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How to create a system image to my recorery partition or external drive

Question: How to create a system image to my recorery partition or external drive

Hi,
Since my PC (XPS 9100) was often freezing, I reinstall Windows.
I am now trying to create a System Image but I can't.
I am getting the following error messages.







Can someone help me resolve this issue?

Thanks in advance

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Preferred Solution: How to create a system image to my recorery partition or external drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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The Background:
Yesterday a computer in our office started misbehaving. Over the weekend, several Windows updates were installed. On Monday the user would open windows explorer and within 30 seconds or so he was prompted with a message saying something to the effect of, "windows encountered an error and had to close". All the windows including software such as Outlook and AutoCad would then close. There was no restart or shut down, just everything closing. This happened repeatedly.

I instructed him to find a restore point. He later told me the only restore points available were from Friday and then over the weekend, so he chose the latest one, that being Friday. After the restore was complete, the machine began to run through the normal boot process. However, once the windows symbol fully displayed, it would go to the black screen that normally briefly appears before your desktop appears, but the desktop never appears. The machine beeps and then re-boots. After the re-boot, you get the normal screen that prompts you with two choices, launch a repair or start normally. In either case, you get the same result as I just mentioned.


The Question:
Unfortunately, a system image of the troubled machine was never created. I pulled the hard drive and with a SATA adapter I connected it to a working machine and was able to read the drive with no problems. Can I create a system image of the now "external hard drive"? I would then use that syste... Read more

Answer:Create System Image of an external hard drive

Try this: Imaging with free Macrium

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

Answer:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.

James

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My Win7 computer fails to create a System Image to my new Samsung M3 500GB external hard drive which is connected via a USB3.0 cable to a USB3.0 port on my computer. My PC reports that "The backup failed" and "The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)". My system has 8GB RAM and the Samsung external drive (NTFS file system) is recognised by the PC and I can manually read & write from/to it so it is working fine. I believe one cause can be an Nvidia USB EHCI chipset but my PC does not have this chipset. It is an Intel chipset. Microsoft support pages http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979281 and 976972 are not applicable to my problem. Any suggestions as to how I can copy a System Image to my external hard drive via USB 3.0 cable? Could it be that I need an external drive which uses an ATA cable interface? If so then I have wasted £48 on the Samsung USB device.
Thanks

Answer:Can't create a "System Image" to external USB drive

Go get yourself a copy of Acronis and just do a clone of your disc, simples and easy.

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My fiancee and I have the same laptops. Both are dell inspiron 1440's bought at the same time. My factory image partition was formated by the depot however hers is still intact. we run the same exact software and hardware, how can I copy her partition and create it on to mine? If that is not possible how can I create my own system image as a partition on my hard drive to keep so I dont have to hassle with CD's everytime I decide to go for a fresh start?

Answer:How can I create or transfer a system image partition?

Control Panel > Backup & Restore > Create a system image

You will also need to "Create a system repair disc" (that's also in Backup & Restore), so that you can boot your laptop from it to access the system image for recovery.

The great thing about making your own system image is that it contains all the applications you've installed & all your preferred Windows settings.

Whereas, using a factory image, you would have to re-install all your applications and set up all your preferred Windows settings again. Not to mention all the useless junk & trial software that a factory image fills your hard drive with.

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When I try and use Drive Image to create a backup partition, it freezes after rebooting and tells me that there is a 'Bad attribute position in file record'.Their website says this is because of the 'i-node format' in Windows XP. They suggest running chkdsk, which doesn't help, and running a debug report, which frankly is beyond me: I just want it to work.Please can anyone help? Thanks

Answer:Drive Image 2002 can't create partition, error1513

Try asking Powerquest support. They have a reputation of being very good. Their address is in the back of the Drive Image booklet p. 25/25?d

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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:


sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

Answer:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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I have a 1 TB hard drive that is being used a lot. The format is NTFS or FATS, (sorry if those are not spelt correctly) windows hard drive. Anyways - there is like 400 gig spare. Can I simply go in and use gparted or something similiar and make a partition for a linux backup (which is ext4)

(I know this is a windows forum but u guys are the best! You are all v informed)

So basically from your experience if I do this is there a strong chance that the data on the drive will be hosed if I introduce a linux partition?

Thanks a lot

Answer:Can I create a partition in a (used) external hard drive?

Yes indeed. If you don't have an internal hard drive portable case, just power off your computer, hold the power button in for a minute to discharge all electricity, open the case, plug the older hard drive into the IDE or SATA cable for a secondary hard drive, (keep the case open to watch all fans), plug in the power cable, press the power button. The system will see the old hard drive and assign it a driver and may want to reboot; that's OK. Now after reboot, go to Windows Manager (Right click computer, choose Manage). Choose Disk Management, point at the older hard drive, right click your mouse and choose Format. When prompted, choose NTFS and format the entire disk. When it's done.....voila! You now have a second internal hard drive that you can use for backing up an Image of your C: Drive (Highly Recommended) and for storing all kinds of files like music, videos etc. rather than keeping them on the C: Drive and filling it up. (see image)

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I want to create a clean system image after I fresh install Win7 in my Sony Vaio laptop. But I hear that external drives should be formatted with NTFS if they are to be used for this purpose. I only have one Sony HDD (1TB) & it has lots of stuff already which I cannot delete or move somewhere else. Can I, by any means, create an another partition in the same HDD & format the partition to NTFS & use it for system image while keeping the other partition with data in it untouched? (If yes, then please let me know how.. please )

Is Windows System Imaging the best in town? Or is there any other free way to create a system image efficiently without lots of manual work?

I know this is very basic for you all, but I know nothing about this stuff.. Any help would be great.. Please..

Answer:Can I use a partition of an external HDD for a system image?

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Quote: Originally Posted by RebeccaValentin


I want to create a clean system image after I fresh install Win7 in my Sony Vaio laptop. But I hear that external drives should be formatted with NTFS if they are to be used for this purpose. I only have one Sony HDD (1TB) & it has lots of stuff already which I cannot delete or move somewhere else. Can I, by any means, create an another partition in the same HDD & format the partition to NTFS & use it for system image while keeping the other partition with data in it untouched? (If yes, then please let me know how.. please )

I assume you mean an external when you say "Sony HDD"?

Do you know if your Sony HDD already is formatted NTFS? It certainly could be, but I don't use externals and don't know what file system they use. I'd guess NTFS.

NTFS is generally preferred because other file systems such as FAT 32 will not store large files of say 6 or 8 or 30 GB, like you might make if you used imaging.

You can have 2 file systems on one drive, but first find out what file system you have now.

You can find out by running Windows Disk Management. See the picture. Note that it says NTFS under file sys for 3 of my 4 partitions at the upper left.

Is Windows System Imaging the best in town? Or is there any other free way to create a system image efficiently without lots of manual work?

No to the first question and yes to the secon... Read more

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I'm 90% sure that it shouldn't make a difference, that it doesn't has to be a SATA / SAS internal slave drive for you to create that drive image. But I never create a win 7 disk image on a USB Ext. hard drive before. Has any1 done it? Any difference than creating on a SATA internal drive?
 

Answer:Can you create your disk image on an external USB hard drive?

No difference.

I've done it with Clonezilla and imaged my laptop's hard drive to an external 2TB hard drive. I booted up into Clonezilla Live at bootup, restored the image to the laptop's hard drive, restarted and booted into the OS without issue.

Probably only difference I have to say is noticeable is the transfer speeds. Internal SATA hard drive probably would have done it faster than a USB2.0 connection to the external hard drive.
 

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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The windows system image backed up on my external hard drive (2TB WD USB3) is not showing while restoring the PC from an image.

The only option available is my hard drive partition on which i also had saved a system image.

What is the reason?
Though windows recommends External hard drive for backing up image when backing up the system.

Answer:System image on External hard drive is not accesible while restoring PC from image

Your system may not be able to see usb devices at boot. Check in bios for a setting that enables USB at boot. If there isn't such a setting, and if your system is fairly old and can't see the device, you'll have to copy the image to a separate partition on the hd.

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I have a 1TB drive that partioned with 120gb system and rest is a non primary/non boot data partition volumn..

I've never used windows 7 create system image, but want to . When I try to create a system image it insist on backing up both drives. I don't see how to deselect the data drive. Is this because I have installed something system related. on the data drive?

And Finally, how will recovely of a system image works if I get a blue screen, do I need to install window 7 again first or have a repair CD? I noticed when I started a create system image it asked me for the destination drive, no exact path on the drive, does the image have be created on the root of the destination drive?

Answer:Windows 7 pro - Create system image only system c: drive

Hello Cyberpine,

Please go ahead and post back with a screenshot showing all of your HDD's full layout in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to help ID what the issue may be.

If you moved anything like your page file, user folders, user profile folder, etc.... to any other partition than the default C, then they will also be considered "System" partitions and will be included in the system image by default. You will not be able to uncheck them since they are required for the operation of Windows 7. If you did, then you would need to move all of it back to C to not have the other partition included.

