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I can't restore data from backup in Windows Vista

I have a 3-year-old HP computer with Windows Vista and have been faithfully backing up onto DVDs. My computer finally crashed, and after re-installing Vista's operating system I tried to restore all the other stuff. It wasn't easy to figure out what to use to restore my backed up data, and I finally tried the "restore" option from the system's backup facility. It told me there are no saved files to restore. There's a "restore" icon on the backup DVD, but it only seems to apply to photos, and I only get a reply from Windows Photo Gallery that there is nothing in this format.
The latest backup DVD has three folders of compressed data. The latest folder one contains only my photos.

It looks like I haven't been backing up what I thought I was. Any suggestions on how I can restore what I've got? Going forward, how should I be backing up? I'm familiar with the online backup services but would rather do it myself.

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Hello,

I advice you follow the link below to see the information it contain, it is detailed with steps on how to restore back up on vista.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/99718-restore-complete-computer.html

Type the above link on your web browser and follow the steps therein to restore your backup.

Options when it comes to backing up computer files is with the use of an external hard drive. An external hard drive is basically what it's name states an "external " hard drive ... A standalone storage device that plugs into your computer from the outside. You can find an external hard drive at Frys electronics stores, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc . The price of these hard drives depends on how much memory you need. An external hard drive with a good amount of memory on it will cost anywhere from $50 - $100.

Another fast and convenient way to back up your files is with the use of a blank CD. Simply insert the CD into your computer, press "start", open "my computer", click on "CD-RW", once you have opened the CD file you can drag any files you want onto the CD. Most rewritable CD's will have a storage space of around 700 MB. If you have a lot of files you need backed up.

Take care.



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Do i have enough disks


Which operating system ? and type of desktop computer ?
You should only need one or two discs but if your doing a full factory restore you wont need any dics unless you have installed the operating system individually on a computer.
Because you have neglected to provide more details i am unable to provide the correct procedure so here is an example
The HP Recovery Partition that comes pre-installed on most new HPs is like built-in insurance if your system becomes unstable or fails.
If the problem is severe enough, you may not be able to start the HP Desktop Recovery Manager from Windows but you can start it manually by following the steps below.

Disconnect all peripheral devices and power on the computer.
Press the F11 key after the computer first powers on to start the HP Recovery Manager.

Follow the on-screen instructions to back up recoverable files on the hard drive to an external drive or media.
Continue following the instructions to recover the hard drive to its original factory condition.
Click "Finish" when the recovery is complete.
Reconnect devices and reboot the computer.
Reinstall software and update Windows and HP to current settings.


Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/fastFaqLiteDocument?lc=en&cc=us&product=18703&dlc=en&docname=c00809678 - RelatedLinks

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Windows vista recovery cd I created won't install on new hard drive


Which software did you use to create the recovery disk? Is the recovery disk a CD or DVD?

Just to recover a vista system from recovery DVDs would require at least two DVDs. Your files would be in addition to this so I would be very surprised if you have only a single disk containing both the operating system and all of your files.

A simple recovery disk would only be useful for restoring lost operating system files to a hard disk that had corrupted or deleted files. It would let you restore to a new blank disk.

If the disk only contains a backup of your data then you would need to first install an operating system (Vista or Windows 7) and then install the backup software you used to create the disk and then you could recover your data from the disk.

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1) HP Pavilion a6300f went dead only fans spining, replaced mother board with same make model, now ssytem boots but windows don't come up. 2) tried up grade from Vista Home to Vista professional to save...


