Posted 16 September 2008 - 07:59 AM
Well seeing as I didn't get a reply, I figured I should reply to myself and at least post findings in case someone else has similar problems.
I have solved the puzzle of the missing incremental backups.
In my desire to be "SAFE" I had copied the original windows complete backup folder to another drive, so I then had a copy of the original backup on S: drive and my normal backup on the Z: drive.
The backup on the Z: drive (as indicated previously) had been incremented several times.
I couldn't see the increments on the Z: drive backup when I booted from Vista install disk but it did find both available backups, ie. the backup file on S: and the backup file on Z: (but these were renamed as D: and K: under install disk).
I checked both and they both only showed the original backup and original time/date, which was very disappointing.
IN the meantime because of this problem with Vista Complete Restore and Backup I tried a trial version of Acronis True Image Home 11 and it appeared to be a very good program, backed up nicely, allowed a view of backed up files and easy restoration from within Vista. This looked really good so I decided I would create the Acronis boot disk to check that I could restore whenever I wanted (after all that is the main aim of the program)
Hmm, Acronis is not good for restoring from boot disk if you have all SATA drives, it can't see them, it will see standard IDE and I have one of those. After very little web research seems like a lot of folks have the same problem, and on forums is actually acknowledged by Acronis support team. This is not very good for a program which has recently upgraded for Vista, you would expect it to be able to handle SATA from bootdisk!, so Acronis didn't look like a good substitute.
I went back to the drawing board with Vista Complete Backup and Restore.
Even though Vista Complete Backup and Restore allows (and checks for more than one backup file) I decided to disable the copy(just renamed temporarily) and reboot and try again, have to say I didn't think this would have any effect at all.
Wow!! is Vista Complete Backup and Restore a great program, found my one and only backup with all the increments so I can set my computer to any previous increment (shows time/date for each increment to select from), have proved it works ok and is quite easy and complete.
So what appears to have happened is; if Vista Complete Backup and Restore sees more than two backup files (maybe they have to have the same original build) it wont show any increments past the earliest. In this case it would only show the original backup(for both backups found), AND, wouldn't allow the increments to be shown if selecting the later backup.
Not sure this is a bug on my PC but I think not, so the moral of the story is (for me at least) keep any backup copies hidden and only have one backup available for Vista Complete Backup and Restore to discover, as all increments are then shown.
Works as good as I would have expected, I would like to submit this problem to MS to test if anyone can advise how it is best accomplished.
Thanks if you were considering a reply, hope this makes sense, but all ok for me now.