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W8 system image fails

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    W8 system image fails


    I'm attempting to follow the instructions here, to do a system image of my Dell W8 machine:

    Using Windows 8′s “hidden” backup to clone and recover your whole PC | Ars Technica

    As I go through the wizard, I arrive at this screen:

    Click image for larger version

    I don't have the option to deselect any of these "drives". I proceed with the backup - it chugs along, and then consistently fails here:

    Click image for larger version

    "one of the critical volumes is not having enough free space." It doesn't tell me which - but, it's certainly not the OS drive, this is a virgin system. Any ideas?

    adTHANKSvance,
    Dan

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    Never been to Heaven......
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    I never had any luck with the built in W8 image tool either. I used a third party program:

    Redo Backup Bare Metal Restore Solution GUI Backup Open Source GPL Recovery

    I still use it for linux, and my wife uses it for her W7 machine. Might be an option anyway!

    Geeve
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    The problem with that is you have to boot into a CD or thumb drive, and manually conduct the backup. It's easy to get lazy, and do the back every other day, maybe next week when I have more time, oh wait - was it last month I did a backup?

    Ostensibly this is an automated system backup - if I could get it to work, I'd rather. I can't count on myself to be diligent.
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    Hello Dan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Most likely this is do to something being saved to your "System Reserved" or "Recovery" partition leaving it without enough free working space to allow the system image to be created.

    Double check to make sure that System Protection is turned off for this drive if on.

    Since this is a Dell (OEM) computer, double check to see if there may be some sort of Dell backup program that may be saving something to the same partitions above. If so, either turn it off or change the save location, then delete any backups it saved to the partitions above to free the space up. Be sure to DO NOT delete anything else on these partitions, or you will no longer be able to do a factory recovery of Windows.

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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    Never been to Heaven......
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    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04


    I know the feeling LOL! I had to get into a habit of every week doing it, now it's second nature. Start it every week on Wednesday before I leave for work. It was just an option for you to consider. I like it as well because of the live cd recovery tools. In the meantime maybe someone else can help you figure it out...

    Geeve

    Edit: Brink got you covered
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    Thanks, Shawn (and you too, Geeve)! The tutorial looks excellent. I'll check out the System Protection, and see if that's implicated - and report back here.

    Thanks again,
    Dan
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    As far as I know you need a separate drive in order to create system images. A partition on the system drive isn't going to cut it here. Having system protection off or on has never made any difference for me when creating system images.

    Using a separate drive and Windows 7 file recovery works every time for me without fail. You can also partition the secondary drive in order to create multiple system images if required.

    The reason I like using the built in one is because I can't stand all the BS and advertisements of third party programs trying to sell you upgraded versions.
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    Yes, if you look at the screenshot above, the backup is directed to go to the "D:" drive, a Western Digital 1TB usb-3 drive.
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    I couldn't tell from the screen shot sorry, it seems that USB drives tend to cause problems with Windows back up for some reason, not sure why. I routinely image my SSD to another internal sata drive but never any problems there.

    It may help to partition the drive in half then format both partitions. Windows disk management is good for this.

    Using free Macrium may help.

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Enjoy it while you can. Looks like System image is another thing that MS have taken out and shot.


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    As far as I know you need a separate drive in order to create system images. A partition on the system drive isn't going to cut it here. Having system protection off or on has never made any difference for me when creating system images.

    Using a separate drive and Windows 7 file recovery works every time for me without fail. You can also partition the secondary drive in order to create multiple system images if required.

    The reason I like using the built in one is because I can't stand all the BS and advertisements of third party programs trying to sell you upgraded versions.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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