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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.
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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.
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    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.)
  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
  8. dg27

    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
  10. Trying to resolve a problem with my Win XP SP 2 installation--got a DOS screen saying my windows\system32\config\system file is either missing or corrupt. Dealing with that on another forum. Assuming that fails and I must completely re-install XP, will I be able to restore all of my system settings, accounts, programs, as well as document files using Retrospect? I have been diligently backing up my system every week and have complete backup sets on an external drive, but I have no idea how this works. Can someone point me to the correct resource as needed? What I am unclear on is that I know there are some sort of backup client folders, by default, on the C [boot drive]. If I re-install XP, won't I be wiping these out? Does that matter? And what about the backup files themselves? The last back up I have is probably a dozen files: How do I know which to use and how to use them? Sorry for the newbie questions, but I've been using Retrospect for over a year but never had a crash like this. Foolishly, I never made a disaster recovery CD on that system. Thanks for any help anyone can provide. 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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    Restoring after Win XP install

    This is getting stickier than I had thought. I may have a hard drive problem, which means I may have to install XP on a new drive. 1) Will the back ups I have saved on an external drive be recognized by this new completely installation? 2) What if it is a different licensed version? The system came with XP on the machine, but I have an OS CD that I made sometime later. 3) I actually have another XP license and may try to install that. Does it matter if the license key is different? 4) Regarding this: "In the next dialog box click on source and browse to the full system backup and choose it." I'm a little unclear on how to pick the "full system backup." For example, looking @ the Backup set B on my other machine, the most recent backup from 02/24/07 consists of five files: AA000183 614,408 KB AA000184 325,000 KB AA000185 93,444 KB AA000186 16 KB AA000187 3,088 KB 5) Do all of these files make up the full system backup? 6) Will the complete system restore include the three accounts that were on the machine? Or should I recreate those accounts in the new XP install before doing the restore?? dg
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    Intermittent failure of Retrospect 7.0.326

    This is just a shot in the dark, but is your machine wireless? I have two similar machines: Dell 8400s with 3 GHz/2 GB RAM hard wired to a Linksys Router, running DSL and a 3.4 GHz/3 GB RAM machine with a wireless card. I run AVG 7.5 Antivirus plus Firewall on both machines [i don't use the Windows Firewall]. I have Retrospect 7.5 installed on both machines. It runs fine on the hard-wired machine, but I have never been able to get it to run on the wireless--same issues you cite: It hangs and you can't even quit. I posted intermittently several months ago and some users suggested that it was becasue the machine was wireless [this really doesn't make sense to me, but apparently an internet connection comes into play, though I don't know how]. If this is the case, then I don't like it @ all. If I have to run a cable every time I want to do a backup I doubt I'll do it every week, as I do on the hard-wired machine. dg
  18. I noticed that there is an update for 7.5.1, which I'd like to install on two desktops. The update option from within the program [from "Help/Updates" on the toolbar] didn't work. I get an acknowledgment that there is an update, but when I try to download it to my desktop the dialogue box flashes very quickly and no file is downloaded. After this failed I went to the EMC site, where the update is also listed. However there's a notice that says you must first download and install the new Retrospect 7.5.320 Installer, but there's no link or file from what I can see. Has anyone else run into this? dg
  19. Mayoff: I apologize--I just checked and I have 7.5.285, Driver Update and Hotfix 7.5.5.103. I also checked my Documents and Settings and discovered three Catalog files, C, D, and E, which are 16,744 KB, 16,816 KB, and 4 KB, respectively. However, in the backup destination folder there is no folder for E @ all, C is empty, and D is 814 KB. I'm not sure what's going on but will try to run a backup again. dg
  20. I've been unable to run 7.5.1 on my wireless desktop and was unable to update to 7.5.320. Should I uninstall 7.5.1 and install 7.5.285 instead? dg
  21. Foster: Thanks for the tips, especially for clearing up the old log mystery, which has had me baffled. I'll try backing up with an ethernet cable and will report back. dg
  22. I have version 7.5.285, driver update and hotfix version 7.7. 103 on two desktops. I've been using it on one machine without incident since January. I bought a 2nd desktop a few weeks ago: 3.4 GHz, 3 Gb RAM, Win XP SP2. I used the installer file that I downloaded from EMC Dantz using my original ftp link. No matter what I do, Retrospect chokes and stalls after about 15 minutes, It'll show ~254 files "complete" [30 Mb], with ~88,000 to go. It's done the same thing regardless of whether I tried to do a scheduled backup or an open file backup. I've never encountered anything like this w/my other installation. The most bizarre aspect to me is that three times I have uninstalled the program via Windows' "Add and Remove Programs." And each time I have reinstalled, the supposedly new installation automatically recognized my previous "sources" [drive letters and my names for the drives] as well as the destination by name. It also bumped up the backup sets' letters: With a new install I'd assume the first BU sets would be A & B. When I reinstalled the 1st time it suggested Backup sets C & D. I suspect I have a faulty installation but cannot for the life of me figure out how to "start out fresh." This is taking far too much time to accomplish, especially considering that the total for the BU on this machine is under 20 Gb. [Ran a full backup today on my other machine, ~200 Gb, in about a couple of hours.] If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. My wife thinks I'm crazy sitting here trying to figure this out. dg
  23. Quote: what type of backup set are you using? Mayoff: Thanks for replying. Not sure what you mean by "type": I just used the default settings to create the script. I thought of one issue that might be @ the bottom of this. In the admin account for System 1 [where Retrospect is working] I have a Retrospect Catalog files folder in My Docs on the boot drive, as well as the Retrospect folders on the backup drive where the backup sets reside [i believe the program created both folders when I installed it]. On system 2 [Retrospect not working], I cannot find any Catalog folder. This is one of the reasons I have been trying to do a clean re-install. [Every time I have re-installed errors from previous installations are still shown on the log, which I find baffling.] If the lack of a Catalog file is the issue, can this be created manually? Quote: What is your backup device? Try turning off Windows XP system Restore. It may increase stability. I have two nearly identical machines: In both cases, it's supposed to back up to a separate [non-boot] internal hard drive. I pasted my system details in below, just in case there might be something I am overlooking. R 7.5 works in system 1, but not in 2. Dell Dimension 8400-1: 3 GHz, 2 Gb RAM, XP Home SP 2, Seagate 160 Gb SATA hard drive [boot]. Promise ATA PCI 133 card w/Seagate 400 Gb backup drive + Maxtor DiamondMax Plus Ultra 16 300 Gb storage drive. Maxtor One-Touch II 200 Gb external storage drive, Linksys WRT54GS router, Dell 2001FP LCD. AVG Antivirus plus [AVG] Firewall. Dell Dimension 8400-2: 3.4 GHz, 3 Gb RAM, XP Home SP 2, Seagate 160 Gb SATA hard drive [boot]. Promise ATA PCI 133 card w/Seagate 250 Gb backup drive + Samsung 120 Gb storage drive + external 160 Gb Maxtor DiamondMax 10 storage drive. Linksys PCI wireless adaptor, Dell 2007FP & Dell 1905FP LCDs. Key Connection Russian-English keyboard. AVG Professional Antivirus [XP firewall]. [i added firewall details in case it's significant.] Can the fact that the system 2 is wireless contribute to the problem??? I'll try your system restore suggestion tonight. Thanks for all your help. dg
  24. The program will not run @ all, as detailed here: http://forums.dantz.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/75143/an/0/page/0#Post75143 It is driving me out of mind because I will be out of the country for a couple of weeks starting later this week and need to backup both of machines before I split. dg
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