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Windows 7: Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive

17 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive

I first installed Win 7 Pro 32-bit on one SATA drive to see how I'd like it. After running good for some time, I installed Win 7 Pro 64-bit on another SATA drive in dual-boot mode. I ran in 64-bit mode for several months making sure all my games and applications would work and then re-formatted the old 32-bit drive to use as a page file.

All during this time, Win 7 backup would backup my user files on 64-bit and also system images of both the 64-bit and 32-bit OSs. Now that I've essentially got rid of the 32-bit OS, I reformatted and renamed the drive. However, backup still wants to do a system image of the 64-bit OS and, now, my storage drive.

How can I get 64-bit to recognize that there's only one OS to make a system image of?

I tried resetting the backup options, regedit, task scheduler, so that I would have to start from 'No Backup Configured'. However, when I choose to decide what to back up, the panel still shows that an image will be made of my 64-bit drive and my storage drive.

There must still be something in the registry that I'm missing. Any ideas?

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17 Jun 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Can you please post back a screenshot of your full DIsk Management drive map and listings. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in Reply Box.

It's possible that backup imaging wants to save your storage drive because it still contains the System MBR which needs to be recovered into the 64 bit HD. But we need to see the screenshot to be sure.
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17 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

You're right. The storage drive used to be the first Win 7 (32-bit) drive so it must still have the MBR on it (even though I reformatted the drive, when I try to set up a backup, the drive shows that 50G is still in use).

So how do I (re)create the MBR on my 64-bit drive and get rid of it on the old drive?
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17 Jun 2010   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have looked at the tutorials in your first post.

Win 7 backing up old drive
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17 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Looked at all three. Didn't seem that any addressed the issue I have. Do you think the MBR on my 64-bit drive still has the Win 7 32-bit information from the old drive even though that drive has been reformatted (something's still on that drive because backup shows 50g still allocated even though I can't see any files).
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17 Jun 2010   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If your pagefile is on the other HD - that could be why it wants to back it up too.

Post a screenie of disk management http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
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17 Jun 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

We cannot advise you with certainty until we see the Disk Management screenshot requested earlier.

Use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.
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17 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Is this what you're looking for? Drive G: is the one in question. I moved the pagefile off this drive but any display of the drive shows 1g still in use.

Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive-disk-management.jpg


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17 Jun 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

The page file is on E which is why Windows 7 backup imaging likely wants to include it in image.

There are performance benefits to having the page file on another HD. THese issues and how to move it if you want are discussed further here: How to move paging file to another physical hdd in Win7

Two of the other data drives D & G are incorrectly marked active so you might want to mark them Inactive so they can't cause any problems down the road. This tutorial shows how to mark a Partition active using DISKPART from the Command Line - just modify the command to "Inactive" for partitions D & G: Partition - Mark as Active
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17 Jun 2010   #10

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Hi gregrocker

As E: is Disk0, the boot files may be on that drive.
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