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Windows 7: Backup Partition


23 Nov 2009   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Backup Partition

I decided to setup the backup system, using a partition on a drive separate from the Windows 7 drive, but still internal. When I get the right click menu, the options does not include creating an extended or logical drive, only simple, spanned, striped or mirrored volumes. If I choose to create a simple volume, it pops a dialog saying that it would have to convert the drive to dynamic, which I don't want to do. I'm assuming that this is because the drive already has 4 primary partitions. In XP this wouldn't be a problem, so how do I create an extended and logical drive with Windows 7?


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23 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What are partitions and logical drives?
The partition manager should create the first 3 partitions as Primary, and the fourth one as extended.
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23 Nov 2009   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Unfortunately, I have 4 primary partitions on the drive in question, however I just realized that the 4 one was created by Acronis Disk Director recently, when I had it copy a partition from another drive. I guess that I'm going to have to delete that partition, but I'm still confused, because when I tried to use DDS to make a new partition in the unallocated space, it came up with a window to set the size of it, and the min. size on the slider was over 8TB, and the max. was a zero. Not only reversed of what it should have been, but many GBs bigger than my 500 GB drive, or my ~258GB unallocated space.

DDS 10 was released long before Windows 7, and I have never seen anything that said that it was compatible or not, but after this, I think not. Unfortunately, there is no DDS 11.
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23 Nov 2009   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I posted this question on the Acronis Forum, and got a response that makes it appear that DDS is another program that's not compatible with Windows 7:

DDS 10/Windows 7 Compatibility | Forums

I'm glad that Windows 7 isn't too expensive, because adding the costs of replacing other software is adding up.
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24 Nov 2009   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I deleted the partition made with DDS, and created a new logical partition, and then commenced the backup. I thought that it would only backup files on the partition which Windows 7 resides, but watching the progress, it was jumping around most every partition on the computer. When it got to ~51 GBs on a 100GB partition, the backup self aborted with the following error:

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The backup was not successful. The error is: Windows Backup skipped backing up system image because one of the critical volumes is not having enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again. (0x81000033).
How is there not enough free space, when it has only used ~ half of the space allotted?
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24 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try defragging it and trying again.
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25 Nov 2009   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I tried again, but it failed again. I deleted the previous backup files, and did a thorough format of the partition, deleted everything that I could find that wasn't essential. In the setup I only selected the system drive, thinking that I hadn't before was the reason that the backup was jumping around the drives, but later realized that waqs probably due to the fact that I had redirected My Music, My Documents, etc. to the partitions on other drives containing corresponding files.

When it failed, it didn't get quite as far as before, so my efforts were in vain. The only thing that occurs to me now is to eliminate personal files from the backup, because I got the impression that it was during copying them that the failure occurred. If I do that, will it be a problem, since the folder properties are pointed at partitions that would not be included in the backup?

About one more backup failure is going to cause me to buy the new version of True Image.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I had just done a fresh defrag.
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25 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Don't worry about buying True Image, IMO, it is unnecessary, and a waste of money. The built in backup works quite well. Did you defrag yet?
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25 Nov 2009   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You probably posted before I made the edit above.
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25 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Give me a day or two and I will get back to you.
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