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Windows 7 Backup Utility/Active System Partition Drive Problem

Q: Windows 7 Backup Utility/Active System Partition Drive Problem

Ok so my problem here might seem a little complex but im going to go ahead and type it all out in hopes someone can help me out. Here goes:

Ok so I have a 160 GB HDD that Win7 is installed on. I have a slave drive that's 320 GB that has Windows XP on it. (I boot from the 160 GB Win7 HDD).

I have an 80 GB laptop HDD with USB enclosure which I want to use to make a complete disc image of using the Win7 backup utility from the Control Panel. The Win7 HDD has 70 GB used on it so I have enough space on the external laptop HDD.

So this all sounds good like ok what is the problem? So here's the problem...Win7 Backup Utility automatically keeps highlighted the HDD's which need to be imaged for Windows to funtion properly (according to the backup utility). So when I click the Backup and Restore option in the Control Panel and then click Create a system image, I choose my external HDD (the 80 GB laptop HDD in USB enclosure) and I hit next. On the next screen it has the Win7 160 GB HDD and the 320 GB Windows XP HDD checked and they are greyed out so I can not click either of them. So now my total backup is going to take up alot more space than the 80 GB HDD external can hold.

Solution I tried:

I shut down and unplugged the Win XP HDD from the MoBo and attempted to start the computer up. I received an error telling me that I have no active boot partition or something along those lines can't remember it word for word. So I shut down again and plugged the XP HDD back into the MoBo, powered back on, and what do you know...Win7 booted right back up.

So it seems like my Win7 install is dependant on my Win XP HDD being plugged in with it. Does anyone know why it is dependent on the XP HDD being plugged in and what I can do to make this not happen? I really want to backup my Win7 HDD but can't if the utility keeps the Win XP HDD checked and greyed out.

Thanks way in advance for an answer on this issue, I really appreciate it!

A: Windows 7 Backup Utility/Active System Partition Drive Problem

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Hi there,

Can any one help me, which one is the best Software/Utility for total system-backup ( OS, HDD partition, everything)??? Bcoz my child and internet viruses cause my PC always get some problem, then I had to install all the softwares, OS & restore data from my back kills long time.

So pls advice me whih one is the best tool for system snapshot or image or system back-up to DVD or DVDs.


A:What is the best Software/Utility for total system-backup ( OS, HDD partition, )???

Many use Acronis True Image Home or Paragon Drive Backup. But the "best" is the one that has the features you want.

Backing up to another drive, internal or external, is a much better idea than DVD's. DVD's are slow and inconvenient, meaning that you will be less likely to keep backups current, while with extra drives, the backups can be made automatically.

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
Drive Image XML
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

Commercial Apps:

O&O DiskImage
Acronis True Image Home
EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
Drive Snapshot
Keriver Image
Avanquest Copy Commander
Paragon Drive Backup
R-Drive Image
Norton Ghost
HDClone Pro or Enterprise
Terabyte Image for Windows
Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup

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I set my Win 7 64-bit Pro to backup my files and do a system image once a week on a 1TB SATA disk. As of last week, I had only used 450 GB of that disk for the backup process that included a couple of system images of my C: drive (I let Windows decide on how many images to keep).

Today, I get an error message that the backup had failed because the backup disk did not have enough space. I looked at the disk and there was 550GB of space still available, so I was confused.

I looked at the parameters of the system backup and found that this time the backup would make a system image of my C: drive and my E: drive (the 2TB drive that keeps all my games). This was not there for the last backup run.

I looked at the parameters for the E: drive and found that its partition was marked 'active' (the only other active partition was my C: drive and I have two other drives installed too but not 'active').

How do I mark the E: drive partition 'not' active so it gets removed from being imaged?

A:Help in marking a partition 'not active' for system backup

Hello rzn6jw,

The tutorial below can help show you how to mark the E: drive as inactive.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

If Windows fails to boot afterwards, then run a startup repair.

Hope this helps,

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Current Master Drive (C : OCZ-VERT EX2 SCSI (my SATA Drive) - 60 GB
Current Slave Drive (D : WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 ATA - 1 TB

My computer used to have a boot file set on my slave drive, but OS installed on my
master. So i eventually reformatted it so that my boot AND OS was installed on my SATA (master) drive.
Recently a USB gave a conflict to my boot priority and wasn't letting me boot with both my hard drives intact. Solved it by loading start up repair via a win7 disk and "repaired" it.
However, now there's the partition of my slave drive, that is marked as system, active now. Before it was just "unallocated space". How can I "shift" that over so that nothing "boot worthy" or "system active" is part of my slave drive?

Thank you for your time. Please take a look below at the screen shot.

A:System reserved partition (system, active) on Slave drive

Disk management (right click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management) should allow you to simply delete that partition if you don't need it. Just make sure you don't need it before doing so. I'd unplug the slave from the mobo and boot the computer to make sure everything is fine without it.

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We have three PCs connected on a network. One is dual boot with Win7 and Win10 (very recently sorted with help from Gregrocker) whilst the other two are both Win7 only with no System Reserved partition. What I want to do is to have both latter PCs with a System Reserved partition and remove the boot files from the OS partition. I know most people seem to want to go the other way but I believe there may be advantages when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only.

I've been going through the motions of creating a System Reserved partition of size around 100MB (without actually doing it - I can't use Bitlocker and I use TrueImage to backup/restore). However, it goes a bit further than just creating the partition as I have to get the boot files into it. I believe I have to mark the partition as active which would mean the OS partition would become inactive. I would then have to do three repair installs to get the boot files into the System Reserved partition.

I would appreciate it if someone would confirm this or put me right where my thinking is in error. I look forward to hearing from someone on this.


A:Changing from Active OS Partition to Active System Reserved Partition

Quote: Originally Posted by traceyw

I believe there may be advantages when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only.

I've been going through the motions of creating a System Reserved partition of size around 100MB (without actually doing it - I can't use Bitlocker and I use TrueImage to backup/restore). However, it goes a bit further than just creating the partition as I have to get the boot files into it. I believe I have to mark the partition as active which would mean the OS partition would become inactive. I would then have to do three repair installs to get the boot files into the System Reserved partition.

I would appreciate it if someone would confirm this or put me right where my thinking is in error. I look forward to hearing from someone on this.

I'd be curious to know what you think the advantages to this would be "when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only".

You appear to be on the right track if you want to go through with it, although I can't recall anyone else who wanted to do this. You might investigate the EasyBCD tutorial on this site which is used to copy boot files---typically in the other direction as you mention. I'm not positive, but I'd assume it could be used to copy them in the direction you prefer.

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Hi , new user here. Currently i'm having some problems with my window 7 home premium, any ideas how to switch the system partition status back to my system reserved? I tried to set inactive with diskpart for my backup Drive D: but it will cause BOOTMGR IS MISSING.

Another problem is that , after a certain period when the laptop is off, when i power on the laptop, it will cause errors such as oxc000000f.Apprently my drive letter will randomly swap around , for example My window drive C: will swap with my backup/system reserved letter, even switching back to the correct letter and startup repair it , the end result is no os files found on disk. a temporary fixed is to delete the drive,install window 7 then system image restore back again. Any help for this?

A:System partition randomly jump to Backup drive

You should only have one HD/SSD drive connected when you install Windows, the drive where you are installing Windows.
My guess is you had two drives connected when you installed Windows and that caused the issues.

To fix your current install you can try this:
- Disconnect the backup drive
- Run Startup Repair (run it 3 times with a reboot after each Repair)

Here's some tutorials about Startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
See if Windows will now boot successfully with the backup drive disconnected.

OR, if you're up for another re-install, here's a tutorial for a clean install.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
If you don't want to re-install, read through it and see how it compares to how you installed Windows.

When everything is working correctly with only the one HD connected, reconnect HD two (Backup drive) and remove the active flag

Disclaimer: I'm not an installation guru, so you can wait for others to post with advice.
The tutorials should at least give you something to read through for a better understanding of this ...

Welcome to Seven Forums !

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I was creating a backup boot disk for Windows 8. first, I created a partition on my 1tb external hard drive and named it "Windows8 Boot" (F
So, now I had two drives for my external, E: and F:.
I created the backup disc on the F: as planned, but when the action completed, both drives were gone and replaced with a "Recovery" drive wich replaced the E: drive.
Also, when I go to properties for this new drive, it says that there is only 30gb available and only 11gb free.

What happened? The partition was formatted to house a recovery boot system, yet everything was wiped out. Can I get my files back? Why didn't this work as all tutorials I have read and watched said that it would? PLEASE HELP ME!

A:Partition didn't work for backup utility

The guides you looked at were wrong or they referred to making backups with the Windows backup utility but it sounds like you made a Recovery Drive. A Recovery Drive does indeed create a new bootable system that you can boot the system and recover the O/S from and it does indeed wipe out everything from the USB drive in the process. You should have used a USB stick for it not your large external hard drive as you don't need too much space and it's suppose to be stored and unused except in the event that you need to recover the system.

