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Backup Does Not See External Drive


I have a maxtor ethernet hard drive used for file backups. I was able to use this in vista, but after upgrading to windows 7, backup does not see this external drive, even though it shows it on my network. Windows explorer shows the network mss54d ethernet hard drive, but backup windows7 does not permit me to change from the dvd writer to the external hard drive.

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Backup Onto A Second External Drive

I want a second backup on a second external drive (call it "drive2"), so i'd like to either #1) copy every now and again drive1's daily backup file to drive2, or, #2) perform an occasional separate backup directly onto drive2. I'm confused about issues with both approaches. Original title: i want to backup my backup onto a second external drive; questions about approaches. With approach i want to backup my backup onto a second external drive; questions about approaches.

#1, windows doesn't permit me to just drag the backup file icon from drive1 to drive2; instead, i have to open the file and then copy itsunderlyingbackup set files, at the end of which i’m always asked about merging a folder (see graphic at  http://www.Box.net/shared/ykq0nikfqo): do i answer yes or no? (This merge question comes up even when copying just a single backup set file. ) And, can i drag over to drive2 just the most recent backup set file, or does the backup program update older backup set files when it runs, meaning that i would have to copyeverybackup set file anytime i copy between drive1 and drive2? 

With approach #2, i can change settings within the backup program and choose drive2 as the destination, but does that affect theexistingbackup set (which i want to continue using) by creating an incremental backup file in the new destination, or does the backup program interpret a new destination as "create a totally new backup file from scratch on that new destination"? (With xp's ntbackup, you could create different "jobs" and different . Bkf files; does windows 7 backup offer a similar choice?)


Posted On: 2010-06-18 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Backup To External Drive Failing

Am using windows backup with an external 1tb seagate xtreme freeagent drive, on an esata connection. The drive shows up as d: normally in windows explorer. Backup seems to reach around 57% ("creating system image"), then fails, with no error message. When i check windows explorer, the external drive (d:) has vanished. Scanning for new devices in device manager re-detects the seagate drive, but re-running backup results in same error.

Only workaround which sometimes works is to format the external drive, then re-run windows backup again, but this takes hours and is very manual. Subsequent incremental backups tend to fail again.
Any suggestions please?


Posted On: 2010-04-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

1t External Drive Full After Scheduled Backup

I have a 1t external drive. The backup is half that & scheduled for each monday evening. 2 mondays. Full drive. Now what? Am i missing something? I would think the backup utility would do a comparison of the data on the main system and the backup and make them match each time the utility is run. If it does not work this way, how can i use the back up utility? Do i have to go in each week and remove the earlier back up manually?

Posted On: 2009-11-19 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Backup And Restore Vs External Hard Drive

I have upgraded from vista ultimate to 7. I also needed to change out my 150gb hdd for a 500gb hdd. I thought the cool thing to do would be to install 7 and all my softwareon the old drive, make a backup/image of that drive onto a spare external drive, install the new drive and restore the image to the new drive.

My plan worked to perfection with one fatal flaw. The image only created 150gb of usable space on my 500gb hdd. So i reinstalled the original 150gb hdd and put the 500gb hdd into an external drive box with usb connection. The computer immediately recognized the 500gb hdd but when i look for it on computer, it won't show up.

Neither will my other external hdd's. I have tried on different usb ports and usb cables and the device manager says that all usb devices are operational. Dell precision m4300, 4gb memory, 2. 50 gh, t9300 core 2 duo 32 bit system. Extra credit: can anyone tell me why the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon won't work? Double clicking and right mouse click have no affect.


Posted On: 2010-05-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Backup On External Hard Drive Not Recognized

System: windows 7 professional
Machine: elitebook 8530w i have recently backed up my entire laptop on an external hard drive, after that i re-installed windows 7. Now i want to access a certain file from the back up, but that is not possible. If i go over control panel and click on "select another backup to restor from ", then it is not listed and i can only choose networks (why?)If i go over the windows explorer, maneuver to the file on the external hard drive and right click on the backup file, i have the option: "restore options ". That does not do anything. I can click on that as much as i want. Please help and/or fix.