You could use a retail Windows 7 installation DVD/USB or a Windows 7 system repair disc at boot to do a system image recovery with.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have an old PC with a fairly small (and almost full) SSD C drive and a couple of HDDs. When running a "Create a system image" backup, both the C and D drives are flagged as "system" and are automatically marked as being included in the backup. That was not the case on another PC.

I see nothing on the D drive that looks like system stuff. Things like the users, hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys, etc. directories are all on the C drive, and only the C drive is flagged with the Windows icon.

Any idea why the system image create function thinks D is a system disk?

Answer:Create system image - what constitues a system drive?

Please complete this tutorial so members can take a look.

By Golden:

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I recently installed W10 on a new HDD, and also got a new USB flash drive for back up purposes. Both drives are 128GB in size, and the HDD has 37GB of its space used up for the W10 OS, and a few other bits and pieces. The USB drive is empty, and has been formatted for NTFS.

If I go to W10's create a system image section, it tells me that my USB drive is - "The drive is not a valid backup location". Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything more than that, so I don't understand why it doesn't like it.

Any help on this issue would be gratefully received - thanks a lot.

Answer:Create a system image not working for USB drive

I posted the same question a while ago.
I was told that the system is looking for "hard drive" to do the backup.
Flash drive is not hard drive, I gather.
If I can find my thread, I'll return with it.

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I have had problems creating restore discs in the past. What is a good web site for creating a system image for Windows 7?

Answer:How to create a system image of Windows 7 Drive C

Windows Backup allows you to make a back up of your personal files and settings.Windows Backup allows you to make an image of a partition or an entire drive.Windows Repair Disk is bootable and has the tools to reimage a drive from a stored image made from Windows Backup.I am not sure how your system is set up but I recommend at least two partitions, one for Windows and your programs and one for your data. This way you can more easily define your back up and much more easily (and faster) make the important image of your C drive with your operating system and programs. Doing it this way you have a two step process if catastrophe happens and you need to replace the hard drive or wipe it and start over. The process would be to delete the partition (using the Windows 7 install disk) or replace the drive, pop in the Repair Disk and reload the disk image. Then if needed, recover your back up, run Windows Update, and you are done.Other programs are not needed but there are a few that also can do this, just make sure that you have or create their recovery disks as well if you go this route.External hard drives are very good for storing back ups and system images but if you always leave them plugged in you might just want to add another internal hard drive for this since the SATA connection is more direct and much faster than USB2.0 (nearly the same as USB3.0 though).You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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trying to create system image of Windows 10 with USB flash drive. get an error "the drive is not a valid backup location". How do I fix this error?

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Hi I am running a new latitude e6510 64-bit and I am trying to create system image to a new hard drive I purchased when I bought the new computer for back up. The new drive is WD Blue Scorpio. I loaded win7 pro on the new drive and did create system image. When I tried to restore system image it says restore failed. I called WD and they said I had to remove win 7 pro and only do a format then create system image. I tried that and now it will do the system image but when I load it in to my computer it can not find (bootmgr is missing) and I have to shut down.
I am doing the system image through my USB port onto my new hard drive.
I have done this before with no problems, now I have been trying for over a week and it still won’t work. Can you tell me where I can find information on creating a system Image and Restore on a New hard drive?
TIA
harriet

Answer:create system image and restore New hard drive

Can you clarify
1) You have a PC with Windows 7 Pro installed?
2) You bought a new HDD as a "cold" standby / backup drive in case the normal drive fails?
3) You don't plan to have both HDDs installed together?
4) What is the size of existing and new HDDs?

5) What's the partition structure of your existing HDD
Partition descriptions, Sizes
screen shot from disk management would help but don't worry at this stage if you don't know how to do it.

Suggest you delete your personal email address from the post. Communicate through the forum.

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I want to create a system image and store it on my NAS but Windows doesn't find it in the list for network locations when i browse for it.

My NAS is fully available from My Computer so it should work.

Im using Win 7 Ultimate SP1. I have tried to restart both the NAS and my computer serveral times.

Is there some setting or something i should fix first?

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Hello.

I'm trying to create a system image (Control Panel\System and Security\Backup and Restore (Windows 7) -> Create a system image), however my storage spaces drive is not listed in the available selection to save the image to.
Why is that and what can do about that?

Thank you.

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When trying to create a System Image in the "Backup and Restore" facility built into Windows 10, my External 2TB Hard Drive wasn't displayed as a viable location. After doing some digging, it was found in the same utility that the Hard Drive in question was labelled as "SYSTEM", and the drive would be required to be included as part of the image, and that the image couldn't be located on that drive, which, as the [external] hard drive already has around 450GiB+ on it, makes the total size of the backups around 600GiB, which won't fit on any other hard drive I have.

Sidenote:
The 2TB Hard Drive is partitioned to include a 100GiB partition of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the GRUB 2 Bootloader but as the partition isn't recognised by Windows, surely this can't be affecting the Partition Type.

Is there anything that I could do in order to remove the label from the Hard Drive, as I'm trying to create a System Image as a S.M.A.R.T. test on Ubuntu 16.04 suggested that there may be anywhere up to 190 Failing Sectors on my Internal 320GB Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Toshiba Drive Labelled as 'System' when making System Image

Use any free imaging software and it should work fine

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When trying to create a System Image in the "Backup and Restore" facility built into Windows 10, my External 2TB Hard Drive wasn't displayed as a viable location. After doing some digging, it was found in the same utility that the Hard Drive in question was labelled as "SYSTEM", and the drive would be required to be included as part of the image, and that the image couldn't be located on that drive, which, as the [external] hard drive already has around 450GiB+ on it, makes the total size of the backups around 600GiB, which won't fit on any other hard drive I have.

Sidenote:
The 2TB Hard Drive is partitioned to include a 100GiB partition of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the GRUB 2 Bootloader but as the partition isn't recognised by Windows, surely this can't be affecting the Partition Type.

Is there anything that I could do in order to remove the label from the Hard Drive, as I'm trying to create a System Image as a S.M.A.R.T. test on Ubuntu 16.04 suggested that there may be anywhere up to 190 Failing Sectors on my Internal 320GB Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance.

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"How to Create a System Image in Windows 8 and 8.1" at System Image - Create in Windows 8

includes the following approach for create multiple system images on a single external drive. Will this approach work in Windows 10?
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METHOD TWO:

1. Navigate to the backup location above for where you saved a system image that you want to keep before creating a new system image.

2. Right click, or press and hold, on the WindowsImageBackup folder, and click/tap on Rename.

3. Rename it to something like WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1, press Enter, and click//tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.
NOTE: This way you can just easily change the 1 an the end of the name to 2, 3, 4, etc... for each new system image that you make a copy of.

4. You now have a different system image version that you can leave at this location to be able to keep multiple versions.
NOTE: When you want to restore a system image in a renamed WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder in the future, then you must rename the current WindowsImageBackup folder first, then rename the WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder back to WindowsImageBackup in order to be able to restore it. The WindowsImageBackup folder must be in the root directory of the drive, and not within another folder.

Answer:Can I create multiple system images on a single external drive?

Hello Robert,

Yes, you can use the same method in Windows 10 to create and save multiple system images on the same drive.

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I currently have one drive that contains a System Reserved partition (which includes the boot files). The status is System, Active, Primary Partition.
I have another drive with the C: partition. The status is Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.
I've been told that if I remove the disk (it's a bit flaky) with the System Reserved partition, I won't be able to boot up. If this is true, is it possible to transfer that partition to another drive? If so, does it have to be at the start of the drive?
Alternatively, can I make the C: partition include System status?

Answer:Moving System Reserved partition to a different drive | [image]

Install Macrium Reflect Free and make a rescue disk/USB. Physically disconnect the hard drive with the system reserved partition. I would also move the remaining hard drive to the SATA 1 slot so it appears as the first drive in bios. Boot from the Macrium Reflect Free rescue disk/USB and under the restore menu will be an option to fix startup problems. You can use that to recreate the boot files right on the C: drive partition.

If it works (and it should), then you can put the second hard drive back in, delete all the partitions and reformat the whole thing.

If it fails for some reason, just reconnect the old hard drive, set it as the boot drive in bios, and you are back in business like you were before.

An alternate method would be to install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. You can use that to shrink your C: drive partition enough to create empty space and then copy the system reserved partition over. It does not have to be at the front of the hard drive, but does have to be set as the active partition.

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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

Answer:Restoring Windows 10 system image to a different drive partition

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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

Answer:Restoring Windows 10 system image to a different drive partition

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I currently have one drive that contains a System Reserved partition (which includes the boot files). The status is System, Active, Primary Partition.
I have another drive with the C: partition. The status is Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.
I've been told that if I remove the disk (it's a bit flaky) with the System Reserved partition, I won't be able to boot up. If this is true, is it possible to transfer that partition to another drive? If so, does it have to be at the start of the drive?
Alternatively, can I make the C: partition include System status?

Answer:Moving System Reserved partition to a different drive | [image]

Install Macrium Reflect Free and make a rescue disk/USB. Physically disconnect the hard drive with the system reserved partition. I would also move the remaining hard drive to the SATA 1 slot so it appears as the first drive in bios. Boot from the Macrium Reflect Free rescue disk/USB and under the restore menu will be an option to fix startup problems. You can use that to recreate the boot files right on the C: drive partition.

