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On a Partitioned Drive, only C Drive shows up during Windows Backup Attempt


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#1 kranklebird

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

I would like to create a system image, but I need D to show up as a location to create a system image to.  Right now Windows prompts me to save to C, and D doesn't show up as an option.  This is not desirable because C is where the Windows 7 Starter OS boots. 

 

This is my current storage usage breakdown:

1 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:100 GB) (Free:78.99 GB) NTFS
2 Drive d: () (Fixed) (Total:122.87 GB) (Free:94.18 GB) NTFS

 

(I have no files saved on the computer, only the OS and apps.)

 

Is D not showing up as a save location maybe because of the size required for the backup?  How much space is needed?  

 

Also, is a system image the same as a backup or does a backup do more?

 

My main goal here is to do a system image backup to D (since can't afford external storage right now) to save the exact image of the machine at this point in time, including internet/extensions/settings.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:07 AM

Just a suggestion...don't use the Windows Backup tool, use something like Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx and read the instructions for using it before attempting anything.

 

I don't know anything about the Windows tool, hever have used it.

 

As for "system image" versus "backup" versus any other terminology...it's a matter of semantics, IMO.  IMO, you want a backup, not a duplicate of the Windows partition. which is what many of us consider a "system image" to be.

 

In Macrium...simply see that the Windows partition is checked...then press the Image This Disk option.  You will then be presented with changeable folder/partition options for storing the backup file (which will be an .img file).

 

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Edited by hamluis, 12 October 2013 - 10:07 AM.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:57 PM

So great thank you Louis.  I will try that the next couple days then post my results here.  Thank you again.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Let us know how the effort goes.

 

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:47 PM

 the windows built-in Backup and Restory is powerul enough to do backup tasks,  the reason your D drive didn't show up may because you had not click the drop-down optional list.  refresh more times to regain it .  if that doesn't work, you can just follow the step as hamluis advised. try some other third software. i find a system backup tutorial for you on google






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