Posted On: 2010-08-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Empty Backup Folder On External Hard Drive

This is regarding windows 7 home premium. I recently discovered the files created on my external hard drive by windows automated backup utility are empty. The backup utility continues to apparently create backups: the external drive lights up to indicate activity when the "backup in progress" symbol appears in the notification area of the taskbar.control panel>system and security>backup and restore shows a backup size of 92. 24 gb and verifies the backup location as the external drive.

The external drive itself appears to be working fine: i can move other files, such as outlook backups, to the drive and verify their file size. There are two backup-related file folders on the external drive, one with the name of the computer and the other named windowsimagebackup, which was created about two minutes after the first. But both are empty.


Posted On: 2010-06-01 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Backup Create System Image On External / Network Drive

I am running windows 7 home premium 64bit and i have 2 internal hdds plus a networked windows home server. When i go to backup and select create system image i am only shown the option of backing up the system drive (c drive) and not the other hdd (d drive). And as destination for the backup of the system drive i am presented with no option other than the d drive. I am not shown the option of an external drive or the whs network drive. Apparently the option of an external or network drive should be available as long as they are ntfs formatted.could it be that these options are not available for the home premium edition?

Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Backup Failed, Backup Drive No Longer Detected

Windows 7 kept bugging me about creating a backup, so i finally decided to. I chose to backup the default items onto my d: drive. I let it run, left for a bit and came back. It failed at 70ish%. Tried again. Same thing. I didn't have a whole lot of time left so i decided to just forget it.

I deleted the incomplete backup files on my d: drive (there was a c: backup file and mediaid. Bin) since there seemed to be no use for incomplete backup files.

When i got home and turned on my computer, post took longer than usual. My sata 2 drive was undetected. Sata 2 = my d drive. When windows starts to boot, it freezes when the windows animation is doing it's thing. I tried repairing and restoring from previously known good configuration and still nothing. I used my win7 disk to check for problems, and i even used that to restore to a point prior to my failed backups.

What else could i try? Why would my d: drive suddenly be undetected in bios, and why would a failed backup cause my windows installation to freeze? Edit: i unplugged the data cable from my d: drive and now windows boots. So deleting backup files royally screwed up my d: drive?


Posted On: 2009-12-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Backup Files To Dvd Drive Can't Change It To Backup To "c"

Win 7 wants to backup files to dvd drive can't change it to back up to "c" and can't get the back up utility to run. Instructions run you around in circles. Dvd back up always fails. Back up utility. Back up to dvd fails want back up to "c".

Posted On: 2009-12-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Can't Backup To Dvd Drive - "backup Was Unsuccessful"

I can't back up to my dvd drive. "Backup was unsuccessful". I want to run a back up on my recovery drive has 4 gig space . How many gigabite space will it use? Will the back up overwrite the information or keeps on adding?

Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Flash Drive And External Hard Drive Are Not Recognised

Flash drive and external hard drive and i phone are not recognized. I have a packard bell touch screen computer running windows 7. The machine will not recognize my usb mass storage devices or flash drives even though they have previously worked.

Posted On: 2010-02-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Backup Data On D Drive And Install Win 7 On C Drive

Can i keep my data on other drive while trying to install windows 7 on one drive. I want to install windows 7 on my pc. Can i back up my data on d drive and install windows 7 on c drive. My doubt is will it erase my data on d drive as well.

Posted On: 2010-08-28 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

External Hard Drive Issues

I have just upgraded to windows 7 premium from vista premium & tried to attach an additional external hard drive fitted in an appropriate caddy and connected to my pc via a usb lead, i can see the hard drive in device manager as a separate drive, however i cannot see it anywhere else and therefore cannot use it, this was exactly the same in vista premium. I had previously reformatted and zero filled the external hard drive and not reinstalled any software.

