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Windows 7: Backup Error 0x81000019 - Fix

Backup Error 0x81000019 - Fix

How to Fix Backup Error 0x81000019 in Windows 7
Published by mjf
18 May 2012
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How to Fix Backup Error 0x81000019 in Windows 7

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This tutorial will help show you some ways to deal with the backup error 0x81000019 which prevents you from creating a Windows System Image.

USN journal files can accumulate in the system reserved partition. If you don't have 40-50MB of free space then shadow storage copy in this partition can't occur and you get 0x81000019 errors when making a system image.

Try This First

First try clearing the USN journal files:
1) If System Reserved has less than 50MB of free space then continue or else go to Option Two.
2) Assign a letter to system reserved with Disk Management eg F:
3) From a command prompt run
> fsutil usn queryjournal F:
you will probably see journal files
4) clear and disable USN journal file from system reserved by
> fsutil usn deletejournal /N/D F:
5) Using Disk management, remove the partition letter F:

Try This Second if OPTION ONE Doesn't Help

If the above isn't the problem then you need to consider one of the following below.
Free Partition Wizard is a useful tool for options 1) and 2). It is safer to use the bootable CD version of the tool. A useful tutorial on the tool is:
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
1) Increasing the size of system reserved.
1.1) Boot the Partition Wizard disk and highlight your OS partition to the right of System Reserved (let's call it C: ).

1.2) Drag the left handle of C: to the right by around 100MB to create a region of unallocated space between System Reserved and c:. Note: you may drag a little by hand then go down and enter more precise numbers in the field shown below.

1.3) Highlight the System Reserved and drag it to the right to recover the unallocated space giving you a System Reserved Partition approximately 100MB larger than before.

1.4) You may find in this process you have a small remnant unallocated space after C:. In this case Highlight C: and drag its right handle to the right to recover the unallocated space.
Note: When using Partition Wizard the actions are queued until you "Apply" them. I prefer to Apply changes at each stage of the operation than in one hit.
2) Remove system reserved and include its booting functions in the OS partition
Here is a tutorial on how to do this.
System Reserved Partition - Delete
2.1) Boot the Partition Wizard CD and highlight the System Reserved Partition

2.2) Delete the System Reserved Partition leaving unallocated space.

2.3) Drag the C: partition to the left to take up the unallocated space.
Again I would perform the "Apply operation" at each stage.
Now your Drive will not be bootable because System Reserved contained important booting information. This needs to be transferred to the C: partition. This is done by booting the System Repair CD/DVD and carrying out a System repair operation 3 separate time rebooting between each application. This is described in more detail in this tutorial
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

3) Use other 3rd party imaging software
Macrium Reflect is highly regarded and comes in both free and paid versions. The link is to the free version. There are altenatives both free and paid.

Note: If you have a System Reserved partition it should really be on the same Disk as your OS.

23 Jun 2012   #1
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Great job Michael.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Nice tutorial mjf, well done.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I will add uninstall all of the unused language packs for completeness.
I will also add
1) Volume Shadow Copy
2) Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
Should be set to manual as per MS advice.
a check for drive errors should be carried out
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jun 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Is it ok for me to ask for help with this error here, or should I make a help request thread?

I recently removed the system reserved partition and have included its booting functions in the OS partition for other reasons. This has caused my backup to stop working and give this error.

I have tried a variety of fixes but none seem to work.

Also, is it possible to have set the system image backup to not include programs so I can use the 32 GB partition for my backups?

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

It depends how much is on your OS to system image. Your Disk Management screen shot shows your disk 1 C: OS partition contains ~ 700GB. This is way too big to seriously consider an image. The OS partition and installed programs should ideally consume no more than 100 GB and even this is high for regular system imaging. You need to get quite a bit of data off c: .

Your installed programs will be and should be part of your system image.

Finally, your destination drive for your system image needs to be large enough and an external HDD is preferable (ideally USB 3 for speed). A separate internal HDD is ok but not a 32GB partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

The problem is games take up ridiculously large amounts of space... probably a few hundred gigabytes on my C:... I don't want those backed up. I would love it if I could have 100 GB system images. I guess I'm going to start using EasUS -_-
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I'm not a gamer but for large games the best option is to store your games on a non OS drive. When running an installer change the install directory to another non OS drive.
Windows inbuilt system imaging should be fine with this. Also, the free Macrium Reflect is probably a more popular imaging program which also includes compression.
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