Maintenance :: Making Backups Of Files And System?

Sep 21, 2013

what it really means to "back up" your data. I got a Seagate drive for making backups. Before I install it I need clarification.

The more I read about backups, files, settings and disc images I get more confused. I see that if I don't do it right and my computer crashes, I may have not saved what I needed.

First should I use the software supplied with the Seagate drive? Or use Windows?

Do all my files need to be in the libraries folder to get saved? Like documents, music, pictures and videos?

Do I need to make a system disc also? This is just to boot up the PC if it fails?

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Maintenance :: Making Sure Laptop Is Clean Before Creating System Image

Sep 15, 2014

I couldn't repair/replace my laptop's corrupt files doing an sfc or dism scan and had to do a reset as I couldn't do a refresh. I thought my laptop was clean when I created my last system image, last month, but when it came to using the system image I realised there was corrupt files on there too so I had to do another reset. What checks should I do before creating a system image? so I know that as well as there being no viruses there are no corrupt files either. Check for errors in Event Viewer and do an sfc and dism scan?

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Making Bootable ISO From Files?

Oct 14, 2013

Tonight I used a program called Windows Hotfix Downloader to integrate the 3 updates for Win 8.1 with success. However it gave me folders and not an .iso. I was able to make an .iso with Power Iso but it says non bootable image. In the past I know I used a program to do this with XP,Vista,and Win 7. I tried to follow Power Isos instructions to do it but what to select when it asks for add boot info and wants a source what to put? I just can't remember what easy program I used in the past to make a bootable iso from files. It's not rufus or yumi...they will make a bootable USB. I was able to manually make a UEFI Bootable USB manually and copying the folders over to the flash but still want a bootable iso for archive.

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Maintenance :: Refs File Systems - Preparations For Backups?

May 6, 2013

test the Refs file system -- it won't yet be available on the boot system but will be on other volumes.

This will mean a change in your backup strategy if you back up disks by Imaging partitions. It will be a while yet before the standard backup vendors build this new file system into their backups - but whatever the change of data format in the partition layout you should still always be able to backup if you select "Backup by SECTOR" mode - as this mode simply copies byte for byte exactly what is on the disk without regard to data organisation whatever - it's a pure physical address sector by sector copy. It will probably take longer but it should always work.

(Although I'll be running this on a VM which can be backed up in other ways - I want to try the actual sector by sector backup from the Guest machine).

In theory though as most backup solutions are Linux based any sort of Windows file systems are just DATA as far as Linux itself is concerned - however sometimes these utilities do a bit of data compression and optimisation which requires knowing details of the SOURCE file system - usually FAT / FAT32 / NTFS. This could cause problems with the new Refs file system so I'd go for the physical sector by sector dump.

In any case while I'm sure we are all waiting to test the new file system - don't rely on it on any machine until your BACKUP and RESTORE strategy works.

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Maintenance :: File History Or Backups - Size Of Online Cache

Jul 26, 2013

I am so used to doing a scheduled backup and image of my install once a week but now I see it is file history. I am really not sure how this feature works in relation to the old image and backups. I have partitioned a portable drive of 500GB for my backups and have started doing the file history. I am now looking at the advanced settings and see this

Now as I was not thinking of leaving my portable turned on 24/7 as I used to do a scheduled backup once a week so now I am a bit stuck.

The setting "Size of Online Cache"has also got me confused. I have set it to the max of 20% disk space.

What I was actually thinking of doing is to make my first "backup"of my fresh install of Windows 8 and keep this as a restore backup if I ever want to revert back to this point of my setup. I was then going to use another partition on my portable drive for my weekly backups as I did before.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 File History Backups Stop Prematurely?

Jul 14, 2013

I am facing a problem enabling the file history feature of my Windows 8 Pro installation. After noticing there was no activity to my backup drive, I decided to check what time the latest backup was executed; this turned out to be 3 weeks ago. I formatted the drive and decided to try set it up again. Ever since I have been unable to make it work.

The backups are prematurely stopped. It takes about 10 minutes to copy 50MB of files and some empty folders to the external hard drive, after which it stops as if it were completed. Forcing it run again makes no difference, and no files are copied.

My system is a two month old fresh install. I have disabled my anti-virus software and installed all the latest updates for Windows and most software. I have moved my user folders to another drive through the properties menu. I access them through my libraries, when I select I want to restore files I see them, and some small files are actually backed up to the drive I selected. Therefore I do not think this is why the problem is occurring.

I have already tried slowly formatting the drive and checking it for errors and bad sectors and plugging the drive in different ports. After that proved unsuccessful,

I restarted the Windows Search service and manually forced it to recompile its index, reset the File History settings by deleting its folder in the Application Data directory, ran the System File Checker, and just to be sure rebooted my computer and reformatted the external drive - all to no avail. My error logs are full of failures due to trying this many times, but the one below is the most recent one, corresponding to the latest try.

- <Event xmlns="">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Core" Guid="{B447B4DB-7780-11E0-ADA3-18A90531A85A}" />[code].....

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Setup Installation :: Making Backup Of Recovery Files From USB Drive

Feb 18, 2013

I purchased a new laptop with windows 8 and used the options in windows 8 to create recovery media and chose the usb drive option. I was wondering if I would be able to copy the files in the usb drive onto my external HD; then if I ever need them I could put them back onto a usb drive and reinstall windows 8. I took a screenshot of the files on the usb drive.

