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Windows 7: try to backup and it puts 656Gb on backup drive

29 Jan 2012   #11
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

k just is fir file storage


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29 Jan 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

That's pretty much a mess.

You say it is a fresh install.

If it were me, I would start over.

Disconnect ALL drives except the one you want Windows to be on.

Install Windows and update it.

Then reconnect one more drive and make a single basic NTFS partition on it.

Then reconnect the third drive and make a single basic NTFS partition on it.

As it is now, you have "system reserved" on the wrong hard drive. You have a dynamic disk, which is bad.

It may be repairable, but in your shoes, I'd cut my losses and start over.

Where you probably went wrong is having more than 1 drive connected when you began.

If K is just for file storage, it definitely should NOT be dynamic.

Look at my setup, 3 drives, each with one partition. D and E are strictly for data:


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29 Jan 2012   #13
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

i had a lot of troubele getting win7 installed so maybe somehow that is how all that got messed up. is there any fixing it to make it "normal" again?
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29 Jan 2012   #14
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

one of the things that happened was that the first install went ok but while doing updates i got the BSOD and after that i had a lot of trouble getting everythng to work. probably should just start over. the K drive has lots of files on it. if i re-install and then plug that drive in will it still show up as a dynamic disk?
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29 Jan 2012   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martygene View Post
if i re-install and then plug that drive in will it still show up as a dynamic disk?

I doubt it will show up as dynamic.

But if it does, it can be corrected---but it takes some work.

It's simpler to begin again and worry about K then.

Get a single C going, with Windows.

Then add a drive, partition it, format it, and give it a drive letter.

Then add the last drive.

Begin with ONLY 1 drive connected.

Choose to delete all partitions on that drive when given the choice.
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29 Jan 2012   #16
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
...If it were me, I would start over...
I would second the motion.

If I have a computer I've spent several weeks or months in tweaking and getting everything "just right", I might be tempted to go to extra lengths to straighten it out. With a brand new installation it makes far more sense to backup your stuff, then wipe-and-reload. It will never be easier than it is right now. If you don't do it and run into even more trouble down the road you will have wasted all the time you spend between now and the point when it becomes unavoidable.
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29 Jan 2012   #17
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ok. thank you VERY MUCH for all your help. i guess i know what i'm doing tomorrow
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29 Jan 2012   #18
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

you are correct...i will let you know tomorrow how it all went.. with disk management pictures to boot...
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29 Jan 2012   #19
martygene

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

so you don't think then that i have to try to copy all the files on K to another drive before hooking it up after the install tomorrow?
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29 Jan 2012   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Get those files off from K to an external disk because you have to correct that Dynamic situation. Easiest is to reformat it. All your other user data files from the other disks should also first go to an external before you start revamping everything. I have hardly ever seen such a mess.
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