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Windows 7: Target partition to small for image backup

02 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
Target partition to small for image backup

I'm using only 70 GB of the 883 GB (C): partition on my hard drive. I shrunk the partition by 100 GB to create a
new 100 GB partition for an image backup of the 70 GB of system and data files. Yes, I realize that an external drive would be best, but I don't have one right now. Anyway, Win 7 image backup claims that my target drive is to small for the operation (after xferring about 20 GB to the new partition). Does the backup software not realize that 70 < 100 or is there is more to this than I realize ?

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02 Sep 2013   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

LOL . are you sure it isn't trying to include other partitions in the image as well?
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02 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

Well. I did use the Windows default sources which included D: and C: , but that only added another 11 GB which is still considerably less than the 100 GB.
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02 Sep 2013   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

What do you mean by "(after xferring about 20 GB to the new partition)" in post #1 ?
Did you xfer 20 GB to the new partition, or did the Win 7 Backup program create 20 GB on the new partition?

You could also try a different Imaging Program such as Macrium (free).
Imaging with free Macrium
A link to download Macrium is in the tutorial.
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03 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

The Windows 7 backup program begin the image save to the newly created 100 GB partition without reporting any error condition. The save operation persisted for several minutes until about 20 GB had been saved to the new partition when it aborted and reported the lack of sufficient space message.
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03 Sep 2013   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

I know it's a personal choice, but I was never happy with how the default Win7 backup process worked, so I use Macrium Reflect instead. DavidW7ncus has a link to it in his post.
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