Sorry I was unclear. I'm trying to restore a Complete PC Backup that I had
already made (successfully) while in Vista (64-bit). In fact, I have made
several such backups, so making the backups is not the problem. I know the
backup is not on the system disk.
The problem is that my system disk is not found when I try to restore
when booting from the DVD: at the step where I am supposed to select the
operating system I want to repair (right after choosing the language) there
is nothing in the selection box. When I go to a command prompt, I can find
my hard drives by testing with "dir X:" using various values of X. My backups
are on a separate drive from my system disk.
I had trouble with installation as well with my system disks being
recognized. I have 3 SATA drives and an external USB. One of the drives had
XP Pro (32-bit) on it.
I was trying to install Vista (64-bit) to one of the other drives, but the
installation disk wouldn't recognize any partition as being acceptable for
installation--not even when I had deleted all partitions that were on that
disk, rebooted, and then repartitioned during the install. At first I had
solved this by setting the partition on the Vista target disk to active while
in XP. That worked and Vista installed, but then I had problems seeing my
other disks (not just the XP system disk). I noticed that some others had
similar problems while I was searching for a workaround.
Finally, and what worked, I removed all drives except the target drive and
installed with no problem. Then I had to boot into another system and
reformat the drives I wanted to use with Vista, and reinstall my data from
that. I gave up on dual booting with XP. Obviously, the difficulty I had
installing is related to the problem I am having with restore.
Perhaps I could do this with a command-line version of Complete PC Backup?
Is the executable named 'cpbackup.exe'? I could also remove my internal disks
and just have the Vista system disk and my external USB backup disk
connected. I would prefer not to have to keep removing and reconnecting my
internal drives though.
"Rick Rogers" wrote:
> I'm unclear on what you're stating. If you are looking to create a complete
> PC backup, that is done from within Vista not by booting the disk. If you
> are booting the disk to invoke a restoration of a previously created backup,
> then it would not be on the system volume, it would be wherever you saved it
> (it's not possible to save a complete backup to the designated system or
> boot volumes). Your system as well may require the installation of a 64-bit
> driver to support recognition of the drive from the booted disk.
> Best of Luck,
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
> "peter" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > System: Vista Business x64
> > I tried to restore after a program I had installed crashed, just to
> > clean
> > up post-uninstall debris. I booted to my Vista Install DVD from my hard
> > drive. When I get to the dialog to choose a system partition, none are
> > displayed! But my system boots just fine. I like to make backups before
> > making important changes, so this worries me. The Complete PC Backup would
> > be
> > so handy.
> > Thanks