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Windows 7 Backup Woes

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Titor, Dec 25, 2011.

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  1. Titor

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    Hi everyone.

    I have a three drive setup in my computer. All drives are physical drives.

    C:\ - 1TB, contains my operating system, files, programs, etc.
    D:\ - 1TB, backup files
    G:\ - 500GB, contains assorted other files

    I want to run Windows backup to write backup files to D drive. However, the computer does not recognize it as a backup device. It recognized C and G but not D.

    I used to be able to use it as a backup device until I had a run-in with my MBR. I eventually fixed the MBR, but it stopped recognizing it as backup device. I ended up reinstalling Windows for unrelated reasons, and it still doesn't recognize it. Is there a special flag that needs to be set for drives to be used as a backup?

    In all other respects, the drive is perfect. I can move, read, write, whatever to it.
     
  2. TerryNet

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    A screen shot of the Disk Management window may help. Of course, we want in particular to see the info for the "D" drive.

    TSG Posting a Screenshot (I find it easier to use the Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot of the window).
     
  3. Titor

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    Sure. Here it is.

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    First of all I do not like the Windows Backup program, I would get a REAL imaging program.
    There are several free and not free that have been suggested.
    I use True Image.
     
  5. Titor

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    Do you know of any free software that does disk imaging?

    I'm also interested in free software that makes incremental backups. (I think it would be cool if it backed up my documents to a ZIP file every month or so.) So if you have any suggestions let me know. :D
     
  6. TerryNet

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    My guess is that Windows will not use your "D" for backup because it is the System partition. Not sure that's logical, but since with Windows 7 the System partition is usually the Boot partition or a special ~100 MB partition I can imagine that somebody decided to disallow backups to the System partition.
     
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    This makes sense. Do you know how I can remove the System flag from the drive?

    Edit: Oops. My BCD store is on D. I'm going to export it and reload it on C.
     
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    Maybe with Disk Management. Probably with EASEUS Partition Master (free), and surely with GParted. (There are many alternates for those last two; those are the two I've used.)

    Then you need to set the partition with Windows as the System and repair the Master Boot Manager (unless that BCD store export/reload does the job).
     
  9. Titor

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    Hi, I moved my BCD store over to C:\. Apparently my system was booting from D: and this caused the Windows Backup system to disregard D: as a backup medium. It's logical, I suppose; they want you to backup to some medium other than your C:, for obvious reasons. How do I mark this thread as solved?
     
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    You can mark this solved using the [​IMG] button at the upper left of the page.
     
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