Quote: Originally Posted by brother
Hi, I've tried to set up an image backup on my second internal hard drive but it says: " A system image cannot be saved on a drive that your computer boots from or that Windows is installed on"
My windows is on my SSD drive and I'm trying to backup to a sata drive. Please help !
As was suggested, if your SATA drive was originally your one internal hard drive and you upgraded to add the SSD, depending on how you did that re-install of Windows 7 it's possible your BIOS is still pointing to the SATA drive as the "boot drive", so the Windows 7 install put the 100MB "system reserved" partition on that drive, and then installed the OS itself on the SSD when you pointed there as the target for the Windows 7 install.
The boot manager files are always placed on the "boot drive" as set by your BIOS settings, and from there Boot Manager can load the OS from any other drive.
If you can look at DISKMGMT.MSC, the "active" partition (one one of your two drives) is where that "boot manager" was installed (typically in the 100MB "system reserved", but it could actually be in yet another partition coming from some old WinXP or even Win98 environment, when boot manager files were placed in that very same partition). So if your SATA drive has a partition which shows as "active", then that is why it is considered part of the boot process and cannot be used to hold a system image.
As was requested, posting the expanded full-screen output from DISKMGMT.MSC with columns spread so that we can read all the text in each field would let us help you further.
Also, please look in your BIOS setup and determine which of your two drives is considered that "boot drive", i.e. "hard disk #1" or something like that in "boot sequence".