> On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 03:33:29 -0800, spamme0 <spamme9@xxxxxx> wrote:
>> I'm saying that I tried Complete PC Backup and I considered the restore
>> to be a failure. It was a long time ago. I'm just suggesting that if you
>> use the built-in program, you restore it on a bare drive to verify that
>> it works...it didn't for me...in particular, go look for stuff that used to
>> be there but you didn't have permissions to access. When I restored,
>> not only did I not have access permissions, but the data wasn't there
>> either. I gave up because I had options that DID work...and other fish
>> to fry.
>> There may be an easy way to make it work...but it didn't work for me.
> Thank you Mike. Do you remember roughly how long ago your failure
> was? Was it before SP1? You are still the only one who has
> responded...I need some Microsoft MVP input please. Until I get some
> consensus here how can I feel comfortable trusting Windows Vista's
> backup programs?
> Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
> It's already tomorrow in Australia. - Charles Schultz
The tests I did originally were on a beta version of vista.
Last night, just for you, I did a backup on Vista SP1.
The backup proceeded without a hitch.
Then I swapped in a hard drive and tried to restore it.
Since the drive was a few MB smaller than the partition I backed up,
it would not restore. The partition was plenty big enough to
hold the restored backup, just wouldn't do it.
So, I can't tell if it would have worked.
Another problem I'd forgotten was that the backup was not compressed.
So, I wouldn't use it even if it did work. Having twice the media around
is a deal breaker for me.
My vista boot partition is only 16GB. My compressed boot partition
image fits on one DVD. And it will restore on any partition that is
at least as big as the resultant restored data.
I find that exceedingly convenient.
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