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  1. mbennett

    Proactive job scheduling

    In addition to what Nigel and David have mentioned above, there is a tunable in Preferences | General that limits the number of executions that can run at once. I think 16 is the default, but if you have the resources you can bump it up.
  2. If you got the simple restore to work and saved the job, you should be able to toggle back over to the advanced restore and look for differences. I don't do a whole lot of restoring. The most fun I've had with this type of thing was to define my Downloads directory and exclude it from being backed up. I took several runs at that before I could get it to work.
  3. I haven't tested this, but using the "Condition" dialog can be very tricky. I think instead of "Starts with" I would instead use "Match". Keep experimenting in that dialog because that's where the problem lies. In fact, I would delete the other conditions and do this as a building block. Start with one line and make sure it gets the results you expect, then add one more condition, test the results, then another until you see the only results you want. Also, when the restore starts pay close attention to any prompts, because there may be a question in there with a "Do you want to overwrite" with a reverse logic default answer. Newer versions haven't changed this that I know of.
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    cannot find Catalog File

    I think I'd call support on crossing platforms. But here are two things to try if you want. 1. Even going from one Windows system to another, the only sure fire way is to use the Transfer Backup Sets tool. I'm successfully moved the manager server setup, configuration and catalogs. But when you move the backup set to a new repository it won't work. Transfer takes care of that, but I'm not sure you can do that unless you can map a drive on Windows to the Mac's SMB share. 2. You should be able to create a new catalog from a backup set, simply by using the Repair a Catalog tool. If it repairs the catalog or creates a new one, you should then be in business. Running either function should be expected to take hours or days. Good luck.
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    Stop "catchup" backups after starting Windows 10

    I suggest you simply remove the systems from the backup schedule on the weekend, therefore when you boot the systems on Monday morning there won't be a slowdown. You obviously already know how to launch a backup job manually, so just do that.
  6. mbennett

    Unable to bypass frozen Dashboard

    In case you haven't solved this already, start services.msc and stop all Retrospect services. Then the primary Retrospect program will start without the Dashboard loading.
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    Half the time I get the Dashboard

    I can't explain why the Dashboard hangs when loading, but it has done that to me on occasion. If the Retrospect service is running, when you try to launch the program itself the Dashboard will launch instead. If no jobs are currently executing, you can click the power button in the top right corner and launch the program. If you do that, close the dashboard as soon as the program starts. If you try to start the program with a job executing it will kill the job or jobs. The same thing happens if you use services.msc and stop the Retrospect services, the jobs die immediately. This is sometimes not a bad thing, but you should know it's coming. A lot of people aren't happy with the Dashboard, but it does give you a way to monitor when jobs are executing, completed, failed, etc. without stopping the program from functioning. You can also simply launch the program once and minimize it. The big issue they're working around is how Windows services work.
  8. Oh, and one more thing. Restore something off your backups on a regular basis. Put it on you calendar. It's easy to restore an entire directory of pictures or documents to a new directory, check that it worked then delete them. A backup is only valuable if it works and the only way to know it works is to restore it.
  9. If you just bought an upgrade then you qualify for support. Submit this to Retrospect support via their website, or call them. They work pretty long hours and they can probably get this straightened out in a few minutes.
  10. mbennett

    Yet another -530 client not found error

    I experience this too, on a regular basis. Yes, it used to work and stopped being reliable a couple of years ago. Tried using a static IP address but that's inconvenient for a laptop that frequently travels to other locations and networks. Nothing else works. When it breaks I use ipconfig on the laptop and reset it to that address on the client setup in Retrospect. It's annoying, but nothing else seems to work.
  11. On the recovery disk and Windows one size does fit all, with the exception of bit size. You need a recovery disk for 64-bit and one for 32-bit if you have such systems. The much, much larger issue you have here is that your laptop won't boot the disk, which should take only a few minutes. Ten minutes is too long. Your laptop is likely dead, unless you can prove otherwise by booting from a recovery partition or a Windows installation image. If this is Windows 10 you can download a bootable image from Microsoft, burn it to a thumb drive and boot off that. You may need to dink around with the BIOS to get it to boot, but usually that's unnecessary. If it boots and installs Windows then you should first run MEMTEST which is also a free download from Microsoft, and every diagnostics program available from the laptop maker and figure out why it went south. Once you're absolutely positive that your hardware situation is stable, then you should be able to also boot from the recovery CD and restore a backup. You don't need to worry about the dissimilar hardware stuff since this is going back on the original source system.
  12. mbennett

    Unknown Windows error 343 after SSD upgrade

    I agree strongly with Lennart_T. You have an O/S or hardware problem. Until it's fixed and VSS is working without error you're chasing the wrong problem by trying to get Retrospect to work.
  13. mbennett

    How to restore files on top of what's there?

    Pete, Yes you can do this. Setup your restore job under Manage Scripts. On the Destination Selection window, there's a list box at the top of the window "Retrieve Files & Folders". Click the down arrow and choose the option you want. If you can, you should restore all files to a new location. My advice, if this is at all possible, is to replace the drive and then restore. What you're doing is super risky as I'm sure you're aware. Make a Disaster Recovery disk to do this, and run it on the problem system. My further advice is to go to http://grc.com and purchase Spinrite and run it on your system first. If your drive isn't healthy and is repairable, Spinrite will do it. Your system must be able to run 'chkdsk /f' first before you use Spinrite. (I can't type the Cee-colon in that command, the stupid forum software keeps inserting a smiley face for some reason.) You should also have SMART turned on so you're warned if the drive is close to failure. Good luck, Mark
  14. To save time, the most efficient thing to do is simply open the Dashboard first every time. As long as a job isn't in progress you can then click the power icon in the top right corner of the Dashboard window to launch the Retrospect program itself. Unless you're making quite frequent changes to the configuration there shouldn't be a reason to have the program open. Since Retrospect runs a couple of services it usually will not start when you try to launch it directly. If you stop both services first you'll be able to launch the program directly. Try putting the Dashboard in the startup folder instead. I haven't tried that, but it should work. I fully understand that this is a PITA but this is simply the easiest path to solve your problem. Mark
  15. mbennett

    Can't cancel grooming job - please see EDIT

    I just keep cancelling until it finally takes, but I agree it's frustrating. You might need to exit the program (which should kill the working jobs) and stop the two Retrospect services. Then go back into the program. Proceed to Configure | Backup Sets, select the set in questions and edit the Properties at the Members tab for a permanent fix.
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