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How do I do a full backup of my computer?


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#1 Claytronic

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:38 PM

Hey BleepingComputer, I bought a bunch of DVD+R so I could backup my computer... only problem is.. I don't know how.
I started backing it up and it told me to write "CLAYTON-PC 20/06/2011 8:28PM Drive 1" on a CD, so I did. All was well.
Then it asked me to put in another DVD [I guess the first DVD was full] and told me to write "CLAYTON-PC 20/06/2011 8:28PM Drive 2" so I did and I popped it in. After about 76%, it said it couldn't back up and gave me the error message: 0x81000037
This is where I'm stuck. I don't know why it stopped there and I want to get some advice before I pop in another clean DVD just to have it fail again.

I would also very appreciate any help or advice as to how I can backup my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 bit [it came installed on my laptop when I bought it] and my "Acer factory CD/DVD" [or whatever it is that keeps popping up..]stuff and whatnot.

Thanks! :)

Edited by Claytronic, 20 June 2011 - 10:40 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:12 PM

Windows Backup is very useful for backing up specific things and saving them elsewhere, particularly when you intend to return the machine to factory settings. It is not necessarily as useful for making an image of the entire operating system and recovery partition. There are likely to be errors if you try to back up the entire O/S including Volume Shadow copy and the recovery partition. Some information from Microsoft is available here:

http://http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973455#workaroundissue12

There are several good free imaging programs that will do the job that you want done. I use Paragon Backup & Recovery free. It has saved me on several occasions.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

It is important that the recovery discs, that your machine pops up to remind you to make, are made and kept available. The most important thing is to have the ability to get back into the machine in case of disaster.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:14 PM

Windows Backup is very useful for backing up specific things and saving them elsewhere, particularly when you intend to return the machine to factory settings. It is not necessarily as useful for making an image of the entire operating system and recovery partition. There are likely to be errors if you try to back up the entire O/S including Volume Shadow copy and the recovery partition. Some information from Microsoft is available here:

http://http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973455#workaroundissue12

There are several good free imaging programs that will do the job that you want done. I use Paragon Backup & Recovery free. It has saved me on several occasions.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

It is important that the recovery discs, that your machine pops up to remind you to make, are made and kept available. The most important thing is to have the ability to get back into the machine in case of disaster.

It failed when it was doing something about a "shadow copy" and I didn't know what it was. I think one CD at least has files/folders on it.. so online storage programs aren't needed here because i have lots of CDs
I just want to know how I can get it all copied in case I have to completely re-do my computer.. so I can pop the CDs in and have all my stuff back

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:37 PM

Paragon backup and recovery is not for online storage. I use an external drive. It will also back up to DVD's without a problem. Here is some information on the VSS.

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Shadow_Copy

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:21 PM

I haven't successfully been able to do a backup, but I do have the Acer Recovery disk and the Acer apps + drives disk backed up.
Other then that, I don't know what to do. My computer keeps bluescreening when I update or something [has been for the past couple days] and now Avast! gives me a "package is broken" error when updating. I feel like I should just back everything up and re-do my computer [though I don't even know how to do that :\]
I'm really stumped.


EDIT: Okay I think I might have found out why Avast! isn't updating and giving me that error... but I don't want to try anything because I don't want to mess anything up.

I've screencapped what I'm getting.
http://i52.tinypic.com/s3kdpz.jpg
1. The little flag telling me I have important updates or notices.
2.
? - "Turn on Avast!"? I guess maybe after the update it was turned off by Windows? I'm not sure.
:[ - Because I have no idea what to do here
? - I don't know what that is that is having an issue with Firefox.
3. This is where I am. I'm not very skilled with computers so I haven't clicked "allow" because I don't want to somehow mess up my computer.

UPDATE: Avast! Seems to have... updated itself on it's own without me restarting my computer or clicking "allow"?
I was sitting here and the little green "Avast! virus database has been updated"
So I click the little Avast! icon and it does look like it's updated... but that flag about the important updates/notices is still telling me to turn Avast! on.
I'm not entirely sure if it's going to go away if I restart my computer, if the bluescreening will go away or what, but here's a screencap of Avast! now.
http://i53.tinypic.com/qs7g34.jpg

Edited by Claytronic, 23 June 2011 - 06:24 AM.





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