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Windows 7: Drive not availabe in Windows Backup

15 Jun 2011   #11
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Tutorial I finally found. This shows doing a partition on the disk but steps are similar to what I posted.
If you need it.
Don't follow it or you will have a partition.
I thought it might help give added info if you don't understand my steps.

Option One.
Partition or Volume - Create New


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15 Jun 2011   #12
meetdenis

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
When you get to the below left SNIP make sure NTFS is selected.

^^ Thanks a ton Mike. Will try that and let you know. But I got a feeling this is gonna work aready

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Tutorial I finally found. This shows doing a partition on the disk but steps are similar to what I posted.
If you need it.
Don't follow it or you will have a partition.
I thought it might help give added info if you don't understand my steps.

Option One.
Partition or Volume - Create New
^^ Yes, this I do not require and will not do as I have already created all the partitions I need.
I guess it was only that the existing partition needs to be erased and a Simple New Volume needs to be created to fix the problem. Thanks again for the prompt help.
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15 Jun 2011   #13
meetdenis

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
How about this for a thought. Windows backup reserves only 30% of the partition for backup. Is 30% of 160GB large enough to hold at least one backup.
Whoa! Never knew that. But I am sure there must be some way to increase the %age?
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15 Jun 2011   #14
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by meetdenis View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
How about this for a thought. Windows backup reserves only 30% of the partition for backup. Is 30% of 160GB large enough to hold at least one backup.
Whoa! Never knew that. But I am sure there must be some way to increase the %age?
I don't think so. Have you considered using an alternative backup like Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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15 Jun 2011   #15
meetdenis

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I don't think so. Have you considered using an alternative backup like Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Yes, I have tried backup software like Paragon Drive Backup, Titan Backup & Uranium Backup when I used XP. But I do not want to use a separate software when Windows 7 provides one in-house.

But I am surprised that Windows does not let the 30% limit be increased.
Especially when you consider that many, to minimize risk, will back up to a separate physical storage like a HDD, USB or a disc. How then, does the 30% limit make sense in this case? Just wondering at the rationale.
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15 Jun 2011   #16
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by meetdenis View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I don't think so. Have you considered using an alternative backup like Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Yes, I have tried backup software like Paragon Drive Backup, Titan Backup & Uranium Backup when I used XP. But I do not want to use a separate software when Windows 7 provides one in-house.

But I am surprised that Windows does not let the 30% limit be increased.
Especially when you consider that many, to minimize risk, will back up to a separate physical storage like a HDD, USB or a disc. How then, does the 30% limit make sense in this case? Just wondering at the rationale.
I think the 30% limit only applies to HDD and only when doing a full backup. I think if you set space management to keep one image and just create an image then it doesn't apply but you don't get the scheduling with that.
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16 Jun 2011   #17
meetdenis

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
On the storage hard drive right click where I made the blue X with circle.

Do this on storage drive not the OS!!!

Then click Delete Volume in the pop up window I circled in yellow.
^^ On the storage drive, the Delete Volume option is disabled

This is how my disks look. The G: is the storage drive
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16 Jun 2011   #18
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by meetdenis View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
On the storage hard drive right click where I made the blue X with circle.

Do this on storage drive not the OS!!!

Then click Delete Volume in the pop up window I circled in yellow.
^^ On the storage drive, the Delete Volume option is disabled

This is how my disks look. The G: is the storage drive
I believe that has something to do with it being marked active, also your statement here,

Quote:
I had XP installed on the 2nd drive earlier, and so I think Windows Backup does not show it as it identifies some system-critical files on it
And this,

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I have formatted the 2nd drive, but still no luck.
I also tried the Disk Wiper tool in CCleaner to erase all hidden files in the drive, but that takes ages to wipe the disk.
I'm not sure you did that successfully, looking at your disk management window.

And since it still shows almost 7gb still on that drive as well.

The fact that is the first disk listed might be a problem as well.


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16 Jun 2011   #19
meetdenis

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
The fact that is the first disk listed might be a problem as well.
I think the problem lies as it says G: is a 'System' drive.
I guess Windows 7 boot critical files might be present on the G: instead of C:

I fear this because when installing Windows 7, I had the G: connected.
Can this be possible? that Windows 7 is installed on C: but the boot critical files are stored in G: ?

If yes, I think I would need to do a complete format of G: before the OS loads. How to do that?

And if no, then what could be the other cause? and its fix?
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16 Jun 2011   #20
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You got it meetdenis.

System should be with Boot. As mine is below.

You may need to start over.

Plug in just the main HD to install the OS.
You can install the OS to your "C" and leave the partitions -or- wipe the entire drive and start from scratch. If you do that do not make the extra partitions logical. It isn't necessary if you have only 4 partitions and you cannot change them back to "Primary" without losing your data on the Logical partition..

This will get you thru deleting partion if needed.
Partition or Volume - Delete

Extend volume- put the partitioned areas back together. Just in case.
Partition or Volume - Extend

Create volume or parttion.
Partition or Volume - Create New

What I would do. My opinion.

1) Get what ever files you want to keep off the PC. Just in case so you have a backup. Flash/thumb drive?

2) I would repartition and get rid of the logical partitions. My prefernce but not a necessity. Go with what you want.

3) Main item. Use one HD installed/plugged in and install Windows. Putting it back on "C" is fine. System, Boot will be together.
Pain in the butt but I see no other choice.

4) Then we can get back to HD number two for storage. Once System is on C then storage can be formated.
Windows is using BOTH HD's right now so we can't change it.


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