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Windows 7: System Image Backup looks for drive

29 Dec 2010   #1
17APG

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
System Image Backup looks for drive

Hi,
I am trying to run a system image file back upon my sony z5 with windows 7 Pro. I have connected my ipod (as an external drive) and it appears in the drop down menu as an available HDD to make the back up to. It is accepted and the back up begins as normal. Shortly after I get a window asking me to label and insert a media larger than 1GB. I click Ok because the ipod is already connected. The back up seems to then roll back a little and starts off again. However, after a few minutes, the dialogue box "label a blank media and insert it into the drive "E" reappears . Drive E is where the ipod is connected and there is adequate space available for the back up. What am I doing wrong?


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29 Dec 2010   #2
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

How is the iPod formatted?
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29 Dec 2010   #3
17APG

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Just checked its properties and it is FAT 32. Should I reformat it to NTFS via windows and, if I do, will it still connect to itunes to tranfer my music files?
Thanks
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29 Dec 2010   #4
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I would not suggest using an iPod as your system backup.

To answer the question, yes it should be changed to NTFS but I am NOT sure if it will still connect to iTunes, if it even works still. Consider that the OS on the iPod needs to be able to read the files, it most likely will not read NTFS.
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30 Dec 2010   #5
17APG

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

You are right; wouldnt work. iPod went in to recovery mode so had to do a restore. It is working again now but I need to get a small SSD for back up. Many thanks for the help.
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30 Dec 2010   #6
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 17APG View Post
You are right; wouldnt work. iPod went in to recovery mode so had to do a restore. It is working again now but I need to get a small SSD for back up. Many thanks for the help.
Although an SSD would certainly work as a backup drive, it would be an extremely expensive way of doing it.
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30 Dec 2010   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Why don't you simply buy a relatively cheap USB connected backup HDD ($100 or less ~ 60pound)
iPods & SSDs are not the way to go for file/folder or image backup.
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30 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can also try DVDs - may need a few though depending on the amount of data on your C - figure one DVD per 8GBs of data (about 50% compression). But an external disk would be my first choice too.
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