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Windows 7: sys image fails

16 Mar 2011   #41
Fat John

Windows 7 Ultimate

Will do. Thanks again.

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31 Jul 2011   #42

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

How to Fix System Image Backup (Cannot Create Backup).

When trying to make a system image of Windows 7, I was getting the same error. I found my 100 MB System Reserved partition had grown a large USN journal.

Firstly, assign System Reserved a drive letter (I will use B as an example)

Open an Elevated Command Prompt.

Fsutil usn queryjournal B:

Then I ran this command to clear and disable the USN journal on my System Reserved partition:

fsutil usn deletejournal /N /D B:

Defragment System Reserved using Windows Defragmenter (not a 3rd party Defragmenter).

This freed 48 MB. The USN journal on my System Reserved partition remained disabled after a reboot, which I verified by re-running the query. Subsequently, I was able to make a system image without error.

Remember to remove the Drive Letter for System Reserved after you have finished.

Hope this helps everyone?
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01 Aug 2011   #43

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

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