A reader discovers that his carefully created backups are totally useless for restoring his PC.
Plus: Why would a PC fail to boot properly in the morning but work fine the rest of the day?
Backup-system test yields an unwelcome surprise
Reader Peter Banks took an extra step with his backups — a step that too few Windows users bother with. He tested his complete backup/restore process to make sure it would work when he really needed it.
It didn’t go well.
- “I just built a new computer and decided to follow your advice about backups.
“I made an image of the pristine Win10 installation, using its built-in image tool [Control Panel/System and Security/Backup and Restore (Windows 7)]. It went smoothly.
“I then made a recovery disc when prompted, which also went smoothly. However, when I tested the disc, the system wouldn’t boot from the CD. It said the disc was not bootable media.
“I’ve tried this twice, but no option comes up asking to create a bootable disc.”