For the first one, you need to enter BIOS and set the HDD settings. Maybe you can automatic detect it once and then the system knew where to load system from. If it can see the hard disk and reads it but no operating system found, then you may need to check the operating system on your hard disk.
For the second one, I do think it is better to upgrade to a upper level OS such as Windows 7. While you have Vista you will have better deal with Windows 7. If you do have a agreement with Microsoft to have newer OS for free in a certain period, you can get Windows 7 for free. If you don't have that agreement, you can get Upgrade version of windows 7 with a huge discount if you have Vista.
You can actually back up your data to an wim file on vista and restore all the data and settings after the upgrading. But be sure to keep a full backup of your hard disk and everything just in case.
You can enter BIOS and make sure booting from CD first. Then there is a key you need to press very early in the booting process to launch the recovery. There is also a factory default restore you can use. Did you call HP to find out what the key is and how to use factory default restoration? You can always plug the hard disk to other computer to back up the data and then restore to factory default and put the data back.

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Hi there .I would like to help my friend use the recovery partition on her compaq presario c700 laptop to either use her recovery dvds or simply to reformat(restore the computer to original factory...


The recovery partition is usually hidden and cannot be seen in the Windows operating system with out adjustments to the way the files are displayed.

Most likely they are present and you can use the following methods to access the HP Recovery Manager utility.

PLEASE NOTE: Using the recovery utility will result in a complete loss of data. Please backup any data you wish to preserve before running the HP Recovery Manager as all data such as photos, documents, music and favorites will be completely erased after the recovery is complete.

There are 3 ways to recover an HP/Compaq PC using the HP Recovery Manager.

Method 1 involves booting into the Windows Operating System, and starting the Recovery Manager from the HP utilities.

Method 2 involves pressing the "F11" key during initial startup to access the Recovery Manager from the recovery partition.

Method 3 involves using personalized recovery disks created by the user when the machine was new or a replacement set of recovery disk obtained form HP.

Follow the on screen prompts to complete the process. As the machine is has been set back to how it was from the factory, make sure to apply all Windows updates as there will be approximately 3 years worth, including 2 service packs, many critical updates and driver updates.

More on this subject here at HP's support site http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c00809678

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HP 550 will not get to the log in stage


This is a known issue with Vista. Microsoft has not documented a solution but SP2 for Vista addresses this issue.

You can try running chkdisk from the repair console (insert Vista installation DVD and select repair).

If you have backup CDs or DVDs, try to restore your system.
I nothing helps, you will have to manually back-up your data and reinstall Windows.

To back-up your data you might want to remove the hard disk and connectit to another working PC as a secondary hard disk. Then simply boot up,copy your data and plug the hard disk back in.

You can download theVista SP2 from here. Also download and install SP1 before installing SP2.

Thank you.

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Restoring files after using the Backup utility.


1. Plug in the USB drive that contains the data.
2. On the XMB go to Settings then System Settings
3. Go to Back Up Utility like before but
4. Choose Restore rather than Back Up
5. The PS3 does the rest

You can have the PS3 delete the data file from the USB drive by choosing Delete Backup Data.

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I have Window Vista on a HP conputer. I have 3 companies on Quick Books. Turned off the computer on Friday working fine. Turn back on Sat evening and the computer message was all programs lost reboot...


if you reformatted the drive the data was on (as well as where the backup was (don't backup data from one hard drive to the SAME hard drive)), then all hope isn't lost.  go to download.com and look for file restoring programs.  a number of them are free and can recover data on hard drives as long as their sectors haven't been rewritten.

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Thank you for your answer concerning new USB devices


you will loose current system information (what program is installed) but not saved data onto the disk.

backup the current registry before applying the old one and reboot the computer after applying the old registry. this is the last resort and it might render your computer unusable (windows will not load). only do this as a step to try before deciding to re-install windows.

the registry is windows itself.

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Restoring Files


Is the first of your backup disks a boot-disk?

Often full system backups are restored from a bootable set of disks. There should be a message during startup to press something like F8 to change boot device. You could try using this to see if disk one of your backup is a boot disk & will allow you to restore your files.

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Restoring WIndow Vista


No, windows backup will only restore your data, for example My documents, Desktop, User settings, and Outlook data.
To restore the system you will need a windows install disk, or if your computer has a restore partition(like many dell, packard bell etc.), you can use the restore windows utility from partition.

Regards

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