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Windows 7: Computer will not recognise drive for imaging


30 May 2012   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 
Computer will not recognise drive for imaging

I have an external drive for using it as a system image but the machine I want to make an image for will not recognise it in Computer - only in DISKPART.

I set it up as per usual with the clean / create partition - offset / format = ntfs / active and when the machine searches for a hard drive to image to it flicks to D: (optical).

I tried this drive in my main machine and asked it to image and it brought this external up straight away so I am left wondering why the machine I want to image will not?

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30 May 2012   #2

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Hi John -

Everything is upside down in Australia so the inverted gravitational pull may be messing around with your system. (Sorry - couldn't resist. Cheeky Yank that I am!)

On a serious note, with the external attached to the machine you want to image, could you open Disk Management and attach a snip? It might provide a clue.
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30 May 2012   #3

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Hi John -

Everything is upside down in Australia so the inverted gravitational pull may be messing around with your system. (Sorry - couldn't resist. Cheeky Yank that I am!)

On a serious note, with the external attached to the machine you want to image, could you open Disk Management and attach a snip? It might provide a clue.
Ha ha I came from the northern hemisphere so I know what you mean - all the water's down here LOL!!

Now the machine for some reason is now showing up the drive in Computer this morning but I am still not getting anywhere with the imaging.

In the pics the drive shows up as what I think is a normal drive in diskpart but in the other pic is what happens when I try the system image - it searches for a few seconds then that.

Forgot to mention still not showing in Computer though


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30 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

If I might ask, why do you set the external drive as active?
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30 May 2012   #5

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
If I might ask, why do you set the external drive as active?
Only as I use whs 's little tut on making a drive ready for install - the diskpart stuff. Mind you it was for setting up a SSD maybe HDD's don't like it?
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30 May 2012   #6

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I'm thinking that the space on your external drive may be unallocated. If so, that means it wouldn't be recognized by system image as being "available". Or perhaps it doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it so system image doesn't "see" it. A disk management screenshot would be able to see how the external is being labeled.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7
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30 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I think setting it to active tells the Windows 7 backup application that it is a system disk and to include it in the backup.
It will then not allow you to backup to one of the drives it thinks you are backing up.

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30 May 2012   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hum here is shot of the disk management it is marked as active and has no letter so I guess that you are right in that it is waiting for an install?

Now that looks to me like a fairly logical assumption - if so I need to get it back into some sort of usable form.

I have the Mini Tool Partition Wizard if that is of any use or is it better to do it through diskpart?


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30 May 2012   #9

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I assume you are referring to disk 1, now marked active and with no drive letter?

I'd mark it inactive and give it a drive letter. I assume all you want to do is put data on it---namely an image file?
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30 May 2012   #10

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I assume you are referring to disk 1, now marked active and with no drive letter?

I'd mark it inactive and give it a drive letter. I assume all you want to do is put data on it---namely an image file?
Yeah thats the one ignatzatsonic and yep I just want it to do that system image.

I'll try the mini tool and see what I come up with.
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