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Windows 7: Can't Backup C: using WIN 7 Backup & Restore ?

08 Feb 2014   #1
nikev216

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 
Can't Backup C: using WIN 7 Backup & Restore ?

a) I'm trying to create an image of my C: Drive using Windows 7 Backup & Restore.
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b) Win 7 automatically selects my D: drive as the save location, but also warns there may not be enough available disk space, which makes no sense as there's 251 GB free space on D:
(screenshot 2) http://s4.postimg.org/qrfmzq3wt/sc2.png


c) In the next step I find that Windows 7 is attempting to back up two drives at once, drive C: and drive E: there are no Windows files on E:
(screenshot 3) http://s14.postimg.org/jr1drq1zl/sc3.png


I haven't a clue what's going on, any advice appreciated ? tia


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08 Feb 2014   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Nikev,

Did you move any of your user folders or the page file to your E: drive? If so, then E: would be considered a system drive and would be included in the system image by default since it would be required to run Windows.

Considering the size of your E: drive, this would be why you get a warning that your D: drive may not have enough free space on it to be able to save a system image including the C: drive and E: drive. The image may fail due to the size required and what may or may not be available on D:.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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08 Feb 2014   #3
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

If you would like to post a screenshot of your Disk Management, all drives visible, it could help: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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08 Feb 2014   #4
nikev216

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
 
 

I just checked in Disc Management and saw that E: and C: were both marked as "active" drives ... hence windows included both, found this excellent fix for marking my E: drive as "inactive", did the fix and all is now good. Thanks so much for the heads up guys ... was on the brink of doing a fresh install,

marked as solved (and very happy)!

LINK: Partition - Mark as Inactive

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08 Feb 2014   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Great news.
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