Eight months ago my usual backup program, Casper 7, used monthly to ghost copy C:, began failing due to excessive errors. Researched possible causes & obvious solutions like CHKDSK, tried other backup software, made no progress - unless perhaps my local profile is corrupted, which I don’t know how to test or fix. Settled for archiving straight copies (Windows Paste-Copy) of key files since March, but eventually would like to FIX this thing.
Compaq Presario SR 1725AN, 2GB memory , Seagate 2 TB external mem in three partitions,
Windows XP Home OS, updated to SP3
Retired, inquisitive oldie, been in the IT industry directly or in- since 1965.
Ghosting or copying C: became so error-prone as to be useless. Made a concerted effort to get a clean base: scanned with 2 anti-viruses (usually depend on Avast Antivirus) and four malware cleaners (normally rely on ASC7 and Hitman Pro)before selective backup attempts this week.
Using Cobian (or several others) just to backup C:\My Documents:
Total 54,000 files; 48 fail “Error performing inpage operation”, 30 fail ”The parameter is incorrect”. Failures for both errors included a wide range of (mostly AV) file types: bmp, jpg, mp3, mp4, tif, wmf, js, css, db, au, db. Note though that A & V files will normally be the major volume in “My Docs”. Just to check, I opened and checked a cross-section of “error” file types without difficulty. So nothing is lost - YET.
Focused on my Clipart subdirectory: 14,500 files: ran a backup and found 8 “inpage” and 5 “parameter” errors, all image files(of course - after all, this is Clipart).
Revisited the original C:\ files, deleted the logged “error” files and re-tried the same backlog run just in Clipart.
Two new errors logged on the supposedly clean files: both WMF, well separated from those deleted.
So there doesn’t seem to be a problem with the rejected files, their memory locations or the backup programs, so I’m inviting suggestions: any thoughts on how I can get back to (ideally) a ghost copy, or even a trustworthy backup?