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I am using Retrospect Express 6.0.222 OEM Edition, with OS WinXP HE SP2. It has been a couple of years since I last attempted to restore my OS using a Retrospect Express Disaster Recovery CD. In that attempt, I ended up with a disaster. The recovery CD initially recognized my USB2 Maxtor OneTouch HD on which was stored by Retrospect Backup, but then, at the critical moment, the Maxtor was not recognized.

This time, it is with much trepidation that I attempted the disaster recovery. I felt I could attempt it at this time because I knew I could rely on an imaging software to restore my system if this attempt should prove unsuccessful. I had on hand a Dell Reinstallation CD of WinXP HE including SP2. There was no problem creating the ISO image and then burning this image using Nero Express. On booting this disaster recovery CD however I got the error "Line 194 of the INF file\i386\txtsetup.sif is invalid. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit". I breathed a sigh of relief. At least this time I could exit the setup without having Retrospect Express screw up my OS like it did last time.

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There are two stages in disaster recovery.

Your maxtor drive will be recognized in the second phase of disaster recovery. If a device is not recognized in the first stage quit the Retrospect application on your screen and stage 2 will begin.


It sounds like a bad burn of the ISO. Can you run the DR wizard again?




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Hi Nate.. I tried burning the same ISO image using ISORecorder rather than Nero Express. This is the error I get:








I got the impression that the ISORecorder was burning at a much slower speed than Nero Express was, but that may just have been an impression.




I also tried creating a new ISO image and burning it again with the ISORecorder, with the same or equivalent error message. I'm using the ISORecorder (free) because it burns to CD-RW disks, avoiding lots of coasters.




So unless you have further suggestions, I'll just forget about creating a Retrospect Express Rescue Disk.

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Did you run the DR wizard again or just burn another copy of your original ISO image? It could have been a bad ISO image as well.


FWIW- Since you have the Dell recovery CD you can always just restore it, install Retrospect and do the restore that way.





I did both, ran the DR wizard again and burned another copy of my original ISO image. In the past I've been using the Dell recovery CD in case of a disaster. I was just curious to see if I could create a Retrospect disaster recovery CD. As I said, I wasn't successful in doing so a couple years ago. And I still cannot create one today. In any case, presently I've been relying on an imaging software to restore my system. Retrospect is just there as an added security.

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