If it works (and it should), then you can put the second hard drive back in, delete all the partitions and reformat the whole thing.

If it fails for some reason, just reconnect the old hard drive, set it as the boot drive in bios, and you are back in business like you were before.

An alternate method would be to install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. You can use that to shrink your C: drive partition enough to create empty space and then copy the system reserved partition over. It does not have to be at the front of the hard drive, but does have to be set as the active partition.

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I am working on my sisters Toshiba L655d-S5055 notebook. windows 7, 3gb, amd v120 processor, 250gb drive. Started with error msg at boot "encountered a problem communicating with a device at startup......". Couldn't get by this error. took out drive, inserted into usb-enclosure, and tested. numerous sector errors. She has also lost the recovery disks I made for her. I used partition software to scan just the recovery partition, and there are no errors reported there. What I would like to do, is to copy to a flash drive, or make new recovery dvd's from this recovery partition; then I can use the coa from the back of the notebook (if necessary) for full install onto a new hard drive. However, I can't use the toshiba notebook for this; I can only use my desktop pc for the xfer; using the toshiba hard drive as a usb external drive, and the toshiba media creator software will not install onto my desktop pc (doesn't give me a reason). I would prefer to go the dvd-route, but flash drive would be ok, too. Any info is appreciated. thanks.
 

Answer:how to create recovery dvd's from recovery partition mounted as usb-external drive

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System image restore on empty external drive I made a system backup of my C:
system partition with Windows 7
backup and restore facility on an
external disk.

Now I bought another external disk
and wanted to restore my backup to it to test the restoration on
an empty disk ( for the case of disk crash or when buying a new SSD and
adding it to the computer ).

When I boot from the Recovery CD
and try to restore the image I can exclude my current system disk and keep only the external target disk. But then I get an error message, which tells me that the
restoration misses a disk. I suppose the excluded C:-system disk.

So is there a way to restore the
image to a disk other than the current disk with the running C:-system ?

Answer:System image restore on empty external drive

Not to a External Drive.

System Image Recovery

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Despite the great help I received yesterday, I am still in the same boat. I am trying to "clean up" my Dell Inspiron 1012 (Dell Mini). It does not have a CD drive...only USB ports. I have an external hard drive connected to one of the USB ports. The computer has the Windows 7 Professional OS (although the computer came from the factory with 7 Basic; I used Windows anytime upgrade). Anyway, I want to use the Windows "create system image" option to backup, wipe clean, and restore. Will the computer boot from the USB? Any pointers on this process? I really appreciate the forum help!!!!

Patrick

Answer:Restoring via system image using external hard drive

The ISO can be downloaded from Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River . You can put on usb flash stick by doing Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft Store

Does the machine boot from that stick? If so... with that stick you can "wipe clean" and do the win7 built-in restore. Use USB2 ports .... most likely usb3 doesn't work.

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I have two Seagate 2TB external drives that I want to use for backup purposes (system image only). The older drive is USB 2.0 and it works fine, whether it's plugged into a 2.0 or 3.0 port.

My new drive is USB 3.0, and it is causing me problems. It will store data files, but not a system image. When I try to create a system image of my Win 7 Pro C: drive (and by default the EFI System Partition), it goes through the following steps:
- Windows is saving the backup
- Preparing to create the backup
- Preparing media
- Backing up EFI System Partition
At that point I get the Backup Failed screen shown in the attachment.

I am totally perplexed as to why one drive is successful and the other is not. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Creation of Win 7 System Image to External Drive Fails

Try to make the image with this command where "S" is the address of the disk to where the image is written. You may need to change that to reflect your setup.:

wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:S: -include:C: -AllCritical -quiet

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I did a windows system image back up on our windows 8 PC before we had to send our HP All-In-One to HP to replace a broken hard drive (we have only had the computer for less than 6 months, arghh!). They also told me to wipe the computer prior to sending it so no personal information was on the computer.

The computer was just returned to us and I am not able to find a command or windows program to Restore my computer from the USB System Image backup that I made. Also, when I plug my USB external HD into the computer, I see the file for the system image backup, but the drive and files columns say that it is empty.

Can someone please help?

Answer:System Image Restore from USB External Drive ??, Windows 8

-- FYI: I am using a Seagate 2.0 1TB HD.

Since posting this thread this am, I have been able to boot to the advanced options settings and got to the System Image restore wizard (from the windows 8 blue screen - weird format - Iam use to Windows XP).

Anyway, when I select restore pc from system image backup there are two options. I select the second option that states select system image from a different location. However, the pc is not reading my HD.

How do I make windows 8 see my hard drive with the system image backup on it in the advanced options system image restore wizard?

thanks!

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Hey guys..
I am new to this forum.. Recently i upgraded my system to windows 8..N after clean install i backed up the copy of my C drive (Includes System Image) to my external 2TB Hard Drive.. It took around 250GB of hard drive space..Now since i am running out of space i decided to delete the back up copy from My hard drive.. I deleted WindowsImageBackup and all associated files using control panel..But around 150GB space is missing(not visible) from my external Hard Drive.. Plz tell me what to do??

As You can see from attached pic that 125 GB free out of 1.81TB..But size of all files including hidden files is 1.53TB..Plz guys help me..

Answer:Not Able to delete system image from External Hard Drive

Hello Fireboy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of the root of your external HDD showing what folders is on it?

In addition, please post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) showing the full layout of the external HDD.

For now, using the free program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics on the external HDD should be able to help ID what is using the space.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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I have read similar problems I am having now but NONE have so far as i have read, with a solution.

> Firstly, my situation is this, I HAVE RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY restored my pc from a previously created system image using default windows 8.1 (i have no question regarding the process/procedure on file recovery/system image etc.. fyi)

> My only concern now is that the system image i used to restore my pc is located on my old 500GB WD External Hard Drive.
Today i found out, that my External Hard Drive Health is only at 60% with alot of weak sectors (again i have no question on process/procedure on correcting the weak sectors fyi)

> I have a new 1TB WD External Hard Drive, and I want to move the system image from the old 500GB External Hard Drive to this new 1TB External Hard Drive. (I do not want to create a new system image at this time right now by any other method, I am satistfied with the default windows system image file/recovery)

>> Can anyone PLEASE EXPLAIN, how to i move the system image from my old 500GB External Hard Drive to my new 1TB External Hard Drive?
>> Can this be done by the simple COPY/PASTE, CUT/PASTE, or how to MOVE the system image CORRECTLY.

A hearty thanks to everyone..

Answer:How to Move System Image to Another External Hard Drive

On something so large and so very important, you should use Robocopy in command prompt.(sorry I've never need to use it, so I personally have no experience, but maybe someone else can.

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Hi

I've taken a 1TB SATA HDD from a second computer which had Windows 7 OS on it. I have housed it in an external caddy to use as a backup drive for my primary computer. It comes up as two paritions G and H. I've formatted G to give me a 931Gb drive and I have a H drive with 99.9MB which is the System Reserved from the previous Windows 7 install.

Can I format the System Reserved partition on the external drive and combine the two partitions to create one external backup HDD?? If I need software tools to do this are there any freeware tools that would do this?

Thanks
Mike

Answer:Remove System Reserved partition from external drive

Delete both partitions & reformat.

Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hi Everyone, Before sending my Yoga3 for repair I saved the System partition (Assuming it is drive C) to an external hard drive. When the pc came from repair went through the restore procedure and got the message:"The program cannot restore the system partition because it's structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue". Appreciate any advice on how to recreate the system partition.Thanks  

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Ok massive tale of woe here. I was using my computer last week, when it shut down unexpectedly. I couldn't get it too boot back up properly, and when I tried to access system recovery and startup repair I couldn't use them either. I worked out that I had an unmountable boot volume problem. I fixed it by reseting the computer back to factory default and planned to load back my last system image once I could get into Windows. Unfortunately I didn't realise that my last system image wasn't complete and I don't have any earlier ones. This basically means that Windows doesn't recognise is as a full image and I can't restore it. I have a vhd file that is a copy of my C drive and another partial vhd of the boot partition. I need to get some files of my C drive vhd file but when I mount it in Win7 it just says that it is a RAW drive and I can't access it. I've tried mounting it in Parted Magic to no avail. Does anyone know any way I can either access the image or just restore the whole think to where my C drive is now? I've already tried to recover lost files but that just left me with over 10,000 misplaced files what I would have to traverse through trying to find what I need. I'm at my wits end, can someone please help me!

Answer:Partial system Image access on external hard drive

A long shot:

I assume that for a valid system image, it needs to be in the original folder (WindowsImageBackup) on the ORIGINAL drive it was on AND the associated shadow storage entry ("vssadmin list shadows" command) must be around.

Here's what you could try. Save the C: vhd somewhere safe. If you have a working version/image of Windows, take another system image (reserved/boot partition and C). Do a TAKEOWN of the WindowsImageBackup file and delete the larger of the 2 .vhd files (in \Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder) which will be your C partition image. Then copy your older C .vhd file into that same \Backup directory.

This is probably unlikely to work as there may be stuff in those xml files or the \Catalog folder that won't let things be missing or switched. Or something within the Shadow entry information that is used to double-check that all the pieces are there. But it's worth a shot.