You can try data recovery software as Recuva or any number of other programs but at least some of the data off the external drive will be gone for good unless you have a backup.

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Hey..I was having a problem since my computer shows "windows cannot delete the active system partition on this disk". Please help me out and guide me on how to delete the partition on which i have windows 7 installed.

Here is the screen shot :

A:Windows cannot delete active system partition on this disk

Hi Manish

Welcome to Windows Eight Forums ...
Your screenshot appears to indicate that you are trying to delete your boot partition which is on an extended partition.

How did you conduct your upgrade to Windows 8?

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I have Windows XP Pro. Every time the Backup Utility program runs an error pops up and says that the program has encountered a problem and needs to close. Is there a way to stop this message from popping up? Please help!

Thank you so much!

A:Windows XP Pro Backup Utility Problem - PLEASE HELP

You may want to close all files - including Turning off any Virus and Spyware programs.
After you make sure all files are closed. Try the backup process again
If the backup hits a file that is in use then you will get this error

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Hi from sunny Scotland UK!
First post.

I've been trying to back up my fresh install of Windows 7 using in build Backup tools and have run into a problem.

Previously in my installation, I had my Swapfile split between the C Drive(System) and my D Drive (Seperate HDD).
I tried to backup my Windows install but both these drives came up as needing to be backed up to make Windows run...not just the C Drive.

I thought..AH!
Its because the D Drive is registered in Windows as being used for the I'll just disable that in Windows settings (use C Drive only), reboot and all should be ok.

Thinking again I searched the registry for any Non C Drive entries relating to the Swapfile, found a couple and edited them out.
That should do it, just a reboot.

No...same problem.
The D Drive is 1TB and I dont have the space to back THAT up!
I've ran out of ideas....can anyone help please?

A:Odd Problem when trying to backup System Partition??

Why not just image the drive c instead of useing back-up ??

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My Dell XPS 8700 desktop has 2 disk drives, a 256 GB SSD and a 2TB internal hard drive.  I'm running Win7 Pro which boots from the SSD.  In March, something happened and I didn't notice it until now.  Whatever happened didn't effect the computer's performance so far as I could notice.  I'm getting a new computer and want to repartition the hard drive on this one which would involve eliminating the 'Stuff' partition (S:).  But I can't as it is now the System partition (see screen cap).
Anyway, what happened is an active partition was established on the hard drive in the 'Stuff' (S:) partition and that was also made the System partition.  Prior to March, the SSD's RECOVERY partition was the System partition.  Both partitions have the full complement of boot files and both are designated as 'Active' which I didn't think could happen (unless the rule is only 1 'active' partition per drive, not per operating system).  What I want to do is move the 'System' designation back to the SSD/RECOVERY partition.  I found a video on YouTube that gave me some BCD commands but that didn't work.  It did no harm, it just didn't change anything.  The attached screen cap shows what appears on the Disk Management screen.
I do image weekly.  Unfortunately, I only keep the past 7 weeks so I can't go back to before mid-March which is the date showing on all the boot files on the S: partition.
If worse comes to worse, I'l... Read more

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I was trying to install a software and i got this message from the software:
"Your Active Partition and System Partition are residing in two different hdd !. Please re-install
your Windows to fix the issue , and try our installation program again."
I have Win 7 64bit Ultimate on my C/ Drive and i also have 3 extra internal drives for storage, so  i 
am nt sure what exactly i have to do now to make sure i have only 1 active partition with out 
deleting any of my windows files or...


Thanks for any advice.

A:Your Active Partition and System Partition are residing in two different hdd !.

FWIW:  The active partition...there can be an active partition on each hard drive and the only reason for making a partition is so that it can be the boot drive or host an operating system.  If you remove the O/S, the partition will continue to be no purpose.  I've seen this on my own dual-boot  systems.  By definition...any multiboot system can reflect multiple drives with an active partition.
But...Win 7 is a little different from XP regarding this designation, I don't recall that XP has/had a tool for making a partition active...actually, I didn't know that Win 7 has such a tool.  Maybe it's done automatically when installing Windows but I don't ever recall using a specific Windows function to make a partition active.
See for MS explanation.
"Don't mark a partition as active if it doesn't contain the loader for an operating system. Doing so will cause your computer to stop working."
Seems to me that your situation stems from the fact that you only have one install of Windows...and you have an active partition on a drive not reflecting the O/S.
Seems that you can easily fix that, using the MS documentation.
Then...retry your install of whatever program.

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I recently tried to install a larger hard drive and cloned the disk. After booting with the cloned disk, the bios didn't pick up the drive. The MBR was missing. I tried several things and in the end ended up with a lost os. I had to recreate the partition. I still have all my old data on a secondary partition on the same hard drive. Can I do a clean windows 7 install on the primary partition and the somehow use the data on the secondary partition to recover all my old settings and programs that was installed.? Please help. I have no idea how I am going to reinstall all of my old programs, some of them I don't even have the installation disks etc any more.

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I'm getting the above error message from Windows Backup. In more detail:
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Error code 0x8078011E
Well I've retried and get the same thing every time, also tried rebooting, also tried googling the error code but no success.
Any assistance very welcome, thanks !

A:Windows Backup Failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition

The issue may occur if EFI system partition is locked or other application is using files on the system partition.
I suspect the third party security software protects the system files and causes this issue. Therefore, please disable security software temporarily and perform clean boot. Han
TechNet Community Support

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Hi Gang!

I was wondering if this would work as a poor man's backup system for Windows 7.

1) Take my daughter's laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate on it and partition the only hard disk to have a C: drive (125 Gigs) and E: drive (75 gigs).

2) Setup Windows 7 backup to backup data and disk image of the C: drive TO the E: drive.

Works OK on backup.... I know...I know.... if the hard drive fails, you loose everything.... C: and E: ..... but if you want a quick fix for virus attacks on the C: drive, or a quick way to restore files to the C: drive... this is ok.

Now... the 64 dollar question... I haven't tested this part yet.... but can you RESTORE the E: drive image of the C: drive using the SYSTEM REPAIR DISK ??

Would the restoration reformat the entire hard drive, and in effect crash the restore before it starts? Or would it just reformat the C: drive partition???

I don't know... haven't tried it yet.... have you guys tried it out before??

Thanks a bunch!!!

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

It worked for me the one and only time I tried it. But I haven't tried it since Nov 2009. I got my first Windows 7 machine in Oct 2009. I created a separate partition for backups and called it the G: drive. When it came time to use the System Repair Disc > System Restore option, it searched for the backup location, found G: and the restore worked. It treated that extra partition just like any other hard drive containing a system image ... C: was restored to it's previous condition.

But for the reason you mentioned (if the hard drive fails, etc etc) I bought an external hard drive in Nov 2009 and haven't looked back. It was also around that same time I learned about the free Macrium Reflect imaging tool. Much greater versatility than the native Windows 7 tool. If you haven't seen these...

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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I periodically backup my data files which is on another hard drive than WIN7 OS so this backup is not a system image. Every time I do a backup I do a restore to a dummy partition to double check the backup was successful. Anyway, I recently tried to restore my backup from March 2014 & the backup utility is not recognizing the file. It recognizes other backups so something must be off with this particular file.

I checked & it appears all of the catalogs & zipped files are present. Is there another manner or 3rd party software I could restore this particular file? The file is just over 100 GB. I should add that I have transferred that file from one hard drive to another since last March, but transferring should not be a problem as far as I understand.

Appreciate any suggestions

A:WINDOWS Backup & Restore utility not recognizing my backup file

zipped files? You should be able to open those in windows explorer.Or use 7-zip.

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I have Win7 and I had an extra internal drive acting as backup to my system. Well, the system got infected by a virus that I couldn't cure, so I figured that since I had a backup, I could probably just restore files from that. Well, I got Win7 reinstalled and then I went into my backup drive and selected the icon with my old computer's name (disc with green arrow pointing down), right click and select "restore options." Then, I get "do you want to restore files from this backup? So then i click "restore files." Then, a loading bar comes up that says "looking for backup devices" and then goes away, showing nothing but "refresh" and "browse network location..." as options.

Anyway, how can I get my backup files from this image if it can't see it for whatever reason?

Thanks for your help.

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I have Win7 and I had an extra internal drive acting as backup to my system. Well, the system got infected by a virus that I couldn't cure, so I figured that since I had a backup, I could probably just restore files from that. Well, I got Win7 reinstalled and then I went into my backup drive and selected the icon with my old computer's name (disc with green arrow pointing down), right click and select "restore options." Then, I get "do you want to restore files from this backup? So then i click "restore files." Then, a loading bar comes up that says "looking for backup devices" and then goes away, showing nothing but "refresh" and "browse network location..." as options.

Anyway, how can I get my backup files from this image if it can't see it for whatever reason?

thanks for your help.

