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Hard drive backup to an external hard drive

I formated my external hard drive to ntfs to be able to backup my dell laptop to it. as the backup finished, it told me "the asr diskette was not created. You will not be able to restore an asr backup without the system information stored on this diskette. Please refer to online help for further assistance." but i dont have a floppy drive on my computer...can you assist me on fixing this problem.

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Re: hard drive backup to an external hard drive

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This seems to be a good article on ASR backup and how to eliminate your error message.

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