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  1. Found and restored them, and R15 now at least recognizes my old sets. Now to see if I can actually write new ones...
  2. The system I had in place used 1 2TB HDD ($100+ at the time), and around 15 DVD+R DLs (about $15) over the span of almost 5 yrs, so it was pretty economical compared to the $300+ and offsite storage. I was kinda hoping that the DVDs would also last many years without worry, something I'd not be sure of for HDDs left stored. I don't have any off-site storage--I'm not a business and I don't even rent any safe deposit boxes or the like. And I don't really need to keep history on all of my system, just my personal files. I'm not looking for anything new to be implemented, just wanting what used to work (my DVD+R DLs) to work in R15. And to understand why catalog files ballooned from 300MB (my almost 5 yrs of DVD backup set) to over 2 GB for about 3-4 yrs of that time span (when I went to retransfer the snapshots from my HDD set to my new DVD+Rs). I guess I could live without using fast catalog rebuild since I keep those catalogs backed up (though it would be one session behind, but I could live with it, I guess).
  3. That's an idea, but I'd have to learn/figure out what config files contains these settings. However, that's not the only problem. Given how large the catalog files are getting (14 GB for one of my computer's DVD backup set), it seems like using fast catalog rebuild is really a no-go anymore for these anyways. And given the custom config failure in any case, I'm not sure if I should trust R15 writing to DVD+R DLs anyways. However, it did seem to write and verify a few snapshots.
  4. Just a warning, this is going to be rather long because I want to outline why I'm doing what I'm doing, and then lay out the issues. I'm a personal user, and I've always loved Retrospect for the control and flexibility it gave me for my backups. So for a long time now, I have been doing an "all files" backup to a external USB HDD, and then doing a transfer snapshot to my DVD writer of just what I call my User files (mostly under \Users with a few extra locations as well as a few excluded locations). I do this because I wanted a slightly more "permanent" archive of files over time, in case I needed to go back to an older revision of a file (I've almost never done this, but I'm paranoid...). Given how HDDs do fail (and I don't want the expense of a RAID or tape just for backups, and I don't trust the cloud security-wise), and since I've contemplated turning on grooming, I didn't want to rely on just a HDD for my backup sets for any sort of historical data. This has worked fine for many, many years. So, I just installed Retrospect 15, and I've run into some problems. I actually didn't have any problems to start, but then I made what is probably a mistake--I thougth, just in case, I'll reconfigure the optical drive just to update the custom config (it's not one that Retrospect knows about, so I've always had to create a custom config for it). And this fails for my choice of DVD+R DL media. And after this, I could no longer read the backup set I had written just the day before on these types of disks. FYI, the failure occurs after the first round of write tests, after it ejects the disk and asks for it to be re-inserted. There's hardly any info given about why it was "unable to configure", and this message doesn't even get logged permanently. If anyone knows of any more extensive logs, I could look at them. I have actually run my system's read/write diagnostic for DVD+R DL disks, and it said it passed. And like I said, it had worked on R15 until I tried to reconfig. I ended up trying to configure DVD+R (non-DL), and this worked. And then I retried the DL, and it got to the second re-insertion (I think that's after append tests) before failing. I read some posts here that questioned using DL media in the first place, so I figured I'd try it with non-DL since that might be more reliable (FYI, it's not cheaper as some posts I've read because nowadays I can get DL media for about the same cost per GB, and it's a lot more convenient to change disks about half as often). So, here I am, transferring snapshots and I notice I seem to be using more disks than I figure I should be, based on the sizes I am transferring. So, I look at the members of my DVD set, and I see that while the first few disks say they are holding 4 GB or so, by my 14th disk, that's down to 2 GB. I then look at my catalog directory, and see that my new DVD set is storing a 2+ GB catalog file, where as my old DVD set was less than 300 MB. Since I have fast catalog file rebuild set (and non-compressed, but that is true for my older set as well), I figure that's why the space is going down, in order to store that after each transfer. I then looked at the DVD set I had made recently for my wife's computer, and its catalog file was at 14 GB! I remember trying to rebuild that catalog file on a different system at one point, and it failed to do so from the last member and asked to do it the slow way. Maybe it's because it was too big and doesn't get saved in this case? I wonder if the catalog files are so large because I have the block-level incremental backups enabled? While I would be OK with disabling that for the transfer, I don't see that as an option--it's only settable on the actual backup from what I see. So to sum it all up: With R15, I can no longer create a custom config for my DVD writer The size of catalog files have ballooned recently (I think I can see it had increased in R12, maybe coincidental with block-level backups) Fast catalog rebuild no longer seems to work on DVD, though that may be because of the catalog file size? I'm in a bit of a quandry about how to proceed. Getting only 2 GB on my DVDs (which may go even lower as I put more snapshots on it) seems suboptimal. Maybe I should get a HDD to replace what I use optical for? But HDDs can fail, and if I enable grooming then I won't be able to recreate my historical archive. I've thought of getting a BD writer at some point, are those reliable for backup media? I suppose I could turn off fast catalog rebuild on my DVDs, but then recreating them will take forever if I have to do it. Any other thoughts about what I should do, or what I shouldn't do? Thanks in advance if you've read through this all....
