I have recently started using the free version of Aomei backup software to back up my 2 PCs; a laptop and a desktop. I have created backup sets for System Image backup and File Backup. The Backups for the laptop are on a dedicated portable hard drive along with the system backup for the desktop. Due to space issues the File Backup for the Desktop has ended up on another portable drive that is also used for general storage. This is really becuse until recently i still had my last Windows Backup sets still on the dedicated backup drive while i gradualy converted over to Aomei Backup. Today i decided to update the backups. The backups on the dedicated backup drive worked fine (differential backup), so file and system backup for the laptop and the system backup for the desktop were updated no problem.
The problem arose when i went to update the file backup for tie desktop on the other external drive. Aomei Backup could not find or recognise the original backup set, yet i could find and identify them no problem in the backup folder on the drive. I had no choice but to run a new backup set, which meant manually selecting the folders where the data i wanted backed up is stored (dont want everything as this is unnesesary and takes up too much space). The new backup ran fine but now i have 2 versions of virtually the same backup set (barring differences over time), which is not what i want from backups. I want to do one back up and update it incrementally or differentialy as the software is supposed to do.
Dont understand why the software failed to recognise the original backup, What might have gone wrong and how can i stop this happening again? could the fact that i use the drive it is stored on for other storage and not just backups have anything to do with it? One thing that did happen before this problem arose is that the software tried to do a scheduled update of the backup when the portable drive wasnt connected so the backup obviously failed. I only connect portabl drives when i am using them.
Can anyone help?