Can backup, can't restore (Windows backup/restore)

By wyndham ·
On a Windows 7 64bit system, I am able to take a system backup (C: drive). However, after successfully completing the backup, the system tells me there are no backups to restore (in the restore section of the window).

I have also tried to restore from CD and the system also told me there were no backups (to restore from).

I suspect the problem is that I am using an external drive which Windows 7 doesn't like for some reason.

The drive is connected via SataII and runs quite happily in Windows - it is only when trying to restore that Windows can't "see" it. (Note: I am able to restore from other backups - it is just the system restore that won't work).

Any ideas?

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Add another, secondary drive.

by Ron K. In reply to Can backup, can't restore ...

Copy your backup to that for restoration. <br>
I've seen prices on 750GB drives as low as $40.00 recently at TigerDirect.

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Windows own system and restore needs to be on the same hdd..

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Can backup, can't restore ...

Get Windows up and running and make sure you have ALL of the updates.
Now you will need to go into the system and restore section and make a restore point FIRST.
The system will do this on as a date mark.
But when you download the updates Windows does this for you, it does a restore point for you. So download ALL of the updates first and you should be ok, but before you do (updates that is), take off any external devices, flash drives etc. It runs better when you only have the internal drive as the only storage for the updates.

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by Ron K. In reply to Windows own system and re ...

I understood the OP to be talking about their Window's backups.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/back-up-your-files <br>
<i>"We recommend that you don't back up your files to the same hard disk that Windows is installed on."</i><br>
System Restore is a horse of a different color. I'm not looking it up but I don't think that you <i>can</i> move that.<br>
Also noteworthy, Acronis True Image Home can convert a Windows Backup to an Acronis image and vice-versa.

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Thanks for the tip

by wyndham In reply to Disagree.

Thank you for the tip about Acronis. I might just have a play around with it.

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