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A few months ago I installed an SSD to hold Windows and application programs. The old HDD has all data and a separate partition with the old version of Windows, which I kept until I was sure the SSD was working properly. Now, when I try to delete the partition with the old version of Windows, I get a message that the partition is in use. Why is that? What do I need to do to safely delete that partition?

A:Old System Partition still active?

If its saying that your still booting from the old drive or at least boot files are on there. Post a screen shot from disk manager

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Older Computer (80G, 2.2MHZ) XP and Linux partition and working.

Drive under XP [hda] exhibits a high-pich whine (but not using Linux). it becomes uncomfortable to be around when it is running. Diagnostics are not any real help

I added a slave drive (160G) to the existing drive, partitioned a 80G area and reinstalled XP-Pro (and now I have family members moving their files from XP-first instance (hda1) to XP-2nd (hdb1)
The plan was to disable hda1 (first instance XP) and verify that we have all the necessary files off of the drive before reformatting the partition for linux use.

The problem? Under XP-1 the drive hda1 is listed as C:
Under XP-2 the drive hda1 is listed as C: and system and the drive hdb1 is listed as D: and boot

so before I can disable hda1 from access under XP-2 I need to set hdb1 to active and get the ntldr system files installed properly on hdb2.
How should I do that properly?

(secondary problem: under linux, when I try to have grub reinstall as the boot manager, it seems to hang on writing to the drive.)

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i want to set my third partition as system. because i have my windows 7 there clean installed not like in my system partition. i want to do this to make sure that any other errors and bugs from the previous OS in my system partition wont be transfered to my windows 7 there.

i tried to set it active through EASEUS and CMD but both no luck. my machine wont boot. i managed to get my machine online by setting my system partition active again with the help of SIW2.

can anyone teach me? or is it even possible? thanks!

A:HELP: how to set a partition as active or system

Ok, are you saying that you want to have a dual boot sytem?

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I had some trouble with vista in the past and had to reinstall (shocker) When I reinstalled Vista I also installed XP Pro on a separate partition. I split my hard drive down the middle. Anyway, I now would like to delete the volume and for some reason I am unable to. XP is set up as a primary partition. Is there anyway I can get rid of the XP partition to free up some space for Vista?

A:"Windows cannot delete the active system partition"

Originally Posted by davestaubitz

I had some trouble with vista in the past and had to reinstall (shocker) When I reinstalled Vista I also installed XP Pro on a separate partition. I split my hard drive down the middle. Anyway, I now would like to delete the volume and for some reason I am unable to. XP is set up as a primary partition. Is there anyway I can get rid of the XP partition to free up some space for Vista?

I did the same thing except with vista32 bit (C: ) and Vistax64 (D: ) I had 32 set up as primary-installed 1st. I wanted to keep the 64 (D: ) and delete the 32 (C: ) Problem is all the boot "stuff" is on the 1st installed OS (C: ). In other words both OS's use the same boot software (from C: ), the second to go in (D: or later) just leeches off the first (C: )to boot up.

I don't think you can do it. I couldn't see how to get around it and re-formatted (again, I have my serial key memorized by now) and clean installed it.

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Windows 7 64bit
Dell Precision Mobile M4500

Attachment shows disk manager screenshot

So I recently install a new SSD (Disk 1) into my laptop and loaded the OS onto it. I still have my old HDD (Disk 0) in my sata drive. Disk 0 has the system commands in the partition still and I would like to format this drive to free up room. I can't figure out how to relocate the system property to Disk 1 and though I am all around good with computers, I don't trust myself a whole lot with this because if I screw it up I'll have some serious boot issues. Any input on how to move the system property to Disk 1 would be great. I found this thread Changing Win7 System/Boot Partition without Reinstall but I want to make sure the comment by SIW2 will work in my situation.

Thanks again

A:Old HDD still has system in active partition. Need to move to new SSD

I'd unplug drives other than the SSD and boot the Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to confirm the boot partition is marked Active and run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I know this might be a very silly question, but I am trying to format one of my storage drives, and it seems like Windows does not want me to.

I have always only used it to store data, so why is Windows 7 telling me it is a system partition? Did Windows put data on the drive and start using it without even asking me?

At first I tried just unplugging the drive, but then Windows would not boot, so clearly it needs it for some reason.

I'm really confused as to why Windows needs this storage drive so badly. Could anyone help me figure this out? I would really appreciate it! Thanks~

A:Cannot delete an active system partition?

Please post back a screenshot of maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings with all drives plugged. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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This question is probably much like
System Reserved Partition or 3 others that popped up on the first page of search results.  If the solution suggested in
System Reserved Partition is correct, so be it.  But I wanted the chance to describe my particular problem so someone would check it out and tell me for sure how to proceed without doing further harm.
On my ASUS B43S Business Laptop, I have one HDD with 4 usable partitions the first 3 have installations of Windows 7, 10 and 10 Preview, triple boot.  The fourth is a data drive that I use with all versions of Windows.  Something went wrong with
my Windows 10.  The desktop and everything looked right, but a lot of stuff just didn't work - shortcuts, start menu, taskbar icons, find, etc.  I'd click it and nothing happened.  If was able to double-click the actual executable and launch
it.  Since I hadn't done very much to configure Windows 10, I just went to the repair screen and launched "Reset Windows 10".  Most things now work, but not all.  When I later booted into Windows 7, it now had many of the same problems. 
I went to Disk Manager (in Win 7), and this is what I found:
Notice that the Win 7 drive
is correctly set to C:, but the Win 10 preview is System Drive and Active.  Is it fair to say that this is my problem?  I had hand-coded the BCD a couple of years ago, it is stored on the S partition.  It seems to me that installing Wi... Read more

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A:How can I tell if a drive or partition is active?

Look at it in Windows Disk Management.

That should show which are active and let you move from one state to another--via menu.

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I received a notice through HP Assistant that I need to install HP System Event Utility.  After clicking install, the program begins to download and then freezes at the point where it is downloading and then nothing happens. I have tried to installl this program several times and have even waited an hour for download to happen. I recently downloaded Windows 10. Please help.

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I performed a clean install of Windows 8 Pro on Drive C. Drive E is marked "System, Active, Primary Partition." I want to format this HD and use for backups. However, my system will not allow me to format. I downloaded "Unlocker" and "deleted" folders and files, but the amount of free space doesn't change and I've not been able to empty my recycle bin. On the Internet, some have suggested that Win 8 puts boot manager on a different partition. This doesn't make sense to me. Any thoughts? I have GParted but don't want to screw up boot manager, etc. If I can't delete files or format there's usually a good reason. But I'd like to clean up this partition so I can use it for backups. Thanks.

A:Formatting A System, Active, Primary Partition

Hi and welcome to Eightforums.

Disconnect the E-drive phisicaly and boot your PC. This will force Windows to forget about the system partition on E. Shut down the system after succesfull booting.

Then reconnect your E-drive and boot again ==> Now you must be able to format the entire E-drive.

Another option is to diconnect the E-drive and connect it to another pc and format it. Although the first option should work.

Tip ==> When doing a reinstallation make sure only the C drive is connected. Connect the other drives AFTER the installation.

Good luck!!

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Folks I'm new to Win7. I used the Windows 7 Backup utility to backup the entire primary drive to a new bigger drive [basically 'cloning', so I thought]. As I suspected, it put most of the files there, but its not bootable.
Error "BOOTMGR Not Found"

So two questions:
1. Do I need to use a third party utility? or can Windows 7 Utility make a bootable image?
2. Can the current image on the backup drive be fixed/added-to/bootable??? or do I wipe out and start over.


A:Solved: Can Win 7 Backup Utility Make Copy Drive BOOTABLE??

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I tried everything to fix this but this message still shows if I try to check for errors on my drive C: using PowerQuest Partition Magic 8.0.I thought running microsoft chkdsk can solve this problem but not workable.

What can I do? Is it possible that this is a hardware malfunction, like bad harddrive? Or is there any other way to fix it?

And is it possible, that my Windows XP has troubles from time to time to start-up because of this error message?What harms can this error pose to my PC?

I would appreciate every help I can get.

A:error #993 Partition contains open files.Use operating system check utility

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I've tried running microsoft chkdsk from the command line and the result I got after this is the volume is clean but this message still shows if I try to check for errors using PowerQuest Partition Magic 8.05.What can I do? Is it possible that this is a hardware malfunction, like bad hard drive? Or is there any other way to fix it?And is it possible, that my Windows XP has troubles from time to time to start-up because of this error message?Do you think it will affect my PC performance or others if I choose to ignore it?

I would appreciate every help I can get.

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I have a dell computer running w xp sp1 with a 40 gig hd. As of now 20 gig is being used. Is it possible to partition the drive into 30 and 10 gig drives without removing everything and reinstalling ??

A:Solved: partition an active drive

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I wanted to use this program to make my usb flash bootable, but instead i managed to choose the wrong drive letter and i removed my partition.

It was an external usb HDD, and it was a single primary partition, now this program made a non formatted primary partition with the size of 904.6 mb and the rest is unallocated space.

