Windows 10: BkUps, 2 ext USB drives 1-for Acronis, 2nd for Sys Image Backup. Fails

  1.    13 Apr 2017 #1

    BkUps, 2 ext USB drives 1-for Acronis, 2nd for Sys Image Backup. Fails


    We had a HDD crash at our church. I had a disk image of the PC. The restore failed, I was able to extract some important files by attaching the backup as VHD. I have Acronis 2016 on my PC’s at home, but not at church. I have rebuilt the Win 10 PC and installed all software. Since this disaster I want to install 2 external HDD’s. One for Acronis 2017, the 2nd Win 10 disk Image & file history. I installed Acronis 2017, backed up the disk. I then plugged in the 2nd USB external, File History was generated OK, but when I tried to create a System Image Backup got this error. “This feature is not available in a portable workstation environment” I’m using 120 GB SATA’s in an USB 3.0 enclosure until my 1 TB drives arrive. Any suggestions?
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  2.    13 Apr 2017 #2

    Neuges said: View Post
    Any suggestions?
    Wait until you have Windows running from an HDD or SSD that is permanently installed in the computer on an internal SATA port. As you have discovered, built-in Windows image backup and restore is very unreliable and I wouldn't waste any time using it.
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       13 Apr 2017 #3

    Neuges said: View Post
    ...when I tried to create a System Image Backup got this error. “This feature is not available in a portable workstation environment” I’m using 120 GB SATA’s in an USB 3.0 enclosure until my 1 TB drives arrive. Any suggestions?
    This issue has been around since before Windows 10. How to tell you PC it's not actually a 'portable workstation environment' using Regedit is here, along with this explanation...
    This is happening because the unique IDs of the USB disk and the internal HDD are the same. The easiest way to fix this issue is to "clean" the disk.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-f6274987f1d6

    Actually, you don't need to clean the disk as suggested. Diskpart has a UNIQUEID option that can show you the (apparently not so) unique ID for each disk, and let you change one of them if they turn out to be the same. If you need to, then change the ID of the USB drive, you shouldn't risk tampering with the Windows system drive.

    Of course, if there's nothing you need to keep on the USB, then cleaning it is still the easiest option.
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  4.    15 Apr 2017 #4

    Thanks


    Did a clean re-initialized all good now. Thanks for the tip
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