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a system image cannot be saved at this location

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#1 Andy123


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:15 PM

Hi all,

So I was trying to do a system image backup onto my external hard drive (500GB Seagate Expansion Portable Drive) when this problem happened. I got to "Backup and Restore" in control panel and for some reason it says that the backup has not been set up yet, so i went ahead and started setting up the backup. When it asked for the backup location I selected my hard drive but a warning message popped up and said a system image cannot be saved there. The reason is that "Scheduled Backup of system image is not allowed on removable devices". And if i try to use "Create a System Image" my drive just simply will not show up.


I did system images quite frequently on the very same hard disk until I bought a new 2TB hard drive which replaced the role of backup location. I deleted the original Image after backing up on the new disk. Also in an attempt to install Windows Server 2012 I partitioned the C: drive which i subsequently reverted back.


I need to do a backup on my 500GB so PLEASE HELP!!!


Similar Problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/windows-7-will-not-backup-to-hard-drive-system/3e6f61d0-2274-4709-aa2c-6a709401bb85?rtAction=1380686449118



Also, I would like to avoid using a third party software if possible.

I just burned a Windows 7 repair disk and I would like to avoid burning

another one.

Edited by Andy123, 01 October 2013 - 11:19 PM.

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#2 Adam Pollard

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:52 AM

Try deleting all volumes on the external drive and reformatting to see if that helps.

Type diskmgmt.msc in the search box and press enter

Select the disk and delete all partitions on it

Create a new partition, and do a full format on it (ntfs)

Try backup again


*Or* use diskpart - at a command prompt, type diskpart and press enter


list disk

select disk n (where n is the number of the external drive)





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