Is there any way to recover my partition, it was nearly full with all my music, and some other media files, I'm 100% sure it didn't format the HDD, just deleted the partition and created a new smaller one which it didnt format.

A:Solved: Accidently removed a partition using hp drive key boot utility

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This is a silly problem to be having. I have two operating systems in a dual boot system. Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, C drive, (where I am trying to run the backup from) and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit (I drive).

It used to work fine, I think round about 4 weeks ago or so. I am not sure what has changed but it no longer works properly. Instead it identifies my data drive as being a system which needs a system image created for.

I tried using the Backup reset registry key from the tutorials section but that does not work either. They say a picture can paint a thousand words, so here are some screenshots.

I am not sure what else you need to know. Its Dell XPS 420 with a RAID 0 (striping) drive...that is to say two drives combined together in an array (as I understand it). So it acts like one big hard drive.

Any help would be most appreciated!

A:Windows 7 Backup identifies wrong drive as a system drive

Welcome to the forum,

From your screenshots I don't see the problem you're talking about, Can't you just select the partitions you want and go from there?

What does it show when you expand the top "Data Files" ?

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I have been using Drive Image 2002 for some time over Norton Ghost running 2k.
NOW I'm getting my feet wet (not that I want to, mind you) with XP, mostly because the Laptop I just received has it installed. There is a security issue with XP that I can't seem to get around.
The program completes, but either there is NO file or the file can't be read. Norton has something on it, but I still can't get it to work because the 'security tab' isn't there:

A:Imaging a active partition in XP w/ Drive Image

Providing you are using WinXP Professional go into Windows Explorer, click TOOLS, FOLDER OPTIONS, VIEW, scroll to the last entry and remove the tick from USE SIMPLE FILE SHARING (RECOMMENDED) and click OK. Now when you right click and click properties, the Security tab is there. Hope this helps.

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hi every1, a friend of mine recently had a virus which basically rendered her computer unusable. windows would start, backround of desktop would appear but thats as far as it would go, no icons, taskbar, etc. the only way around was doing a system restore in safe mode. windows is fine now, no viruses and running good. she also backups up the 'c' drive to an external drive 'f' using xp's backup utility. the problem is when we went to restore some of the files, the restore failed saying it could not find the backup file to restore from. when you start the backup utility, all the backup files are there, you can open them and see all the folders inside each file, but when it tries to restore from that backup file it says it cant find it. did the system restore wipe something out??? the system restore was done using a 3/11/2011 date. the backup we're trying was done 1/20/2011. is there anyway to fix this?

A:xp backup/restore utility problem

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The drive letter of my boot/active Win7 partition should be C:, but in my case it isn't; the boot/active partition drive letter is F.

I've tried to move heaven and earth to change the drive letter of the boot partition but nothing works.

So, aren't there any apps, tools or utilities to change the drive letter of my current boot partition?

Thanks in advance,

A:Changing Drive Letter of Boot/Active partition

Nothing that I know of. My original Win 7 installation was "E" drive. I had considered things suggested but finally decided to let it be. It doesn't matter to Windows what the drive letter is, everything works regardless of the drive lettter. I later installed Windows 7 on an SSD drive, with a clean install (and the SSD drive the only drive connected during installation) and now back to the "C" drive.

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So I got 2 different questions:

I realised my current boot drive is not marked as active and might be the reason why bios says its not able to boot from it when i put bios directly to boot from it. Now i have set it up so it tries to boot from some other non windows hdd and it says no bootable drives etcetc and starts to boot from this. I believe it boots from it cause its ssd drive.
So question is can i just mark the ssd (c as active and it will work or do i have to install windows again or have some other missing bootmngr problems? Wouldnt want to "fix" something thats not rly broken and i am worried about programs i have installed which can be installed for 3 different computers. (will it use one charge if installed again to this comp? Office is the one im talking about)

Second problemish issue:
When I installed windows to this new ssd i also put new mo-bo so of course i also forgot to put ahci on so my precious ssd is runnin in ide mode now. Seen some posts about this but will again say can i just change the registry and then sata to ahci in bios and it will work or do i get problems again and again have to install windows? Again office install worrying me.

Hope to get some answers and thanks for them in advance.

A:Boot drive not active partition+forgot drives to IDE at install

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings showing all columns, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. We will give you the steps to move the System Active boot files to the Win7 partition by marking it Active and running .
Startup Repair 3 Separate Times

You can also change from IDE mode to AHCI without reinstalling using this method: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

If you choose to reinstall follow these steps to get a perfect reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

SSD Alignment - Windows 7 Forums
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

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After researching my issue and found this closed thread - "Windows 7 won't read drive in explorer" I started my own little research to my problem.

First some basics: I am running Windows Ultimate 32 bit. I have 2 SATA Hard Drives (one with OS), 2 SATA DVD and Blu-Ray Drives and 1 IDE Hard Drive which is configured as a slave.

Second - I needed to do some hard drive trouble shooting for another computer that had a (possibly) dead IDE Hard Drive. To do this I shut down my computer, and attached the (supposedly) dead IDE Hard Drive in its place.

Now - all the trouble began.

After booting into the Bios, I noticed the supposedly dead hard drive did not register even though it was spinning. I kept booting into the OS to see if it would be recognized in any case - it was not.

I put my working IDE Hard Drive back in - after shutting down and removing the dead IDE Hard Drive.

I booted back into the BIOS and noticed my good IDE Hard Drive wasn't being recognized either. I then went into advanced Bios settings and walla - it saw my hard drive but said I needed to reboot.

After rebooting I noticed the same thing with the Bios, but this time proceeded to boot into the OS.

After signing on, I noticed my Good Hard Drive was no longer recognized in Explorer.

I went into Administrator and Computer Management and then into Disk Management.

What I saw puzzled me as over the past 25 years I never have seen this. My good hard drive was showing up as Disk 0 and showe... Read more

A:lost my drive letter on Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)

Go into control panel and change windows update settings
to something other than automatic,like download and notify.
That way you have a choice what to install.
Then run windows update manually.
Check the list of updates for a drive controller driver.
It sounds like it is installing one that isn't working for you.
It would probably be under optional updates.
You should be able to select hide update an click ok
so it won't try to install it anymore.

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Alright, so I just formated my computer and for the most part was done with reinstalling everything. I tried to use PartitionMagic 7.0 to gain my unallocated space back since windows xp only recognizes 131g. When I used the redistribute free space option it said something about having no active partition if I do this. At the time I didn't know what it meant and had always done this so I ignored it. After I restarted my hard drive would not boot up. I tried the windows xp recovery console FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands. I also tried using the repair windows option but that didn't work because after setup would copy the neccisary files and then reboot, it would just start from the cd again. After this I installed partitionmagic on another xp computer and created rescue disks.
Again, those failed. My computer would boot the rescue disks but after it finished loading partitionmagic I would get an exception error and be put back to ms-dos. I've looked through google and partitionmagic technical support but have found nothing. I saw something about doing fdisk /mbr, but how do I do this without being able to boot?

I would like to avoid formating or losing data at all possible costs due to I have about 125gigs of stuff on my hard drive I wouldn't want to lose. Thank you in advance.... I'm at a loss here

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Is anyone familiar with the way this utility works? I've used other third party backup software before that just creates a "copy" of all your folders/files on a seperate partition. The Windows backup utility creats its own proprietary type file called something like "backup.bkp" or something like that. It's one file that doesn't appear to just be a "copy" of your existing folders/files.

Anyone know why this is or what the advantage is?

A:Windows Backup Utility

Essentially, once you tell it what files you want to keep backed up ; it creates a single compressed file and backs them up there. It uses the archive bit on those files to monitor if they are changed. When you change them the bit gets flipped and next time you run backup, windows will back them up in their updated state.
Personally I do not bother with this automated backing up.
I just keep my data organized. The only thing worth backing up is data. Programs come with installation CDs same with Windows itself. So I save my files to folders in my documents and save a second copy of important ones to a backup folder on a second drive or networked computer. I regularly burn copies to DVD too. This has proven quite reliable , but I never have needed to use this except as an easy method of putting my data on another machine.

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I recently installed windows 7 on my new Windows 8.1 computer and then made a system image and set up a regular backup schedule using Windows backup in control panel. The system image was created with no problem but I ran into a problem with the file backup. I get this error message when windows attempts to backup my files "Backup encountered a problem while backing up file c:\widows\system32\config\systemprofile\Background. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified." Can anyone tell me what this means and how to fix it; or even if it is something that requires fixing?
Thanks, Andy

A:Windows 7 HP SP1 backup utility

Welcome Andy,
Can you tell us exactly what you want to backup and the command line you are using to do that? Also, what is the backup destination?
Thanks. Keep us posted

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I need to backup weekly updated files that I use.
But when I use the windows update utility I can only backup to an A drive floppy and not to the E drive cd that I want to use as backup. Help!!
I am running windows xp home. Thnx

A:windows backup utility

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Is the backup utility that comes with Windows 7 capable of making incremental backups?

