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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    Ok.. I am back... Regarding the booting of the DR CD, it turned out that the bios was incorretly set - it was set to first check the CDROM for a bootable disk, and after numerous attempts, it just would not boot - ANYTHING - not even the XP install disk. It was then that I noticed that the list of selectable boot devices was not completely displayed, and when I scrolled down, I saw my Pioneer DVD drive. I selected that instead of CDROM, and it booted up fine. Sheesh! Now the next problem is that there is a problem with the DR CD.. part way through the restore of the OS, it halts with a message that is cannot copy the file. "restore.rbc". Now, restore.rbc is indeed on the CD, in the directory, Documents and Settings\myname\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\I386, however, the file contains 0 bytes. Does anyone know what this file does, and what it should contain?
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    Moving a backup set?

    What's involed in moving a backup set to another drive? I want to move the backup set to an external drive, which I can easily do.. however, I want Retrospect to continue to add to the backup set, which I imagine I can do by modifying the schedule.. is there anything else needed? Do I need to recreate the DR CD? Will restore work if the backup set is on another drive, ie, will it prompt me for the backup set and its location, or do I need to change some pointers? Or do I just delete the backup set and start all over with the external drive? TIA
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    Question about disaster recovery..

    Quote: Time to read the manual. Manual? People read those?
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    Question about disaster recovery..

    Thanks for the response.. Is the whole process automatic and transparent? ie, after booting the DR CD, does it automatically get the backup set and reload it? Or are there prompts, and does the user need to supply information.. like the location of the backup set, which set to use, etc?
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    Question about disaster recovery..

    yes, and no... I guess what I understood was that the backup set, being a complete system backup, should contain the OS as well as all applications and data.. essentially a disk image, but not a mirror image, but rather like you say, a bucket of files and info on where they belong on the HD. If the complete drive is backed up, I would imagine that all that would be needed would be a boot disk that had enought code to move all the data, including OS, back to the HD. It sounds like the same function could be achieved by reloading the OS from the windows install disk, then installing Retrospect, then restoring the drive from the backup set. What is the advantage of a distinct Retrospect disaster recovery disk?
  6. Hopefully, I will never have to use it, but just in case... I recently completed my first complete system backup and at the end, I was offered a choice to create a disaster recovery boot CD. This CD needed my Windows OS install CD to complete this process, and it appeared that it copied most of the CD to the new DR CD. So, now I am wondering exactly how this DR CD works.. does it reinstall the OS and then grab the backup set and restore my system exactly as it was? My reason for asking is that since the backup set contains the OS, why did I need to copy all my OS files onto it from the original install CD?
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    Ok.. looks like the DR CD will indeed boot.. I tried it from my notebook and it boots. I will have to check the system in question as soon as I get access to it (currently running in production).. I suspect the bios settings for boot sequence are incorrect. Many thanks to all who helped with this problem!
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    Well, maybe I will check my bios settings to ensure the system checks the CD drive first in the boot sequence, but I am pretty sure it is.. will get back to you after I check.
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    yep! is the fact that the image is an ISO file automatically make the disk bootable, or do I need to tell Nero to make it bootable?
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    Thank you for the reply. I managed to successfully burn the ISO image onto the CD with Nero, but unfortunately it would not boot. I used the Nero 'burn image' option as described at: http://www.nero.com/nero7/enu/faq_search.php?search=iso&fid=510&s=0 but the disk would not boot. Presumeably, I need to specify somewhere to make it a bootable disk? Can you tell me where this explicit information on the Nero site is? Thanks!!
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    Ok, thanks.. things are progressing.. after copying the XP SP2 intall disk to a folder on my HD, I managed to create the iso image.. although I got a warning message saying the the image was 650 MB - too large for some burners. I chose to continue, assuming I can burn it on a 700 MB CD. However, I am a novice at burning ISO images, and while my Nero program seems to have the capability, it has a number of options that can be changed and set before the burn.. eg. data mode, file system, etc. Does anyone have a list of the settings I need, or is this documented somewhere that I can reference to ensure I create a workable, bootable CD? Secondly, is there a way of testing the DR CD, without actually 'running' the recovery? I don't want to boot from it only to find it just takes off and starts the recovery wiping out my system. Or does it pause before actually starting the recovery and wait for me to confirm? And lastly, (I also asked this in another forum thread), if the iso is indeed too large to burn to a CD, is it possible to burn it to a DVD disk? Thanks!!
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    ISO File Too Large-Still No Resolution

    I just ran into the same problem with creating a DR CD.. it said the iso file was 650 MB - too large for most burners. I have not tried burning it yet, but I do have a question: Is it possible to burn a DVD instead of a CD? That is, will this image work with a DVD, or does the iso create procedure need to be specific to a DVD disc? about the burn.. does anyone have specific information regarding the settings I need to instruct Nero with to create a bootable disk? Or is this in this forum somewhere?
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    So, as I understand it, the creation of the DR CD involves collecting (reading) some data from the original XP install CD, then writing a DR CD. So, if I configure Retro to ignore the CD so it can read the XP code, then how is it going to see it later when it comes to writing the DR CD? Sounds like a catch 22. Only option I can see is to have two CD drives, one ignored and one not, or as you say, waste space on my HD with an image of the XP CD. Sheesh!!
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    Can't Create Disaster Recovery CD with v7.5

    <sarcasm> Man, that is SO intuitive and user friendly! Everyone should write code like that! </sarcasm> Thanks for the reply!!!
  15. I just updated to 7.5, ran my first backup, and was prompted to create a disaster recovery CD. I think there may be a problem in this area. It prompts me to insert my Windows installation product CD, looking for the txtsetup.sif file. However, when I insert the CD, it will not recognise it.. ie, it appears not to be able to access the CD at all! I tried two different CD drives, and two different install CDs. Furthermore, it only appears to 'see' the CD if it is installed BEFORE I launch Retrospect.. and even then, it cannot find this txtsetup.sif file. AND.. to make matters worse, once Retrospect is running, I cannot even explore the CD from windows explorer.. Retrospect seems to have done something to lock it out. I can only see the contents of the CD after I shut down Retrospect! What the heck is going on? Is there a bug in this software?
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