I've never tried mounting a .vhd via Disk Management, but they're supposed to mount just fine from what I've read.

It looks like the GUID-thingy in the .vhd file name is the same for a drive every time a system image is taken.

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I know there are posts about this, and I've tried using their suggestions, but i still can't get the system image restore to see my external hard drive or the image file. when i'm in windows itself, i can see the files, but when i try to restore the image,
neither is being recognized.  I don't want to lose what i have on there. is there anything anyone can do?

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I am trying to remove the system reserved partition on my external hard drive for it to work with xbox one.

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I've ordered a new hard drive for my laptop to replace the current 160 GB it has. It should arrive very soon so I've just tried to create a system image of my C:/ drive but when choosing where to save the image I am not able to select my external hard drive, instead it blanks it out the on hard disk option and goes straight to the DVD or Network option.

The hard drive works fine in Windows 7 for normal operation, it is a IOMEGA 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive. It does however have files already on it, it's free space is 195 GB.

Does it need more free space, or am I missing something?

Thanks,

James

Answer:Unable to select external hard drive to save a system image

I don't know what I did, but after messing around with drive letters and paths I managed to get my external hard drive to appear in the list and it is currently saving a system image of my C:/ drive right now. Fingers crossed.

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I have an HP dv6000 and i wanted to restore my pc to factory settings via my Recovery partition. however, in My Computer, it says 6.59gb free out of 6.59 gb...so im assuming that if i tried to restore my pc this way it would not turn out good. im guessing there is no image on the partition. how do i make an image of my OS onto my partition so i can reset to factory settings?PS i am running windows vista home premium service pack 2, 32bit

Answer:How do i create an image on my Partition?

... might be an idea to create recovery dvd through the programs listing HP (tools) recovery manager first!... [press] and hold the <F11> <key> @ bootup to launch the HP Recovery Manager..Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warrantieshttp://img132.imageshack.us/img132/...Grrrr... ...im

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Hello guys,'ve looked for everything that google and not found my solution.

Is giving the following error when trying to install windows 7 in HD:
"setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

I've tried to do some procedures, but also can not create partition, do not know what else to do.

I've tried also to give a "clean" and nothing also, can someone help me?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Setup was unable to create a new system partition - I can not create p

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if the following is possible. I have a LiveCD that I can boot from. I want to create an ISO image of this CD, then create a hard drive partition on my PC and copy the ISO file to this partition and be able to boot from it. I'm running Windows XP. Could anyone tell me if this is at all possible?

Thanks.
 

Answer:How can I create bootable HD partition from ISO image?

The only way that would work is in a VM. PC's cannot boot from ISO images.
 

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I bought an Acer notebook with Windows 8 SL (Single Language) and UEFI BIOS (with Secure Boot) factory installed (Windows Key is set in Bios).

I have the habit of installing all programs and make an image of partition C: in case of having to reinstall the entire system for problems with Windows, HDD exchange or similar cases. With this gain too long and not have to reinstall all the programs one by one.

My HDD is partitioned into 4 parts: C:, E:, F: and G:.

When I enter the Windows 8 app to generate the system image appear two partitions pre-marked for backup: C: (Programs) and EFI System Partition (no drive letter). C: partition is formatted as NTFS, but the EFI is as FAT32.

My question is: when I restore this, how should I format the partition where you install the system again (C ? Format all the partition as NTFS and Backup app creates the EFI partition FAT32 by own?

Please can you explain how it works and how to proceed?

I will boot the system by CD-ROM.

In advance thank you to all who contribute.

Answer:Create partition image - Windows 8

Please can you explain how it works and how to proceed?



You can use the Windows system image all partitions.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

than Recovery will repartition all the partitions.
System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

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I am getting this error while installing windows 7 again!
My earlier win 7 got corrupted and i am trying to reinstall it.
I am using USB drive.
I have tried re-inserting pen drive and diskpart method to set the location of the partition.but both solutions are useless!
What can be the reason and what should i do?

Answer:Unable to create a new system partition or locate an existin partition

The problem is all your partitions are Logical.
The bootloader needs to be installed in a Primary partition.

You can delete Partition 4 so it becomes Unallocated space.
Then Windows should be able to create a system partition and install.
Installing in Unallocated space Windows will create 2 partitions, a System Reserved partition for the bootloader and a C partition for Windows.

Or, you could delete Partition 4 and create a new Primary partition.
If you install Windows into that Primary partition the bootloader and Windows will be in the C partition.
You won't have a System Reserved partition.

I like having Windows as the first partition, before any data partitions, but that would be more work if you want to move partitions around before installing Windows.

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Hi.

I'm user from a Toshina NB100 and i'm happy with my netbook, but i have a problem.

I always work with partition on my HD. The primary partition have 20GB and the secondary partition have 100GB.
On the primary partition i have the OS windows xp and on the secondary partition i have music, photos, programas, games, etc.

When i want to created an imagen from my primary partition for example with Acronis partition magic or with other program the NB1000 don't recognize the hard drive, the machime write a legend "i can not find HD". I thing that the problem is the fault of the Bios.

Someone know about of this problem? or may be someone could do this?

Answer:NB100 - Cannot create image of primary partition

Hi

I doubt that this is a BIOS problem.

The point is that the notebook uses the SATA HDD controller and your image software cannot recognize the HDD due to missing SATA drivers.

The Intel Matrix Storage Manger package which can be found on the Intel page contains the needed SATA files.

Bye

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Hello,

I've been messing around with this for too long, and can't find any help from Symantec. I do think I've done something silly or just plain dumb to cause my problem.

I've been using Ghost for awhile now, and never had any problems. We got in a slew of new Gateways and I can't create images of them. I install the client manually on my model computer, and then hop on the ghost server to make my image. In the Ghost Console I make a create image task, point to the desired computer, make a new image file for it, check my sysprep settings, and get ready to rock.
Then, I get this error: "There are machines in the task that may use the Virtual Partition but do not have a valid template." Then something about "it may fail", and it sure does. Now... I think I'm missing something simple here. I want to use the Virtual Partition, because I'm running everything off the console, but I know not what template it refers to.
The new computers don't have floppy drives, so I'm turning to a BartPE disk if I can't get this to work over the network. But, I'd /really/ like it to.

Thanks -mmX
 

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Hi,recently my PSU went down taking my motherboard with it. I replaced these components and re-registered the o/s XP Home SP2, with Microsoft. I am expecting that the old 40GB HDD will be my next problem, so I've bought an external USB 500GB HDD NFT.I would like to create 4 partitions on this external HDD, called: Images, Music,Data and MirrorOLD. Can anyone explain how to use Paragon's Drive Copy8 & Partition manager8.5 on issue 148's dvd to create a mirror image of the old 40GB HDD onto the external HDD, so that I can reinstall the: o/s, settings, programes and drives with little fuss later to a replacement internal 160GB HDD, when old dies? I had little luck getting the software to do more than recognise the internal & external drives.Any advice welcome

Answer:How to create a mirror HDD image on external HDD

I think your best bet is to use Acronis TI and clone the current drive and save this to the 160GB drive,then make this master as opposed to slave.Acronis TI 10 click here

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Just installed Drive Image 2002 on a Windows XP Prof machine with 3 Hard Disks, tried to create an image of C drive on 3rd empty NTFS hard disk but the system says it will reboot to complete the job but nothing happens after the reboot(and no backup image created). I tried to image C to CDRW but nothing happens or is created after the reboot........ Any Ideas ..... Please

Answer:Drive Image 2002 won't create a backup image

because if it is the demo will only allow you to go through the procedure, so you can see how easy it is to make an image.If it's not a demo, apologies, and I'm stuck as well!Regards,Simsy

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Hi,

I've been at this for several days and just can't get it to work. I have a computer which has a single disk but two partitions. Using GhostCast Server, I want to create an image of the first partition only and later on restore the image back on to the first partition of the client computer without affecting any data inside the second partition. So far what I've done with GhostCast is create an image of the entire disk, however when it comes to restore, it restores the entire disk. When I use the same image and select the partition option on GhostCast server, I can not manually select the first partition to restore, as a matter a fact it does not show any partitions at all and GhostCast server does not work with this option.

I've also tried creating an image with the partition enable on GhostCast server. With this I can select which partition I wan to create an image of versus the entire disk. But when it comes to restore, on the client side, I am force to restore the image on to the entire disk.

All I want to do is have an image only of the first partition ( I call it my Operating partition and the second is my Pictures partition). After a few days/weeks/months having my children playing with the computer and infecting with trojans, I'd like to use the image I created and restore it back to how it was serveral weeks prior without affecting the pictures I've store on the second partition.
 

Answer:Unable to Create/Restore Partition Image in GhostCast server

hmm; yes I was disappointed with that issue too.
Ghost and Acronis both create images of the HD and not just the partition.
The sole argument (imo) for that choice is to capture the MBR (which is outside the partition).





