Forgive me for not being more especific.
By erase I mean wiping out all partitions. It is like going out to best buy
and buy a new HDD because your old one was destroyed by a lightining strike.
This is the whole concept of a full PC restore right? To recover from a
In regards to your second paragraph.
1. I thought about this too so using 'diskpart' I repartitioned and formated
the SATA drive (working drive) to the original configuration. ie. create
partition and format fs=ntfs label='help' quick.
2. I executed a 'list disk' to see my newly formated drive.
3. 'select disk x' and 'list volume' in my working disk.
4. I can see the volume for both the backup drive and working drives (IDE
5. The backup drive has letter 'C' assigned to it and working drive have
Maybe it will work if I switch drive letters, I thought? So I temporarirly
assigned letter 'J' (an unused letter) to my backup drive by issuing 'select
volume x' and 'assign letter=J' now I can change my working drive letter to
'C' right? So I do a 'select volume x' and 'assign letter=C' It worked!
Now, I have my backup drive as D and my working drive as C, my ORIGINAL
configuration just before the lighting strike that fried my dead co-worker's
mission critical computer.
Ok I say, lets do a full PC restore and let's continue spying on Americans.
I go trough all the full pc restore process. I can see in one of the restore
windows restoring from drive 'D' to drive 'C'... good news! Proceed to start
the restore process and WHAM! again. Same error as before.
Seems that MS needs more H1-B visa applicants after all. This full PC backup
'feature' is not operational. I just want to find one single combination of
drives that actually work with this feature.
We bought vista ultimate for these 'added' features and this one and many
others are not working.
> Just speculation here - but regarding "...Now I erased (the only way to
> really test this feature) the drive where my vista partition was ..." - what
> exactly does "erase' indicate - file deletions, format, reformat ?
> If the Vista drive was originally "C" and, for discussion, backup drive was
> "D" - getting "rid" of the Vista drive may have redesignated "D" as "C" as
> indicated by "...One odd thing is that the restore will be done from drive C
> to drive C...." which of course it cannot do.
> "starstuff" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > To test this vista 'feature' I did a full PC backup from vista (sata
> > drive)
> > to an IDE drive. Ok, the full pc backup finished and I can see the backup
> > in
> > the IDE drive.
> > Now I erased (the only way to really test this feature) the drive where my
> > vista partition was and tried to do a complete pc restore. I boot the DVD
> > and
> > from the 'system recovery options' I selected 'windows complete pc
> > restore'
> > this is where the fun part begins.
> > A window 'restore your entire computer from a backup' opens and I can see
> > the restore volume in one of the entry fields. One odd thing is that the
> > restore will be done from drive C to drive C. I have no way to change this
> > so
> > I press next. 'Windows is ready to restore...' I press finish. A window
> > opens
> > and I check the box informing me that the restore will format the drive
> > and
> > WHAM!
> > 'The windows complete PC restore operation failed There are too few disks
> > on
> > this computer or one or more of the disks is too small. Add or change
> > disks
> > so they match the disks in the backup and try the restore again. Error
> > 0x80042401' I'm glad I'm doing this as a test.
> > Neither disk is too small or to large they are the same disks used
> > in
> > the original backup.
> > I did a google search and this came up:
> > http://professionalinsight.net/VistaBackup.aspx
> > I followed the instructions in the above link and failed.
> > Any ideas? If you are thinking of restoring from the IDE drive to another
> > IDE drive forget it. My computer has only one IDE port and I need the DVD
> > to
> > boot the vista installation/recovery DVD (perhaps MS didn't think about
> > this
> > possibility?)
> > So my question is simple. Should I mark the 'Complete PC backup/restore'
> > as
> > something not functional in Vista or there is hope to restore the volume
> > in
> > my backup IDE drive?
> > Thank you