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Windows 7: The drive is not a valid backup location


15 Jun 2009   #1

 
The drive is not a valid backup location

Hello,

I'm new to this forum and your tutorial, but they have already served me fine. Right now I'm stuck in your "How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7". I (think I have a backup) on an 5yr. old 40g portable done with HDClone. Now I'm trying to follow your Win 7 Image Backup, I do have a few more older HDD's but I want to use a new 32g Corsair flash, but "Create a System Image" keeps giving me a
"the drive is not a valid backup location." Do you have any ideas if/how to get around this?? Lorcan

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15 Jun 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Lorcon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not sure why, is the drive formatted?
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15 Jun 2009   #3

 

Hi Brink, Yes, was done in FAT for the HDClone but brought it back to NTFS for this.
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15 Jun 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

What was the complete error message that it gave you?
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15 Jun 2009   #5

 

Yes, then I tried to do a backup in system, went through the whole thing then said it failed.
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15 Jun 2009   #6

 

Sorry, didn't read your last right.
Error message was: The drive is not a valid backup location.
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15 Jun 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I must admit that I am stumped as to why it does not allow a back up to those drives.
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16 Jun 2009   #8

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Maybe there is too much data to fit on a 32GB drive?

According to an article I just read, Windows should be able to use a flash drive as target destination.
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16 Jun 2009   #9

 

That's not it either, my C drive shows 17,391,846,912bytes / 16.1GB. I do have a 32GB SSD and a IDE bridge I could try.

(I Really have to learn to read what things say rather than what I think they do.) Says to open the case/tower not the HDD case, DUH
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16 Jun 2009   #10

Windows 7 Build 7600|16384- 64bit
 
 

Could it have to do with maybe AHCI? Also, have you tired doing diskpart for the flash drive and making sure it is set to active before trying to backup on it?
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