Drive Backups - Driver Installation required

Nero 12 BackItUp - Drive backup - when I try this I'm told I need a Driver Installation. After I install the Driver, restart the computer & restart Nero BackItUp - I'm told repeatedly that I need to install a Driver. So the program is not useable. What is the problem\solution here?
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  • Hi Robert-

    In Control Panel, Programs and Features, is Nero Backup Drivers shown as installed?

    I also assume you have the v12 suite. If you run the check for updates from the Nero ControlCenter, are there any related to Backitup?
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    Thanks Wither! Success!

    Yes - the Nero Backup Drivers file was successfully installed, but after 'updates' I uninstalled\reinstalled just to make sure.

    Re Control Center\Check for Updates - I haven't been there for a long time so there were a lot of updates required, incl. BackItUp, so it took a long time to get updated.

    Anyway, after that Drive Backups worked fine & now I have them scheduled to run weekly.

    So thanks again.
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  • I always give credit to those who are able to provide relatively simple solutions that are focused on the specific issue.
    I have one further question. I setup the Drive Backup Job to do a 'Full' Backup. The initial Job & the scheduled Job both worked fine. Then I tried to 'Edit' the Job to change from 'Full' to 'Incremental', but I was unable to do that.
    Does that mean that I missed something in the 'Edit Job' step, or does it mean that I need to create a new Job & then Delete the old Job?
    It is all academic because I have plenty of space on my USB HD to accumulate multiple 'Full' Drive Backups. But I would like to know.
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  • I'll look harder at this tomorrow because I can work with the backup jobs that I run daily using Backitup 12 (I'm not on that system right now).

    However, why would you want to waste HD space making scheduled full backups? I do a daily "Update" type backup of my D: partition which contains my personal files. I use the Update type because you only have a one time full backup and only one additional incremental backup. The incremental backup is replaced daily if changes have occurred. That minimizes the amount of space used on the target drive.

    If you use an incremental backup, especially on a drive backup, you will likely get a new set of files every time it runs and they just keep accumulating. Many people have used up drives with terebyte capacity doing these kinds of drive backups.

    I won't go into the differential backups.
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  • OK - I understand (I think). I'll forget about 'incremental' Drive Backups. Also, since my 'System' is stable (no new software or other changes planned) I'll change the frequency of the scheduled Full Drive Backups - maybe monthly.

    'Data' backups is a separate matter. I have not tried Nero 12 for that, but I might just for academic purposes. Currently I use a direct method - copy my 'Windows(C:)\Users' folder to a USB HD. I don't have an internal Drive reserved for Data files.
    Of course this is not 'incremental', so I have to do it frequently. But it is not dependent on any Windows Data Backup programs nor or any 3rd party programs for 'Restore'.
    This proved to be invaluable to me 5-6 weeks ago when I had to replace my HP Notebook with WIN 7 with a new one with WIN 8.1.
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    I need to correct something- When you use a drive backup, the only options are a Full backup and an Incremental backup. The Update and Differential types are for data backups. My apologies.

    One thing you might consider using is LiveBackup. It's normally intended to be a drive/incremental backup that you can schedule. The advantage, when compared to a normal incremental backup, is that, periodically, it will merge some of the incremental backups so that the backup uses less space.

    For your data, you could use the Update type backup as long as you leave your USB HD attached.

    One thing I should mention is that, no matter the type of job used, Backitup stores the job information in two folders in this path-

    C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Nero\Nero 12\Nero BackItUp

    If you use something other than the Drive backup to back up data to a separate drive or discs, and you lose or reformat your HD, those files are lost. If you then reinstall Backitup to a new HD or a HD with Windows reinstalled and try to restore the files, it won't recognize the backups on the drive or discs containing the backed up files. If you backed up to a hard drive, you would have to create a bootable disc with the ImageTool to restore those files. If you backed up to discs, the first disc is always a bootable disc. For my update type backup, I backup to a separate hard drive. To avoid having to use the bootable disc (although I always have one), I have another update backup which runs 10 minutes after the data backup and doesn't use compression to backup the folders containing the job information.

    It could be that this information is more confusing than helpful since you make a direct copy of your Users folder (I assume that's where the personal files for all your programs are stored).

    By the way, I use the free Macrium Reflect instead of Backitup to image my C: partition. I try to create a new image once a month. I think I can schedule it but haven't look into the details of how to do it.
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  • I’m so happy!
    Actually your reply is helpful. This is where I'm at now ~
    The Drive backups - Full - scheduled - worked well.
    The Data backups (C:\Users) - in type 'Update backup' - scheduled - worked very well.
    However, with two USB HDs I find it easier to alternate Windows System Image Backups & direct Copies of C:\Users between the two HDs, so that I always have one current Backup & one previous Backup.

    But my 'Documents' folder changes very frequently (all other Data folders don't change often). So I have created a Job for 'Documents' only - in type 'Update backup' - scheduled daily. Since that folder is relatively small in size, Backups run very fast - in minutes, even seconds.

    I keep my computer on all the time & my two USB HDs are always connected (with the help of a USB multiple extension box).

    So I think that with my latest setup & routine I'm well protected.

    Thanks for all of your replies.
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    I'm glad I could help.

    I think you should still consider creating another "uncompressed" update backup of the folders I mentioned, soon after the normal compressed backup of your Documents folder for the reasons I mentioned. That's up to you. There are a myriad of backup strategies and none of them are perfect.
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