A:Windows 7 Backup utility

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I'm trying to be a good Windows 7 citizen and give the built in backup chance instead of installing Acronis or Macrium or the sort.

I'm running this on my Dell D830 laptop with a 500gb internal drive in it which only has about 130gb used. I'm trying to run the back to a 250gb internal drive in the drive bay.

It fails every time with the error that there is not enough disk space to back up.

I also tried backing this up to an external 750GB drive but I received the same error.

Any ideas?



A:Windows 7 RTM x64 Backup Utility

Anyone have an idea?



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is it illeagal to copy/install the "ntbackup.msi" onto my PC from someon elses CD since i have a OEM (4 CD recovery) not a retail. i just find it useful. Or better off finding a freeare version.

A:Windows XP Backup Utility Useful

IzzyCheck out these two links for some answers that might help you.Why XP Home Edition omits NT Backup! How can I get NTBackup for Windows XP Home EditionSince you have the OEM and not the retail version seems to me you were "cheated"out of part of programs you thought you paid for in price of your machine.(I'm unsure about the legality of the issue.)

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Computer illiterate...for sure.

I'm not sure what I have on my hands here, but the computer keeps serving me with warnings that I am running low on disk space. I have done Disk Cleanup and Defragmenting a couple of times, but basically, out of 6GB on the C drive, I have a remaining less than 400mb.

Computer illiterate or not, I know this is not a good ratio. I looked, and what is taking up so much space is "Windows Backup Utility"....approximately 4GBs worth!

What do I do with this? How do I get that space back?

All I can think of is to buy some disks, backup everything on my computer, then delete the Utility....I just don't want to delete ANYTHING without someone saying it will be okay. Is the Utility a program? Or is it the actual backup info?

Please help

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Here is my situation:
One 500GB HDD. Windows Vista Ultimate. First partition is 100GB, with a HDD called "Operating System HDD". Second partition is called "Main HDD". The size of the Main HDD can vary depending on whether it is back to normal and going at about 400GB (all the way), or being shrunk down to what it is now, 303.40 GB leaving allocation space to the right of it.

What I want to find out is how to give most (if not all) space to the Operating System HDD, because a partitioned system like this just doesn't work for me right now.
So far I think I have learnt that the allocation space has to be at the right of the drive you want to extend, but right now it is to the right of the second partition instead. How would I go about extending the OS partition all (or nearly all) the way?

A:Extending the system/boot/page file/active/crash dump partition


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So, previously I was running Xp, and somehow it was in a state of decline and decided to move on to Windows 7. I had an alternate internal HD, so I formatted that and installed Windows 7 apparently without issue. Currently I have 2 internals with 2 (more or less) functional OS. BIOS allows me to chose the one to run. However, my unstable XP drive (I'm unsure if the disk or the windows system is causing the instability) is still considered the System partition. I'd like to format it to remove the old XP completely. I'd like to find a way to make the partition that runs Windows 7 the System partition.

This became clear to me when the old drive crapped out and in BIOS i received the cannot find NTLDR (it could not detect that drive, and relied on it's boot files to start up any OS, at least that is my understanding). That old XP drive displays very odd behaviors, and sometimes windows 7 loses detection of it in explorer.

However, when in Windows7, it will not allow me to format the XP drive. Both in explorer and Disk Managment the option is not allowed. Now, how can I change my partition that Windows 7 runs from to be the main system to avoid further problems? And will any further problems go away if I find a way to format and remove the XP system, or is the disk that contains the XP system somehow damaged? Should I go and replace that drive entirely?

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A:Change my Windows 7 drive to System Partition?

Can you post a screenshot of the disk management window to make the situation clear to us ?

Usually the system partition in windows 7 is the hidden 100 MB system Reserved partition which includes the bootloader in it . Probably it is in your XP partition now . And there should be another question ... which one is the active partition .

Some utilities like Windows 7 installation Disk, Gparted Live CD and Partition Wizard bootable CD can manage the situation, but first of all, the situation isto be clear with the support of a screenshot of disk management window.

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



A:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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Hi all,
I had a dual boot setup with windows 7 x86 and ubuntu 9.10, then I formatted the windows partition and installed x64 on it, as expected, it overrode grub thus i did not have any bootloader in the boot, then i reinstalled grub and got my ubuntu back but now i have the dreaded BOOTMGR issue in windows 7 boot, when i boot with windows 7 install disk, it detects the windows installation but the volume letter has now changed to E:. I suspect that the partition is not active anymore so that it is named E: and it cannot be booted from. How do i make the partition active again without reinstalling windows 7 and harming ubuntu? I presume windows 7 does not have any utility equivalent of fdisk.exe. any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Active partition and boot problem

Try a Repair Install to allow Win7 to reconfigure the dual boot correctly, as it does when it is installed last.

There might still be a conflict with the GRUB so you might want to remove it now, or see if it is overwritten.

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I need to increase the partition size of my drive c, but partition magic throws up an error 138 on reboot. This basically means you don't have an 'active partition'.

It won't let me set drive c as active and I am reluctant to set another non-os drive to active.

I looked at going through dos (not fdisk or fixmbr) to set the partition, but it doesn't see the partitions so it can't make them active.

Any one got a work around ? I don't want to format and re-install the os, basically as it takes too long to bring the pc back to the level it is at now (although I have a file by file backup of drive c)

A:Active Partition Problem - Error 138

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I tried using paragon partition manager and the program was interrupted, the next time i opened the computer and tried to enter one of my partition d, a message appeared saying it hasn't been formated yet.
So i tried to recover my data using active partition recover but when i tried to recover the files a message appear saying " Unable to recover the partition because it overlaps with other partition(s). Please define and delete the invalid partitions on the disk first. "
I don t know what i should do. Help please?

A:Problem with Active Partition Recover

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Hello all hope you can help! I'll try to be concise.
I have a dell desktop (5120) I was running vista/xp dual boot. Xp was gettin old and clunky so clean installed with 7(home prem) for a change. Since decided to go back to vista/ vista as I like the way it runs on the PC.
So it now boots into the new installation of vista (primary) without the dual boot option. Seems to be because the old installation of vista is now a logical partition? I've tidied up the disk(7s system reserved partition was hanging around etc) so it's now just c (new) and d( old).
Is there any way I can dual boot these two ever again?
I also have a laptop vista/vista/xp and a PC 7/vista so I'm always messing, but this is the first time something this has happened to me.
Sorry for the rambling post.
TL/DR: partition gone logical. WWHHYYYY!!

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Hi all i can't get windows 8.1 system image to burn to my backup drive it says access denied for some reason or another, and i can't get it to burn to dvd-r ether any help here would be awesome as i want to do a image of my drive.

A:Windows 8.1 system image will not burn to my backup drive

Try Macrium Reflect:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

After imaging all your local drives on a usb drive add the Macrium boot option to startup.
See picture:

I saved my image to a 32 GB usb.
You may or may not need a bigger one.

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I have my system setup to where I try not to store anything on the C drive. My E drive, which is another separate drive, is where I keep all of my user data and I have a few non-system related programs installed (some portable, some via an installer) over there. I have my iTunes folder configured to store on the E drive as well. I also configured Windows to store my Favorites folder there. The idea was to not have any data I care about on the C drive unless I couldn't put it on the E drive. The problem I'm running into is that Windows Backup (WBU) wants to backup my C drive *and* my E drive. And it doesn't give you a choice to not back it up. But, I don't want it to back up the E drive because I have another mechanism for backing that up (I don't image it because it is very large and I have specific folders identified with precious data that I backup using other means). I like to use WBU to make the system image of the C drive because it is convenient to use in a restoration because it is integrated with Windows Restore. So, yes, I know I could just NOT use Windows Backup, I've read numerous posts in here about people hating on WBU, but I really want to keep using it. So, on my E drive there is a "Program Files" folder and a "Program Files (x86)" folder that I manually created. And as I alluded to earlier, there is a Favorites folder that has the actual Windows icon (so I believe the system truly knows it is there). What I could use some help w... Read more

A:Windows Backup includes C + E drive in system image. Why?

frank479, welcome to the forums. Following the tutorial backup

step six should be where you choose only the c drive

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I recently had to reformat my computer due to some sort of malware (I think) that I could never get completely fixed. Before doing so I backed up my software with the Windows Backup that came with my XP Home to an external hard drive. After reformatting, I connected the hard drive and found the file. It was 33+ gigs, just like it was supposed to be. But when I clicked on the file and then chose "restore," the utility told me there was no file there. I'd doublechecked just before reformatting, and the file worked fine, so I have no idea what the problem is. Can anyone help? I desperately need that info!

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Alright, so I'm about to do a clean install of Windows 7. I realize this wipes your whole HDD so I need to back up my data.

I have a 500GB external HDD which is more than enough.

