Posted 27 August 2010 - 05:58 PM
My goal is: Once I have the computer in a state I prefer, I want to preserve a copy of the Hard Drive so I can simply put the Hard drive back to my preferred state of operation.
Why not just do a complete reinstall? After a complete reinstall, I have to go through days of pain removing all of the "gifts" and configuring all the settings. (Taught me to love XP.)
Now that I have an efficient, well running machine, I would like to preserve it in some way so I don't have to endure the pain of recreating it again.
What I have done: I thought I could accomplish this with Windows Complete PC Backup saved to an External Hard Drive connected via USB. I can see from other threads on this Forum, that issues with this tool are understood.
Backup goes fine. All of the problems have occurred when I attempt to Restore.
I insert the Recovery DVD and restart.
On the System Recovery Options I select "Windows Complete PC Restore"
I have received all sorts of messages including:
"Can not detect backup device”
“An internal error occured while enumerating backup sets."
I have confirmed the computer can read the Backup device.
My question: 1. Can the Windows CompletePCBackup accomplish my goal?
If yes, what am I doing wrong?
If no, any suggestion what to move on to using?
The goal here is: How do I preserve how I want the computer and avoid the pain of a clean reinstall.
Any and all ideas are welcome. You may have the idea that leads me down the path the utopian answer! I appreciate your efforts.