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Can't Do Backup Because Of Other Process


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#1 Bone Idol

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:49 AM

When I try to do a backup using Cobian Backup all I get in the log is...

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This message runs all down the page with every file that is included under C:\

Could someone enlighten me, please?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:57 AM

Have you tried doing this in Safe Mode, or looked in the Task Manager to be sure that the application isn't running?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:09 AM

Have you tried doing this in Safe Mode, or looked in the Task Manager to be sure that the application isn't running?


Hi dc3.

Sorry, I'm a newbie. What application shouldn't be running? I hope you're not going to say that Cobian Backup shouldn't be running.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 05:03 AM

Let's forget about the Task Manager.

Can you run Cobian Backup in Safe Mode?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:16 AM

Just a note: Generally speaking, a partition that is being used...cannot be backed up.

That is why the programs that I use for backup...first close down the current Windows/C: partition...before beginning backup procedures for that partition.

I understand that there are exceptions...but maybe this Cobian program is not one of them.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 03:56 PM

If you're using Cobian to backup the entire C: drive you'll get this message repeatedly.
Cobian shouldn't be used to backup system files for this very reason (I used SyncBack SE (paid for version) to copy locked files when I needed this functionality).
You should only use the Cobian backup to backup data files that you need to have saved copies of. To backup your system files, I'd suggest a disk imaging tool. There are some mentioned in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html but I use Acronis True Image for this purpose ($50 US).
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 05:18 PM

'Data files'... 'system files'... I want them all stored away as backed-up files.

I just want to... 'do a backup'... so that if and when my computer crashes I'll have all what I need saved to my external hard drive (149GB) for retrieval.

I've tried Acronis True Image before - and half-a-dozen others, and always there's been some problem.

I'll give Acronis another go.

Thanks for your interest, all.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:56 AM

Even if you're successful in backing up the system files (using Cobian), you'll find that you can't use them to restore your operating system.

To start with, you won't have a way of putting the boot files back where they belong on the disk (that's where the imaging comes in - it stores not only the files, but their locations on the disk). After that you'll have to contend with security, access, registry, and permissions issues. In short, others have tried this and it's not usually worth the effort that will be required.

Imaging, on the other hand, will restore your system to exactly the state it was in on the day that you made the image. And most imaging tools will do this within 20 minutes. If you've changed hardware in the meantime, a repair install is recommended before booting into the operating system for the first time. Also, it's a good idea to make an image after changing any hardware - as a repair install will set your Windows Updates back to the level of your installation CD (and most SP2 CD's are lacking over 100 of the latest updates).
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:34 AM

Thank you usasma, but I have now reached a point where I am no longer interested in doing backups with Backup software.

My PC has crashed twice in the past 24 hours, forcing me to do two complete reinstalls of Windows XP Home Edition from a CD.

After installing Acronis True Image, when I rebooted - the Welcome screen asked me for a password. I have never used a password since I installed this WinXP H/E, and I was not allowed to progress beyond this demand for a password.

In future I'll backup to DVD discs and leave it at that.

Thank you for trying to help.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:43 AM

My backup solution consists of a portable hard drive and copying files and folders to it. While this doesn't backup the system, it allows for all my important files to be safe and secure and portable.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:46 AM

I would suspect the hard drive...

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