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  1. I just tried to retrieve some files from my 2019 Media Library dataset and got all these error messages in the logfile. The logfile was 1375 lines total, and the activity monitor shows 1358 errors, no warnings. I'm running Retrospect Pro on Win 10 Pro 64. My backup drive is internal SATA 6G. What could have caused all these messages. Just the other day, I ran the built-in Windows "defrag" command, and it ran normally. Could this operation have screwed up the dataset? How can I test my other datasets? Can this dataset be repaired, or do I need to create a new 2019 Media Library backup dataset? Fortunately, I can retrieve the files I need from my 2018 backup volume, but these messages have really scared me.
  2. I'm home again, so I just had a chance to check SMART status on my backup drive. Clean.
  3. Mr. Pete, Until I read your guide, I thought I now know everything to do a Windows partition recovery. Now I realize that crucial pieces exist only in my mind, and that approach doesn't scale well with multiple systems or across time. I've printed out a copy (PDF)of your post, which I'm saving in the same folder as my Retrospect user guide. I'm sure that your post is still valuable, even though I am now on R 16. x509
  4. Earlier this year, I tried to restore my "production" system, following the directions in the V15 manual. That system is Windows 10 Pro 64. The V15 manual states on p. 99 (my highlights) So I blithely assumed that I could do a Restore of my C : partition, after it somehow got hosed. Wrong!! I ended up reformatting that partition, doing a fresh install of Windows, and then re-installing all the programs and doing all the config settings. So I was pretty frustrated about the experience. When I wrote a letter a few months ago to Retrospect management about a bunch of issues, I included this issue. I got a detailed response to all my issues from Robin Mayoff, which I do appreciate. However, it was very frustrating to read the following. When you perform a restore of a Windows operating system with Retrospect, it is very important to perform this restore while booted from a Retrospect Disaster Recovery disk. It is not possible to restore a modern version of the Windows registry or Windows system while booted from the C disk. This is probably why you got some errors and ended up needing to reinstall programs. Had I known this point, I could have saved myself several days of work. Why am I posting this now, months after the fact? I can't fully explain why, but "stuff" happened. Still I thought this point is important enough so that the next person with this problem might find this post and save themselves a lot of trouble. As the expression goes, I am "paying it forward" in appreciation for all the help I get in this forum.
  5. I am out of town for a week so I will check Smart status when I return x509
  6. Update. Surface test showed drive had zero surface defects. The Verify Media operation on my 2019 Media Library dataset just completed, after almost 3 hours. There were many errors. Here is a sample: Next step is to recreate the dataset from files, and then verify again. I also want to verify six other datasets, which I have started and then paused. Those operations will take another five hours in total. However, in about 15 minutes, we are leaving for a vacation, so I have to hibernate this system. I'll complete all this week after we get back,and I'll post an update. Again, appreciation to Lennart.
  7. So following Lennart's suggestion in message #2 of this thread Massive number of "bad backup set header" messages I started to verify all the datasets on my 2019 backup volume. Retrospect could not find any of them. 😱 But that was because I was trying to verify 2019 datasets on my 2018 backup volume. Here is what happened. I always use Drive G for the Retrospect backup volume. If I need to retrieve files from a different year, I install that drive into my system (via docking station), and then use Minitool Partition Wizard to change Drive G to that other year's backup volume. Works very well, but this time I forgot to switch Drive G back to my 2019 backup volume before doing the dataset verification. Ooops. 😅 x509
  8. Lennart, Thanks. I'm running a disk surface test right now. My backup drive is 6 TB, and the test will need another 8+ hours to complete. I'm going to let the computer run overnight.
