System Maintenance How To Backup Windows XP Operating System

System Maintenance How To Backup Windows XP Operating System

Post by Eugene Voge » Tue, 25 Feb 2003 08:43:24



                       To Reader:

                        Background: Harware failure of new computer under
warranty dealer as part of the fix
                                             reformats my hard drive. I
reinstall Windows XP with no problem minus
                                            approximately 21 critical patch
updates. Given that I'm using dialup,
                                            complete restore was not a
scenario I wish to revisit a second time.

                        Question: How do I maintain a current restoreable
version of the Windows XP
                                        operating system. I'm using Windows
XP Home Edition. The hardware
                                        has never had any other version of
Windows loaded nor is any other
                                        operating system loaded on the
machine at this time.

                        Where I am now:   1) I loaded XP backup utility from
installation CD-ROM. At this
                                                         point the backup
utility is only recognizing Drive A as a potential
                                                         destination for the
backup file, though Windows Explorer shows
                                                         Drive D: as a DVD
drive and Drive E: as a CD-ROM

                                                     2) The software that
came with my CD-ROM does not support
                                                          spanning disks and
my Windows folder exceeds 750 meg

                        I'd appreciate it if anyone could offer there
opinion as to the best course of action to
                        follow at this point. Try to straighten out the
configuration problem with the inhouse
                        Windows XP Backup utility or just find a backup
utility and backup the entire
                        Windows folder to be prepared in the event of
another hardware failure. Thanks.

                        Gene

 
 
 

System Maintenance How To Backup Windows XP Operating System

Post by John Barnett - MV » Tue, 25 Feb 2003 10:10:55


You should be able to use the Browse facility button to
decide where you want to backup your data to. When you
click browse you will probably find that a message will
appear asking you to insert a floppy into drive 'A'.
Simply press the cancel button and then the browse window
will appear. The NTBackup facility is not really suitable
for spanning cd's, but one way round it is to backup to
your hard drive in stages and then transfer the backup
files to a number of cd's.

Hope thish helps

John Barnett - MS MVP
Associate expert

Quote:>-----Original Message-----
>                       To Reader:

>                        Background: Harware failure of
new computer under
>warranty dealer as part of the fix
>                                             reformats
my hard drive. I
>reinstall Windows XP with no problem minus

approximately 21 critical patch
Quote:>updates. Given that I'm using dialup,
>                                            complete
restore was not a
>scenario I wish to revisit a second time.

>                        Question: How do I maintain a
current restoreable
>version of the Windows XP
>                                        operating

system. I'm using Windows
Quote:>XP Home Edition. The hardware
>                                        has never had

any other version of
Quote:>Windows loaded nor is any other
>                                        operating system
loaded on the
>machine at this time.

>                        Where I am now:   1) I loaded XP
backup utility from
>installation CD-ROM. At this

point the backup
>utility is only recognizing Drive A as a potential

destination for the
>backup file, though Windows Explorer shows

Drive D: as a DVD
>drive and Drive E: as a CD-ROM

>                                                     2)
The software that
>came with my CD-ROM does not support

 spanning disks and
>my Windows folder exceeds 750 meg

>                        I'd appreciate it if anyone
could offer there
>opinion as to the best course of action to
>                        follow at this point. Try to
straighten out the
>configuration problem with the inhouse
>                        Windows XP Backup utility or
just find a backup
>utility and backup the entire
>                        Windows folder to be prepared in
the event of
>another hardware failure. Thanks.

>                        Gene

>.


 
 
 

System Maintenance How To Backup Windows XP Operating System

Post by Gene » Tue, 25 Feb 2003 11:24:05


Quote:>  Mr. Barnett

>   First, thank you for your efforts.

>   Item # 1 followed your suggestions with Window XP
>            backup utility. It will support copying
>            a backup file to the Drive D: which is
>            the DVD drive, attempting to copy the
>            backup file to a CD-RW disk OM which is
>            Drive E: results in following message,
>            "E:\ is not accessible, incorrect function"

>    Item # 2 - My understanding then is if you have
>              been dutifully downloading critical
>              patches you need to backup your Windows
>              folder along with the "System State" to
>              be capable of restoring your current
>              version of the operating system in the
>              event a hardware failure requires that
>              the hard drive be reformatted

>    Based on your feedback I'll review the posts for
>    recommendations regarding a third party backup
>    utility.    
>-----Original Message-----
>You should be able to use the Browse facility button to
>decide where you want to backup your data to. When you
>click browse you will probably find that a message will
>appear asking you to insert a floppy into drive 'A'.
>Simply press the cancel button and then the browse window
>will appear. The NTBackup facility is not really suitable
>for spanning cd's, but one way round it is to backup to
>your hard drive in stages and then transfer the backup
>files to a number of cd's.

>Hope thish helps

>John Barnett - MS MVP
>Associate expert
>>-----Original Message-----
>>                       To Reader:

>>                        Background: Harware failure of
>new computer under
>>warranty dealer as part of the fix
>>                                             reformats
>my hard drive. I
>>reinstall Windows XP with no problem minus

>approximately 21 critical patch
>>updates. Given that I'm using dialup,
>>                                            complete
>restore was not a
>>scenario I wish to revisit a second time.

>>                        Question: How do I maintain a
>current restoreable
>>version of the Windows XP
>>                                        operating
>system. I'm using Windows
>>XP Home Edition. The hardware
>>                                        has never had
>any other version of
>>Windows loaded nor is any other
>>                                        operating system
>loaded on the
>>machine at this time.

>>                        Where I am now:   1) I loaded XP
>backup utility from
>>installation CD-ROM. At this

>point the backup
>>utility is only recognizing Drive A as a potential

>destination for the
>>backup file, though Windows Explorer shows

>Drive D: as a DVD
>>drive and Drive E: as a CD-ROM

>>                                                     2)
>The software that
>>came with my CD-ROM does not support

> spanning disks and
>>my Windows folder exceeds 750 meg

>>                        I'd appreciate it if anyone
>could offer there
>>opinion as to the best course of action to
>>                        follow at this point. Try to
>straighten out the
>>configuration problem with the inhouse
>>                        Windows XP Backup utility or
>just find a backup
>>utility and backup the entire
>>                        Windows folder to be prepared in
>the event of
>>another hardware failure. Thanks.

>>                        Gene

>>.

>.

 
 
 

1. Don't trust ASR (Automatic System Restore) or Operating System Backup

Beware!

I had to restore windows a few days ago because a driver update hat
corrupted my CD Rom drivers and the drive letters had disappeared.

Observation 1: Neither a restore point to  before the installation of the
update nor a system state restore would fix this problem.

Observation 2:
I trusted a full ASR to to the job. the backup was on a DLT tape drive
(SCSI) and i had the ASR disk.

After booting with the XP cd and starting the ASR process (which involves
reformating the boot partition!!!) the whole process would stop with a
message like
\root\something or the other not found
and that was it!!! i think nobody at microsoft sufficiently tries out their
backup/restore approaches.

what got me back on track in the end was a third backup i had (as you can
see you can never have enough backups) which was an complete backup
(operating system backup) of my
windows partition along with a system state backup. but in order to be able
to access my tape drive i had to reinstall xp!!!
in any case, after restoring my xp partition from tape it would fail to boot
(it only got as far as the splash screen and then go blank and stop).

by pure chance i then tried the following which actually got the whole sh*t
to work. during boot i pressed F8 and then chose the 'last know good..'
option and the restored backup booted up fine!

my gripe is that MS does not provide even close to enough documentation on
these procesdures.

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