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Windows 7: Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

19 Apr 2011   #1
damien76

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Just earlier I was to make an image backup of my Win7 pc. I am using DiscWizard and just went through the it but was rprised to see that there is no "system reserved" in the Partition Selection box. Previously there was a checkbox and a System Reserved. Please see image attached.



It always had that there as a selection. I remember it vividly because I also asked it here in a pevious thread and made it a point to remember to include it(check the checkbox) because it would cause a non-boot.

I exited DiscWizard and went to My Computer and I am surprised to see that there is also no System Reserved reflected there. Please see image attached.



Previously I installed Paragon Backup and Restore 10 Suite(Twitter edition) and removed Seagate DiscWizard. PBR10 has file/folder backup option that I would like to test. Encountered problems as PBR would not recognize the folder backup did(3 out of 3 errors. It would detect the archive but when I was to verify the integrity I cannot go to "Next"because of it). So uninstalled PBR. Re-installed Seagate DiscWizad.

Now I see that there is no System Reserved.

(1)What is wrong there...? Am I missing something...? What can I do to make it appear again?

I went through making the image backup and validate it. It was okay. I attempted to do a restore via the Linux cd at boot. It went through normally (Partition and Disc to restore > Primary/Active and the MBR).



After the restore. I rebooted and I had an autocheck error..skipping autocheck..then it would not boot up and Windows recommended to perform troubleshooting. This is the first time I encountered using an image backup (using DiscWizard) and did not boot. This one made without the System Reserved. So I think that is the problem..the reason I sought help here.

Short of re-formatting again. I booted to XP( I am dual booting) and performed the DiscWizard image restore there in Windows(did not use the Linux cd). I restored the same image backup created without the System Reserved seen. It booted and continued to Windows 7 (using it now actually).

Thinkig it was a glitch of some sort with DiscWizard, I uninstalled it and re-installed it again. The System Reserved is also not there...

Some questions if I may again:

(2) Is it really the absence of the System Reserved upon the creation of the image who is at fault?
(3) If so, why was I able to successfully "boot-continue-to-Windows" with the same image created with the System Reserved not seen?

(4)As I am dual-booting,

i. when I create a Windows 7 image backup in XP can I/or is it advisable to restore Windows 7 in XP (in Windows)..? vice versa(create an XP image backup within Windows 7 and restore it via Windows 7)
ii. or is it more advisable to restore on it's own OS(Windows mode)

(5) again as mentioned in "1", how can I make the System Reserved appear again to I can select it when I make an image backup..?

(6) What just happened to me there...? I am at a loss there and the only culprit I see is that the installation/uinstallation of Paragon BR10 Suite and DiscWizard...

I really am confused right now about this one. I have created a new image backup from what I have restored from but have not tested it yet. Got tired all too suddenly and I need to have a grasp of what happened first before deciding what to do.

Please help me.

Thank you all.

damien




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19 Apr 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Have you tried running Win7 Backup imaging? Type backup in Start Search box, see what it wants to save to another HD.
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19 Apr 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Didn't follow all your post. But assuming your PC is booting ok, the system reserved partition booting functions have been transferred to the Windows OS partition (called Boot!!!). Maybe you did a system repair at some stage.
Open Disk management C: should show (system,boot,active...).

Windows imaging automatically (no choice) includes the system reserved partition. With 3rd party imaging YOU must explicitly include it in the image partition set.

To recreate a system reserved see
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management
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20 Apr 2011   #4
damien76

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hello;

Thank for the reply guys.

@gregrocker;

Please see image attached on Disc Managament. Labeled with the drives I use. I do dual boot via the BIOS where I change the boot options.




Quote:
Have you tried running Win7 Backup imaging? Type backup in Start Search box, see what it wants to save to another HD.
--Will try this one later and will be back here.

@mjf;

Kindly see image attached. Is that the Boot Folder you are referring to in C:\...?
How can I get it back from that folder..?






Quote:
Maybe you did a system repair at some stage.
-- I do not remember. Seems I had. When I encounter problems with booting or freezing I load the image backup. Have not used this pc for quite sometime.

----

What can I do further? What steps should I do now?

Thanks again guys!

damien
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20 Apr 2011   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Looks fine to me - why do you want to change anything?

Installing/uninstalling a program, or attempting to make folder backups cannot delete a partition, resize the windows partition, and make it system.


Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc-boot.jpg


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21 Apr 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Not sure how your Disk mgmt screenshot ended up in SIW2's reply post above, but it looks correct.

We know XP is booting off the Win7 partition since it's the only one which is marked System (hold the boot files), which is fine as long as DIsk 1 Win7 HD stays set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

There is no System Reserved partition. Adding one will be difficult and may not succeed.
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21 Apr 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Not sure how your Disk mgmt screenshot ended up in SIW2's reply post above, but it looks correct.
OP's post #4

The OP had a question about my reference to ..(system, boot, active)...
I didn't respond because I assumed SIW2 did.

