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#1 Godlover

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:29 PM

I do not find how to restore my backup files onto my new computer.

I am using a Passport external for my back ups.  I installed WD backup on the new computer.  When I load backup, it says "There ae no files to restore."

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/wIf4vdGGZ5voYCcz7vCsdT2

 

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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:41 PM

My firewall prevents me from seeing your Speccy report.  What program did you use?  How did you make the backups -- cloning or imaging or folder/file copy?  Others can correct me, however, I thought all external Passport HDs are circuit-board encrypted, regardless of password or no password via Drive[Un]Lock -- I don't know if that has a bearing on this situation.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:34 PM

There is also the question of what is meant by "backup files."

 

You generally can't restore a full system backup to a machine other than the one it was taken from (which makes perfect sense since all the software licensing would be whacked if it were allowed).

 

It really is critical to know what type of backup (system image versus user data only) and what was used to take it.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:46 AM

I backed up my computer 2 ways fortunately - an image file and particular folders using "Bounceback-18" software. Then I erased the hard drive and started from scratch due to many unexplained issues I had on the computer. "Bounceback-18" reports that I can restore particular files and folders from an image. However when I tried to restore my files from the image in my own admin directory (C:\users\Ed), I got an access is denied error due to permissions and I could not restore them. So, I'm interested in getting a different backup software. 

 
I am doing this at home, so I have no need for security. I wish a backup software would change permissions on my user files and folders to "blanks" or null so I that I could restore with ease. Fortunately the backups of particular folders saved me or I would not have been able to restore from the image.    
 
Would you recommend a better software for backup and restore to a different machine? I understand the previous comment, but  what good is an image backup if you cannot restore to a different machine if need be?


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 12:04 PM

It makes no sense to try to restore a system image to another system, for the reasons I previously stated.  Virtually all software, and definitely the operating system, is licensed these days based upon the actual machine on which it is running.  If you were able to restore it to a different machine nothing would work because the licenses would not be valid.

 

There does exist imaging software, usually used by business, that allows one to image brand new machines that have never had anything installed but this is expensive and arrangements are made through whichever OS maker you wish to use to allow bulk licensing.

 

I also don't understand what you mean by trying to restore a system image backup to C:\Users\Ed.  You do not restore system images to folders, as you are restoring exactly what is stated, a *system image*, which includes every file and folder that existed on the system at the time the original image backup was taken.  The restore software will restore it to the drive as a whole, including the drive partition arrangement that was in effect at the time the image was taken.  

 

As a general rule (though there are some exceptions) one is not able to select specific files and folders from a system image to restore.  It's an all-or-nothing affair.  That's why I asked whether you had also taken a separate user data backup.  Again, it sounds like the backup software you used is doing what it's supposed to do.  You do not specify the location of the files and folders you want back, it already knows that, you simply select them and it will put them back where they were.

 

I cannot recommend system image backup software that would allow restoration to a different machine because such does not exist nor would it make sense.  There are many backup utilities (including just making a copy of the C:\users\{insert user name here} folder or folders on external media) that allow you to create user data backups that could be recovered into a location of your choosing.

 

My personal favorite, due to the ease of the user interface, is EaseUS To Do Backup for making system image or separate user data backups.  I also use the File History feature of Windows 10 for user data backups.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 01:54 PM

This system image you made earlier, exactly what is contained within said system image?  I'm wanting to learn from your experience, to add to my bank of understandings.


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