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Windows 7: Backup problem

13 Sep 2011   #21
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

What is the purpose of the 50 GB partition,
the purpose of the >700 gb partition.

Which partitions do you want to backup?

You might find places like Fry's, BestBuy, Target, to be places to shop for an external usb drive in your price and size range.


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13 Sep 2011   #22
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

The extra partition is for Wii games, whether its 100g or 50g I forget >_<!
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13 Sep 2011   #23
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

xChase,

Your Disk 0 has two partitions:
a little 100 megabyte partition which is the System Reserved Partition and is used for recovery purposes
AND the C partitiion which is, in your case, where all of tbe boot files, the system files, and no doubt your program files and probably many data files.

Disk 1 has 3 partitions:
Disk 1 has the potential to be a backup location for Disk 0.
Those 3 partitions--what is the purpose of each and every one of them?

You have already posted a picture showing the output of Disk Management.

Look at that post of yours.
You will see that Disk1 has one very large partition which has about 40% free.
Disk 1 also has a partition which is shown as being 100% free but that is not necessaryily true since Win 7 doesn't handle certain partition types created by things such as Linux in a useful manner.
Disk 1 has a completely free and completely unused partition at the very end.

If your objective is to backup both disk 0 and disk 1, then you will need a corresponding backup approach.

If your objective is to backup only the C, then you will need a corresponding backup approach.

If your objective is to backup only your data files, then you will need a corresponding backup approach.

We can sit here and give you all kinds of info, but we would much rather give you a directed solution for your backup desires.

Precisely, what are your backup desires?
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13 Sep 2011   #24
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I don't know how that unallocated partition got there actually.. How do I put it back to normal? I forget now it's been so long >_<.
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13 Sep 2011   #25
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xChase View Post
I don't know how that unallocated partition got there actually.. How do I put it back to normal? I forget now it's been so long >_<.
The present main concern is the purpose of the other partitions now that we know about that one.

And we need to know what kind of backup are you interested in performing.
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13 Sep 2011   #26
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

A whole back up of C:\ is what I want, so that if this computer crashes I can get a complete restoration. That other partition shouldn't even exist and I don't know why it does.
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13 Sep 2011   #27
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Now I'm confused.

What "other" partition are you talking about?

On disk 0 there is only one more partition and that is 100 mb and is the system reserved partition which will automatically included in a system image backup.

On disk 1 you have three partitions.
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13 Sep 2011   #28
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

On Disk 1, the 100G partition shouldn't be there.
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13 Sep 2011   #29
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

quickly, since your main interest is to backup your C drive, then I'm going to recommend that you get a 500GB external USB drive to use for backups.

Putting that 100GB partition to good use will be easy, but...
I've got to run now and it may be another 12 hours before I can get back to you.

If I'm lucky I'll check back in the forum in about 1-2 hours.
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13 Sep 2011   #30
xChase

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Well I mean if I can put the 100g back to the normal disk on disk 1 then I should be able to fit the backup - I just haven't worked with partitioning for so long that I forget how.
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