He could add a system reserved partition to C: I think. It's not necessary but it may better separate Windows 7 from XP by having the BCD in a separate System reserved partition.
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22 Apr 2011   #8
damien76

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

 
Hello guys;


Thanks very much for the reply there and explanations. Allow me to ask further.


@gregrocker;
Quote:
We know XP is booting off the Windows 7 partition since it's the only one which is marked System (hold the boot files), which is fine as long as DIsk 1 Windows 7 HD stays set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.
--I set it the Windows 7 partition as boot1 when I use Windows 7 but when I use Autocad I set boot1 to XP. That is the way I use this pc though not always(reserved pc only). Does that "changing the boot options scheme" have any bad effect?

@SIW2;

Quote:
Installing/uninstalling a program, or attempting to make folder backups cannot delete a partition, resize the windows partition, and make it system.
--Thanks there. Now I know that "Installing/uninstalling a program..." does not have an effect with what happened to the System Reserved. That is what confuses me now...I remember that this set-up has a System Reserved partition (I seem to remember that it was 100mb or 67mb..)...but since it's okay, the dilemma I am having is that I might be experiencing another "autocheck error" of some sort and Windows 7 will fail to boot... Any ideas here...?

@gregrocker/SIW2/mjf;

It is unanimously stated that the partitions are okay at this point, and the safe advice is "no need to change". I previously have been adviced here from a previous post
re: https://www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/153731-system-reserve-image-backup-question.html

Quote:
Originally posted by Bare Foot Kid: If the "System" boot files are stored on the Windows 7 System Reserved partition and you don't include it in the image/backup the system will not boot when the image is used.
,that I need to select the System Reserved during image backup for successful booting of the backup when used. Correct..?

In the Disk Management image wherein the "Boot" is in the Windows 7 partition and there is no System Reserve..will the advice still apply..?

Now going back to the first post (sorry realy need to understand what happened..thank you..) the event I had with the "autocheck something error" was a no-boot scenario. Here's what I did in detail:

a) boot to cd (I used the Linux cd of Seatools for Seagate)
b) Did a timed-erase(5 minutes) on the Windows 7 partition.
c) Exited Seatools. Removed the Seatools cd and loaded Linux cd of DiscWizard.
d) Rebooted to cd.
c) Created new partition in DiscWizard.
d) Image restore using image backup(without the System Reserved)
e) Exited DiscWizard. Rebooted.
f) Autocheck something error.
g) Rebooted again to Win7 partition. Autocheck error again.
h) Repeated image restore via DiscWizard Linux cd. Same autocheck error.
i) Booted to XP and restored image there.

The image (with no System Rerserved selected) successfully booted only when I booted to XP did the image restore in there(in Windows).

Does this mean that having no System Reserved selected during image backup creation will always require me to do an image restore in Windows now and not the Linux cd?

Or,

Because I do not have a System Reserved partition (as seen in the Disk Management), image backup created regardless of having a System Reserved or not "should" be sufficient to boot to Windows either using the Linux cd or in normal Windows mode..?

Is the procedure (I mean --time-erase in Seagate Seatools then DiscWizard Linux cd) I did okay..? or not necessary to erase/create partition because DiscWizard will erase it just the same prior image restore?

I seem to have observed that doing that method the successfully restored image files (wether in XP or Win7) are bundled closely to each other(at the beginning of the drive --like an unfragmented drive)..or I am just wrong on this observation....

Guys, I really appreciate the help/support given here. Thanks really..for a non-techy guy still trying to learn this is a great help.

Will wait for your explanations again.

Regards,

damien
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22 Apr 2011   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Your windows 7 partition is the "System" partition - you don't have a separate one.

I think BFK meant IF you have a separate "System" partition - you need to back that up as well.

You don't have that.


Quote:
Because I do not have a System Reserved partition (as seen in the Disk Management), image backup created "should" be sufficient to boot to Windows either using the Linux cd or in normal Windows mode..?

Yes, it should.


Quote:
or not necessary to erase/create partition because DiscWizard will erase it just the same prior image restore?
You're right - it is not necessary
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22 Apr 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

BFK's comments are quite correct taken in context.

So I take it that drive 0 that XP resides on is able to self boot. That is if you physically unplug drive 1 (the win 7 drive) XP will boot. If the answer is yes then you are BIOS booting and what you are doing boot wise is ok.

If the answer is no then you are still booting XP through the Windows 7 partition and not an independent system reserved partition. Sure this works ok but it is not a robust approach.
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