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Windows 7: Help in marking a partition 'not active' for system backup

29 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Help in marking a partition 'not active' for system backup

I set my Win 7 64-bit Pro to backup my files and do a system image once a week on a 1TB SATA disk. As of last week, I had only used 450 GB of that disk for the backup process that included a couple of system images of my C: drive (I let Windows decide on how many images to keep).

Today, I get an error message that the backup had failed because the backup disk did not have enough space. I looked at the disk and there was 550GB of space still available, so I was confused.

I looked at the parameters of the system backup and found that this time the backup would make a system image of my C: drive and my E: drive (the 2TB drive that keeps all my games). This was not there for the last backup run.

I looked at the parameters for the E: drive and found that its partition was marked 'active' (the only other active partition was my C: drive and I have two other drives installed too but not 'active').

How do I mark the E: drive partition 'not' active so it gets removed from being imaged?

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29 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello rzn6jw,

The tutorial below can help show you how to mark the E: drive as inactive.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

If Windows fails to boot afterwards, then run a startup repair.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I successfully marked the E: drive partition as inactive per your instructions, check the status of the drive in Disk Management, and re-booted the PC. Thanks.

However, when I enter 'change settings' in system backup and select the 'Let me choose' parameter, the 'include a system image of drives C: and E:' still appears (even after a re-boot). If I select 'Let Windows choose' I don't know if it'll choose both drives now or just the C: drive.

Is there another way to have Backup make a system image of only the C: drive?

Thanks again for your help!
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29 Apr 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Are you able to unselect the E: drive?

If not, then did you move the location of anything like the page file or user folders to the E: drive?
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29 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Nothing's been moved except some savegames from my Documents/My Games folder to a folder on the E: drive.

Now it seems the same problem is happening on my wife's Win 7 Home Prem PC. I checked her backup parms and found that a data storage only drive had been added to her backup in the same menu choice as 'Let me decide....'. Backup was doing a system image of that drive along with her C: drive. However, when I unchecked her storage drive and rebooted, backup still thought it would do a system image of that drive.

Is there anywhere I can go in the registry to correct this?
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29 Apr 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of the Disk Management window to see if it may help reveal what the issue may be.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
Unless the E: drive is showing as a "system" drive, you should be able to uncheck it in the system image settings to no longer have it included in newly created system images.
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29 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I've attached two screen captures. One shows the backup parameter with C: and E: and the other is the disk management screen.

Let me know what you think.


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29 Apr 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test, see if you are able to create a separate system image with only C: selected (checked) and not E: using the method in the tutorial below instead of through Windows Backup.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
If so, then use the tutorial below to reset Window Backup. Afterwards, setup Windows Backup again to see if it will then let you only have C: when including a system image with the scheduled backup.
Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration
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30 Apr 2013   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have had a backup drive marked active (Seagate I think it was) it shouldn't really matter even though there is no reason for it to be active. Active is only the first stage of telling the BIOS the HDD could be bootable. Just being active shouldn't stop images being stored there. Inadvertently adding system files to the backup drive will cause problems.
You say
"(I let Windows decide on how many images to keep)"
I think this is not good practice. I recommend "Let me choose" and untick the image box in the schedule and make independent images using the "Create system image" box on the left. see
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Multiple images will consume shadow storage were difference images are stored. In other words take manual control and make one image at a time. Rename WindowsImageBackup to store multiple images as long as it is renamed back to WindowsImageBackup for restore see
System Image Recovery

You will need to eventually delete some images and just keep those over the period of time that suits you.

File/folder backup in the backup schedule is fine.
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30 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for all the advice. I'll try these and get back to you this afternoon.
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