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NTbackup doesn't work!

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#1 Activa


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 04:50 PM

After having to sort a nasty virus problem I got a fright and decided it was time to do some backing up, I have never backed up this pc and it's 2 years old now,

I clicked on the backup option in the system tools and nothing, I looked in task manager and the ntbackup.exe was there in the processes.

I have looked in event viewer and there are one or two DCOM errors round about the time I was trying to use the backup facility but nothing directly pointed to ntbackup

I have run sfc /scannow in case some files were damaged by the virus but it asks for a cd with service pack 3 on which of course I haven't got, in fact I don't have any XP discs as XP was preloaded onto the machine

Where do I go from here? I realise I need to start backing up my system and I also need some XP discs incase I ever need to reinstall XP

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#2 PropagandaPanda


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 05:21 PM

Hello Activa.

What kind of backup are you looking for here your system files, or data files?

The System Restore already does a good job with system files.

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#3 Activa

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 12:32 PM

I would like to back up my software and my data, I don't like the fact that there is something not working on the pc that should be working, it also concerns me that I don't have any XP discs!

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 02:25 PM

You need address...XP install disks. I think that's more important than backing up the system...especially if something goes wrong with the backup process.

Your claim that NT backup "doesn't work" seems...unlikely, little more than an undocumented assertion.

Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

WindowsXP Tips, Installing NTBackup on XP Home - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm

...and there are tons of programs available, other than NTbackup, for data backup.


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Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:01 AM

I had never been able to get the built in Windows backup tools to work (with the exception of the Vista tools) and resorted to Acronis True Image (~$50 US) for backing up my entire disk. I back up my files using the free SyncBackSE, but have heard that the free Cobian Backup is just as good.
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