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#1 meetdenis

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:42 AM

Hi,

I have two HDD's installed on my PC.
The 1st one is 500GB and has three partitions, in one of which Windows 7 is installed.
The 2nd one is 160GB and has only one partition. I plan to use this one as a backup drive.

When I go to setup the Windows Backup wizard, in the list of partitions where I can choose to create the backup, it does not show me the 2nd drive partion. It only shows two partitions from the 1st drive.

How do I make the wizard display the 2nd drive as well?

Please help.

Edited by meetdenis, 08 June 2011 - 11:30 AM.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 02:45 AM

Hello,

It's been almost one week and still no answers! Can anybody help me fix this issue please?
I need this pretty urgently as I am currently without any kind of backup arrangement, and I do not want to install any third-party backup software if the in-house Windows program is provided.

Would appreciate any help greatly.

Edited by meetdenis, 13 June 2011 - 02:47 AM.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:51 PM

Type the following into the Start Menu, and hit Enter:

diskmgmt.msc

Maximize this Disk Management window, then take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool. Save it to your Desktop, then upload it to the internet (any file/image hosting site will do, I use http://imgur.com). Then post the link to it here in your topic.

Should look similar to this:
http://i.imgur.com/1hASx.png
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:27 AM

^^ here you go http://imgur.com/Jq7CM
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:00 AM

Just as I suspected...

Notice on the G: drive where it says "Healthy (System, Page File, Active, Primary Partition)"...System should not be there. Everything related to the OS installation should be ONLY on the C: drive. The reason this happened is because you had more than one drive plugged in when you installed Windows 7. By default, the bootloader (that's what System is, believe it or not) is installed on the first disk (Disk 0) in the system. The Boot files are still on the C: drive (where you told Windows 7 to install to), but if you took out the G: drive, Windows will not boot as there is no bootloader (which is on the G: drive) to point to the boot files (which are on C:).

Make sense?

That's why the G: drive is not available for Backup. Windows knows it is a "System" partition and keeps you from using it as a backup drive.

We can try to fix this by unplugging the G: drive and "repairing" the broken install (which might take some work), but the best policy is always to have ONLY one drive plugged in when installing ANY operating system.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:58 AM

Now I understand. Thanks a lot! Much appreciated.

But how do I unplug G: and repair the installation? Won't Windows refuse to load if G: is unplugged?
BTW, I do have the Windows installation disk and also a System Image disk that I created.

I hope I will not have to re-install 7.
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:51 PM

We should be able to fix this without a reinstall.

Before we get started, please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy.

You should end up with a link similar to this: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/NNtpp7Ido3EcH61ALaMRYxV

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