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  1.    17 Oct 2015 #1
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    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup


    I am trying to create a system image of my SSD (where my OS is installed) but cannot because windows 10 claims my secondary HDD is also a "System" drive when it is not. I do not have enough space to create a system image of both of these drives.

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    Does anyone know why this is happening? There is nothing on my secondary hard drive except programs and regular files (movies, music, pictures, documents, etc).
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  2.    17 Oct 2015 #2
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    Would you please post a screenshot of Disk Management? Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of

    If you have moved any user files, installed programs to your secondary drive, windows will insist on including it in a system image. If you have the system reserved on it, the same.
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  3.    17 Oct 2015 #3
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    Hey I remember you form seven forums! Nice to see you again

    For clarification, my WD Black HDD is the one I do not want to include in the system image.

    Here is the screenshot, it appears there is a small partition I didn't know about. I wonder what its for...

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  4.    17 Oct 2015 #4
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    it looks like a system reserved Partition. Did you used to have Windows installed on it? Try unplugging 1 wire from all hard drives that windows is not installed on and try to boot. That will tell you if that 'System Reserved' is being used now or just a leftover from a previous install. I suspect it is a leftover.
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  5.    17 Oct 2015 #5
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    Hi,

    Here is the screenshot, it appears there is a small partition I didn't know about. I wonder what its for...
    It seems that disk was once part of a pack of dynamic disks. Note also that both partitions have the same drive letter assigned.

    Cheers,
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  6.    17 Oct 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    Did you used to have Windows installed on it? Try unplugging 1 wire from all hard drives that windows is not installed on and try to boot.
    No, windows was never installed on this drive. I just unplugged it and restarted with no issues.
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  7.    17 Oct 2015 #7
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    Then, I would move all data to another drive, delete all partitions and create a Primary Partition of the whole drive and replace the data. That should solve your problem. Just make sure it is a simple primary partition.
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  8.    17 Oct 2015 #8
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    Do you think it will be possible to remove the files from the HDD even though some of them (such as icon files) will be in use by the system? I am afraid I will try to cut and paste the contents of the drive only to have windows tell me 4 hours into the operation that some of the files are "in use" and can't be moved. That would be a disaster; it will probably take 10+ hours to move all the files
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  9.    18 Oct 2015 #9
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    From the screen shot. Your disk is a dynamic disk. You might want to download Mini Tool Partition Wizard which allows to convert from Dynamic Disk back to Basic Disk.
    About Dynamic disk: The way to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without damaging data or causing data loss .
    Download: Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online
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  10.    18 Oct 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You might want to download Mini Tool Partition Wizard which allows to convert from Dynamic Disk back to Basic Disk.
    I was able to convert from dynamic to basic disk:

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    But this has not solved my problem. Windows still thinks it is a system drive
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