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Windows 7 Backups

I am trying to create a backup for my laptop with the built in windows7 backup program.

I am backing up to an external hard drive with plenty of space.

The backup seems to get completed OK and a folder WindowImageBackup is created. However if select properties on the folder the size is zero bytes.

I tried to carry out a restore but get a message
There are no backups available at this location.

Any ideas please?
Many thanks
john
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BadPandaCommented:
John,
I had a similar problem with an external USB harddrive.  For us, it turned out to be that the external harddrive was a Seagate Goflex, which has a relatively thin base that the actual spinning harddrive sits on.  The base is where power and the USB cables plug into.  Anyway, we had a lot of problems with our backups doing the exact same thing as what you are describing.  We determined that there was either a poor connection with the base, it timed out, went to sleep, something that was out of our control.  (All USB settings were set to keep alive by the way.)  This problem happened on different machines with different external drives (same model, though.)
Once we switched to a different drive make our problems went away.
Don't know if that fits what you are having happen, but it is a possibility.
Panda
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Panda
will have a go with another drive tomorrow.
Regards
John
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BadPandaCommented:
Let us know how it goes!
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nobusCommented:
that is why i always use a backup program that stores the backup in a zip format, or other format, readable by different programs
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that info nobus
Any suggestions for that method?
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
I carried out a W7 backup on another drive, this I normally use on another machine with XP and a LaCierHD.
Windows Image Backup is there but properties show a )zero size.

Most peculiar as it seems to backup and takes about 30 mins.
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nobusCommented:
i use a genie backup for that
i'm not positive syncback free has this option, i need to check that    http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks

Would the genie be something like the software from http://www.secondcopy.com
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nobusCommented:
i do,n't know - i'm not familiar with it
you have to install it, and see the options it gives for storage formats
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks nobus
I noted your comment
i use a genie backup for that

Can you please let me know what this is and how one can see it?

Regards
John
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nobusCommented:
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johnhardyAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much for all the help.
I should be able to get a result from all the information I have now. At the moment the only backups I can get are copy and paste the files. Not sure of the effect in a problem.
Anyways thanks again.
John
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nobusCommented:
>>  At the moment the only backups I can get are copy and paste the files.  <<  that is what i do for myself, but i have plenty of disk space and time...
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