Complete PC Backup fails, restore fails differently!
Posted: 11-15-2007, 06:51 PM
I lost over a day as the 'Complete PC Backup' function advised me that I had
a Device IO error. However, the source hard drive passed a total 'chkdsk'
test with no errors, and the destination drive was reformatted - not quick -
more than once and also passed chkdsk - the whole thing - with no errors.
Searching online I find that indeed there is no reason to think there was a
device error, all that was necessary is to disable and then, sometimes yes,
sometimes no, re-enable the 'system restore' checkpoint creation function.
Then the backup which failed due to a 'device error' had no problems at all.
Obviously despite the wild-goose-chase direction Microsoft sends we users,
there is nothing wrong with any of the devices whatsoever, there is a
Microsoft Software error.
The story gets worse. Having lost confidence that my backup really was a
backup, it was necessary to see whether a 'Complete PC Restore' actually
restored properly, before I could responsibly rely on the system at all. The
source drive, 'C' was a little under 500 GB, but a little under 65 GB was
used, just one partition. The backup drive was 'D', also 500G an empty NTFS
partition save for the backup.
So, I detach the 'C' drive, attach a brand new 150 GB drive to the same
spot. Lauch the Vista Install DVD, boot, choose 'complete PC restore'.
It tells me I'm about to restore from C: where it found the backup to C:.
You know, that just cannot be good, it looks like the backup will overwrite
itself. Microsoft backup publishes a warning box asking my permission to
reformat the drive on which the backup resides. I'm thinking, no, that
wouldn't be a good thing.
So I detach the new drive, go to another computer, format it as one big
empty NTFS partition, reinstall it, then reboot. Now Vista explains that it
will restore from D to C. I should not have had to go through that delay,
but progress, sort of.
But, a moment after launching the restore process I get the error 0x80042401
, which I've typed into search engines enough to know by heart now.
Another day gone for no good reason. The complaint is that the destination
drive doesn't have enough space. Nonsense, the whole backup takes 65GB, the
C drive is empty and 150GB -- seems like lots of empty space to me.
But, I go out, spend a totally useless $200 to buy another 500GB drive, use
that to restore the 65GB worth of data, and the restore process completed.
Obviously, the 150GB failed destination drive has nearly 90 gigabytes more
space than it really needs, as the entire backup data size was under 65GB.
Norton Ghost 2003 has no problems with windows XP, 2000, NT, Linux. But I
went with Vista Ultimate so I wouldn't need extra applications. I've lost so
much time on this process it is quite discouraging and makes use of Microsoft
product feel very risky indeed. Most folk don't think of themselves as
'early adopters' when a large company that ought to know better doesn't label
a software release as 'beta'.
On a related note: any application that shows moving 2-D video crashes on
any monitor the moment the video is to be displayed if more than 4 monitors
are enabled. 3-D is fine, normal windows operations are fine up to 7
monitors. All combinations of 4 monitors work, no combination of 5 monitors
works on any monitor. EVR.dll crash error - direct show v 10. 4 Nvidia
boards, failure using latest WHQL drivers, Nvidia beta drivers, and the
drivers shipped with Vista. It looks like a directshow limitation.
If there are updates or fixes to either of these I'd like to know about them.
Device driver developer