Windows Backup has not been set up.

scoostraw

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#1
I've had weekly backups set up in Windows 7 for quite a while now. Every Sunday evening. And often as the time nears, I will open the control panel so I can monitor its progress.

Tonight when I did so, my backup settings were all gone. It was just "Windows Backup has not been set up".

And so I clicked on "Set up backup". I get nothing but the spinning wheel - it does nothing.

Where can I look to see what happened? I did look at Windows Backup in services and saw that it was set to Manual. I changed that to Automatic (not sure if I should have). Any help would be appreciated.

Windows 7 Starter. Toshiba Netbook NB505.
 


patcooke

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#2
I don't use Windows Backup and don't think many people do. Have a look at Macrium Reflect Free Edition - far superior product: Welcome Macrium Reflect Free users
 


scoostraw

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#3
Thanks patcooke. I will check out that backup program.

Can you think of anything I should check or look at on this system? I'm paranoid that once I shut it down I may have a problem. (I left it up all night last night, which I normally do not do).
 


patcooke

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#4
I always close mine down. I also maintain the three most recent backup images (on external drives for additional safety).
 


scoostraw

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#5
I downloaded and installed Macrium Reflect.

The first thing I did was to create rescue media, as prompted. This had a failure due to a USB wireless adapter I had. I "ok'd" past the error - but then the write to my external HD had a failure - possibly due to this (I viewed the log but could not decide if that was the case or not).

So I removed the USB device and decided to recreate the rescue media. But now it fails with 'Error deleting c:\boot\macrium\WAIKFiles'.

I'm a little stumped.
 


patcooke

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#6
The original attempt to create the rescue media might have left some junk behind when it failed. Try uninstalling Reflect and also, if there is any folder on drive C called boot containing a folder called Reflect delete it. Then reinstall Reflect. Before trying to create the rescue media again try running Reflect to create a backup to just confirm that works ok. You can always create rescue media later.
 


scoostraw

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#7
When that happened, I did look for a folder named BOOT on C: but there is none. I also searched for a file named WAIKFiles but there isn't one. I did go ahead last night and do a backup, which completed without errors.

So yeah if the rescue media process fails again I'll try an uninstall/install and see if that cleans it up.

Thanks for the reply.
 


patcooke

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#8
If the problem creating the rescue media continues do get back to us - so easy to leave problems on the back shelf then suddenly you have a drive fail - my years in the industry have made me a firm believer in Sod's Law!
 


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