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auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

  1. #1


    Mike F from TN Guest

    auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

    Vista Business 32 bit
    eMach T5048
    P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
    160GB hard drive
    250GB external drive

    Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
    each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON and
    scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message that
    last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive location. I
    re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
    clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.

    Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but did
    it when I clicked on Try Again?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    John Hanley Guest

    Re: auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

    Perhaps your system is in a Sleep mode at 2 am; I am not sure whether Vista
    will wake up the external drive from a sleep mode in order to perform a
    backup (I don't think it will unless you make some provisions with Task
    Scheduling, but not sure of that). Suggest you try scheduling your Auto
    Backup to occur during a time when you are sure the system is not in Sleep
    mode and see how it works. I would like to know this answer myself.


    "Mike F from TN" <MikeFfromTN@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:F94BE1AE-47D6-4FE0-A917-E3634E9B6DE2@xxxxxx

    > Vista Business 32 bit
    > eMach T5048
    > P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
    > 160GB hard drive
    > 250GB external drive
    >
    > Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
    > each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON
    > and
    > scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message
    > that
    > last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive location.
    > I
    > re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
    > clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.
    >
    > Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but
    > did
    > it when I clicked on Try Again?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    AlexB Guest

    Re: auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

    It might wake Vista up but he has to find a switch to do it.

    For hardware devices it is the Device Manager, for things like backup, there
    might be a place in Services, perhaps.

    If he sets this switch up (if one exists), he will get the best of both
    worlds: sleeping Vista that wakes up when for as long as necessary, like a
    bear in hibernation to go to the bathroom.

    "John Hanley" <jphanley@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:O9OHT5dXIHA.3652@xxxxxx

    > Perhaps your system is in a Sleep mode at 2 am; I am not sure whether
    > Vista will wake up the external drive from a sleep mode in order to
    > perform a backup (I don't think it will unless you make some provisions
    > with Task Scheduling, but not sure of that). Suggest you try scheduling
    > your Auto Backup to occur during a time when you are sure the system is
    > not in Sleep mode and see how it works. I would like to know this answer
    > myself.
    >
    >
    > "Mike F from TN" <MikeFfromTN@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:F94BE1AE-47D6-4FE0-A917-E3634E9B6DE2@xxxxxx

    >> Vista Business 32 bit
    >> eMach T5048
    >> P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
    >> 160GB hard drive
    >> 250GB external drive
    >>
    >> Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
    >> each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON
    >> and
    >> scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message
    >> that
    >> last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive
    >> location. I
    >> re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
    >> clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.
    >>
    >> Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but
    >> did
    >> it when I clicked on Try Again?
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Mike F from TN Guest

    Re: auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

    Thanks, guys. That sounds right. I do have Vista set to sleep when it is idle
    for a certain amount of time. Will make adjustments and get back to you.
    Mike

    "AlexB" wrote:

    > It might wake Vista up but he has to find a switch to do it.
    >
    > For hardware devices it is the Device Manager, for things like backup, there
    > might be a place in Services, perhaps.
    >
    > If he sets this switch up (if one exists), he will get the best of both
    > worlds: sleeping Vista that wakes up when for as long as necessary, like a
    > bear in hibernation to go to the bathroom.
    >
    > "John Hanley" <jphanley@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:O9OHT5dXIHA.3652@xxxxxx

    > > Perhaps your system is in a Sleep mode at 2 am; I am not sure whether
    > > Vista will wake up the external drive from a sleep mode in order to
    > > perform a backup (I don't think it will unless you make some provisions
    > > with Task Scheduling, but not sure of that). Suggest you try scheduling
    > > your Auto Backup to occur during a time when you are sure the system is
    > > not in Sleep mode and see how it works. I would like to know this answer
    > > myself.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Mike F from TN" <MikeFfromTN@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:F94BE1AE-47D6-4FE0-A917-E3634E9B6DE2@xxxxxx

    > >> Vista Business 32 bit
    > >> eMach T5048
    > >> P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
    > >> 160GB hard drive
    > >> 250GB external drive
    > >>
    > >> Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
    > >> each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON
    > >> and
    > >> scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message
    > >> that
    > >> last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive
    > >> location. I
    > >> re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
    > >> clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.
    > >>
    > >> Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but
    > >> did
    > >> it when I clicked on Try Again?
    > >
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Mike F from TN Guest

    Re: auto backup fails, manual backup ok (mgf)

    John & Alex, I selected "never" for sleep mode, now auto backup works. Thanks
    for suggestion. Would like to use sleep mode in future. Where do I find
    Services, Alex? Could not locate in Control Panel.

    John, I will need step-by-step help for scheduling a task to keep pc awake
    during backups. I am just a user, not very smart about doing this stuff, but
    always willing to try. Mike

    "Mike F from TN" wrote:

    > Thanks, guys. That sounds right. I do have Vista set to sleep when it is idle
    > for a certain amount of time. Will make adjustments and get back to you.
    > Mike
    >
    > "AlexB" wrote:
    >

    > > It might wake Vista up but he has to find a switch to do it.
    > >
    > > For hardware devices it is the Device Manager, for things like backup, there
    > > might be a place in Services, perhaps.
    > >
    > > If he sets this switch up (if one exists), he will get the best of both
    > > worlds: sleeping Vista that wakes up when for as long as necessary, like a
    > > bear in hibernation to go to the bathroom.
    > >
    > > "John Hanley" <jphanley@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:O9OHT5dXIHA.3652@xxxxxx

    > > > Perhaps your system is in a Sleep mode at 2 am; I am not sure whether
    > > > Vista will wake up the external drive from a sleep mode in order to
    > > > perform a backup (I don't think it will unless you make some provisions
    > > > with Task Scheduling, but not sure of that). Suggest you try scheduling
    > > > your Auto Backup to occur during a time when you are sure the system is
    > > > not in Sleep mode and see how it works. I would like to know this answer
    > > > myself.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Mike F from TN" <MikeFfromTN@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > > news:F94BE1AE-47D6-4FE0-A917-E3634E9B6DE2@xxxxxx
    > > >> Vista Business 32 bit
    > > >> eMach T5048
    > > >> P4 @ 3GHz, 1.9GB Ram
    > > >> 160GB hard drive
    > > >> 250GB external drive
    > > >>
    > > >> Until two days ago, I have been backing up to the external drive manually
    > > >> each week. No problems at all. Two days ago I set the Auto Backup to ON
    > > >> and
    > > >> scheduled it for 2 am daily. Next morning I checked and got the message
    > > >> that
    > > >> last backup failed because Vista could not find the backup drive
    > > >> location. I
    > > >> re-booted and tried the procedure again last night. Same result. I then
    > > >> clicked TRY AGAIN. This time the backup went smoothly.
    > > >>
    > > >> Question: why was the program unable to backup automatically at 2 am but
    > > >> did
    > > >> it when I clicked on Try Again?
    > > >
    > >
    > >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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