All I want to do is have an image only of the first partition ( I call it my Operating partition and the second is my Pictures partition). After a few days/weeks/months having my children playing with the computer and infecting with trojans, I'd like to use the image I created and restore it back to how it was serveral weeks prior without affecting the pictures I've store on the second partition.Click to expand...

the organization of C:\ for the System itself and D:\ for your data is great!! WELL DONE!!

if you have a) an external HD or b) another system, then you can use replication
as a means to protect D:\

Once D:\ has a secondary source, the recovery of C:\ is a wipe clean, repartition, and full install of the OS.

Windows backups are a farce for system level recovery -- they're only good for user data.

You can improve the security for ALL users by allowing only LUA accounts
 

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I'm looking ahead to the time when an attempt to do an Acronis Create Image will not be possible because there is not enough room on my external hard drive. Presently, I run a fresh Create Image monthly and now have three versions on my external drive. I can probably store a total of 5-6 before I run out of space.

Do you know what will happen when I attempt to run a Create Image and find that there is not enough room for another file?

And, does Acronis then give me a way to delete the oldest file from the E drive, or must I use some other facility, such as clicking on the oldest and selecting 'delete this file' from the selections in the vertical window on the left of the screen?

I'm also concerned about any possibility of messing up any Acronis information if one of the files disappears if I delete it using Windows XP to delete one of the backup files.

Thanks.
 

Answer:What will happen when external HD is almost full and I run Acronis Create Image

It will refuse to make the image, obviously.

FWIW, how I handle this issue is with a batch job. I schedule Acronis True Image to run every week, and before the run, I schedule this batch job to run.

<contents of ACROPREP.BAT>
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@echo off
if not exist H:\backup\main_c\1CD*.tib goto end
if exist H:\backup\main_c\4CD*.TIB del H:\backup\main_c\4CD*.TIB
if exist H:\backup\main_c\3CD*.tib ren H:\backup\main_c\3CD*.tib 4CD*.tib
if exist H:\backup\main_c\2CD*.tib ren H:\backup\main_c\2CD*.tib 3CD*.tib
if exist H:\backup\main_c\1CD*.tib ren H:\backup\main_c\1CD*.tib 2CD*.tib
:end
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Obviously, I keep a total of four copies, and the naming scheme might be different, but you get the idea.

The name I create is: 1CDRIVE.TIB for the scheduled backup.

Since you run your manually, you could just run a similar batch job before your run, it would do the file renames and delete the oldest copy. You won't screw anything up by just deleting the oldest file, the images are completely self-contained.
 

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If you have a new Lenovo S10 or S12 or all type of notebooks, and  for a sum reason you have Lenovo OneKey Rescue 6.0 Partition Failure, the partition not boot and you do not have boot CDs, you unable to fix it ! it is impassible, bout you have a way to create a new factory boot CDs, instruction:1.you mast download Ubuntu 9.10 OS and create boot CD.2.you mast boot from the CD, do not install the OS only UP.3.from the system you have the option to see the hided partition.4.copy the factory.000 fils to ordinary partition (20-40), do not forget the factory.wsi.5.boot from the windows xp and ran the Lenovo Lenovo OneKey Recovery 6.0.6.using the files to creating a boot DVD restore system .

Answer:Lenovo OneKey Rescue 6.0 Partition Failure Create New factory image Boot CD

there's available bios update for ideapad s9e, s10e, and s10http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-72740

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I have just finished a System Repair on my Windows 7 using repair ISO, and I'm not sure if I should do a system image backup before deleting old files with Disk Cleanup, or delete them after I've done a Repair Disc and System Image as well. I'm also afraid to delete anything at this stage. Would it be safe to delete Restore Points and Shadow Copies at this stage (I only did repair today), or should I wait a week or so?
I guess what I'm asking is when and what to delete and when to create a System Image and Repair Disc. New to all this and don't want to muck it up, so any help I can get would be very much appreciated. I have printed out your tutorials to follow on Disk Cleanup and removing $Window.~Q file.
Thank you

Answer:When to delete old files and create System Image after System Repair

Make your system image now, using Macrium Reflect. You will be able to return to this point regardless of what happens.
Now delete your restore points and then make a new one, so that you can fix any future problems.
Now make another image.
You, also, want to download the free Macrium Reflect and make your images on an external hard drive. You will be able to save as many as you want.
Following these instructions you cannot go wrong. You can always come back to what you have right now.
Macrium Reflect Free

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I have read about 50 threads in regard to the topic. I'm just looking for clarity here. I have a homebuilt system that got a virus Alureon.gen!k. Before researching it I let windows fix it. Computer won't open any applications now.
Decided to go to my Image to save time (NOT!). The image is on a USB external HDD currently attached directly to the computer. I can't get it to find the bleepin' Image!

The HDD was attached to an NAS over the network where it saved my windows images and backup files from the NAS. The drive's structure looks like this:

E: R6 Backup
Office Server
Office WindowsImageBackup MediaID.bin Data Drive Backup Files

Inside the Office folder are three items: Office, WindowsImageBackup, and a MediaID.bin. The Office folder has file backups. The WindowsImageBackup contains the expected image folders and files.

I understand from the threads that the WindowsImageBackup needs to be in the root of E: so I have done this two ways, neither of whiched worked. First I simply renamed the Root Office folder, and then I undid the rename and moved the WindowsImageBackup out of the Office folder and into the root of E:.

Windows sees the drive. Within the recovery you have the option under advanced to load drivers. I was doing this trying to use eSata to no avail so I switched to USB where you c... Read more

Answer:System Image Not Found on External USB HDD with Image as Root Folder

I installed Acronis after seeing someone's post about converting the Windows Image file to an Acronis and just booting from that, but it is telling me it won't work and possibly the windows file is corrupted. Has anyone seen this or been able to fix a so called corrupted .img file?

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I have 120 gb external drive. I don't mind using the external drive to burn the system image on as i barely ever use it and yes it still works. However, I worry about system image being re written by virus should i ever get a virus, spyware, malware, ect. on my external drive and then the viruses re enters my system everytime i use the system image. The whole point of even me using the system image would be in the event i get a virus and i just can't rid of it or I just really wanna be sure its gone. So i use the system image to delete everything and restore only what was on the system image. So my question is do you think if be the safer bet to just store the system image on none-rewritable cds? Perhaps this is not very convenient as i would need more than probably 3 cds, but would it be safer and would it let me install it on more than 1 cd? I think the system image is about 80 gbs. So i may need up to 9 cds to store 10 gbs each going from part 1 to part 11. Is it going to let me do that? Oh and i just might make a back up on my external drive as just as emergency back up in the given case one or all my cds don't fully work or should one out of 11 ever fail.

Answer:System image burn to external drive or burn to cds? Question in messag

Hello Trent,

It would be best to create the system image on a HDD instead. A CD/DVD is less reliable to restore from, and more expensive for how many you would need.

You can do what's in the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial below to keep multiple copies of system images on the same HDD. This way you can create a system image backup that you know is clean, rename the backup folder to keep it so new system images will not replace it. Just repeat this every so often to have a updated system image that you know is clean.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am attempting to create a system image of my c:\ (Windows 7 Professional RTM) drive to a network drive. I keep getting the following message when the process completes: "New bad clusters were found on the source drive. These clusters were not backed up. (0x8078007D)" I tried running CHKDSK C: /R /F from an administrative command prompt. This necessitated restarting Windows and running CHKDSK prior to starting Windows. Following completion, I tried running the image creation again with the same message. Obviously, I do not want to try a restore since that could totally hose my system. I looked at the target drive and it does appear that a number of files and folders have been created, but whether these are any good or not, I am not in a position to say. Is this a documented bug, and is there a know fix?Windows 7 Professional RTM dual booting with Windows 7 RC (using RC to test Office 2010 in a test environment)
2 GB memory 160 HD
Networked Gateway Laptop
HP Officejet 6310 All-in One inkjet printer
Verizon FIOS Internet Connection

Answer:Cannot Create a System Image

Ok - this may explain the 512K discrepancy, but does not resolve the problem. Microsoft should look to find a way for users to make a usable image backup - otherwise the entire image backup utility is worthless for anyone running a dual boot configuration. Given what you are saying, I think it isfair to say that the problem is not a bad cluster - it is a cluster that Windows does not recognize. Apparently it can be done, as I was able to create and restore an image backup successfully using Acronis True Image 2010. Windows 7 Professional RTM
2 GB memory 160 HD
Networked (wired and wireless)Gateway Laptop
HP Officejet 6310 All-in One inkjet printer
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Getting this message. I ran chkdsk..no luck.

Answer:Cannot create system image

Hi,
Try a reliable imaging program
Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi guys.

I am trying to image my hard drive. I have a Corsair Force 120 SSD.

When I try to back it up onto multiple discs, it doesn't even get past the first one. It seems like it is writing data to the disc, but there's nothing on it. Also it keeps asking me to insert a blank disc and label it disc 1. It can't seem to progress onto further disc numbers.

I recently tweaked the system using the guide on the Black Viper website to optimize performance, and perhaps I turned off a service which the imaging system depends upon, only I'm not sure which one.

Any help would be great.

Cheers

Mick

Answer:Can't create system image

Hello Mick and welcome to the Forum.

