\no files and C:\Users\William\Documents\files It seems that when creating the image the bakup programs added the folder "Documents" and put the files that should have been in MyDocuments in it and left MyDocuments empty.
I have changed my C: drive folder name to "Documents" from "MyDocuments". That seems to take care of the empty folder problem. Have to change the default paths in several programs now. But that can wait until tomorrow. Thanks for all the help as I stumbled through this.
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07 Jun 2010   #15
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
Using the native W7 backup and restore has become too complicated. I reinstalled Acronis TI Home 2009. It makes an image and schedules easily. Next thing is to try Restore. If that works I'm home free.
Acronis will work. Have restored every couple of months to clean state with zero problems


Ken
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07 Jun 2010   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

ZIGZAG,

He already tried Acronis. Didn't work for him.

Same with macrium and Paragon.

It now seems that the issue he had with Paragon ( the "My Documents" folder was empty in the backup ) is exactly the same as he has now. Probabaly the files were there, but under "Documents" instead.

I don't know why that is happening. Macrium and Paragon both show files in "My Documents" for me.
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07 Jun 2010   #17
blockie

 

Well, i finally got Acronis 2009 working.

From the installed program:
Created an image.
Restored individual files from that image.
Made a schedule.

From the Rescue disk:
Was able to restore image.
Can't restore files. I think this is default behavior.

Now for the native W7 image creator.
Was able to create an image.

Could nit find the image using the "repair disk". Noi option to browse.
The image is on a second internal HDD. Drive D:.
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07 Jun 2010   #18
blockie

 

Finally got the command line working for W7 backup. Ran it NOT as administrator and it created a backup on my extra HHD.
NOTE: The backup name created from the program had "GUI" appended to it.
The backup from the command prompt did not.
However I received a warning that the "System Reserved partition must also be backed up if I wanted to recover the image. There is a 100mb partition so named but it does not have a drive letter. How do I include it in the image?
Here is the command I am using;

WBADMIN START BACKUP -BackupTarget: -include:c: -quiet
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07 Jun 2010   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The easiest way is to give it letter ( rt click it in Disk Management and give it letter S ).

Alternatively, make your win7 partition the system partition - makes backup and restore simpler.
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07 Jun 2010   #20
blockie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The easiest way is to give it letter ( rt click it in Disk Management and give it letter S ).

Alternatively, make your win7 partition the system partition - makes backup and restore simpler.
How do I make it a single partition? Getting into something I am unfamiliar with.
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