Cant Take Backup With Vista

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I have Windows Vista Home premium and recently I updated it to service pack 2. Before updating I used to write my backup CDs almost every week and they worked perfectly fine but after the updates, I am having a problem when I write them. The Windows gives me a message saying.

‘Windows was unable to complete the format'.


I don’t know what the problem is since I am using the exact same brand of DVDs that I have been using for the past year and never before have they given me a problem with reading or writing. Should I switch back to my service pack or is there a way I can make this right?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #110240

Cant Take Backup With Vista


There are different ways to solve the problem but an easy solution is given below.

  • First of all click on the Start button and click on the Programs then click on the maintenance and click on the Back Up Files wizard.
  • Then at this point the Back Up screen will be appear. You can save the backup whether on the CD of DVD or any of the storage devices but it not supported tape media.
  • Then click next button and give the location for saving the backup and click next.
  • The schedule screen will be appear then you select how much you want to make the backup.
  • You can select daily, monthly from the drop down list according to the time option.
  • In the next step you should save your setting and click on the Start Backup Button.
  • When you click on the backup button then the backup wizard will automatically start.
  • When the backup wizard in finished then click on the finished button and add automatically update the backup.
  • Then after configuration you will close the wizard and click the finish button.
  • Yours PC backup will create successfully.

Thank You.

Answered By 590495 points N/A #110241

Cant Take Backup With Vista


It is possible that the lens of your DVD drive is already dirty and needs some cleaning to do that’s why Windows is giving you the error “Windows was unable to complete the format”. You cannot expect your DVD drive to be usable forever without having any wear and tear. Always remember that any hardware gadgets or devices have unpredictable life span. You really can’t predict when a device would wear out. In your case, I think a simple Windows update will not harm its own functions. Just try cleaning your DVD drive’s lens using any lens cleaner. If you have a VCD or a DVD player lens cleaner, you can use it to clean your DVD drive’s lens.

If cleaning your DVD drive’s lens did not help solve the problem, check your hard drive for errors. It is possible that the update you made created some errors. Use a disk utility application to check your hard drive. You can also download Norton SystemWorks or Norton Utilities to help diagnose your hard disk. It is a great tool for hard drive diagnostics and will help fix problems in the file system, any errors in the file structures, misreported free space of the hard drive, cross-linked files, invalid entries, misallocated free space, and others. Or you may also use Windows disk check tool to check your drive.

  1. Right click on drive C and then select Properties.
  2. Click Tools tab.
  3. Click Check Now.
  4. Check Automatically fix file system errors.
  5. Click Start.

If fixing your hard drive did not do any good, you may need to undo your Windows update and go back to the previous Service Pack or you may also format your hard drive and install Windows again using the latest Service Pack update that you have downloaded.

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