The Windows System Image Backup defaults too many drives?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by BlackScarletLove, Aug 16, 2013.

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  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Registered Member

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    I am trying to use the Windows System Image tool to create a backup image of my system drive in case something messes up so I wouldn't have to completely reinstall but I could just restore this backup, but there is a problem. When choosing what drives to include, Windows makes system drives mandatory. This would be understandable if it limits it to the C drive on my windows 7 system, but I have a dual boot system, so it has made my XP system drive mandatory too, and I only want to backup my W7 C drive. As you can see, I can't unclick it. How can I only backup the W7 C drive without the XP drive?

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  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    BlackScarletLove,

    This is due to the Microsoft Boot Manager. Your Win7 booting files are in the WinXP partition. If you just imaged and restored Win7 to a new HD, Win7 wouldn't boot as it wouldn't have booting files.
     
  3. taotoo

    taotoo Registered Member

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    You may have already tried this, but if you use the Change Settings option under Schedule - or presumably set up a new schedule if you don't already have one - rather than the Create a System Image option, then choose the Let me Choose option, then deselect the file backup options and select Include a System Image of Drives, then it might let you select a single drive only. You could try and see.
     
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