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Feb 28 2011   3:51AM GMT

Common problems with Windows 7 Backup

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you followed my last blog post, you took a look at Windows 7 backup. However, there are some common issues you need to be aware of.

You see sometimes people just turn Windows 7 Backup on and it fails and they are not sure why it doesn’t work. Here are some housekeeping items you need to be aware of before using Windows 7 backup.

First, make sure the disk you are backing up your data to is healthy. Run a chkdsk on the drive and make sure there are no bad sectors or some sort of corruption in the file system. If there is, the backup can fail.

Second, if you are backing up folders that contain files that might trigger your anti-virus software by mistake, this will cause the backup to fail. I have seen this happen multiple times with Microsoft Security Essentials. Just exclude the files in question from the anti-virus program and then the backup will run. Of course make sure these are legitimate files first before you do it.

Third, make sure system protection is turned on. You can do this by going into the System control panel and then clicking on system properties. Then you can enable system protection for the different drives in your computer.

-RP

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