  9. I'm running Retrospect 15.6.1 on a Windows 10 Pro 64 system. I use Always Excluded Selector for all the different types of files that I want to exclude from any backup script. Here is the relevant part. The issue here is with the name System Volume Information folder. I use this Always Excluded selector for 7 different backup scripts for 5 different backup sets covering Windows 4 drives C-F. For 7 days now, my MEDIA script does back up a 50 GB file contained in the System Volume Information folder. None of the other scripts back up this folder. I can't figure out how to stop my MEDIA script from backing up this folder. It appears that every day, there is a different 50 GB backed up. I thought something might be wrong with the drive, so I reformatted the drive, and then ran the MEDIA script on the now empty drive. Windows never displays this System Volume Information folder. If you use a cmd window, the system shows this directory as empty even though it does contain files. However, the Session Report for the most recent MEDIA script does show files in this folder. So what can I do to stop MEDIA script from including files in this System Volume Information folder? It's a big waste of time and disk space. Again, No other script backs up this folder on Drive C, D, or F, and no other Always Excluded files are backed up by this script or any other script. I believe I can do selective grooming to recover the 350 GB wasted on these files, but that's not a real answer. Very frustrated at this point. In a few days, I will post how apparent bugs in Selector Include definitions have caused a bunch of my scripts to stop working properly when I upgraded from Retrospect 12 to 15.6. x509
  10. Replying months later to Lennart_T's post, I finally (never mind why!) got around to doing a grooming operation. It was a success. Here is the selector I used in the groom job: Note that the S-1 ... folder never should have been backed up. The System Volume folder was explicit.y excluded in my universal "Always Exclude" selector. Just in case the System Volume exclusion didn't work, I also excluded files matching pattern 32{* and *{380* that are either 12 GB or 50 GB in size. Before the groom operation I did a Find Files operation on the Media dataset, to identify files and folder to groom out. AFter the groom operation, I did another Find Files operation to confirm that all those files were in fact groomed out, except for an S-1* folder inside the $RecycleBin, which should never have been backed up. (But I'll clean that up.) The groom operation recovered 345 GB and 15479 files. After I get some more experience with this grooming selector, I will incorporate it into the backup script. x509
  11. I just changed the various Windows date values for a range of photo files, to correct for the camera clock being set for the wrong time zone. Retrospect did not back up the actual files again, since the contents (photo RAW files) were not changed. But did Retrospect back up the new Windows file date values? x509
  12. I made some mistakes in setting up a grooming job, and Retrospect can't find the dataset member in question (my fault, apparently), so I tried to cancel the job from the window below, but the job isn't cancelled. Even if I shut down and restart Retrospect, the job remains active. I seem to be unable to locate the missing member, even when I click through to the location of that member. Is there anything I can do to make Retrospect forget about this job. Is there a file that I can delete, that Retrospect will then regenerate? EDIT: I sort of killed the job by clicking on the Choices option to indicate a missing member. That solved the immediate issue, but I will have to try again, when I have time, to see if I can still groom this dataset. x509
  13. That's what I had to do. x509
  14. Nigel, Thank you for doing all these tests. I got dragged into this morass only when scripts that apparently had been working, stopped working. So I was in "break-fix" mode, or just trying to solve the problems of broken scripts, so I could move things along. I appreciate all your testing here. I'm going to download this thread so I can save it in my folder of "informal" Retrospect documentation. x509
  15. Nigel, Why you say that drive letter will be mandatory? So far it isn't. I'm running Retrospect 15.61. Now that I think about it, the way Windows networking works, Windows Explorer doesn't actually know about drive letters on networked systems. Or, maybe I should say, drive letters on networked systems aren't exposed in Explorer. I sure hope that Retrospect isn't going to screw all this up in a future release. What I do compulsively, you might say, is that I have a uniform usage of drive letters, as I explained in an earlier post, plus the use of Storage Groups. In my DATA storage group, I have the D drives from all systems. About your comment about total lack of consistency in Windows itself, I agree. Compared to the dark old days of DOS, Windows has enforced a lot of uniformity in the interface, even though there are many annoying inconsistencies. There is no question that Apple does a better job in the interface area. However, for my iPhone/iPad, Apple makes these strange changes from one iOS release to the next, and I'm forced to do Google searches. x509
  16. Nigel, Thanks for this reply. I can only comment that it's not exactly great software design to vary from standard Windows practice in specifying a path. There are several different SAVE AS dialogs in Windows, I'm not sure why, but the key point is that none of them require a trailing backslash. In my scripts, I have not found it necessary to include a drive letter, but maybe that's because I use Source Groups in Volumes. I have four systems, and another being added next week, and it would greatly complicate matters if I had to specify fully qualified paths in the scripts, e.g. \\APOLLO\DATA or \\DELOS\DEL-DATA or \\APHRODITE\APH-DATA. (APOLLO is the Retrospect host system.) All my systems are organized the same way: C - Windows and Programs, related settings. NO user data. D - User data, other than music, photos, videos. E - Music, photos, videos F - software downloads (only two systems) x509
  17. Yes, ironic, but these days the Brussels bureaucrats are looking pretty good in comparison with the state of privacy affairs on this side of the pond.
