Error code 0x81000033 when using Win 7 backup

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  1. Docdrew

    Docdrew Active Member

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    I have a 3 year old Alienware desktop running Win 7 Professional (see my profile for more computer specs). I have never had any major problem including running weekly backups to a second internal hard drive using Windows backup. About 3 weeks ago the backup failed and produced the mentioned error code. The description of the error is misleading and makes you think that you have insufficient room on your backup drive. I subsequently replaced the drive with a larger one but the problem persisted. I then researched (including here) the error code and found "solutions" that were all over the map including some frankly worthless responses. The most frequently described cause is attributed to lack of space in a 100 MB "system reserved" partition on the boot drive. When I checked my drive this partition was not present. I had an OS partition, a Recovery partition, and a 16 MB unlabeled partition. I thought that perhaps the 16 MB partition was supposed to be the 100 MB partition and, because it was too small, was causing the backup problem. I then took my computer to Data Doctors. They were unable to enlarge the 16 MB partition but created another 100 MB partition which they said would solve the problem but, you guessed it, it didn't. At this point I either need someone to solve the problem or start using a different backup program. Thanks.
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    I am fairly certain I do not know the answer to your problem. There might be one of several situations causing it. I think I remember doing scheduled backups and after a period it stopped with an error.

    But I will ask some questions to see if anything turns up.

    What is the current situation of your prior backups?

    If you look at the Manage Space option in the Backup utility, does it show any problems with the space on the destination drives?

    Are you managing what is being backed up and have checked to make sure it is not backing up something you do not need? At one time, I notice it would backup up the backups on the destination drive.

    Have you tried turning off the backup schedule and then restarting it? Or just trying to do an image backup by itself?

    If it were to be a space situation on your originating drive, how much space is left on the partitions on your SSD? Has the recycle bin been emptied lately?

    The 16 GB partition might have the recovery files for your system in case of catastrophic failure. Is it part of your backup?

    Maybe you could try modifying the partitions to be backed up or folders in the partitions to make it a smaller backup, for testing. Or possibly some file being backed up has gotten corrupted.

    My system shows a MediaID.bin file along with the WindowsImageBackup and ComputerName File folder. I assume yours is still there?
     
  3. Docdrew

    Docdrew Active Member

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    There's an Alienware folder and the MediaID.bin file but no WindowsImageBackup.
     

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