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    Exclude documents

    Thanks for explaining, that Russ. I may have to post again after the backup that's running right no completes so I can have a look at the script and compare to what you said. Like I said earlier, I have non-Retrospect solutions for backing up my actual document files, which is what makes this trickier.
  2. dg27

    Exclude documents

    Thanks, I will.
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    Exclude documents

    Thanks for the reply--I'll try this. I assume I should replace "My" in "My Documents" with the users name if I changed it on the folder, right? (I always change that.)
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    Exclude documents

    I've used Retrospect Professional for many years but always backed up my entire boot drive (Win XP Home) on two machines. I would now like to only back up the OS and settings (not the documents). I have other ways of backing up the docs and want to keep my backup sets as small as possible. Including the docs means I wind up with gigantic backup sets. Is there any way of easily doing this? The "selectors" options made my head spin and I wasn't sure whether when I created a script first and applied 'selectors,' whether those applied to the scripts I had already created. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
  5. Windows XP SP2, Retrospect Pro 7.6: Encountered a registry error: Windows screen comes up but then OS won't load. I have a year-old disaster recovery CD. I have current backup sets on both internal and external secondary drives. Catalog files are on the boot drive. 1) If I attempt to use the disaster recovery CD to install the temporary OS and do a restore, does this wipe the drive on which the failed OS is installed? 2) I did not create a new disaster recovery CD after installing a new video card: Will this matter? The Retrospect documentation says the hardware configs must be the same. Thanks for any help anyone can provide. dg
  6. Each week I back up my system drive and one storage drive to two separate locations each, one an external IDE drive and the other an onboard SATA drive. Last night both backups failed: they were scheduled to go the onboard SATA. In both cases the error message I got was "Error -106, data overwrite attempt." Can someone please advise as to what this might mean? I checked the destination drive and everything appears in order: the drive is accessible last week's backup files are there. Thanks. dg
  7. I finally got all of my scripts set up to my satisfaction of two machines: two backup and two grooming scripts for each. I'll be going away soon and wonder: Can I go into the Activity Monitor's Scheduled tab and delete individual instances of each script for the period I'll be away when both machines will be off [without screwing up the scripts]? Or must I redo these scripts? I'm asking because I know that if I forget to leave the machine itself or one of my external backup drives on, next time everything is on Retrospect immediately starts to perform the missed executions: There will be 10 while I'm away. Or is there a better way of managing this? dg
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    Difference between "Image" and "Backup"

    Thanks, Russ for the informative post. I've been using Retrospect 7.5 Pro on my two desktops, backing up each one twice a week. Had a hard drive failure in February on one machine and although I eventually did restore my data, it was a lebthy process apparently because the partition parameters were different on the new hard drive than they were on the drive that died. I had a lengthy post about it [http://forums.dantz.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/94982/an/0/page/3#Post94982], but never really got any conclusive answers as to how to complete the restore. [A Retrospect tech told me by phone that I had to "massage" the reinstall to fully accept the backup sets. ] I ultimately restored my data to an external drive, but did have to reinstall XP Home and all of my programs. One big blunder on my part probably was that I had not created disaster recovery CDs, something I'll try and do this weekend on bothy machines. Would that have made a difference? How long does it typically take? A tech I consulted did suggest Acronis, but your comments do make me wonder. dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

    Daydream--Correction regarding this: I could see all of my .rdb files, but Retro could not... Just now I selected 'rebuild catalog file' and pointed it to the backup set. It's recataloging now. [it creates a new catalog file based on the backup set full of .rdb files.] dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

    OK--started over again: reinstalled XP SP2 [same SP I had], reinstalled Retro. Daydream: I was stuck where you were last time I tried this: I could see all of my .rdb files, but Retro could not. What I did was create a new [empty] catalog folder on C: named the same as my backup set. Then I recatalogued [hope I can remember how I stumbled on that option]. The restore took forever [a couple of hours] and eventually I could see that the files were on my C drive by the amount of real estate they took up. That was the point where I got stuck: new OS was working, files were in place, but I had not restored my old system settings. This is where the retro tech told me I had to "massage" the restore BEFORE rebooting. I made the mistake of rebooting and then Windows couldn't start becasue the hard drive parameters were different. If anyone know what this "massage" step includes, pls advise--I'll definitely need it [as will daydream, hopefully, if he gets that far]. dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

    >>I think I'll have to start from scratch and reinstall XP & Retro and recatalog, etc., again, but don't want to do this till I know what needs to be done before that initial reboot. I'm really hoping someone can weigh in as to what needs to be done before rebooting--hoping to resolve this on Saturday. Thanks to anyone who can advise. dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

    OK--have been out of town and unable to continue with this till now. After reinstalling XP SP2 [same as I had] and reinstalling Retro 7.5, I recatalogued my backup sets and everything seemed to be fine. However, when the all of the files had been reloaded to my C drive [as evidenced by the amount of space they took up and the Retro log file, I was never promopted for a reboot. I rebooted and then the system would not open Windows--got a black DOS screen saying to check my hard drive config. A Retro tech I spoke to very briefly [was on my way to the airport and couldn't do anything] said that the restore needs to be "massaged" a bit before rebooting so that the parameters are the same as they were in the previous install. I think I'll have to start from scratch and reinstall XP & Retro and recatalog, etc., again, but don't want to do this till I know what needs to be done before that initial reboot. Can anyone shed light on this? dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

    I had a hard drive failure. Replaced the HD, reinstalled Windows, reinstalled Retrospect. Because my old catalog files were on the drive that failed [backup set was on a different drive], I recatalogued my most recent backup set. Ran a restore, selecting "entire volume," and the "System" set with the most recent date. Backup seemed to be running correctly--it restored 70 GB of data [when I checked My Computer, the disk capacity appeared correct, meaning the files I had restored were there]. I was surprised that Retrospect did not ask me to reboot. I rebooted, thinking I'd see the restored system and now it will not boot up at all: Got a DOS screen indicating that I should check the boot path and hardware [drive] configuration. Ran disk diagnostics from setup--drive passed. Tried to do a repair install of XP, but it did not give me that option. It indicated that there was already a Windows OS installed there [and again, the disk capacity indicated that both the new OS install and files were there]. Any ideas as to what went wrong? I dread to think I'll have to start all over again. dg
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    Restoring after Win XP install

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