There has been a long-standing problem with Windows 7 being able to create a system image to disks. People have reported that sometimes a -R disk works while a +R doesn't, or a +RW works and a -RW doesn't. Also, the Win 7 imaging tool seems to have a specific preference for the brand of burner. This is just one Microsoft forum that talks about the disk issue. There are many more.

Problems creating system image onto DVD-RW

I think most people would recommend putting your image on an external hard drive. Prices have come down considerably so you could store multiple images. Also, people recommend updating a system image periodically. It's a lot easier doing that on an external HD rather than using multiple disks. Too much of a chance that one disk may not burn properly and then you can't restore to the image.

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Trying to create a system image of my windows 10 and it will not let me put in on usb says invalid location for system image. How do get a system image on a lexar usb? Please help before my laptop crashes. Thanks

Answer:How to create system image on a usb

USB Flash drives are not large enough to hold a system image. I suppose if you have a small amount of disk usage and a big flash drive you could try to format it to ntfs. Your best bet is to get an external hard drive to back up too.

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My computer has windows XP with a lot of programs installed that I no longer have installation disks for. I'm worried if the system crashes I will not be able to recover them.

What is the best program to use for creating a system image? Then say if the hard drive crashes I can just load the image on a new hard drive and everything should work, correct?

Also say the hard drive has to be replaced, how do you go about loading the image onto a new hard drive?

Thank You

Answer:Create system image

I'd use the freeware XXClone. It's a bit tricky. The instructions provided by the company that provides this software are not clear at all. I failed until people on this site steered me in the correct direction. It's been a while since I cloned a drive but here's my notes on what to do....

First prep the source drive: Remove unneeded programs, Defragment, anti-virus clean, etc

Then download and install XXClone on the source computer
Connect the new, larger drive as secondary drive, format it.
Create bootable floppy (using XXClone)
Change wallpaper (using XXClone)
Cool Tools: Make bootable (using XXClone)
Copy Volume ID (using XXClone)
Copy source to target (using XXClone)
To boot directly from the new drive insert the QBD disc in your floppy drive and reboot.
( If no QBD then edit your BIOS, so that HDD 1 replaces HDD 0 )
Congratulations!
Click DiskMgmt Box to verify
Make the cloned drive the main drive (C:) switch off your machine and remove both drives.
Adjust jumpers if IDE drives
Replace the drives the opposite way to what they were.

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I have read the tutorials and I am still a bit confused. If I create a System Image what exactly am I backing up? Is it a copy of Win 7 and does it include all the loaded software and drivers? Does it also copy My Documents and everything on the drive in question or should I back up My Documents etc. separately. Any advice please.

Answer:What does a System Image create?

Hello Judesman,

A system image is a complete copy/clone of the selected hard drives with everything on them included.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi All

I want to create a system image on my NTFS formatted portable WesternD HDD. Now It has about 250GB of space left(the portable HDD), and the Laptop PC that i want to create the image of, tells me I need about 199GB for the system image.
Then first time I created the image, it gave me a failure message saying I should run a CHKDSK /R and ty again. I ran a CHKDSK /R on the external drive and tried making a system image again, where it got about halfway and gave me the same message. What is going wrong every time?

Also, when I eventually successfully manage to make a system image, can I use that image to restore my PC should it crash or go haywire or should I make a System repair disk as well, or are those two separate from each other?

Thank You
 

Answer:Create System Image

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I'm using the original Win 8 . . . I just did this:
Control Panel / Win 7 File Recovery / Create a system image

40.33 GB (estimate) . . . 30.2 GB actual . . . 18 files, 5 folders . . . took 26 minutes

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Questions:

1.) Will it get a true copy of the Registry? It seems like I should have to boot using the System Repair Disc, and "Create a system image" through that, because then the Registry would not be in use.

2.) Some other thread said to use Macrium Reflect Free - because of some problem using Win 8's program to do it, where the image will not restore . . . (but here too, Macrium Reflect is run off of the hard drive, you don't boot to it - wouldn't the Registry be in use for Macrium also, and not copy because it's locked?)

3.) I'm making the image of the OS from a 160 GB drive to another 160 GB drive. I thought the program would be formatting the whole drive before it made the image, but the whole process only took 26 minutes, so I'm pretty sure it didn't do that . . . Do I need to delete what's on there, before I do another image - I think I should be able to do this . . . Will it make the next one with a different file name automatically? . . . I'm wondering about this for both the Win 8 program, and Macrium Reflect.

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I made a System Repair Disc through this:
Control Panel / Recovery / Create a Recovery Drive

Is that the same thing as if I went through:
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Answer:Create a system image

In SyncBackFree, I figured out that they apply a filter, so it doesn't backup copy thumbs.db and desktop.ini (among other needless things) . . . that's why there was a difference in the number of files between the source and destination (262 fewer) . . . I deleted the contents of the filter, because then I can easily verify that it copied over everything.

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Hi everybody Just purchased a T440 with Win  8.1 on it and tried to do a system image but it keeps failing giving the following error"The specified disk cannot be found" During the system image creation it is said that the following drives will be backed up: - EFI System partition - Windows8 OS (C (System)- WINRE_DRV (System) these are the drives that were on laptop when acquired and it sems that I cannot change / select only one of them Does anybody know what can be done? Thank you for your help!

Answer:Create a system image Win 8.1

I'd reccomend just getting Acronis. They'll let you do full Disk images that will maintain all of your serial numbers, documents, saved data, apps and what not and it's all totally customizable! they'll give you a free trial with everything functional if you don't want to pay for it. http://www.acronis.com/en-us/  I'm not a rep, nor do i endorse Acronis, i just find them to have one of the best most convienient user friendly tools for disk imaging and recovery options!
 
or
 
Lenovo Solution center has an option. Either way, i hope you find a solution! it's definitly a must have, needing a recovery disk and what not!
 
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Hope this is the correct place for this topic.
 
I need to make a system image using Redo BackUp & restore.  I have an Asus EB1501 Intel Atom 330 / 1.6 GHz  / Dual Core / 2gb RAM /  250gb HDD / Win 7 Home Prem.
 
My system has a drive F (recovery partition),  and then there is drive C.
 
Do I need to copy only Drive F, or Drive C, or both?

Answer:Create System Image

In Windows
 
you can create a system restore point 
 
Right click My Computer and select Properties Go to system protection. Under Protection Settings 
 
May sure the Local Disk is On and create That will create a manual restore point 
 
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-use-redo-backup-and-recovery/ that the tutorial for your program 
 
Backup your C: drive that will restore your current configurations
 
The F: drive or recovery partition  is a backup installation (windows)  if you ever want a OBOE (out of the box experience) it can be backup but it will only work with that computer and the motherboard(OEM)
 
I would recommend you backup both to be safe. Although if you backup C: and restore it it will have all the current configurations. 

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I've got a problem with the backup area, I'm attempting to create a system image to restore my pc if it gets damaged. The problem is I've had this pc for about 2 years so I've never created a system image for it, I've got a small external harddrive with 60gb left on it (includes my laptop system Image in a separate folder)
My pc 1st harddrive containing all the files needed for the system image has about 1.4tb of information stored on it, which the system backup wants me to include in the system image which I've obviously not got the space. I've tried to only include the system image in the backup process but it is listing it a "backup size 0 bytes"
with an error code: 0x80780048 "check backup disk space" the system image on its own should be under 25gb? I can't really fix the issue because the back and restore is not showing me the size of the system image.

What is wrong with it?

I'm running Windows 7

Answer:Cannot create system image only.

Windows backup will try to backup everything and your options with it are quite limited

There are other free backup programs out there that are more useful as you can unselect your user folders and stuff and just backup the important you need to which should fit in your 60GB space will find some links for you and post back shortly

This what i was thinking of
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
but looking now im not so sure you can do all that with the free version

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On a friend's new Dell Windows 8 desktop I tried to create a system image using Windows 7 File Recovery. I got a message saying it could not create the image. The message said "windows backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the efi system partition". Any ideas what I might try? Thanks

Answer:Cannot create system image

Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

Works good.

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Hello All,
I am pretty new to this whole Bleeping Computer stuff, but I sure have been having a lot of fun since I joined. My problem today is creating a system image. Here is my story.
 
1.  I decided that when it is time to upgrade to Windows 10, I would like to do so via a clean install. In order to do this safely, I figured that it would be best to have a system image of my machine before I attempted a clean install.
 
2. So here is where I began running into problems. I did not know that a system image was so large, I thought that I could store a system image on a 32 gb USB drive. Following the directions that I was able to find here and there around the internet, the file that should contain my system image is like 70 gb or so. So then I decide to put this system image on a second internal hard drive, but my other hard drive has never been formatted. Now I need to transfer all of the data on that hard drive to an external hard drive so that I can format my internal hard drive. How do I move that data? Do I just click and drag or is there software to do this job? Then after I move the data, how do I format my hard drive? I have never formatted a hard drive before.
 
3. After I have done all of that, can I now follow the directions that I have and make a system image to my 2nd internal hard drive? Will any of this work as a plan to install Windows 10 as a clean install? Also, after I have a system image of my machine on the 2nd hard drive, can I t... Read more

Answer:Please Help Me Create a System Image

To amend part 3 of my question above, do I have to create some kind of partition on me 2nd hard drive in order to create and store a system image? I guess that is what I originally meant when I was asking about formatting my hard drive. It seems that my target hard drive does not have any partitions, so do I need a partition and how do I create one?
 
