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Windows 7: wanted to do an image of the C drive

08 Oct 2012   #1

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wanted to do an image of the C drive

hi, im having a similar problem

I want to just do an image of the C drive but it seems Windows thinks my other drives are system drives as well!

Ive attached the disk management and system image screenshots

Hope someone can help! thanks



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11 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

anyone?? Id like to get my c drive backed up in case i get more problems! thanks
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11 Oct 2012   #3
whs

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I assume you are using Windows 7 imaging (bad choice). You must have system files in the other partitions. Windows 7 imaging always rounds up everything that has a connection to the OS.

If you want to image C only, use this: Imaging with free Macrium This is a much better program anyhow.
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12 Oct 2012   #4

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Thanks - Does anyone know what system files might be on the other drives or is it just like looking for a needle in a haystack?
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12 Oct 2012   #5

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What exactly is Corsair Drive H and why is it marked "active"??

Can you boot with ONLY the C drive connected?

How did G drive become "dynamic"?
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12 Oct 2012   #6

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Hi
Corsair is just a memory stick
Not sure how G became dynamic!

I guess i could temporarily disconnect D and G and then do the image??
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12 Oct 2012   #7
whs

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If there are system files on other drives, diconnecting them will not work with Windows7 imaging. The image will not work.

The usual suspects of system files spread to other drives are the bootmgr, program files and the pagefile. The bootmgr could have been placed on another drive by the installer, but in your case it does not look like that. The other files (if any) must have been placed there by yourself.
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12 Oct 2012   #8

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I install most programs on either the D or G drive, not C drive - would this be causing the problem?
thanks
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12 Oct 2012   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mossy View Post
I install most programs on either the D or G drive, not C drive - would this be causing the problem?
thanks
Absolutely - that's why Windows 7 imaging includes those partitions because else you would lose those programs when you restore.

Should you use e.g. Macrium, you would have to image those partitions too in order to be able to restore those program files when the restore day comes.

I think it is a bad practice to install programs in other partitions - other than C. Only in rare cases - e.g. when the OS is on a small SSD and you install large games - that approach is acceptable. But with a large C partition on hand, that makes no sense.

PS: It is still not clear why D does no show up in Disk Management and C does not show up in Computer. Also G being dynamic is very strange.
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12 Oct 2012   #10

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Ah, makes sense when I think about it, windows is smarter than me

The reason i wanted to use the image was because Windows tried to do a system restore last week after failing to get past a BSOD during bootup
I noticed one of the advanced options was to restore a "system image" - so i was thinking it would be nice to have an image rather than reinstalling Windows again

My thinking behind only restoring C drive was that i already back up stuff on the other drives, so they are safe - its just when you have to reinstall windows it kinda throws everything off
But as you say, i would have to reinstall my programs anyway - guess i need a bigger backup drive, i could confine my program installs to C and D which would keep the image size down

thanks!
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