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17-May-2012, 08:15 AM #1
vss backing old version of files?
Hi,

I just ran into this issue: I'm using GFI Backup 2009 home edition and I had to restore an .xls file created in OpenOffice.
To my surprise the last backup, done yesterday w/o errors, holds a copy that is 5 days old... It would appear that as the file had been in use and locked the program kept backing up a pre-locking version.

Is that possible? Is that the way vss is supposed to work? (if it doesn't seem very useful...)

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22-May-2012, 09:52 PM #3
How is VSS associated with your backup software? I don't understand.

VSS by default makes a backup whenever a file is deleted or a System Restore Point created. It backs up current files, including those that are in use or otherwise "locked".
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23-May-2012, 09:50 AM #4
Hi,
The backup software in use is one of those who triggers a 'vss snapshot' right before performing the backup. So I assume that when a file is locked vss makes a copy of the file in its current state and the GFi backs up that copy.
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23-May-2012, 04:51 PM #5
Yes, OK, some of them do use VSS for a "snapshot" so that changes during the making of the snapshot are not shown in the backup itself.

But that would mean that it backs up the current files. What makes you think they are older? Are you going by dates?
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24-May-2012, 07:44 AM #6
The backup runs daily, yet the date and the contents of the file I had to recover where five days old in the most recent backup. Also, the chances that the "save" button had not been clicked for five days is utterly slim.

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25-May-2012, 02:37 AM #7
I don't know what to tell you. I can't see that there is any other source of files than the current ones that are being backed up.

If you are also running System Restore, check one of the files from a restore point just before or just after your other backup and see how it compares. It could be a glitch in GFI, I suppose.
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05-Jun-2012, 09:22 PM #8
fair enough, I will run some tests. At least I know I wasn't totally wrong about how case is supposed to work.

Thanks for the help, I 'll post back when I get some answers.

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