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Windows 7: hard drives wont appear on backup list

22 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
hard drives wont appear on backup list

hey guys... i just upgraded from vista to 7. and i was gonna backup my computer.. but when i try to start the backup and choose which drive to the backup on, the only drive that appears is my dvd rom drive...


what do you think happened?

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22 May 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

So are you saying it doesn't see your external drive?

Is it plugged in?
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22 May 2010   #3

 

Alright try this

1. Press [Windows], enter [diskmgmt.msc] and hit [enter] to open the Disk Management interface in Windows

2. Now You can see all the hard drives and partitions of the computer system.

3. Select the partition which don,t have the Drive Letter.

4. Right Click on that Drive and Select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”

5. Now click the Add button and assign a drive letter to the partition.

6.After this your Missing Drive is Visible in Your Windows 7 Computer.

hope this helps
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23 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

yes its plugged in, and changing the letter still didnt work....

i can see my hard drives on WinExplorer and i can save or open files from them. but i can't see them when im trying to make a backup for my computer.

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23 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) Windows 7 backup will want to allocate ~30% of the target drive space for backup. Does that drive have sufficient space?

2) If the target drive is locked by BitLocker, it will not appear as a target.
If the drive is locked, Unlock it, configure and perform a backup, then lock the drive.

3) Also, Windows 7 will backup to a second internal drive, not to a partition on the same drive as the OS.
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23 May 2010   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't have any problem saving a backup image to a different partition on the same HD.
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23 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

hmmm ok.. don't have bitlocker and drives are about 80% free. any more suggestions?


how do i make a "Disk 1" i have a "Disk 0" and a "CD-ROM 0"
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23 May 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Manager?
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23 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

here

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23 May 2010   #10

 

try checking the disk for error if that's possible
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