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


07 Sep 2010   #1

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 Windows 7 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 .


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07 Sep 2010   #2
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.

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07 Sep 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

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 Windows 7 partition, and System Active if it is on a separate partition which can sometimes happen accidentally.
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08 Sep 2010   #4

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 =(.


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08 Sep 2010   #5
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.
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08 Sep 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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
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08 Sep 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

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 Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD.

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

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 .
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09 Sep 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

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.
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