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Backing up Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit to 3TB external drive fails


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#1 Expert Novice

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:03 AM

Hi all,

Attempting to backup my HP laptop to my new Seagate Expansion 3TB plug and play external drive returns the error shown in the screenshot below.

After searching Google for a solution it seems the backup utility in Windows 7 is not compatible with high capacity drives over 2.5TB. Am I understanding this correctly? How am I going to backup my laptop onto this drive?
I did come across a proposed solution here but apparently this would prevent the drive from working with Windows XP. As I need to move file between the laptop and an XP machine this is not an option for me.

There is approximately 126GB of data on the machine and the drive is brand new, formatted to NTFS and otherwise empty.

Perhaps I need to use a third party software to backup? Please advise.

Thank you.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:15 AM

Hi -
I have been using the Free trial version of ACRONIS back up recently.
You have an option to back up to internal or CD/DVD -

Regards -

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:52 AM

Thanks Noknojon,

Would there also be an option to backup to an external drive? Is there a limit on the length of trial?

Regards

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:58 AM

I'm a long time Acronis fan, but you can also use Macrium Reflect, which is the best free disc imaging software available. And yes, you can back up to any medium you like.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:11 AM

If you are using at least one of either Seagate or Western Digital branded HDDs in the system, you can take advantage of the free version of Acronis' imaging and cloning software provided by each of those manufacturers. The Acronis software can be run either from within Windows or from a bootable CD, which can be created once the utility is installed on a Windows system (and it is a wise to create this CD immediately). The bootable CD will be needed if ever the Windows system is not accessible.

Seagate: DiscWizard

Western Digital: Acronis True Image WD Edition
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:49 PM

Thanks for the tips above everyone. I've been able to back up using the Seagate/Acronis software AustrAlien mentioned. Seems to be working fine.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:53 PM

Thanks for letting us know.
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