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Windows 7: Back up failed to complete

20 May 2012   #11
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks A Guy. I just turned that to automatic. As for the 100mg that Greg refers to, where am I able to check that? The Samsung external drive has heaps of room, 1.6tb out of 1.8tb available. But I know that is not what he is referring to.


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20 May 2012   #12
A Guy

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The 100mb is the System Reserved partition. It holds the Boot Manager code and the Boot Configuration Database. If it is too small, or doesn't have enough free space, Windows backup will not work. To post a picture of Disk Management

Start> In search box type Computer management> Enter> On left side click on Disk Management> Post a screen shot of that for Greg (or another) to look at. I will post an example of mine, but don't be concerned that mine does not show the SR partition, as I don't have one

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A Guy


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21 May 2012   #13
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks again.


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21 May 2012   #14
A Guy

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I'm going to let Greg deal with this. Looks like your Disk 1 is marked as active, and not your disk 0 (C:\). And I'm not sure why that is. Greg will be able to tell you what's up there

A Guy
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21 May 2012   #15
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Just want to say a special thanks to A Guy and Greg for their expert help. Good on you blokes! I am getting an education here!
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21 May 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

You have five empty partitions on two Hard drives which appear to have no content or drive letter so that they can even be accessed. Do you know how you got these?

Go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View and unhide Hidden and System files. Then in Disk Mgmt rightclick on each unlettered partition to Change Drive Letter, click Add, then give each partition a drive letter long enough to rightclick>Explore its content to see if there's anything on it. If so post back a screenshot.
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21 May 2012   #17
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the reply Gregrocker. I made the partitions on the drives for use with Linux. On the same drive as the NTFS partition there is a swap partition, 2gb, and the rest are ext4 partitions except for the 10mb free at the end of the line.
On the second drive there are 2 ext 4 partitions and the rest is unallocated. The last is the Samsung 2 tb drive where I want to put the back up.
I am confused by your reference to Sony, as, to my knowledge there are no Sony parts in this particular rig. I do have a Sony Vaio laptop though.
The reason I want to put the back up on the 2 tb disk is so I can do a clean reinstallation of win 7. I want to format the 2 drives and put win 7 on the smaller of the 2 disks by it's self and use the other drive for messing about with linux. I have a win 7 disk I bought at a local computer shop and that is what I will be doing the clean installation with.
My daughter is working on my machine doing a school assignment, so I am unable to give further info or screen shots. I will do that when she has finished. Thanks again, James.
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21 May 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

I see now you posted different specs in the OP. What jumps out reading them is AVG bloatware in services. I'd replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials to see if problems go away. There is even an AVG Removal tool which the most bloated AV's require since they are like a bad infection: Download AVG 2012 Removal Tool

It's indeed smartest to put the OS's on separate HD's booted via the BIOS boot order or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. Be sure to unplug the other HD when you're installing or reimaging.

If dumping AVG doesn't solve your prob I would clean reinstall Win7 to be sure the backup and everything else functions correctly since you already have problems which cannot be assumed to be as a result of the Dual Boot.

If you follow these same steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 deleting all partitions on the target HD with the other unplugged you'll be assured of getting a perfect reinstall. Then after setup capture an image so you never have to reinstall again.
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23 May 2012   #19
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/A...zYgUVoZH85Qn4X
Gooday Greg. I don't know what happened with speccy but here is another snapshot. I am pretty confident that I have all the important stuff off this machine saved elsewhere now so as soon as I have time to spare I will follow your instructions for a clean installation. Thanks, I will post results. James.
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27 May 2012   #20
jamtin53

Windows7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/0...dcevBXFkjS6zxV

Update. I have removed the Samsung drive, formatted the Seagate and clean installed Win7 on it. It's going like greased lightening now.
This does not fix the dilemma of not being able to back up the drive and I will work on that through the week. Many thanks again to all who helped. Unsure about marking this as resolved as it isn't. Advice would be appreciated.
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