BACK UP???? RRS feed

  • Question

  • couple years ago purchased E-machines computer,  really for the price runs OK.  But we have ONE CARE and I see the computer does its own back up on the D drive.  Since I have ONE CARE can I shut that other back up off and open up the D drive,  from what I have read they are doing the same thing.  Thanks for any and all help
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:29 PM


All replies

  • While it is not recommended or supported to back up to an internal drive there is a work around in this post - http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/onecarebackupandrestore/thread/22258a6a-3e94-4ac2-a3e7-b21683fb913c
    Jim - MVP Windows Live - Forum Moderator - Live One Care - Live Mesh
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 5:33 PM
  • You can disable your other backup or disable the OneCare backup. As Jim noted, OneCare's supported backup destinations do not include another internal drive inside the PC. It support CD/DVD, external drive or a network location/Share.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare & Live Mesh Forum Moderator
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:01 PM
  • Are you sure that what's on the D Drive is actually a backup?  I ask, because on every eMachine I've ever seen this was what is known as a 'Recovery' partition, which contains only the operating system and other files necessary to reinstall Windows if it becomes damaged or deleted.  In fact, this partition usually isn't even another actual hard drive, but rather just a second partition on the same drive as the system drive itself (usually C drive).

    If this is the case, you don't want to use this as the target for the OneCare backup, both because it's probably not large enough and you might accidentally damage the recovery files that are already stored there. Also, if it is the same drive then a failure of that one hard drive would result in the loss of everything anyway, so the backup wouldn't really have any value for catastrophic recovery.

    Windows OneCare Forum Moderator
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:06 PM
  • I suspect that you are correct, OneCareBear. Thanks for pointing that out.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare & Live Mesh Forum Moderator
    Friday, April 24, 2009 1:17 PM