Sleep Interferes With Backups And Virus Scan

I'm running windows 7 on a dell desktop (optiplex gx620) i'm having a problem with some scheduled tasks that are scheduled to run during the night.

My system is using the "balanced" power option with the "put the computer to sleep" setting = 2 hours. I assume that this means that the computer goes into sleep 2 hours after i have stopped using it. I usually reboot the computer when i finish using it in the evening.

I have a seagate black armor ws100 external usb drive. It comes with its own backup software (apparently written by acronis). I have scheduled backups to occur at 3 am every night. I have checked the "validate after backup" box on the backup description. When i look at the backup log file, it appears that the backups do begin properly at 3am, but the validate job doesn't begin until i wake the computer in the morning.

I thought this must be a bug in the backup software, but i noticed something strange about my symantec antivirus software. That is scheduled to do a full system scan at 11pm every friday night. I noticed that it had begun its scan before i went to bed friday night. However, when i checked sat morning around 8am, the backup job was not finished. My impression was that it stopped sometime during the night, and restarted when i woke the computer in the morning.

Is there something wrong with the way i have power settings configured?

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