The File backup and restore feature included in Windows Vista simplifies the task of keeping your critical data safe from various issues such as hardware/software failures, user errors, and several other unavoidable problems. Depending on the Windows Vista edition installed on your system, you can backup your data using the following two techniques:
- Automatic Backup: This technique helps you back up only your files and data. This feature is included in almost all Windows Vista editions, except the Starter edition and the Home Basic edition, these editions comprise only some basic functions.
- Complete PC Backup: This technique helps you back up everything that is on your PC, including your operating system and applications installed on it. This feature is available in the Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. This is an image-based backup technique that you can use to recover your entire system in one go.
Note: You can open the Backup and Restore Center utility from the Windows Vista Control Panel.
On Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Business editions, the following error messages may display when you try to perform a backup operation:
Windows could not find backup devices on your computer. The following information might explain why this problem occurred:
Incorrect function. (0x80070001)
This Incorrect funtion 0×80070001 error is generated when you select the Complete PC Backup option from the Backup and Restore Center in Windows Vista and then you select Create a backup now.
Your backup configuration is not valid. Review your backup settings. (0x81000029).
This error is generated when in the Backup and Restore Center dialog box in Windows Vista, you select Back Up Files and then you choose to save the backup on the hard disk.
Cause of the Errors
These error messages are usually generated if an EISA partition on your hard disk is marked as active.
To resolve these errors, perform the following steps:
- Open Start menu and then in the Start Search box, type diskmgmt.msc.
- Next, in the Programs list select diskmgmt.msc to display the Disk Management window.
- In the Disk Management window, right-click on the primary disk partition that you want to make active.
- From the right-click menu, select Mark Partition as Active.
- Close the Disk Management window and then reboot your Windows Vista computer by using the Windows Vista DVD.
- When prompted, specify your preferred language and then click the Next button.
- If the System Recovery Options menu is displayed, select Repair your computer.
- Next, select the operating system you want to repair in the System Recovery Options dialog box, and then click the Next button.
- After the repair process completes, click the Finish button.
- Next, restart your Windows Vista computer from the hard disk.
- After the computer restarts, log on to it and then attempt to perform your backup activity once again.
Note: If prompted, type in the administrator password or click Continue.
Note: The repair process should start automatically in most cases. At times, you may have to make your choice of action if the System Recovery Options menu is displayed.