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Attempting my first backup...

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    Attempting my first backup...


    Hi all.
    I am now dual booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Professional. I have two internal hard drives in my computer, and each OS is on its own disk. Windows 7 is on disk "0" in the below image and Windows 8 is on disk "1"
    as you can see, I have disk 1 split into three partitions, the Windows 8 installation being on the partition labeled: "New Volume (F)" The partition labeled "D" is solely for file storage.

    I'm now trying to configure my first Windows 8 backup, and I want to include a system image. I do not, however, need to include the partition labeled "D".

    Windows 8 wants to include that partition, as it is labeled "active". How can I make the Windows 8 partition itself the "active" one instead of the partition labeled "D"?

    Is it possible to make a system image that just includes a single partition on a hard drive?

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    Hello Philippo,

    When you installed the last OS (Windows 8 ?) while setting up the dual boot, did you have both disks connected at the time?
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    Yes, I did, W8 was a clean installation.
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    In that case, you could mark the D: partition as inactive.

    Next, test to make sure you are still able to boot to Windows 8 at startup. If not, then boot into Windows 7, and mark the D: partition active again. If yes, then you are good to go, and the partition should no longer be included in the system image by default.
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    Booted successfully -- worked like a charm, thanks!
    Should I mark the Windows 8 partition "active" now or just leave it as it is?
    Last edited by philippo; 05 Jan 2013 at 15:48.
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    You're welcome.

    No, you would want to leave it as is as "inactive".
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    Almost there, I think...marking the "D" partition as inactive worked and it appears that way in Disk Management also (as seen below)

    Windows 8 still wants to include it in the "system image" though, and I simply don't have the room on my external backup drive to do that (if I did, I would just go ahead with it...)

    Any more ideas?
    Thanks for your guidance so far!
    Philip
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    Did you move anything like your user folders, user profile, page file, etc.... to the D partition?
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    Could very well be...I was tossing a lot of stuff there to "store" in case one of the OS's went south. I will take a closer look at it when I get a chance later...thanks for the clue.
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    I finally took a pretty close look at all the data I put on that partition and nothing matches the criteria you mentioned... any other ideas?
    Philip
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