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Creating image fails - says not enough space

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    Creating image fails - says not enough space


    I'm trying to use Windows 7 File Recovery to create an image on an external drive. When initiate the process, the app says that there is 700 GB free space on the drive, which is correct. And that it may require up to 70 GB. But when I start the process, it fails after a few seconds and says there is not enough space on the drive. I've disconnected the drive and rebooted, get the same result. The drive is a Seagate GoFlex 2 TB. Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    It could be the 100mb recovery partition that has less than 50mb of space. I've had that happen, it will usually resolve itself on a short period of time.
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    I've just looked at Disk Management. The Recovery Partition is 500 MB. What is something that small used for, and how will this resolve itself? Thanks
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    Now I am thinking that I need to go into the System Protection tab and set up System Protection space on the target drive. I will try that later today.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    I think that process wants to do it initially on your main system drive, can't to point it to where you want to store the image file?
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    If when you say "process" you mean the process of creating the image - it selected the external drive as the target drive for the image automatically. Then gave the error when I started the image creation.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Hm, well it should say the size of the file it wants to create, maybe it is just too large for the available space on your target drive? This happened to me when I was making an Easy Transfer backup, it was making a 300 GB file, and I had to stick a drive in there that had that much free.
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    It wants to create a 70 GB file. There is 700 GB available space.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Does it use some kind of staging area on the main hard drive? How much space do you have on the system drive?

    I found "Windows 7 File Recovery" in my control panel, is that what you are using? I don't know why it says "Windows 7" but it is Windows 8.

    Ok, I set it to "Use Network Backup" and it found a drive that had 300 GB free. It seems like it will allow me to send it there. None of my local drives can accommodate 300 GB, and it does not let me choose the items unless I find a space that has at least 300 GB free.

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    Stick your 700 GB drive into a network drive, and choose THAT as the location
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    It could be the 100mb recovery partition that has less than 50mb of space. I've had that happen, it will usually resolve itself on a short period of time.
    I concur, this is worth checking.

    1. Open diskmgmt.msc
    2. Right-click the system reserved partition -> Change drive letters and paths -> Assign a letter
    3. Open the partition in File Explorer and enable hidden files and folders.
    4. Post the screenshot.

    If you can't figure out step 2, post the full screen capture from step 1.
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