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Windows 7: Windows Backup on Mirrored Drives

13 Dec 2011   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Windows Backup on Mirrored Drives

I have a new computer build where I have Win 7 Pro 64-bit installed on a SSD. Then I have a pair of 1TB drives that I setup as mirroring drives in Disc Management.

I proceeded to setup my windows backup to the mirrored drive, but it is giving me the warning:

When restoring a system image from this volume, the disks on your computer cannot be formatted to match the layout of the disks in the backup. To have full restore functionality, select a volume on basic disk as our backup location.

I am not really sure I even need a backup for the SSD... it is a small 64GB drive strictly for the OS and surfing the net... minor games (wife card games, etc.)... and a few other minor things. I mirrored the 1TB drives because they are going to be our music server on our network for our laptops... as well as we planned to backup our laptops to the 1TB drive. I figured I would mirror the 1TB in case one crashed we would have the backup. A backup of the backup, so to speak. However, if I am having issues with not being able to setup windows backup on these from this computer, I assume I will run into the same issues with the laptop backups.

Is there no way to use windows backup to a mirrored drive? I don't understand why that would be an issue.

Thanks!

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13 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

What is your strongest reason to need a mirrored drive setup at all?

You might want to look here:

What happens to the data on a mirrored volume when one drive goes bad?
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13 Dec 2011   #3

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I mirrored the 1TB drives because they are going to be our music server on our network for our laptops... as well as we planned to backup our laptops to the 1TB drive. I figured I would mirror the 1TB in case one crashed we would have the backup.

1TB is more than I will ever need for our laptop backups and music storage. If the drive fails, I want to have the other drive ready to go until I can get a replacement.

That link was not much help... but thanks anyway.
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15 Dec 2011   #4

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Is it possible to backup a mirrored drive to a basic drive? For example... I have a pair of SSDs and one is setup to mirror the other. For redundancy, can I backup the mirror drive to a single basic drive?
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