Aomei Backupper Free - SSD

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TerryWood, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. TerryWood

    TerryWood Registered Member

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    Hi @ Wilders

    Could I ask the experts for some guidance please?

    I am familiar in backing up Windows 10 on a desktop with SATA hard drive. Now, however I have bought a Dell Laptop Inspiron 15 3000 model 3576. Intel Core i5 8250U 8th Generation. 8GB Memory 256GB SSD.

    My concern is the backing up from an SSD which I have never done before. When I looked at the partitions in the GUI in Aomei backupper I was somewhat alarmed. there appears to be 7 partitions with the C partition Bitlocker encrypted.

    So I want to create a simple system backup. What do I do? Does the SSD cause any problems for Me?
    What is this BitLocker Encryption?

    Thank you

    Terry
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Terry,

    There is a long discussion concerning your situation, starting from here.

    Unless you really require encryption, I'd get rid of BitLocker. Imaging will be much easier without it.

    Can you post a screenshot of the 7 partitions?
     
  3. TerryWood

    TerryWood Registered Member

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    Hi Brian K

    Thanks for your help.

    The 7 partitions that I referred to showed up when I started to back up a Disk Image (Full Backup) as opposed to a system backup with Aomei Backupper Free.

    What was strange was that the backup took 75 minutes when I would have expected around 9 minutes. It appeared to be backing up the whole of the 225 gb.

    Aomei showed that C drive was Bit Locker encrypted. However on further reading if it is active and encrypted I understand that there should be a padlock on the c drive.

    There is no padlock on mine. In the thread you referred me to another thread in which someone has a Dell Laptop with a similar problem to mine and he was given advice that Bit Locker was installed but not active..

    To confound matters further I installed Macrium Reflect and did a backup. It took 9 minutes for a full backup, no mention of BitLocker and it appeared to backup only used space.

    I removed Aomei. I am writing this from my Desktop PC so when I use the lap top again I will reinstall Aomei and try again and get the Screenshot you requested from Aomei & Disk management.

    Mean while if you have any other comments on this post it would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Terry
     
  4. TerryWood

    TerryWood Registered Member

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    Hi Brian K

    As Promised .jpg named Capture showing partitions. Screenshot taken from Disk Management section of Laptop.

    If you look carefully at the screenshot C drive shows Bitlock encrypted and there is a TPM in Device Manager. BUT no lock symbol on the drive.

    Regards

    Terry
     

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  5. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Terry,

    Thanks. There is a partition that Disk Management doesn't show. The Microsoft Reserved partition. It does show in Diskpart. In the event of drive failure you need to have an image of the first four partitions. Restoring these partitions to a new drive will allow Win10 to boot. A System Image may not contain these four partitions. It depends on the imaging app.

    Just to confirm the Recovery Environment is in WINRETOOLS, run this from an Admin Command Prompt...

    reagentc /info

    The RE should reference Partition 4.
     
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