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Does Windows Backup format the destination drive?

  1. #1


    The Great White North
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

    Does Windows Backup format the destination drive?


    I'm looking to create a system image of Windows, but my external hard drive already has a bunch of files on the drive. There is plenty of space for the backup, but I'm worried if Windows will format the drive.

    Has this happened to anyone before?

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    A safer option would be to us an image backup program like Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    If you do use it, don't forget to create a rescue disk.

    In answer to your question, it would not format the drive.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Does Windows Backup format the destination drive?
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