Posted On: 2009-11-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Ejecting External Hard Drive

Using the ejecting external hard drive procedure, i get a ms typed response that drive is in used and directed to close off any program using it. None is being used at the time. Opening up "devices and printer" gives me a trouble shooting opportunity to no avail. Other than doing a restart or shut down, what can i safely do to pull out usb port connection of external hard drive. Any suggestions?  This is my first time using forum, i hope this works. Because i gave my email address in the sign up, i am expecting a response through that method.

Posted On: 2010-05-07 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

External Hard Drive Problems

I am having a problem with an external hard drive (toshiba multimedia center gigastore) which worked with an old laptop on xp but that has died a death now, i have connected the drive  to my latest laptop with windows 7 and on switching it on my laptop gives the usual 'ping' to say the it has detected a usb connection but then nothing happens.

If i go to my 'computer' the hard drive is not showing but if i go to 'devices & printers' the hard drive is there but i am unable to open it, this hard drive is important to me as it has a music collection on it spanning many years and is pretty much irreplaceable. Everything says that the device is working properly & i have searched for drivers etc. Without luck, can anyone help ?


Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

External Hard Drive Troubles

I have a windows 7 starter netbook that refuses to let me use my newly formatted external hard drive. It was formatted in fat32 and i had some large hd videos that i wanted to store on it so i formatted it to ntfs. Now the only place i can find the hard drive is under "devices and printers". It is not under "computer" with the rest of my drives. This hard drive works fine on all the other computers in the house including two other windows 7 starter netbooks, a desktop running vista, and two other desktops running xp. Do you guys have any idea what is wrong? 
 
Edit: it is also recognized under os x 10. 6. 2


Posted On: 2010-03-31 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

External Hard Drive Unreadable

I very recently ran into a major problem with my external hard drive. It's a samsung hm120jc inside a usb external enclosure which i have been using for a few years as a backup and additional storage device.

Today i plugged it into my computer to transfer some files when it told me that i needed to format the disk in order to use it. There was a single ntfs partition on the disk containing about 100gb (out of 120gb) of mixed data, some of which are very important.

I did some googling and found the testdisk program. I ran it and it managed to find the partition and seemed to be able to detect all my files within. I tried to have it repair my partition tables to no avail. Going into the file system options it showed that the boot sector was "ok" as well. I also installed the free tool recuva from the makers of ccleaner, which also seemed to be able to find my data.

As said before, it tells me i need to format the disk whenever i plug it in. Also, double clicking on it in my computer brings up an error saying the disk is corrupt and unreadable. The disk management utility shows all 120 (113) gb free and in the raw format (huh?). The same shows when plugging it into other computers.

Before i go any further, i'd like all your opinions. As i said, the data is important and must be recovered if there is a way to (cost-free if possible ). What should my next step be? Can the drive be restored without formatting or using data recovery software? If i need data recovery software, what are the best free options?


Posted On: 2010-01-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Authenticate External Hard Drive

I have a western digital my book external hard drive that i somehow blocked myself from being able to access my stored files. I can go through the individual files, open the properties, go to the security tab, change the ownership, then allow myself access, but i have thousand of files on there and it would take me a lifetime that way.

I called wd support and was told that i needed to contact support.microsoft.com and ask them how to "authenticate my external hard drive" to regain access to the entire hard drive at one time. Since it's the hard drive that won't let me open the files, i figured it would be something wd should be able to tell me how to do, but at their instruction, i'm turning to microsoft for help. Can anyone help?


Posted On: 2010-05-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

External Hard Drive Not Recognised

I bought an asus intel pentium with window 7 installed - i also had comodo but changed to avg - as the former blocked everything coming to my computer. Although the computer recognizes that i have attached a wd external hard drive or cruzer usb stick - it does not let me open it. In addition it does asks me repeatedly to back up my computer, but then does not recognize my dvd burner. Never had these problems before - my old dell is still working fine and recognizes all the external apparatus.

