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Create system image failed - "not enough space on disk"

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Create system image failed - "not enough space on disk"

    Hi there,

    I am facing a problem with the backup program of Windows 8. My computer (Asus with 250SSD) disk is new and I just installed my programs. Now I want to create a System Image using Windows. The image should be around 50go. Everything works fine until I get a message error saying my external disk does not have enough space, which is impossible since it is completely empty (500go).
    Did anyone have ever meet that problem and/or have advices to help me? I would like to solve that and not be forced to used another way to backup.

    Thank you,


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  2. #2

    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10

    Is your second disc formatted NTFS?
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  3. #3

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    yes it is! And today I have tried again to create an image but this time on a 931 go disk empty and the same error message error again. So now I am pretty sure that the matter does not come from mi disks (size, type of compression, etc.).
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  4. #4

    Posts : 22,630
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Vari, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What was the exact full error message?

    I ask because if you Windows drive/partition doesn't have enough free space to work on, then you could also get the error for it as well.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Hello and thank you for welcoming me,

    here is the sweet message from windows:

    'Threre is not enough disk space to create the volum shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for voulimes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"
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  6. #6

    Posts : 22,630
    64-bit Windows 10

    Yep, that includes your Windows drive/partition.

    How much free space do you have on your Windows drive/partition?
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  7. #7

    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Please have a look at this link, it's for Windows 7 but I think it would work with Windows 8

    error code 0x80780119 not enough disk space to create shadow copy - Microsoft Community

    And Why not use
    Macrium Reflect Free instead? Works a lot better than any inbuild MS backup option.
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  8. #8

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    I had the same issue on an Asus X202E notebook. The Recovery partition was set to 600MB and is too small for the Shadow copy to work. Using EASUS Partition Master, I resized my C partition down by 200 MB. I then copied the 128 MB GPT reserved partition to the 200 MB of unallocated space toward the end of the space leaving the unallocated space before the copy. I then deleted the original 128 MB reserved partition and then resized the Recovery partition to 800 MB in size.

    I was then able to create a system image to the D: drive. It was about 30 GB in size.

    Be sure to backup your data before attempting this fix.
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