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In the past, I have had backups fail due to a lack of hard drive space on the destination drive (among other reasons) and the only way I found out about them was through a gut feeling that I should check the Windows Backup & Restore Center.

I know that in Windows XP, the backup software created an entry in the event log each time the software tried to create a backup (and I even wrote a piece of software that notified me when a backup failed).

Is there any software package out there that will monitor the event log for failed backups and notify me if a backup fails? The software should be smart enough to send me an e-mail if there's a network connection available and notify me when I log in to the computer if a network connection doesn't appear in a few days (else, I might end with losing an entire week's worth of backups!).

Context:

  • Source: Windows Vista computer
  • Destination: External drive enclosure with a Seagate drive
  • Software: Windows Backup & Restore
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Yep! Definitely on-topic here! Don't worry! –  BloodPhilia Mar 25 '11 at 2:11
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My name is studiohack and I approve this post. –  studiohack Mar 25 '11 at 4:29

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Haven't tried it myself but maybe EventLog Inspector is what you're looking for.

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It does everything except notify me with a popup. :) –  Zian Choy Apr 11 '11 at 1:02

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