My problem is this. I don't know if I should back up EVERYTHING.The backup utility gives you the option to manually select what you want to back up and then I can check all the things I want to backup.

My worry is that if I check ALL the files which includes my entire C: drive and all my "my documents", "Pictures" folders...etc...will this interfere with my newly installed Windows when I restore these files?

What I mean by this is there are certain files such as "windows games" and I assume even my current OS, that will be backed up.

Now I'm sure my new OS will have some of those same files already installed, such as games like minesweeper and such. That's just an example I'm sure there's more important stuff.

Will this cause a problem if I backup my ENTIRE HDD and restore it all onto a fresh OS?

Also, to anyone familiar with steam, will it be ok to just copy my entire steam folder and then restore it without running into problems? Will I have to redownload steam or my games? Will I lose game saves?

Thanks in advance.

A:A little confused about Windows backup utility

I believe you can backup your entire HDD, it will appear as windows.old if I'm not mistaken once you install Windows 7 & from there you can retrieve files into new Windows - also, check this post out:

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hey all, i am just wondering if when windows xp is installed, is the windows backup utility normally installed during the xp installation? i have read in several posts where advice was given to make sure people use the windows backup utility before they start fixing problems. being curious i went to my start>all programs>accessories>system tools>and there is no windows backup utility installed. being computer illiterate, i am just wondering if it is complicated to install it?

A:Solved: Windows backup utility

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Hey Everyone!

So I just went to clean up and defrag my computer and during defragmenting it I saw that I had almost no space but didn't know why because I have almost nothing on this PC. I was going through my Add/Remove Programs list and saw that "Windows Backup Utility is taking up 4,0095 MB. I haven't purposely backed anything up nor do I need any of whatever may be backed up at the moment. If I were to click "remove" for this would this wipe out my option of EVER backing anything up in the future? Or would it just remove all the stuff that was somehow backed up?

A:Remove Windows Backup Utility?

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I was asked to see what is being backed up on a Server. When I open the Microsoft backup utility I see there's a daily differential backup that is running. But how do I see or find out what data is being backed up?

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Hi everyone,

A friend and I set up a little network for this guy we know and we're just having a little debate which to use to back up his data.

Network setup;

He has 4 pc's, all running XP Pro. He's main machine, we call server, has two 200 GB Hds. This machine stores all the data from the other 3 client computers. He wants the first 200 Gb drive which stores the partitions for the client computers to be backed up into the second 200 Gb drive.


Which is better to use Norton Ghost 2003 or Windows XP Pro backup utility?

Thanks inadvance for any replies and it is appreciated.

A:Windows backup utility or Ghost?

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Hi, I use the windows backup utility to back up certain files onto my usb flash drive, currently I have to go through the wizard every time and select these files etc.

Im sure I used to have it so that I clicked an icon/shortcut stored on my flash drive and it was set to backup these specific files automatically as well as all the settings.

Is this possible?

Thanks, Leigh

A:Windows Backup Utility (template?)

Use a better backup program. I suggest using Cobain backup.

Or Karen's Replicator might be easier for you to use.

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Hi: I built a new desktop to get Windows 10 as my old hardware with Windows 7 was not upgradable. I have been able to install Windows 10Pro except that I am getting frequent disk errors ( system trying to clean up at boot time). I have another
disk and a free partition. I made a complete system image backup on an external drive and system repair disk. I would like
to restore the backup image to the new partition and erase the old image on the disk that is giving me trouble. Any suggestions as to how I go about. Thanks

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My first post here so I hope I am in the correct place.

Here is my problem...

I installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a new Seagate 1TB drive. During the Windows 7 install I created a 250GB partition where the Windows files would be installed. I also left an unallocated partition that I would later use as a data drive (for storing music, videos, docs, etc).

As normal, the Windows 7 installer stated it would need to create a system partition where the boot files and other mysterious files would be stored. Indeed, after installation it had created a 100mb system partition (which I believe is normal).

In Windows I used the Disk Management utility to make the Unallocated partition useable. As a result I had the following partitions:

System partition (no drive letter assigned)
C: Boot and Page File partition (where Windows is installed)
D: Data partition (where music, videos, docs, etc will be stored)

So far all is well However...

What I needed to do was follow the simple procedure in the following link to move my C:\Users folder to D:\Users...

Move All User Folders to Another Hard Drive – Windows 7 > How - To @

After following the instructions to get to the dos command prompt via the Windows install/repair DVD I was bemused to find that the system partition (that had no drive letter in Windows) was drive C:, my boot partition where Windows is installed (drive C: in Windows) was drive D:, and my data drive (drive D: in Windows) was drive ... Read more

A:Need to Change Windows System Partition Drive Letter

Maybe this would be easier.

User Profile - Change Default Location

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I recently did a system restore and it has created an extra hard drive RECOVERY (D:) Does anyone know how I can get rid of this, there does not seem to be any up to date info on it, only these,

Dell - Recovery - Temp - tmp and ResSys

I used to do a system image every night to my second hard drive - Hard Drive2 (B:) now when I go to back and restore settings this drive no longer appears and I am unable to do my system image. The drive appears everywhere else, my computer, windows explorer etc.

Please, can anyone one help me out,

many thanks,


A:System restore has created a new drive (recovery) plus, windows backup

Have you tried restoring any of your previous system images? If not, and you made a system repair disk, try booting your computer up with it and see if your system images on 2 HDD are availble to recover your computer. If you didn't make a system boot disk, then go into Backup and Restore in the Control Panel and open "Recover system sytem settings on your computer". Then open "Advanced recovery methods" and select "Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer". Your computer should reboot then and take you to the Recovery Console.

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I really don't know the best way to phrase this situation but here goes... the QUESTION part should have been last but in case you don't want to read the background (or don't need to) I put it first.


How can I make a System Image of a secondary hard drive? I.e. one that is not currently running Windows and is instead connected as an additional local disk (so, for example, have Windows running off of the C drive but make a System Image of the D drive, which also has a Windows partition).


One of my desktop's hard drives failed last week. It can't load windows, but it can appear as another local disk when plugged into another desktop (via SATA cable) AND I can still access the files on the failed hard drive this way. I was able to transfer my essential files (documents, schoolwork, music, etc...) but I know that when I get a new hard drive, install Windows, and transfer my stuff back, I'll still be missing a lot of "program files" type of stuff. (Again, don't know how to say this... I mean like system-specific runtime files and registry entries, maybe?)

One example of this a DJ software that makes playlist files with music and integrated transitions, effects, etc... however the software must have access to the music index/path to manipulate the songs within the program and playlist files. The playlist files are proprietary to the system on which they were first created (in this case on the now-failed hard drive), so when I tried to... Read more

A:Creating System Image (Backup) on the non-Windows Hard Drive

You might want to give this great program a go:
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Once you make an image you can mount it and extract what you want. If your old HDD has corruptions and in particular file system corruptions you may have problems but it's worth a go.
This tutorial may help
Imaging with free Macrium

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I have Windows 7 and am wondering how good it is? I've never used it before. I actually don't have a Windows installation disk and I'm worried that if I'm unable to boot the computer that I would be able to recover from the backups made by the built in utility, for example Microsoft says "If you can't access Control Panel, you can restore your computer using a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc (if you have one). " can the built in utility make a repair disc?

Would I be better of buying a backup program like Acronis true image?

A:Is Windows 7 built in backup utility sufficient?

There are free backup utilities based on Acronis:

Western Digital Edition
Maxtor MaxBlast 5
Seagate DiscWizard
Intel® Data Migration Software


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I am running windows XP professional SP2.

I wanted to back up files from my intranet on to my computer.
I used the backup/restore utility thats part of Windows.

I successfully backed up the files on to my computer (bkf file).
When i went to restore the files, i selected alternative folder so not to copy them back to the intranet.

I selected the root directory of C.
Doing this prevented me from accessing C: ever again.

When trying to access this folder I get access denied. If i right click properties on C: It says file system Raw and Used/free space is 0 kb.

I can still access sub-folders as long as i use a short cut to them.
I can still see the files in C: if using the browse in the backup utility.

But I can not see using windows explorer and many other applications are suffering since my OS is on C. This includes the pagesys file that handles virtual memory is not being accessed. It seems to have prevented me from using system restore aswell and office is unstable.

The fact that I can send this query indicates that I have not lost full control.

To test that backup/restore was the cause i tried to restore another file to a temp folder and that folder became corrupted aswell.

Any suggestions?


A:Windows backup utility killed my folders

Hi mackle and welcome to TSF !

See if this helps : give your user account (must be an administrative account) as well as the administrators and owner accounts full control on drive c :

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I keep getting an error every time i run Windows Backup Utility

"Backup skipped backing up F:\Recorded TV as it is on the backup target."

What does this mean, and how can i get to stop skipping files?