Another question, what is the difference between a system image and a custom refresh image? I think that I can create a custom refresh image on one USB drive, will this help me in case I have a total system failure while installing Windows 10?

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i am trying to back up and create a system image but evert time i do i get this error THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE FILE SPECIFIED OX87007002, PLEASE DOSE ANY ONE KOWN HOW TO FIX THIS, i have window 7 64 bit professional i think the problem is with this system reserved partition

Answer:create a system image

I, also, have Windows 7 64bit and this has always worked for me. Open Control Panel and in the Category View click on System and Security where you will see a link, Backup Your Computer and from there click on Create a System Image. I do this about twice a week and have even restored from an image that I made previously. As I said, it has never failed me.

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I have a UEFI PC with an SSD and an HDD. I installed Win8 and upgraded to Win8.1 on the SSD.

For reasons I don't understand, Windows created the system reserved partition on the HDD, not the SSD. Not knowing this, I erased and reformatted the HDD, and now the system will not boot. The Win8.1 install is still present on the SDD, but the system reserved partition is absent.

Is there a way to re-create the system reserved partition? I have the Win8 install DVD, but the upgrades to 8.1 were made using Microsoft Update and the Microsoft Store.

Thx, Gus

Answer:Re-create system partition?

I should have added - I do not have a system restore point ...

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I will install a fresh Windows 7 soon. Is wise to create 2 partitions on a hard drive. 1 partition is for Windows 7 (software, system) and 1 partition is for everything else?
Thank you.

Answer:Should I create a system partition?

I would say 'yes', luffy. In fact, this is what I have setup on my laptop.
All my data is on D: drive, and Windows & other programs are on C:
As long as you don't have a hard disk crash, your data is relatively 'safe' on D: since it is one step removed from C: Then, just backup D: to an external drive, etc.

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I'm trying to install W7 on a new machine but when selecting the install location I get the error "cannot create system partition". In the past I've managed to get past this but without the system partition I cannot install SP1.

What do I do? What are the specs of a System Partition so I can just make one in Linux because W7 is clearly incapable of doing anything itself.

Answer:Cannot create system partition.

are you trying to boot from the sp1 update disc?
You run the disc from inside of windows.

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Greetings,

I am trying to create a full HD image of my Dell c800 Laptop using Drive Image 7 (circa 2003) to an USB HD. I have tried twice and received failures about my HD having bad sectors OR locked sectors. I ran check disc with repair and did not find any problems. Re-ran check disc from the boot disc that came with the application and found no problems with the disc. Tried again for a backup and received the same error. I am thinking it is one of the programs I have loaded has a locked sector or one of my processes that loads during boot is the problem?

Since you cannot use and USB device from safe mode boot I am not sure what to do?
Any suggestions? Is it likely my computer or is this Drive Image 7 just not worth the effort. I did use it as a backup when I re-installed my OS a couple of years ago.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Regards,
Marc

"Wag more, bark less"
 

Answer:Cannot create Image to USB HD with Drive Image 7

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ce.
Kept putting it off and putting it off, I guess they tell you to make your system image as soon as you get the system where you want it.
I have a bunch of PDF's, pictures and movies on My C drive now, and it's telling me I need 101 GB space to make the image. DVD only holds 4.7 GB, so I'd need over 20 DVD's.
Is my only option to save all the PDF's, pictures and Movies that I want to save, on to separate DVD's, then delete them from my C drive ,and then make my system image when it will be a lot smaller.

Or is it worth it to try to get some kind of external hard drive for a back up only.
Is that cost effective, and will I be able to have the computer recognize the external hard drive if I need to do a back up.
I did make a System repair disk,
Do I need that disk if I have to do a restore from my system image?

Answer:Trying to create a system image, system tells me I may need 101 GB spa

was this a stupid question or something?

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I have an all-in-one desktop computer with a 1 TB internal HDD. When I first got the computer, I did not understand how helpful it would have been to create a separate partition just for my data. Because of the location of the OEM partition, I would have had to use a third-party program to move it and create the data partition.

I ended up just using the built-in utility to create my system image that included a lot of data. My external HDD was only 1 TB. At the time I didn't understand how useful it would have been to have a larger external so that I could keep more than one image without having to write over the old one while saving a new image.

I have finally purchased a 3 TB external hard drive. I am wondering whether there is any need or advantage to partitioning it before I start using it?

I also have been considering imaging the whole HDD, and then also using SyncToy to back up all my data files. The data file backups will then be redundant, but it seems they might be more reliable and also easier to access. Will they be accessible folders just like I have in my internal HDD - so if I wanted, I could hook up the external HDD and easily navigate to and play a file that was stored with SyncToy? (I wanted to verify that SyncToy doesn't break large files into smaller segments and zip them like I think Windows Backup does.)

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Answer:Large external HDD for backup - Partition? Image and Synctoy?

Blue Skies,
Without knowing what your storage is needed for, it's hard to give you any advice. Backing up your data is a good think but it's hard to say when enough is enough. That 3TB drive is one big puppy and I think if it were me I'd divide it up into 1TB partitions. Why do you need to make a lot of Imaged Backups? I had several at one time myself and I found only the current one is good for anything. That is especially true if you are adding files to your system on a dialy basis.

Why are you worried about compressed files? I don't know anything about the program (SyncToy) but you want to backup only the Files that you make changes to. Having more backups is over kill and will cost you a lot of big bucks.
Good Luck

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When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.

Answer:Do I need to create System Image after each backup?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by wsplawn


When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.


The restore point will not be saved on a cd

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But there is enough room....I am getting this message

" There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for volumes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"

I get this even when I am trying to back up to a drive with over 130GB free and the wizard tells me the image may take up to 25GB. I have had no problems before, I have done it successfully, the only difference I can think of is I installed BitDefender.

I have done some Googling and found this

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit backup failed (0x80780119)

the first response is a bit over my head and as it used to work I thought it might not apply....

The impression I get from reading the other responses is that the 100mb system reserved might be too full so I followed Davi Nigro's post to clear some space in the 100mb system reserved but it didn't help.

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Answer:Not enough room to create system image-but there is

Actually there is only 38mb free of the 100mb system reserved so I am thinking this is the problem, deleting the journal (Davi Nigro's suggestion) still leaves only 38mb free.

I have had a quick look with "Partition Wizard" and it won't let me extend the system reserved but it seems like it might let me shrink the "C" drive leaving the unallocated space at the beginning of the drive..so I am thinking it might then let me extend the system reserved?

I am a bit wary of trying this especially as I haven't got a system image! I deleted the old one before attempting to make the new one.

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I have a 40GB OCZ SSD as my C: drive which stores Windows and a few applications and a 1 TB WD green drive to store everything else. When I first installed Windows, I created a separate 5GB partition of my SSD to install Ubuntu. Now, my SSD is completely full, and I am not able to merge the two partitions without formatting them both.
My plan is to create an ISO image of my C: drive, store it on another drive, then load a linux disc, format C:, then restore the ISO. What's the easiest way to do this? When I use the utility built into Windows, it won't allow me to only backup the C: drive:



Thanks!

Answer:Need to Create and Restore System Image

  
Quote: Originally Posted by CrispyVictim


My plan is to create an ISO image of my C: drive, store it on another drive, then load a linux disc, format C:, then restore the ISO. What's the easiest way to do this?


Imaging applications generally don't create ISO files. They tend to use proprietary file formats, such as .mrimg in the case of Macrium, one such imaging app.

Restore to another larger SSD or what?

You want to get rid of the Ubuntu partition?

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i am trying to back up and create a system image but evert time i do i get this error THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE FILE SPECIFIED OX87007002, PLEASE DOSE ANY ONE KOWN HOW TO FIX THIS, i have window 7 64 bit professional i think the problem is with this system reserved partition

Answer:create a system image window 7

run SFC [syustem file checker] in the cmd that might fix the missing file.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Image Tutorial:Step 1. Whether your on the Desktop or the MetroUI, mouse over the bottom right corner to expand the Menu and select "Search", then select "Settings" and type in "File Recovery" and select "Windows 7 File Recovery"This will open the window shown below;Step2. Select "Create a system image", which will open the window shown below and search for available disk space. You can then choose your own and click "Next"Step 3. Select the drives, files to be saved, Your Windows OS's are automatically selected. Click "Next"Step 4. Confirm your selection and click "Start Backup"Step 5. Your backup will start.Step 6. Once completed, Windows will then ask if you wish to "Create a System Repair Disc" click your choice. I chose "Yes" as shown below;This concludes the Tutorial for creating a "System Backup" and "Repair Disc" for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.Note: You will notice that it says "Windows 7 File Recovery"Under all the MetroUI, Ribbons and Apps, you are running Windows 7.Regards,Don

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I have a laptop and a PC both have Windows 7 Professional installed. On my laptop I need at least "77 GB" of space to create a system image, and on my PC I need nearly "100 GB". What is the easiest way to accomplish this? I don't trust CDs/DVDs very much. I do have a 500gb external hard drive. Is there a way to partition it so I can have a system image from both PC and Laptop on it ?

