Can't figure out backup

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  1. dumbfounded

    dumbfounded New Member

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    Hi,
    I tried backing up last night. Took 3 hours but I digress.
    When it finished it stated it didn\t complete properly. BUT there are two files on my external drive. One named after my computer but says it is empty (treated as a folder). The other file says MediaID.bin 0 kb.
    When I check your backup status it says The back up completed but some files were skipped. Upon viewing those it states
    Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-NAME\Contacts. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
    Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Mcx1-NAME\Searches. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))


    Might make sense since I deselected those.

    The weird part now: it says Backup size 89.75 GB.

    Huh?

    How can I be assured it did indeed back up and how do I avoid this kind of inconsistency in the future.
     
  2. dumbfounded

    dumbfounded New Member

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    anyone? please?
     
  3. dumbfounded

    dumbfounded New Member

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    file bACKup. But aGAin how caN I be assured it backed up correctly?
     
  4. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Anytime you get error messages, the backup is suspect. The only way to tell would be to attempt to restore the files or see if you can look at them. I agree with GTK66 and always backup an image so I can restore my system if I need.

    Is there anything specific about the files that were not backed up? Are they copyrighted protected or anything that might keep the permissions from allowing a backup?

    Your backup was 86 G, much do you have on the partition you backed up? The sizes won't agree, of course, but it might give a hint if a problem exists.
     
  5. dumbfounded

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    Not enough room for an image right now (althuogh there would be if I could get my old drive to act as an external (see my other thread). LOL

    It was only the directories I chose not to back up so it's ok.

    I'm not sure what you're saying here, sorry. BUT I simply attempted another backup and it said it was successful Yippee! Still curious as to why the "folder" (shows as my computer's name) shows as 0 KB but when I go to do a "recovery" I seem to be able to view all my files. I'm satisfied (shouldn't I be?).

    Thanks.
     

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