A:Windows Backup Utility keeps skipping files

If you are backing up to F: then Windows backup will not allow you to backup files that are already on F:. You need to go into "Change Settings" on the backup screen. On second screen select "let me chose" and remove any checkboxes against folders on F:

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I can't find the Backup Wizard in my System Tools. I understand that I can install it off the XP CD, but that wasn't provided with my computer. I created a Windows Boot CD when I first started the computer. Can I install the Backup Utility off that? If not, how can I find or download it?:

A:Solved: Windows XP File Backup Utility

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When I bought my Dell a few years ago Windows XP(OEM) was already loaded. Recently I went to Accessories/Tools wanting to activate Windows Backup Utility. It was not there so I loaded the "Reinstallation" XP CD. I think I checked everything on it and could not locate the Backup Utility. Oddly, when I went online to see if I could download it separately from MS, my computer started AutoPlay and it appeared that the Utility was being downloaded but I had no control over it and it quickly disappeared. I really need help on this. Suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] Cannot Load Windows Backup Utility

i belive you can do it manualy through the command prompt sorry i dont remember how to but im pretty sure you can i would look up command prompt access protocols

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I have two partitions--C: contains Windows and installed apps; D: contains my data. I used "Create a system image" on the Backup and Restore screen to create an image on a USB drive (F. Asked "Which drives do you want to include in the backup?", I left D: unchecked and created the required images for "System Reserved (System)" and "System (C (System)". Everything proceeded normally.

I tested this by attempting to restore with the aid of a System Repair Disc. All went well, until I got a screen offering me an opportunity to:Format and re-partition disks.
Select this to delete any existing partitions and reformat all disks to match the layout of the system image.
And, of course, this is where I bailed out.

I want to restore only the C: partition, without changing D:. Is this possible?. Should I have made an image of the D: partition as well? Had I done so, could I have prevented restoring the D: image?

A:Help! Backup and restore the system partition

Were you using Windows built-in Backup/Restore function? If so, I don't know how to help you. I do know Macrium Reflect free or pay-for will do what you want.

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1 Click Backup is a Very Powerful Utility tool. It takes backup of all your files, folders, Email Messages, fonts, favorites etc with just 1click. It even allows you to take backup on any device including system hard disk, floppy drive, CD ROM Drive, FTP Server and Our Server , etc. You can use 1 Click Backup to make a reserve copy of any valuable data on your system. Special Add-ons are provided to facilitate the backup. Restoring is as easy as clicking a Button.

It is an easy-to-use program designed for automatic backup of your critical data to any type of storage media .You can use 1 ClickBackup to make a reserve copy of any valuable data on your system. Special Add-ons are provided to facilitate the backup. Restoring is as easy as clicking a Button.

1 Click Backup is designed for MS Windows 98/2000/2003/ME/XP . All backup activities are recorded in a log file.

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Personally, even though everyone will disagree, I'd like not to use Macrium Reflect or another 3rd party utility. I (for now) want to use the default Windows Backup program. My issue here is the image I'm creating is actually bigger than the files it's copying. I'd like to know if it's copying a file multiple times, or taking files from other connected HDD's? That's all I can come up with. I've made it clear to Windows I only want my C drive, I even excluded the System Reserved (which is only 500MB) out to see if that was it. The HDD I use for backups I also have for big files that I don't need on my 512GB SSD. So it could be taking things from that but I can't really remove it since its only separated by a partition. Any ideas?

Thanks, DWreck.

A:Windows 7 Backup Utility making a bigger image then the HDD itself.

You could mount the backup image as a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) so you can see what is in the backup image.
This tutorial explains how to mount the image as a VHD:
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Your specs show you have Win 7 Ultimate and Win 8 Enterprise, and a custom built desktop.
Is this a dual boot PC?
Is this a work PC, connected to a domain or corporate network?

It's my understanding that the built in Windows imaging utility will include all partitions it sees as "system" partitions in the backup image.
How did you exclude "System Reserved", and other "system" partitions?
I haven't used the Win 7 imaging utility in a many years because it included all OS (system) partitions on my multi-boot PCs, and I couldn't exclude partitions.
I use Acronis because I have more control over what is included, and the images are much smaller and faster.

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I want to upgrade from windows 7 professional to windows 7 ultimate and I want to know if I can use windows image restore in windows 7 built in utility to restore my computer if I didn't like windows 7 ultimate. I want to know if I can restore my computer back to windows 7 professional if I didn't like the features in windows 7 ultimate. And can I restore it using the windows image backup feature in windows 7? Please help me if anyone has any ideas about this, thank you.

A:Have question about using Windows 7 image restore/backup utility

I'd certainly think you could do that. That's what it's for.


Windows Backup and Restore isn't foolproof and may not work in any given instance.

It's a bit cranky---you have to know how to operate it and that isn't always clear.

Lastly--if you like Professional, I don't see why you wouldn't like Ultimate. They differ only in a few features. If you don't like the additional features, ignore them. Likewise, if you have no use for the additional features, why bother upgrading?

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Our XP Pro workstations back-up to our server using the Windows Backup Utility. I would like each user to be able to password protect their back-up files. Can anyone provide instructions on how to do this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


A:How can I password protect my Windows Backup Utility file?

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I partitioned my hard drive on my laptop, segmenting off 150GB for the sole purpose of backing everything up. In the case of an emergency, how would I restore from this backup?
Also, does the backup ever refresh itself or must I manually refresh every now and then? Will a new system image backup replace the old one?
How do I hide the Recovery (R:) drive so it cant be accessed or even seen by anyone except me?
And this is just because I'm curious. Why doesn't File History work with a partitioned hard drive? It doesn't seem to think it exists at all.

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The questions I have below are related to Disk Management Please help me with them.

I've added another HDD to my system. On my older HDD which is 1 TB, 3Gb/s,w/64Mb of cashe. I have two partitions on it called System Reserved (100 Mb) and Back Up Disk (250 Gb). The newer HDD is 1 TB, 6Gb/s w/32Mb of cashe.
My PC will handle the 6 Gb/s transfer rate.

Should I put these partitions on the newer faster drive?
Can I and/or should I combine these partitions?
If I can combine them what size should I make a new Partition @150GB?
Do I need to turn on the hidden file if I move Sys. Reserved?
If I move Sys. Res. do I need to do anything so my PC can find it?
One way or the other I thing Sys. Res. needs to be bigger @300MB?
Can I just Expand the size of the Sys. Res. Partition if I don't move it?

Several of the questions above will also relate to the moving the BackUp files too.
Please let me know if I need to do anything there to make that transfer work. I've estimated what i think the size of the partitions above should be, should I change them?
Down the road I'd like to multl boot with Linux and XP Pro
I'm using Windows 7 64b Ultimate it's on a SSD all by itself

Thanks for the help.

A:Can I combind system reserved and a backup partition

See comments in bold.

Post a picture of Disk Management if possible.

Why did you buy the new drive? What is its purpose?

Quote: Originally Posted by papagym

I've added another HDD to my system. On my older HDD which is 1 TB, 3Gb/s,w/64Mb of cashe. I have two partitions on it called System Reserved (100 Mb) and Back Up Disk (250 Gb). The newer HDD is 1 TB, 6Gb/s w/32Mb of cashe.

Should I put these partitions on the newer faster drive?

Not necessarily. Depends on your intentions for the new drive, which we don't know.

Why do you need a special partition named "Back Up Disk"?

How did you end up with System Reserved and C on different hard drives?

Can I and/or should I combine these partitions?

Can? maybe. Should? I don't see why yet.

If I can combine them what size should I make a new Partition @150GB?

Why combine them?

Do I need to turn on the hidden file if I move Sys. Reserved?

What "hidden" file?

If I move Sys. Res. do I need to do anything so my PC can find it?

System Reserved is normally kept on the same hard drive as C. Do you intend to reinstall Windows to this new drive?
One way or the other I thing Sys. Res. needs to be bigger @300MB?

Not likely in a normal installation.

Can I just Expand the size of the Sys. Res. Partition if I don't move it?

Why enlarge it? 100 MB seems to work for most people.
I'm using Windows 7 64b Ultimate it's on a SSD all by itself

So,... Read more

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Hi there,

Have a old version of ATI Home i.e 2009. I use it's bootable CD which works good with XP & Vista to create & restore images.

When booted with it on machine running W7 got a slightly different option while creating a full back up........i.e an extra Partition, Primary Active size 100 MB, System reserved & the next Partition Primary too having W7 & MS off size size 14.3 GB. I checked both & gave the image path to the 3rd Partition. Image was verified after completion & size is 6.4 GB, only 1 tib file, are the system reserved & W7 merged in this back up file?

I than restored this image. While restoring it gave an option of MBR which I did not check? The restored image is exactly 14.3 GB but the System Reserved Partition which was Total 100 MB has decreased to 94 MB.

The Drive has 3 partitions created while W7 Clean install. Systen Reserved ( System , Active, Primary), C (Boot, Page File Primary) & D (Primary data).

What could be the reason for System active reserve to decrease from total 100 MB to now total 94 that I checked/selected both System reserved & C partitions while taking a full back up??

