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Windows 7: Why can't I do an image backup on second internal hard drive?

11 Mar 2013   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I know you said you formatted F: but it still has quite a bit of data on it??? If any of these are system files then you would have issues creating an image on it.
So what is still on F: ?

The other thing to check is to temporarily disconnect F: and see if you can still boot.


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11 Mar 2013   #12
brother

Windows 7 premium
 
 

I was trying to make an backup image to the "F" drive using the Windows 7 own backup program.
But it wont let me!
I have managed to use Acronis to backup the "C" drive onto "F" the trouble is, I think that I will have to backup the "C" and the "E" partitions together using Acronis to be able to get a complete recovery if my hard drive fails.
The "E" partition was put onto my my disk by the people who manufactured my computer. I think that it is some sort of recovery partition.
I might just format the C and E drives and reinstall everything
The files in the E partition are here:

Why can't I do an image backup on second internal hard drive?-edrive.jpg


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11 Mar 2013   #13
brother

Windows 7 premium
 
 

I wanted to use the Windows 7 backup program but it wont let me. I've managed to save an image using Acronis onto my "F" drive but will I have to save both the C and the E partitions?
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11 Mar 2013   #14
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

If you are using the built in MS image backup under maintenance you have ti image it to an external drive or DVD/Blue Ray .
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11 Mar 2013   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You can use Windows inbuilt imaging (use "Create a system image" button) and store the image on any non system partition. This can be another internal HDD or even another partition on your OS drive. You do not need to use an external HDD. But clearly you need sufficient storage space (as you have) and no system files on the partition you are saving your image to. This is a fact.
You have not commented on the questions I asked in my previous post.
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11 Mar 2013   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Windows backup, in my opinion, isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, you never know what its doing. I'd use this: Imaging with free Macrium
You can Make a System image which will include all drives/partition in the w7 system and will restore to all drives. Also download the WinPE, it will be needed if you restore the image.
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11 Mar 2013   #17
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brother View Post
Still can't understand it!
I used Partition Wizard to make the "F" drive un-active and I still can't save a backup image to it.
I've used the Partition Wizard to claim back a little of the 2gb on the "E" drive though.
I have also checked the bios and disabled the "F" drive from the boot sequence.
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Just as a matter of curiosity what did "explore" in PW show in that F" drive??
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11 Mar 2013   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'm not sure Macrium will allow you to store an image on a partition containing system files. If it does then I'd at least like an alert because I think you're asking for trouble.
PS: Macrium is a great program and I use it plus the "blunt instrument".
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11 Mar 2013   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I'm not sure Macrium will allow you to store an image on a partition containing system files. If it does then I'd at least like an alert because I think you're asking for trouble.
PS: Macrium is a great program and I use it plus the "blunt instrument".
NO, he should store it on the extra drive as he's been trying to do.
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11 Mar 2013   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think this is easy to fix. Shrink the current partition on that drive and make a second partition and image to that.
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