Can't restore files from Vista Backup


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PeterNZ

Ok, I meanwhile calmed down a bit! Because I was really mad. I made my
regular backups and now I am in the situation where I need them and I can't
restore the files.

Here is the scenario:
I did weekly backups to an IOMEGA USB External hard drive. The OS is Windows
Vista Ultimate. This week my built in HD said goodbye to this world and went
to heaven! So I bought a new HD and re-installed Vista. Next thing is to
restore my data from the USB HD. I open "Backup status and Restore" select
"Restore Files", click on "Advanced restore". Under "What do you want to
restore" there is only the "Files from a backup made on a different computer"
active. So I click "Next".

On the next screen I select my IOMEGA Drive and click "Next". I then see a
table with all my backups and the date/time I did them. In the column "Backup
location" it says for all of them "Backup location is not available".

If I click "Next" I can select all the files and folders in the backups etc.
or choose "Restore everything inthis backup". It doesn't really make a
difference. Also the selection in the next screen doesn't make any
difference. I can select to restore to original location or I can give a
location and check the checkboxes for "Restore files to their original
subfolders" and "Create a subfolder for the drive letter". I always get the
same result which is an error screen saying:

"The restore did not complete successfully
Restore did not finish successfully. Error code:

The backupfile could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or
restore from a different backup. (0x100001A)"

I googled and searched the forums with no success. I am really devastated. I
am a huge Vista fan but this is just plain stupid. A backup solution which
doesn't work is worse than no backup solution at all.

I know I need the MediaID.bin and it is in the root folder of my IOMEGA USB
Drive. I also know that the backup files are just zip files, but honestly,
with hundreds of them and files split across multiple zip files I don't see
how I can restore my data easily!

If I can't find a way I will loose all my emails, addresses and contact
spictures and most of my work as a developper. Sorry I start to get mad
again. I need a beer.

Cheers

Peter
 
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Meghan K

I am having the same problem. I had Microsoft Auto Update and whatever the
latest update was made it so that my coputer was not working properly. I was
unable to access My Computer, Control Panel, Backup, System Restore...you
name it, if it had to do with the system...it gave me an error about Explorer
having an error and needed to restart. It would refresh my desktop and I
never got it working. Finally after trying everything...I used the CD that
came with my computer.

I have Home Basic. I used the Backup program to backup my files to an
external hard drive. Now I can't get the files to restore to my computer and
it is giving me the same error that Peter had.

Can anyone help me?
 
D

dane flanigan

Hey There,

if anyone finds a solution please let me know I lost my hard drive and trying to do system restore with no luck
 
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Gordon

in message
Hey There,

if anyone finds a solution please let me know I lost my hard drive and
trying to do system restore with no luck


<sigh> WHAT SAME PROBLEM?

The forum you are posting to leaches off global Usenet newsgroups in order
that the forum seems to have far more users than it does.
None of the people who access this newsgroup via a news server can see ANY
of the other posts on your forum. Please quote the post you are replying
to - an even better idea - subscribe to these newsgroups directly with a
newsreader rather than a leaching parasitic forum....
 
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Gordon

Paul Montgomery said:
The bozo even changed the subject name - it can't be found on Google
Groups unless you are psychic.


He's posting in some leaching web forum......
 
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Gordon

Paul Montgomery said:
Maybe not.


NNTP-Posting-Host: 72.29.94.49.static.dimenoc.com 72.29.94.49

That's one of these web forums...I don't know which one but it's cropping up
a lot....
 
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Paul Montgomery

NNTP-Posting-Host: 72.29.94.49.static.dimenoc.com 72.29.94.49

That's one of these web forums...I don't know which one but it's cropping up
a lot....

I saw that. I haven't run across that one and I've tracked a lot of
them. It's definitely not one of the vBulletin boards.

Still.. the guy's place of business is in California and the IP
belongs to Orlando FLorida.
 
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Spikey

Paul Montgomery said:
I saw that. I haven't run across that one and I've tracked a lot of
them. It's definitely not one of the vBulletin boards.

Still.. the guy's place of business is in California and the IP
belongs to Orlando FLorida.

Theres another reply on the same day 04/08/08 at 22:57 headed "Re: vista
stuck at welcome page". This one says posted via http://www.vistaheads.com.
Perhaps this guy is posting from there as well? Either way I'm guessing that
if he boots in safe mode it will stick at crcdsk.sys. There seems a lot of
people out there with the same problems.

:blush:(
 
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Spikey

Felmon said:
is there a solution to this?

my guess in my case is the file-system is munged and looks like
the only way is to reinstall (laptop with recovery partition) - nothing
works from the 'recovery console'.

I don't want to do the recovery since I'd have to reinstall all my Linux
stuff.

I ordered recovery cds from HP hoping I can run chkdsk or whatever it's
called these days but I suspect I will simply buy another hd and install
Vista on it instead.

did you stumble on any viable solutions? I tried erasing pcmcia.sys, etc.,
to no avail.
No everything I tried had limited success. I left it untouched for a couple
of weeks in the hopes that someone else had got a solution. Eventually I
found someone posting with the same vaio but their solution didnt work
either. I think you get to a point where you have done so much that in the
end a clean install was the only option. Luckily I had only a few things
left off the last backup. And had a vaio tool that enabled me to get it to
dvd. If you have anything critical I would suggest purchasing a good
recovery tool and getting the stuff off before trying anything else as the
more you do,the more likely you are to overwrite something on the disk.

In my case I suspect that the problem was caused by not installing a
required vaio update before sp1.

I initially booted into safe mode and tried "last known good configeration"
followed by an earlier restore point but none completed a repair. I would
have uninstalled sp1 but couldnt get to it, even through command prompt. The
Vaio tools reported no hardware or physical disk problems and I could see
all the documents via command prompt. I went through every safe boot option
with no success.

Using the recovery disks I repeated the above ( no joy) and then tried start
up repair, again nothing. At that point I ran Spinrite which actualy got me
a desktop in normal boot but it was defective. I could get a couple of
levels in before it hung but no further. By then I could only get into "safe
mode with command prompt", no desktop in safe mode at all. If I realised I
had a problem I'd probably have used Spinrite first (although the latest
version doesnt seem to support vista.)

I did a registry restore from backup files.

It was suggested I try using another user account but the guest is disabled
by default. If I could have got in to rename my profile.old it would then
have brought up the real admin account .

I ran several chkdisk with repair and fix chkdisk /r , chkdsk/f .neither
reported finding or fixing anything.

I ran boot repair from command prompt.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Even tried sfc /scannow just for the sheer h*** of it.

If you have a retail disk you could try renaming the crcdsk.sys to old and
running a fresh copy from the disk or someone elses.

Some articles with suggested problems/fixes:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948537/en-us





http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?s=e471b400693fc6070d7f095576c5cc9f&showtopic=

607761&st=15



http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2841505&SiteID=17



I noticed from the above links that both Sony and MS techs are reported as
only offering the clean install as a "solution".



And this one was admittedly from someone dual booting with Ubuntu so
probably not relevant but iif you are going to do a clean install anyway?



http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2472228



There was also one rather confusing "fix" on 1 forum which suggested using
an XP or earlier disk.



I didnt try it. 1 poster said it had worked for them but others no luck.



As I understood it you boot from the cd and select the option to install.
When the password comes up ( i'm guessing they meant windows key?) you type
in anything . Supposed to give you 3 attempts at getting the key correct (
which of course isnt) then tries to write to system disk and then exits.
Remove disk and then it is supposed to boot normally.



I cant find the link at the moment. It might be in one of the above links
but couldnt see it.



:blush:(
 

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