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Mar 18, 2014

It happens when I want to alt tab. Somehow my laptop just sleep like that. Left alt button to be exact...

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Maintenance :: Can Corrupt System Files Cause BSODs?

Jul 22, 2014

In my laptop, SFC or DISM cannot fix corrupt files so I have to manually replace them but can these corrupt system files cause BSODs? Im asking because I am having BSODs ...

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Maintenance :: SFC Cannot Repair Corrupted System Files

May 16, 2013

After getting infected and buying an antvirus and cleaned my system i run "sfc /scannow" and it says some protected system fiels are corrupted but its not able to fix them.

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Maintenance :: How To Copy Files Before System Backup

Jan 31, 2014

I am using EaseUs Todo Backup Home. I relocated the installer folder's files from ssd to hd. Do I need to copy the files back before I do a system backup?

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Maintenance :: Making Restore Point From External Drive

Jul 18, 2013

I was trying to install Kali linux as a partition on my windows 8, and was using EasyBCD to add Kali linux to the boot entry. Somehow I ended up deleting the Windows 8 boot entry, not deleting the Windows 8 drive but deleting the boot entry meaning I can't boot into it. I have tried MANY MANY MANY solutions to fix it. I've tried using a recovery disk but that just shows the windows logo and reboots and reboots and does the same stuff.

Eventually I just gave up and thought I'm just gonna get rid of this windows 8 which by the way came pre-install with my Toshiba L855-149, and just install windows 7. Of course I NEEDED my files so just an hour ago, I removed the hard drive from the laptop, put it into HDD Docking thing I have which allows me to add the hard drive as an external drive to my other win7 desktop PC. I started copying all my files which I am still doing now. I was thinking is there a way to make some sort of restore point from the hard drive or something? Is there another way to boot up windows 8?

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Maintenance :: Backup All Programs And Files Without System Image?

Mar 12, 2014

I recently got myself into a quandary. I installed 4 additional drives with the intent of creating a RAID volume that's supported by the BIOS. In order to do that I must change the BIOS setting for the controller which includes all volumes including my boot drive (which I don't intend to RAID.) The problem I have is that when I switch the controller from UEFI to RAID, Windows Recovery will not use the System Image that I made. It says the volume was created under a different setting (Bios vs. EFI).

What are my options? Is there a different backup setting that will preserve all my installed software? I'm not concerned about data which I can copy to an external volume but it would take several days to get all my software reinstalled. I'd like to avoid that. I assume I will have to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro and then use a backup program to restore everything else. If that's the case, then I need to know which backup program will work. If there's a better way, I'd love to know. I see my options as either, get another backup program, get a separate controller card for either the boot drive or the RAID volume, or reinstall everything.

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Feb 21, 2014

I was attempting to enable my system protection in order to allow me to restore individual files to a previous state. Unfortunately when I go to do so the option is not available at all.

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Oct 17, 2013

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Feb 18, 2014

I just noticed an random folder on my desktop that I didn't create called backups. Is there any programs that automatically do this, I haven't installed anything recently on my computer

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Nov 5, 2013

I am trying to create a system image backup and I keep getting this error message

[COLOR=#FF0000]'Threre is not enough disk space to create the volum shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for voulimes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"

I am backing it up to a external HDD with over a tb of free space but I understand its not letting me perform the backup because the hidden 100mb hidden system partition is full...if i create a larger partition how can I copy that system partition to it? if that is possible....

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Apps / Software :: Automatic Backups Of Documents With Sky Drive?

Feb 16, 2014

If I move a file from my documents to skydrive it gets uploaded on microsofts server, but if I change the file in my documents folder is it possible to make skydrive upload the updated file online automatically without that I have to move the file to the skydrive folder myself?

I know it is possible to change skydrives location to my documents folder but I don't wanna upload all my documents.

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Sep 19, 2013

How I can make Win 8.1 upgrade to Win 8.1 64 bit?

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Aug 9, 2014

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I can make tasks easy enough. Is there a simple way I could make a task at login to disable my Synoptics TouchPad.. Keystroke combo is Fn+F6 to enable / disable it.

How do I get those keystrokes into a task ?

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Sep 15, 2014

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Jan 21, 2013

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Jan 24, 2013

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Nov 17, 2013

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i have tried to delete them but it tells me that i need adminstrator permission which i am the adminstrator.

they use a lot of space on my pc about 30gb.

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I had many many project files saved in my Program Files (x86) folder that I didn't think I'd lose, but now I can't find them. I discovered Windows.old but it doesn't contain any Program Files folders.

Is there any possible way to get those files back?

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Aug 2, 2014

I've always loved the older version of Microsoft Windows Paint for Windows XP edition.

After some research, I learned that I could download that older version and replace it with the one I had on Windows 8.1 At first, I tried to replace it in the system32 folder, but it said,

"You do not have permission to perform this action. You require permission from TrustedInstaller." After researching the internet, I learned step by step tutorial on how to change the owner which was TrustedInstaller; learned how to grant permission to me; the administrator over the system files. It has been said, "You should be able to access that particular file or folder. Be careful when you alter the permission for System file or folder it may cause serious damage to your system and compromise security. So please create a system restore point[/URL] first and then proceed with caution."

My question is.....can granting full control to the administrator over system32 folder cause problems or issues? Is this wise to do?

If not, I revert back to granting permission to TrustedInstaller over system32 folder.

All I wanted was to replace mspaint.exe with an older version from Windows XP edition.

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A friend said to remove the cmos battery and turn on off then put back but still no luck

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