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Partition Nightmare

  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Good Lord, why is there a 500GB Recovery partition and another ~20GB partition? Is the 500 the target? That drive map does not make any sense, the OEM partition probably contains the Boot Loader, so you can exclude it. The Backup Image MAY be adding that 500 GB Recovery partition to it, which would make it gargantuan.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you all for your input. I was able to successfully image my system by creating a bootable disc in Acronis Backup and Recovery (instead of True Image). I am unable to access the backup data using the installed Acronis application in Windows, but I can get to it using the boot disc, so at least I know it's there now. Well, that's a relief. Thank you guys.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I think you boot using the disk, and it will prompt you for where the backup is located.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro


    XweAponX, yes that's what I ended up trying, but the Windows-installed application gave me the option to restore from backup while my desktop is running. I can live without it, just thought it would be cool if that worked. I have no qualms about booting/restoring from disc though.

    I do have an update though - Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 doesn't seem to work with Windows 8. It imaged the drive fine, but I was unable to write the files back to my hard disk after creating the image. Scary!

    I've read about Acronis True Image 2013 working with Windows 8, so I created a boot disc and will be giving that a shot (I have not had success with a previous version of True Image, but this will be my first time giving 2013 a shot).

    So, it looks like Dell (and Samsung, apparently) haven't left us with many options when it comes to backing up and recovering data. At least Acronis didn't have any issues with imaging the OEM reserved partition, which was the main issue all along. So I suppose that issue is solved. Now it's down to finding a program that is compatible with Windows 8.

    I'll post an update when I find something that works, in case anyone runs into this issue down the road.
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  5. #15


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Hey guys, thats not a 500GB partition, its a 500MB partition.

    A system image is @ 31GB , I recommend creating a new partition in your data drive of about 50GB and make your image there.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you for your reply. I was really hoping to get the image onto an external drive. I'm not so much worried about wrecking the OS as I am my laptop being damaged/stolen.

    True Image 2013 couldn't have gone much worse. The bootable media wouldn't even entertain the idea of imaging my disk.

    Guess I'm off to NERO 12. I wasn't really looking to spend this much just trying to image my drive

    I'll report back.
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  7. #17


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Is your ext harddrive listed in the Disk Mgmt? Is it the D: 931GB drive?

    Make a smaller partition on it 50-60GB and try again, theres no reason for that not enough space error,,
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  8. #18


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro


    Hi Brooklyn,

    My laptop has two hard disks, that's just the other one.

    I've tried backing up to an external 1TB hard drive with around 700 gigs of free space, which is definitely more than enough.. Also tried an empty 3TB. The "not enough storage space" has something to do with the 40 MB OEM reserved partition. From what SIW2 is saying, it sounds like Dell crammed the small partition too full of data for vss to work, which is causing the entire disk image to fail.

    I've decided to try Macrium Reflect 5.1 before I go over to NERO. I created the recovery media in a Windows PE environment from which I will try to execute the image. It gives the option to image while Windows is running, but with everything that's been going wrong I would prefer cold imaging now. From everything I've read, it seems to be working for people, though there is not a lot of information out on the newest build of Macrium.

    Thank you all for your continued help...

    I'll post back with results.
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  9. #19


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Dont give up the ship!

    How big is the external drive?

    Have you attempted to make it on your D: drive just to see if its a size issue or an external device issue?

    I believe your partition is too big for making an image, could be some safeguards built in, please try making a small partition 50 - 60 GB and try the image then..

    Troubleshooting can be frustrating, but im willing if you are..
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  10. #20


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro


    Oh trust me, I'm not giving up anytime soon! Having an image set aside is pretty much necessary for me. One external is 1TB, the other 3TB. I haven't tried it on the D:, but I can verify that both external drives are undamaged - they're practically brand new.

    I can create a partition, but isn't the image just saved as a file (or two)? I'll give it a shot, though.

    I was able to create an image of all drives excluding D: with Acronis Backup and Restore, but it would not write the data back to the drive, which I believe to be a Windows 8 compatibility issue with the version of Acronis I was using.

    I haven't had a chance to try the Macrium rescue disk with Windows PE, but I have high hopes. If I have enough time I will try it tonight

    Thanks for your help.
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