Creating the backup image
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My backups all fail using Complete PC Backup. I get the error, "The Backup Failed." "The parameter is incorrect 0x80070057." And this happens on two brand new machines, one with Ultimate and the other with business. It only fails at the very end. One backup was to a second HD and one to DVDs. So, I would be impressed it if would work.
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Running CompletePc Backup starts the Volume Shadow Copy service. This service can greatly reduce the free space on your hard drive volumes. Not only this but problems come when your PC has been made with a Recovery partition (winRE) by your OEM PC builder. This hidden recovery partition will always be included in the CompletePC backup image. The Shadow Copy service creates a LOT of new files in the Recovery volume as well. If the original size of the Recovery Volume has not been made large enough for these shadow files, CompletePC Backup will error out and fail. e.g. say you have a 600MB hidden OEM recovery partition. If you try to do a CompletePC backup it will fail due to lack of space for the shadow copies! There is then no way to use CompletePC backup to back up your system. The problem gets worse if you make a CompletePC backup and then change your computer name. When you next do another CompletePC backup a completely new VHD image is created and a second shadow files set. So unless the Recovery partition is big enough, the CompletePC Backup will fail even if it is 900MB. From experiments, if you change the computer name once and have made two CompletePC backups (one b4 and one after), you need to start with a recovery partition of 1.2GB (with approx 600MB unused space).