Any help will be greatly appreciated

Answer:Easiest way to create a system image ?

You don`t really have to partition, as long as you know which backup goes to which machine. But partitioning is an option.

And aren`t you using windows built in imaging ?

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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I thought it would be a good idea to create a backup of my system
Can somebody please explain the difference between "create system image" and "backup"
I find it very confusing
Thanks
Regards

Answer:Create system image/Backup

I'll try .A system image, IMO...is a clone of the entire C: partition/drive. The result is an exact copy of the C: partition exactly as it exists on the system at the time that it is made. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-a-system-image.A backup is (typically, but does not have to be) a compressed version of the existing Windows system...which must use the same program creating the backup...to install the backup or parts thereof.http://www.daleisphere.com/how-to-use-wind...backup-feature/Depending on the utility used...individual files may be accessed/restored from either, without restoring the whole backup/image.Louis

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I have my windows 7 installed as fresh install and the computer works fast and as it was when i bought it . i am wondering about the way that i can make an ISO from my windows so that if there is any problem i can use it to restore my computer to this operating condition, is there any special programs or i can do it using W7, I HAVE DELL data safe but i do not have much confidence on it..

Answer:How to Create an ISO Image from my operating system

ISO is an image of an CD or DVD! Not what you want.
You want to backup your partitions right? do you have an external USB drive to put the stuff on?

Imaging with free Macrium

Use that FREE software. So easy and so flexible... anyone can do it

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Just like the title, how do I create a system image on windows 8.1? I have installed Windows 8.1 and have all my settings and programs just how I like it but I cant see how to create a system image. Can anyone help?
Cheers

Answer:How do I create a system image on windows 8.1

Go to File History and it is in the bottom left.

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HP Pavillion Notebook
Win 7 Ult
using ext HD
Zonealarm Extreme
tried this once and it worked

next time got errors

DOES NOT EXIST AS AN INSTALLED SERVICE
COULD NOT START INTERNAL ERROR

(0x80070424)
there have been a lot of problems getting this thing up

So, the question is how to fix it?

troubleshooters don't seem to find it
doubt it is the firewall...

Answer:Create a System Image problem

Have a look and see if you have this registry entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wbengine

Are you using an app. that has a registry cleaner ?

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I have just found this function in Control Panel, System and Security, Backup and Restore along with the facility to make a System Repair Disc. Has anyone on the forum had cause to use this function yet and if so how does it compare with the paid for programmes such as Acronis?

Answer:Windows 7 Create a system image

Don't know and haven't bothered to try it yet.Being a skinflint I use Paragon's freebie; click here

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I am trying to create a system image of my C Drive (Currently a Samsung 840 EVO SSD) to an external HDD. When I try to do this I get the following error:

"The backup failed.
There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set.
Additional Information:
The I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or an application request."

Can anyone help me with this problem? I am currently using windows 8.1 using an Inspiron 7720, Intel Core i7-3630QM CPU, 8gb ram,

I haven't created a system image in awhile and figured my SSD may be going because when playing games recently I have been getting a stutter every couple of minutes and figured the drive is failing. Or is this caused by something else?

Thanks in advance for all the help!

Answer:Create System Image Fail Help Please

For one I will tell you right off - 99% of the time Windows System Images - Fail to restore anyway...

Use this program > Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

To create Backup (Make System Image) your SSD to ExtHDD

Also use macrium to make an emergency recovery disk (boot disk) it will require a 450MB download..

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Hi,

Can someone help me with what all software's do I need to create a system builder image?

I am interested in creating a system which works like everyday DELL's/HP's/SONY's etc where the HDD has a partition with an activate image of the OS. The boot menu lets you boot from the HDD by default but if the system needs to be cleaned (restored to factory defaults) it is as simple as choosing a option in the boot menu which simply installs the OS (activated i.e. no frequent activations) which still keeping almost every file I created personally.

Any help in this regards will be appreciated.

FYI, I am trying to build my own system using Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit and would like to keep an activated image of my system that can restored anytime I need to start all over again.

EDIT: I am only interested in going back to when the image was created. Ocassionally I would like to update the image when major service packs are released and tested.

-achugh

Answer:How To Create System Builder Image?

Not sure what exactly you are trying to achieve here...
I use and recommend Acronis True Image for my backups...
But if you need it to keep all files you would have to synchronise your images on a daily basis otherwise your restore would only take you back to the last image created...
Add more details to what it is you want and we'll go from there...

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I have Win 7 64 bit installed on my laptop as well as my desktop. System images for both are on external HD's.

On the laptop, I have created a system image on blank DVD's using DVD-R's. No problems -- I can restore from the DVD's.

However, when I try to create a system image on blank DVD-R's on my desktop, I get a message saying something like, "format was unsuccessful." If I use a DVD+RW the process runs to completion and I can restore from it. I had to use RW's because I don't have and +R's.

I get the same unsuccessful message if I try to format a blank DVD-R with Win 7.

My DVD burner on the desktop says it is a +R. Does that mean I can't use -R's.

I've no idea whether this is a Win 7 problem, burner problem or a problem on my part.

Would someone please try to straighten out the dense old mind?

Thank you very much.

Answer:Unable to Create a System Image on DVD

To confuse you even more Difference between DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RW

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This is my first time posting here so please forgive any omissions.

I just purchased a new laptop with windows 8 preinstalled. It has no data on it and I've only installed MS Office 2007 and Outlook 2010. Apart from that, everything is brand spanking new. I wanted to create a system image so I can reimage down the road if I run into problems. I navigate to Control Panel>Windows 7 File Recovery and start the process by selecting Create System Image. It starts to look for a drive, finds my external WD My Passport with 931 gb free. The total size of the image is 55.25 gb. I start the process and it says it's preparing to create the backup then it spits out an error saying "There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location." I've attached two screen caps showing what is being backed up and the error.

I'm a novice-intermediate user and have tried to find the source of the problem but i'm stuck. I've tried to research the issue and after reading did the following:

1. Check services to see that Volume Shadow copy is running.
I found that the service was not running so i set it up to run automatically. However, after rebooting, it fails to start and I have to manually start it each time. Even after starting it, I get the same 'not enough disk space'. I set it to 'Automatic' (start delayed) to no effect.

2. Check that Virtual Disk service is running, it was set to manual and NOT running. I changed to 'Automatic', reboo... Read more

Answer:Error while trying to create a system image

Hi LVIT.

I have the same problem with error 0x80780119 (unable to create volume shadow copy) with a new Asus Win 8 64 laptop. Spent some time looking for a solution, but most solutions run the risk of me causing further problems, so went with the pragmatic solution of using Macrium Reflect (free version) which worked fine.

I decided to use Macrium after reading this post about the 0x80780119 error on Win7: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit backup failed (0x80780119)

Bamboo

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This is my first time posting here so please forgive any omissions.

I just purchased a new laptop with windows 8 preinstalled. It has no data on it and I've only installed MS Office 2007 and Outlook 2010. Apart from that, everything is brand spanking new. I wanted to create a system image so I can reimage down the road if I run into problems. I navigate to Control Panel>Windows 7 File Recovery and start the process by selecting Create System Image. It starts to look for a drive, finds my external WD My Passport with 931 gb free. The total size of the image is 55.25 gb. I start the process and it says it's preparing to create the backup then it spits out an error saying "There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location." I've attached two screen caps showing what is being backed up and the error.

I'm a novice-intermediate user and have tried to find the source of the problem but i'm stuck. I've tried to research the issue and after reading did the following:

1. Check services to see that Volume Shadow copy is running.
I found that the service was not running so i set it up to run automatically. However, after rebooting, it fails to start and I have to manually start it each time. Even after starting it, I get the same 'not enough disk space'. I set it to 'Automatic' (start delayed) to no effect.

2. Check that Virtual Disk service is running, it was set to manual and NOT running. I changed to 'Automatic', reboo... Read more

Answer:Error while trying to create a system image

Hi LVIT.

I have the same problem with error 0x80780119 (unable to create volume shadow copy) with a new Asus Win 8 64 laptop. Spent some time looking for a solution, but most solutions run the risk of me causing further problems, so went with the pragmatic solution of using Macrium Reflect (free version) which worked fine.

I decided to use Macrium after reading this post about the 0x80780119 error on Win7: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit backup failed (0x80780119)

Bamboo

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My Dell Desktop comes with a standard DVD Reader/Writer (DVD +- GH3ON ATA Drive) and works fairly well writing storage data etc. I've previously created a "System Repair disk" with no problems.

I decided to try my hand at creating a system image to DVD, but when I did I kept getting format message dialog boxes (which I allowed) and then an error box that stated "Windows Backup found errors on the media while saving a backup on it and ..." then I had to stop the backup.

I tried blank DVD and DVD r/w media (two different manufacturers) but no luck. It's not totally important I get this to work but has got my curiosity aroused.

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 Create a System Image

I and several others have noticed that making a copy to DVD does not usually work. Usual problem is a freeze, it becoming difficult to even remove the DVD, which requires drastic action. Bottom line, you may want to save to an external Hard Drive. You cannot save to a flash.

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