Please note: I am using Macrium, but want to get Windows Backup and Restore to work also.
I have just had a 256 GB SSD installed. It holds my C drive (clean install of W. 10 including the Anniversary Upgrade), which has the usual files such as Program Files, Program Files (x86) etc. It is working well (and fast). All my 6 Personal Folders (duplicates of Documents, Downloads, Video, Music, Pictures and Desktop) and their contents are held elsewhere on my D drive (the original 2 TB internal rotating drive) and are backed up separately using FreeFileSync.
After a backup using Windows Backup and Restore procedure (with default settings and including a System Image) I got:
" Some files were skipped" and "Did not complete successfully". "View skipped files" produced:
" Problem backing up C:\Users\defaultuser0\contacts. Cannot find the file, error 0x80070002" and
" ditto .......defaultuser0\searches"
Contacts and searches are indeed missing (also OneDrive) in defaultuser0, and the others (my 6 Personal Folders see above) are of course empty.
C:\Users\[my computer's name] has what I would expect: 12 folders including my 6 Personal Folders and Contacts, Searches, OneDrive, Favorites, Links, Saved Games.)
My 6 Personal Folders here are also empty (of course). I have never used Contacts (my contacts are in gmail), I don't use OneDrive, don't want to save searches or games or favorites, and Links has just two shortcuts (to Downloads and Desktop).
WindowImageBackup folder (today's date) is 307 GB in size
Question 1: considering the above, will the System Image that Windows Backup and Restore makes restore my system properly to my chosen working condition if needed? (In fact, does it actually include the system - hopefully it does: note the 307 GB size)? and:
Question 2: The error messages are rather messy. How could I get Windows Backup and Restore to backup C:\Users\[my computer's name] which would include (empty) contacts and searches (to keep Windows happy and stop the error messages).
PS: I have heard of "Redirection". Could a permanent instruction be made redirecting all references to defaultuser0, to go to [my computer's name]. If so, could I have step-by-step instructions. (In making the redirection, it would probably be necessary to spellout the actual computer name, and never change it.)
Another thought - could I simply create two new folders in defaultuser0 - contacts and searches - (again to keep Windows happy)? and
- Would they persist after a restart (but not through a clean install of course)?