Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: system image backup - how does windows pick the drives to backup?

07 Sep 2010   #1
vbkun

windows 7 built 7100
 
 
system image backup - how does windows pick the drives to backup?

Hi

From times to times I load my disk image backup from win7 system and install the new programs/drivers i was using and save a new backup.

I usually to do this by backing up my C: drive, but this turn to my surprise, windows for some reason wants to backup C and D, is it possible to pick a drive for it to make a system image?

I'm mean, this is probably my 8th updagrade to the backup. I've always backed up from C: -> D:, which are on the same hdd, and now it suddenly needs to backup C and D to create a system image .


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
07 Sep 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello vbkun.





Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

Post screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

It should only require you to back up Win7 partition, and System Active if it is on a separate partition which can sometimes happen accidentally.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Sep 2010   #4
vbkun

windows 7 built 7100
 
 

I've attached the jpg image of the disk manager, as you may notice the D: is pointed just as Primary, neither active boot or system =(.


Attached Thumbnails
-capture.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.





What has happened is that somehow the "Disk 1" has become marked as "Active" and that is confusing the backup program, to it the "Active" means that it has to be backed-up as well; have a look at the snip below to see how to mark the "Disk 1" as inactive and doing that should solve the issue.

Usually "Active" means there are boot files there that have to be backed-up as well.

Be sure to post back with an update.
click to enlarge
-inactive2.jpg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Vbkun,

The Warning box at the top of the tutorial below can help explain a bit more on what drives Windows 7 will include in the system image automatically, and what drives can be backed up or have the system image saved to.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

Since System Active is C itself, it should not want to back up D which is neither. Try again.

You really should back up to a second HD since you have one to protect you in case of HD failure. Creating a Primary partition for the image makes it easier to autodetect from booted Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD.

As Barefoot says, F should not be marked Active so take I'd care of that as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #8
vbkun

windows 7 built 7100
 
 

ow guys there was a small confusion here
it doesn't tries to backup F:
it tries to backup C: + D: (and D: is not marked as active or anything, just healthy).
I think I already did around 13/14 images for this system, in this same disk settings, only of C: never C:+D: -.-

I think i should have let more clear wich partition it was trying to unnecessarily backup .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Right, but whether or not it wants to back up F, it should not be marked Active.

Why it wants to backup D is a mystery to me. I would try again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 system image backup - how does windows pick the drives to backup?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows Backup and Restore System Image
When you restore a system image does it automatically restore track 0 and the MBR? I ask because I've recently completed a clean install of Win 7 Ult, created a System Image and now want to replace the MS MBR with Grub4DOS in preparation for dual booting with Win 8 and being able to boot bootable...
Backup and Restore
Windows requiring backup of 2 drives to create system image
Hi. I got a new 2TB drive which I would like to create a system image on as backup. My problem is that when I try to create a system image, Windows is checking two drives to backup. One drive is my C drive, and the other is my SSD which technically has an install of Windows on it but due to some...
Backup and Restore
Can Windows Backup create image for all drives?
1. Windows Backup settings option "Include a system image" does not include all drives. Is it possible to have Windows Backup take images of all drives, or is it better to just go with selecting other drives via the drive letter options? 2. Perhaps a silly question. Other than ability to...
Backup and Restore
Restoring windows, System image backup?
Hi so I recently got a SSD for my comp, before installing I did a backup of windows and included the system image option. I am now on a fresh install of windows but can only restore the files I had on my old windows and not the entirety of windows (programs, program settings.. ect). How can I use...
Backup and Restore
Is this a general backup or system IMAGE & BACKUP
Can someone tell by these jpgs if the 6/28/10 "backup" is just a user files backup or a complete System Image Backup with user files backup included which I think is my default b/u setup now ? Thanks....TR
Backup and Restore
Backup and Restore multiple system image drives
Hi Why does windows put two drives in the "Include a system image of drives" option ? I only want to backup C: What is causing this? My F: disk is only storage no system files as i know of. thanks in a advance /Daba
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App