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

External Hard Drive Cannot Be Read

I'm using a maxtor (now seagate) external hard drive. I've had it less than 6 months and all was fine until i installed windows 7. When my computer tries to read the data (all my backups and personal files!) A message comes up which says i need to format the external hard drive. I'm sure if i do this i will lose all my data. I've emailed maxtor (seagate) about the problem but had no reply.

I've tried turning the computer off with it plugged in, unplugged it after restart. Didn't work. I've unplugged it when the computer is on, restarted my computer; then unplugged it and plugged it in again. Didn't work. How on earth can i retrieve all my data? Please can someone advise me?


Posted On: 2010-03-27 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I just upgraded to windows 7 from vista. I am the administrator and the only user account (with the exception of some unknown asp.net account that i have no idea what it is but that's another issue).

I can open documents from my external hard drive in word and excel, but when i try to save a document onto my external hard drive i get a message which says "you don't have permission to save in this location.contact the administrator to obtain permission. ", I cannot figure out what to do.


Posted On: 2010-01-01 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I just bought a new computer running windows 7. I am trying to access data on the old ide hard drive, set up as an external drive, using a usb cable. Disk management says that the disk is not initialized. If i initialize the disk, will i erase the data on it? Too much important data to lose!
Can anyone tell me how to resolve this problem?


Posted On: 2010-04-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Backing Up To An External Hard Drive

I'm having trouble backing up my computer to an external hard drive. The control panel shows that the external hd is present, but when i go to back-up, i only have two options: the c-drive and the e-drive, an internal hdd. Device manager indicates that the external drive is "not initialized. " The website for my western digital external hd says the software to run the hd should start automatically when i plug it into a ubs port. Unfortunately, this does not happen for me in windows 7. Anyone have a way to fix this?

Posted On: 2009-12-06 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I had the western digital external drive installed and had performed a windows backup to it. The drive stopped working. I then used windows uninstall. Since then, when i select windows backup, the external drive icon appears with a large red (x). For some reason, windows thinks the drive is still there. Under disk mgmt. I find the drive listed. I right click and choose uninstall. Windows states it is removing the program and to restart. When i restart windows 7 says it is installing driver for the drive which it said it had just uninstalled. How can i get rid of this?   

Posted On: 2010-03-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Win 7 Not Accessing External Drive

Help further to my last post with external drive access (cant open as windows denies access) i can see the drive via xp no problem but all my windows 7 machines have access denied. I have changed ownership and permissions on all window 7 machines but i still cannot gain access to teh drive which is frustrating to say the least!

Does anyone have any idea how to gain access to my external drive and all my music and photos?Windows sees teh drive as full of data where as the xp machine sees the correct level of data which is 135 gb of 500gb - is this the problem?  Do i have to go and buy another external drive but if i do what is to say it wont happen again.


Posted On: 2010-08-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I did a system backup to an external drive. Trying to restore files, the system is not finding the backup. I am being asked to select another location. When i try to browse to the location of the external drive it is not found. When i open the external drive, the files are named as such: 'backup files 2010-07-15 193124' the files are . Wim format. There is also a app called 'recovery mgr'. Can you please help me get these folders back on my laptop in a format that i can view? Windows 7 and iomega prestige hard drive.

Posted On: 2010-07-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Windows Can't See External Wd Drive

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Posted On: 2010-04-15 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I am trying to transfer files from an external hard drive to my new windows 7. All is well until i get a drive k screen listing all the files on the external hard drive. How do i copy files from one to the other from this screen? Transfer of files from an external hard drive to windows 7. Every thing's hooked up; a screen shows for drive k, listing the files. How do i now copy them? There seems to be no indication.

Posted On: 2009-11-07 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .