I decided that it was time to have a fresh install of my C: Drive after a few windows upgrades. I therefore created an image backup with Windows 7 and stored this on a different drive. I also did a normal backup of my libraries and also stored this on a different drive.
After formatting and installing a fresh version of Windows 7, i now am unable to restore from either of these backups. I can see both of them on my D: Drive, but the normal backup now shows as 0 bytes (where before i re-installed i could open this up and access the backed up files), and the image backup i can also see the folder structure with loads of xml files (that when i run, just show some kind of page cannot be displayed in my browser) along with a massive 90 odd gig VHD file. Again i cannot do anything with this and my backup does not seem to be there :-(
When i try to open my normal backup, it asks me if i want to restore. When i say yes, it searches for a "backup device" and then shows nothing!
If i access Windows Backup/Restore, it says there are no backups.
The problem is that i have lost a LOT of very important data, and one would expect that by doing 2 backups, and checking they have both worked, would be sufficient.
I take it now that there was some sort of system file stored on my C: Drive when i did the backups that told the backup program where my backups where stored?? If this is the case, what is the point of backing up to a different location?
Am i missing something here?
Am i panicking, and there is actually a very complicated way of me restoring these backups, that i am missing?
I would be very grateful of any help on this, even if i can get my VHD file to launch so that i can put my system back to previously, at least then i can not bother with a backup and just "copy" all my stuff to an external drive
Thanks in advance