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system image backup - no harddrive option?

  1. #1


    Posts : 19
    windows 8.1

    system image backup - no harddrive option?


    Hi,

    For some reason, system image backup is no longer allowing me to choose a hard drive for the destination of a system image backup. Space isn't the issue, as the drive I want to back up to has more than enough space for my C: drive. There is already an image stored on the drive, but I'm reluctant to delete it until I know I can do a new one successfully.

    Anyone else had this issue?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 19
    windows 8.1


    Just to clarify, the harddrive option is there but no drives are listed and so it defaults to the back up to DVD option. If I refresh the list of harddrives, the list remains empty and it reselects the DVD option.
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ackoman,

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your hard drives in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to see what the issue could be. In addition, please indicate which drive letter you are wanting to save the system image to.

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    If you had moved the page file or a user folder that location, then that would be why since it made the drive a system drive and a system image can't be saved to a system drive since it would be included in the image.
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    Posts : 19
    windows 8.1


    Click image for larger version

    here is the screenshot of my disks.....

    i'm trying to back up c: onto e:

    thanks for your help!
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I don't see anything other than E: being shown at disk #0 when C: should be.

    As a test, swap the SATA data cable connections on the drives, and try again to see if it may with C: showing as Disk #0 afterwards.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just a thought, if there's already a backup at that location Windows won't let you create another one unless you rename the backup folder something else.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 19
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Just a thought, if there's already a backup at that location Windows won't let you create another one unless you rename the backup folder something else.
    Not sure that is true, in the past it has always given a warning to say that previous backups will be deleted - there was no need to delete it (or rename it) manually.
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  8. #8


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I don't see anything other than E: being shown at disk #0 when C: should be.

    As a test, swap the SATA data cable connections on the drives, and try again to see if it may with C: showing as Disk #0 afterwards.
    I'll try as you suggest, however the backup process has worked in the past with my PC in the same configuration it is now - i.e. SATA cables in the same drives and mobo sockets as they are now.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Just a thought, if there's already a backup at that location Windows won't let you create another one unless you rename the backup folder something else.
    Quote Originally Posted by ackoman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Just a thought, if there's already a backup at that location Windows won't let you create another one unless you rename the backup folder something else.
    Not sure that is true, in the past it has always given a warning to say that previous backups will be deleted - there was no need to delete it (or rename it) manually.
    Yeah, the name doesn't matter. You would only rename it if you wanted to keep multiple system images. Otherwise, Windows will create them there as usual with a warning that it may delete any previous image first.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You're right. I stand corrected, (sort of)!
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