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Windows 7: backup wants to format drive

26 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
What sort of backup are you doing

file/folder (.zip)
System image (.vhd)
or the two

What space does a total backup take.

When doing an image alone to an existing disk if given the option, do not tick the format box if you have data partitions you want to remain unformatted.
I found a folder in WindowsImageBackup that has today's date and a VHD file of about 127Gb. This certainly looks like a way too big file representing today's failed backup. Looks like I will have to do some cleaning up.

I did not find a box with formatting options.
Can you answer the questions.
For a start 127GB is a Very large image file.
You may simply not have enough space to do the "backup" that you are instructing Windows to do.

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26 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

The screenshot requested earlier might help.
Your disk was ok previously and the backup commenced you said. I cannot see this happening if the disk wasn't formatted. I would expect the backup to alert you beforehand that it didn't have enough space.
This is why I posed the questions. Possibly you are doing a full file folder backup with the create an image box ticked. Maybe it gets to the image stage and says then I need to format the disk to do this - still it's strange.
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