  5. I'm about to replace a Windows disk (is the system C: volume) that has not yet failed. And I want to minimize the downtime for the system I'm going to replace the disk in. So, does this strategy work on Retrospect 9.5? Mount the new drive in an USB enclosure (will now be something like E: or F:) Restore the most current snapshot to the new drive using a Restore Entire Volume option. Do a final backup of the current disk. Restore to the new drive using a Replace if Backup is Newer option Bring down the system, swap the drives Will that 2nd restore take considerably less time (about 200 GB of files will be restored for the full volume, probably less than 1 GB for the 2nd backup/restore cycle). After doing a whole disk restore like this, should I start a new backup set, or will it be able to handle future incremental backups? Thanks.
  6. I tried removing both the W7 AIK and the W8 ADK, then reinstalling the W8 ADK, but still get the same error. Might it be possible to find out exactly what "already exists" so we can figure out what might need to get removed/renamed?
  7. No, in fact, I didn't even remember installing WAIK--I only noticed it when I "backed up" the wizard and it showed me the page where I could select the path to the copype.cmd file and it showed the WAIK directory rather than the WADK I had just installed (it doesn't show this page by default when starting the ISO creation wizard). I tried manually selecting the WADK install location, but that didn't help either.
  8. Yeah, I had the same thought, so tried making a new folder for the iso location, but that didn't work either.
  9. I just finished installing and updating to v9.01 on Windows 7 x64. Every time I try to create a recovery disk, either 32- or 64-bit, it gives the following error: Can't continue execution, error -1023 ( already exists) I've tried using the AIK already on my Win7 system, as well as the one I downloaded from MS (now called ADK) for Windows 8. Any ideas?
  10. I had 7.7.325 (64-bit) installed, and upgraded my system to 341. Afterwards, I tried to transfer a (filtered) backup set to DVD+R. After each one was done (it took 4 DVDs), I would get a notice to insert the same DVD member that it just wrote to. I'd eject the disk, then reinsert it, but it wouldn't take it. So, I told it to skip it. After the transfer was done, I tried to media verification, but when loading the DVD, it would tell me that the media was corrupt. I uninstalled and reinstalled 325, and have no problem with the transfer (well, I only wrote one disk before stopping it, but I didn't get the notice to insert disk 1 again... it properly asked for a new disk 2). I re-upgraded, and once again after transferring one disk, it asked for disk 1. It seems to me that something has gotten broken in 341. Anyone with similar problems? Any ideas? I guess I'll stick with 325 for now.
  11. I have the same problem. Can't get the file to be accepted in the file dialog, and no, double-clicking it doesn't work, nor can it be dragged and dropped into Retrospect. Edit... OK, tried double-clicking it in Explorer, and that seemed to work.
  12. Does anyone have an opinion on the reliability and lifetime of single- vs. dual-layer DVD+Rs? I'm wondering if it is safe to use the higher capacity disks? It would be nice--less need to swap media, and less disks on the shelf. But that isn't worth it if it's going to degrade quickly or be less reliably written.
  13. It's clear from the docs that you can do a complete rebuild of the disk using the Emergency Recovery CD, but I'm wondering if either of the following are possible? 1. A partial restore (e.g. \Windows) 2. Doing a full backup before a full restore
  14. Rhyslin

    Restore HP backup failed

    I've also recently experienced the same with my first time I've ever had to restore a Vista system from scratch. I'm using Retrospect 7.6.123 on Vista 64 SP1. I was able to get it to boot by using the recovery disks, and doing a "repair". However, a number of services and apps fail when starting. I've done a full restore before on XP, and was looking forward to a no-problem experience on Vista, but I guess that isn't to be. One thing is that I'm restoring over the top of a vendor's "factory image" since I don't have an option to install a bare-bones Vista. It has a copy of Norton IS on it, though I thought it was inactive. But the next time (once I get the new drive... this was a bit of a test drive) I'll try removing that first. Any other ideas?