The occupied space in System active reserved partition is only 29.6 MB of the total now 94 MB.

Do I need to clean install W7 again & than take complete back ups of only Primary NTFS C containg W7 Boot, Page File & not both?

My questions are:

1. Did I do the correct thing to check the 100 MB S... Read more

A:Full BackUp & System Reserved partition?

I suggest you upgrade your imaging software.
There are many options free & paid (including Acronis).
Free options include:
1) Windows 7 inbuilt imaging (I use all the time)
2) Macrium Reflect (I use as a second safeguard imaging tool)

Neither have changed the size of the 100MB system reserved and they shouldn't!
Both imaging applications have been totally reliable for me after many images and restores.

Your last questions.
The 100 MB system reserved partition contains vital boot information
seeBooting Description Post#24
Windows Imaging always backs it up. I always select it when using Macrium (it's tiny!). It often doesn't change from image to image but is required when damaged or imaging to a new HDD.

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Win XP home ed.:
What are the steps needed to access one of my partitions, delete it, then use 1/2 the space and apply to system drive and the other 1/2 to another partition?

A:remove partition & add space to system drive & a diff partition

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I've done quite a bit of reading but have not found a specific answer to the title of this thread.  The system reserved partition for Windows 7 is created and has assigned the drive letter D:.  While I have no problem with the system partition
per se, I would prefer no drive letter to be assigned or to able to change it at the very least.

A:Change or remove Windows 7 System Reserved partition Drive Letter

It is highly unusual for Windows 7 to assign a letter to the reserved partition.  It is more likely that someone assigned the letter D: to that partition.
However, you should be able to go to the Disk Management and remove the letter on that partition.

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Hi, I have a 1TB external hard drive that I will use to make a Backup Image. I'm going to Use Symantec Ghost to make a backup Image.

Should I partition the External hard drive first? I would also like to use it to store other files and folders. If so, how big should the partition with the backup Images be?

How large is a typical Image backup file? I also plan on backing up 2 other linux machines.

A:Should I partition the drive with the Backup Image?

A separate partition isn't needed unless you will be booting a Linux distro from the external drive. I've imaged my system and it was 28GB in size. Yours will be different depending on how much data you have.

If you have video or music or other real large collections, I would suggest not including those in the image. Save them to the external drive and the just copy back when needed.

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I am dual booting with Win98SE on my original/older drive and have WinXP on the second/new harddrive.

I want to remove the old harddrive and Win98SE. I tried following some help guides on TSG but I'm stuck at making the new drive the active partition.....

I haven't been able to find something that tells me how to do this.

Is anyone familiar with this?


BTW: Please!, I don't want to reinstall WinXP again.

A:Removing Dual boot and changing active partition problem

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I am looking for Windows Vista Backup utility (sdclt.exe) command line parameters. I need run the utility from my program built in C#. I got some parameters ("/CONFIGURE", "/KICKOFFJOB" and "/RESTOREWIZARDADMIN") running the utility from start menu on vista, but when I try to execute the utility in command line mode is shown a message saying that I haven't rights to execute this task "Error (0x81000010)".

Why this error occurs, and where can I find the sdclt.exe command line documentation ?

Thank you.

A:Windows Vista Backup utility command line parameters

Here are the rest of the commands:


No clue what they all do, but you can do some experiments and let us know

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so I'm running a Windows Server 2003 Service pack 2

I saw my backup wasn't running when I tried to move it to the external harddrive where I dump the backup.

So when to start -> Accessories -> System tools -> Backup

When I clicked the hour glass came up; then went away nothing popped up no window.

Openned Task Manager; under Applications nothing, but under Processes I saw the ntbackup.exe.
Ended ntbackup.exe and tried again same thing. Openned backup a few times a few ntbackup.exe popped up in the Processes.

Looked around on the forums for this problem nothing about this but issues like it. Tried a few things like running ntbackup.exe from run

If you have any idea would love to know. I've had this problem before with other programs on other computers so I think this would help a few people if we could have this information posted. Thanks for your help


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I accidently deleted :

- Drive C partition
- System partition (100mb)
- MBR partition

when i was trying to install fresh windows 7.

now i only have :

- Disk 0 Unallocated Space
- Disk 0 Partition 1: Data (Drive D)

when i try to make new partition in Unallocated Space, it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Please, can anyone help me to fix this?
And i need my Drive D untouchable. (not to be deleted)

A:Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

Try to define a primary active partition in the allocated space. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard - it is the last box on the website. Burn that .iso to CD and boot with the CD. Here are How To tutorials.

Technical Support of free partition magic, partition manager servre, partition software and partition magic server - Partition Wizard

Then you should be able to install into that partition.

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It looks like a virus has damaged my uncle's Win7Pro 64bit system beyond repair so I'm going to have to reinstall Windows on a wiped hard drive. Unfortunately, no image was taken of the current installation before it got infected, so we'll be starting from scratch.

Here's the idea I had:
C partition (primary Windows 7 installation)
D partition (secondary Windows 7 installation, basically an image of the C partition)
E partition (documents and picture storage)

Would this be possible, and would you recommend it or not? The idea is if they ruined the C partition with a virus or malware again, they could boot to the D partition instead and immediately have a replacement backup OS configured with their same user accounts and programs that points to E for their document storage, just like the C partition. Other than not having access to newly-installed programs or files saved to the desktop, it would otherwise be equivalent.

I have the original Windows 7 Pro 64-bit disc since this is a homebuilt computer.

The kids are home schooled and rely heavily on this computer for everything school-related. I'm not always available to rescue them in a timely manner if something goes bad with the computer.

I'm looking for a solution that accomplishes two things: (1) easy for them to switch to and keeps downtime at an absolute minimum, and (2) doesn't require my immediate intervention and physical presence at their home to implement it.

I'm open to all other alternatives as well. T... Read more

A:System image installed on another partition...backup OS install?

Here's the idea I had:
C partition (primary Windows 7 installation)
D partition (secondary Windows 7 installation, basically an image of the C partition)
E partition (documents and picture storage)

NO, back up should not be on the same HDD.

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Hi everyone,

I created an image using the Microsoft Backup and Restore tool in Windows 7. I saved the image on a network shared folder.

I then went to the Advanced Recovery Methods in Windows to restore my image...that I just created. It restarts the computer and goes into recovery mode, I point to where the image is located, I entered the network credentials and it give me an error.

"The Specified network resource or device is no longer available. (0x80070037)"

Please look at the attachments below.

Oh...I'm doing this in Windows Virtual PC.

Anyone knows what I'm missing?

A:I created a backup Image using the Microsoft Backup Utility and Now I can't Restore.

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New to this forum. I am using Win7 Backup and Restore, along with a Seagate external drive for my backup needs. I backup every week, and have been using it for about 1 year. I see the backups happening each week, but I've never had the need to restore anything. For the first time, I've needed to find an old version of a file. I have read the many articles about how to use the Win7 Restore utility, but when I 'search for files' using this utility for the file I'm looking for, I don't see it in any of the backups (various dates over the past 3 months). Now I'm wondering what it's backing up. The backup drive has lots of data, so it's putting something in there ;-)

So, in summary, I go through all the restore steps, but can't find the file I'm looking for. Is there some secret to using this tool? Seems straight forward...

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows7 Backup and Restore utility: I can't find the file to backup

I find this program invaluable - it will find everything on your comp in seconds.

Download Everything

Type in the name of the file or any part of it and if it's on your comp, it will tell you.

When the file come up, right click and "open path."

Hope this helps.

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Okay, so last night I decided to do a fresh install on my desktop of Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. I have 2 hard drives, an old 120GB (C and a new 1TB (F. The prior install of Windows 7 was on my C: drive, and so I installed the fresh install on F:. The reason I did this was because I was getting tired of having to redirect my installs to F: every time I installed something new.

My plan was to use my C: drive as a drive for media (pictures, music, docs, etc. etc.) and use my F: drive for installs like games, software, etc. Had I thought about it more, I probably would've caught my mistake right away, but I didn't. When I opened up disk manager after the install to wipe the C: partition clean, I got "Windows cannot delete the active system partition on this disk."

Is there a way to counter this, so I don't have a "ghost" install of Windows 7 on my C: disk? Or did I screw myself out of 120GB of HD space?


A:Windows cannot delete active partition

Hello radioempty. Welcome to the forum.

In the future, disconnect the C: drive, or any drives other than the install drive and then install the OS. This will avoid your problem, and some others you can have.

What has probably happened is that Windows install saw that there was an Active partition already installed on the computer. Regardless of what Drive letter, or what additional disk you install the "new" OS to, the Master Boot Record for both OS's will be saved on the existing Active partition.

If you now disconnected the C: drive the computer will not boot because there is no MBR. You could disconnect the C: drive and then try this method to rebuild the MBR on F:: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Once you get your new install to boot you would then need to work on cleaning up the old C: drive for data use. But that is another thread!

Good Luck.

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