  18. Guys, Is it safe for me to downgrade from V15.61 back to the last release of V12? Will all my backups done by V15 still work in V12? If it is safe for me to do that downgrade, I will ask Retrospect for a refund of my 15.6 upgrade. I've been "silent" for a while now, because I have been spending a lot of time trying to deal with a script that broke in V15, and then I had a failed system partition restore on my main system, so i had to spend days (actually evenings and weekends) just reloading all my apps and doing all the necessary configurations. The last straw was when I think I discovered that a backup script that involved several volumes was backing up only one of the subvolumes, but if I did an immediate backup, everything worked fine. I need to do more tests when I get back home from this business trip and then document all these issues. This new problem is in addition to a different script that worked fine in V12 but broke completely in V15.6. I have spent way too many hours just doing what amounts for free quality testing for Retrospect, plus all the time I had to spend reinstalling Windows and apps after that failed Restore operation. So I am royally p---ed. As soon as I get home, I want to finish that testing and then write an email with a multi-page Word doc to Brian Dunagan, Chief Operating Officer. I will include a list of all my support cases and the poor quality of those responses. At this point, I have no confidence in support for their ability to deal with bugs or complex configuration issues. I will also include pages of documentation, including screen shots, about the problems with backup scripts. Thing about backup software is that it needs to do both backups and restores properly and without a lot of hassle. That is fundamental. My recent issues with Retrospect are that it is doing neither. Features like the Dashboard are secondary, in my opinion. I have been using Retrospect for over 10 years now, and I have never had issues like I have been with V15.6 x509.
  19. Lennart, I can't thank you enough for this seemingly simple suggestion. Once I changed the dataset preferences to storage optimized grooming, I got this result: All the 50 GB files are gone, and so are all the folders in $Recycle Bin. Your suggestions together have enabled me to recover over 1 TB of wasted storage. x509
  20. Yes, I forgot to mention grooming a dataset with selectors. I'm having a real issue with Retrospect ignoring a some folders that were explicitly excluded, and this grooming has allowed me to recover about 1 TB of wasted space on my 6 TB (5.45 TB in Windows) backup drive. See this thread, particularly the last few posts. x509
  21. Lennart, Sorry for being so very late in replying. My backup dataset MEDIA has been filling up rapidly with these 50 GB files and my backup drive was dangerously close to being 100% full, so I thought the first thing I needed to do was groom that dataset. I used this Selector with the Groom job: Before running the groom job, I ran a Find Files operation on the MEDIA dataset. Here is the result. There are over 20 of these crazy 50 GB files backed up: After running the Groom Media job, there were still some 50 GB files left. This is the backup log for that grooming job: Unfortunately, some of the 50 GB files remain: I tried several different variations on the Selector, but I couldn't get the rest of these 50 GB files deleted. Also, I noticed after running the groom job that there were a lot of $Recycle Bin folders backed up, like this: I tried all sorts of Selector conditions to get these folders groomed out, but nothing worked. Here is but one example: All this is very frustrating, because I'm both trying to recover wasted space on my backup drive AND work out Selector conditions for the broken backup script. Do you have any suggestions, outside of buying a biggger backup drive? x509
  22. David, I meant the ability to transfer backup files from one dataset to another backup dataset, in the interest of eliminating redundant file backups and simplifying the number of old datasets to store and maintain. x509
  23. David, I didn't just file a support case. I have written to one of the senior execs, several times. I got replies each time, including one (from Robin Mayoff) that is absolute BS that just completely underscores your point about poor documentation in recent releases. I'm still a bit underwater and I have another business trip soon, so i may not get to posting my list of issues until around May 15. But trust me i have "found my voice" with Retrospect. Sorry to dribble all this out. x509
  24. I know it's just about two months since David's post (and unlike ihlo, I find David's posts very helpful), but I ultimately decided not to downgrade. I discovered that I needed to prune out spurious 50 GB files from one dataset, and I also think I will use the transfer datasets features of V15. I'm writing this very late reply because I feel that I owed David a courtesy of a reply and as a way of expressing my appreciation to him. As for being very late with this reply, I'll just say that "life has been happening" for me, with all kinds of situations that delayed this response. If something doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger, or so I would like to think. x509
  25. Nigel, I tested out your suggestion in Windows 10 Explorer. The trailing backslash is not necessary for Windows to understand that I am referring to a directory and not to a filename. Same is when I do a "Save As" with different applications such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Lightroom. It's a damn selector bug, methinks. x509