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Windows 7: I have not been able to Backup or Restore my C: Drive, nothing happens

06 Dec 2019   #1
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
I have not been able to Backup or Restore my C: Drive, nothing happens

I have not been able to Backup or Restore my C: Drive, nothing happens.


I have sought help but am fearful to initiate the suggestions just yet.


I thought perhaps a 3rd Party may have a way to safeguard my data before initiating the suggestions.


I installed the Free Version of Macrium 7.


I compared what it would Backup vs. Disk Management and found what appears to be a difference.


Perhaps the difference is why I cannot Backup or Restore.


I am attaching Images of both the Disk Management and Macrium map of my C: Drive.


What could the Fat32 Partition be and could it be the root of my difficulty?




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06 Dec 2019   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You haven't told us if there are any error messages.

Try using the proprietary snaphot driver

I have not been able to Backup or Restore my C: Drive, nothing happens-aomeibackupservice.jpg


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06 Dec 2019   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not enough space on the 100mb partition for vss diff area. You can use the proprietary snap driver as pictured in my previous post, or make some space on the 100mb, or use a 3rd party partition manager to increase the size of the 100mb partition.

Aomei Backupper


Aomei partition assistant

I don't think macrium has a proprietary driver and therefore has to rely on vss.
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06 Dec 2019   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

SIW2, OP could make a full image of the C partition, which I assume contains both the OS and data stuff, and for now, simply ignore System Reserved partition? Whether AOMEI or Macrium Reflect is used, doesn't matter.
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06 Dec 2019   #5
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

What seems odd is the 100MB system recovery partition is too full. I would format the unformatted to Fat32,merge with system, make image.
I removed system reserved partition on my drive
Fix for Low System Reserved Partition on MBR/GPT Disk in ...

Bill

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06 Dec 2019   #6
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
What seems odd is the 100MB system recovery partition is too full...

The 100MB partition shown in the Disk Management screenshot of post #1 is the EFI System Partition, not the recovery partition. Mess with the EFI partition and you won't be able to boot this UEFI system.


The 128MB unformatted partition shown in the Macrium screenshot but not in Disk Management is the Microsoft Reserved Partition (MSR). The default MSR size in W7 is 128MB, for W10 this has been reduced to just 16MB. This partition is always present on GPT formatted disks, but never shown in Disk Management. I'd leave that alone too.


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GPT formatted disks and the UEFI partition specification do not allow hidden sectors.[3] Microsoft reserves a chunk of disk space using this MSR partition type, to provide an alternative data storage space for such software components which previously may have used hidden sectors on MBR formatted disks.
Microsoft Reserved Partition - Wikipedia


Macrium will include both of these partitions in the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows. I have used Macrium to image and restore my UEFI systems and these two partitions do not prevent that from working.
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06 Dec 2019   #7
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Lynch View Post
What could the Fat32 Partition be...
The EFI System Partition, essential for booting your UEFI machine. See my post above...

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...and could it be the root of my difficulty?
No. See my last paragraph in the post above.


There is some other reason Macrium cannot make a backup. Please share any Macrium error messages. A full log of your (failed or otherwise) backups can be found in the Log tab in Macrium. What error does Macrium report here?
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06 Dec 2019   #8
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Not enough space on the 100mb partition for vss diff area. You can use the proprietary snap driver as pictured in my previous post, or make some space on the 100mb, or use a 3rd party partition manager to increase the size of the 100mb partition.

Aomei Backupper


Aomei partition assistant

I don't think macrium has a proprietary driver and therefore has to rely on vss.

Mike Lynch
Have you tried AOMEI?
Same problem?
Second opinion?
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Here is what the VSS Log has:


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4 Weeks Ago   #10
Mike Lynch

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just a side note / observation.
I manually attempted to update my System this morning.
I went to Windows Update.
Searched for and found an Update.
Tried to apply it.
Windows said I couldn't as another Update was in progress which Task Manager did not show as happening.
I decided to reboot my System and noticed that there were no Updates waiting to be applied requiring a reboot.
I rebooted and Windows started to install an Update and took about four minutes to apply it.
The message about not powering down was on the screen.
After it finished, the system restarted and booted.
I went back to Windows Update and 'surprise', the update I was originally presented with was installed?
Who knows what or why this happened but I Snipped all I could just in case it might shed light on my Backup problem.


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