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Windows 7: Win 7 backup fails to complete

11 Dec 2013   #1
absc

Windows 7 Enterprise 64
 
 
Win 7 backup fails to complete

I have just installed a 250GB ssd for my OS, progs and a relatively small My Documents. I'm storing Pictures and Videos data on a 1TB internal disk and I have redirected My Videos and My Pictures to that drive. I'm backing up to an external 1 TB disk, but backup doesn't complete.

Properties shows 94 GB of the ssd used, leaving 137 GB free, and 358 GB of the data disk used, with 573 GB free. So what gives and how do I get a system backup? I have tried with My VIdeos and My Pictures folder locations restored to the default user folders which are empty and I get the same result.

I'm including the disk manager report.

PC is i7 with 8GB RAM running Windows 7 Pro.




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11 Dec 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi absc,

Personally I never liked Windows backup utility.

You might want to try these.

Best Backup Software for home users.
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11 Dec 2013   #3
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

I agree with Archer.

If you purchase a Seagate, WD or Maxtor, you can get the Acronis Trueimage software (free) and make an image of your OS and

put it on your external hdd or another internal hdd.

If you need to recover your OS ( including programs, updates, etc) you can do it with a few clicks.

You can also use Easeus for free and any hdd will work.

Seagate - DiscWizard | Seagate

WD - WD Support



Easeus - EASEUS Todo Backup Free 6.1 Download for Windows / FileHorse.com

When downloading programs, pay attention to any garbage it might want to add.
Check "Custom" and uncheck the extras and on following pages, click "decline".
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11 Dec 2013   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It's the 100MB partition (it holds the bootmanager and bootmenu) that's almost full!
Why not simply delete that partition and do a startup repair? System Reserved Partition - Delete
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11 Dec 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
It's the 100MB partition (it holds the bootmanager and bootmenu) that's almost full!
Why not simply delete that partition and do a startup repair? System Reserved Partition - Delete
Good catch. But instead of 3 times Startup/Repair I would just copy the bootmgr to C and then get rid of the 100MB bugger.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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11 Dec 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
It's the 100MB partition (it holds the bootmanager and bootmenu) that's almost full!
Why not simply delete that partition and do a startup repair? System Reserved Partition - Delete
Good catch. But instead of 3 times Startup/Repair I would just copy the bootmgr to C and then get rid of the 100MB bugger.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
That copies bootmgr and bootmenu to C. It marks C as ACTIVE. All fine.
But what happens with WINRE if it's located on the 100MB partition??? Answer: it stays there. Very unlikely any relevant software or recovery stuff is in 100MB partition, but it is possible.
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11 Dec 2013   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

There's lots of things in that "System Reserved" partition you don't normally see.


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11 Dec 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I wonder how the reserve partition got so full.
Opps carwiz we posted at the same time.
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11 Dec 2013   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

The OP needs to get those "Boot" partitions off the other disks, unless he's booting from them.

Also, you can't run MSBackup to a disk that contains system files.
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13 Dec 2013   #10
absc

Windows 7 Enterprise 64
 
 

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to this thread although many of the comments were above my head.

I got a disk and partition backup OK using Acronis True Image. I couldn't find where to make a system repair disk with Acronis so I made one using MS backup. Am I right in thinking that if I have a disaster I can boot up with the MS system repair disk and restore from the Acronis backup? I've never had to do a restore before!

I don't know why the c: system reserved partition is so full. I remember noticing before I reinstalled my programs, including a fairly massive video editor, that it was nearly empty. I'm thinking of uninstalling a few progs starting with the editor to see if gets rid of a few files. I'm very reluctant to simply delete files from it even if I knew how and I don't know enough to start fiddling with the registry. I'm worried that being nearly full the system will start getting unstable. Is there any way of increasing its size above a measly 100 MB without rebuilding the system?

What would happen if I do a disk clean?

Thanks
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