Windows 10: System cannot find hard drive to put system image on Solved

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  1.    09 May 2017 #11

    Someone else suggested NTFS 4k sectors are not supported by win 10 backup.
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  2.    10 May 2017 #12

    Curios...Win 10 thinks my E drive is a system drive! That's the drive I was trying to make a new system image on! What gives??

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  3.    11 May 2017 #13

    All your problems will go away if you use this forums undeniably favourite backup up tool - Macrium Reflect Free.
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       11 May 2017 #14

    Shawn said: View Post
    Curios...Win 10 thinks my E drive is a system drive! That's the drive I was trying to make a new system image on! What gives??

    It doesn't want to offer one of the source drives as destination to Save the image.
    Do you have some system files on E?
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  5.    11 May 2017 #15

    cereberus : I understand the use of third-party backups. But I had a bad run in with one of them (Norton) on a prior computer and stuck with Windows since then. I do not think its windows fault as such: if Seagate made an odd drive, that would explain why I cannot backup to it. The latest problem may be my fault: in using tech support, I misunderstood their muddled response and turned system restore ON for E drive. Then off. (I did not create a restore point though!) THAT may have set it up to be seen as as system drive (per win 7 forum thread here).

    SIW2 System files on E? Maybe? See above about turning restore on. SO: thinking it was the turning on then off of system restore for E drive, I ran the Process Monitor Tool and filtered for SystemPropertiesProtection.exe Created a restore point (via C drive) and searched for E drive locations. I found some (and still scrolling).

    SO: if I find these links, how to I repair or remove them?? Or is that not desirable? Someone did so on Win 7.

    Thank you all!

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  6.    11 May 2017 #16

    Ah.....I forgot I used the win 10 backup option a week or so back and it backed up some folders on my E drive. Would that not make win 10 think it is a system drive?? If so, can I fix it??


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  7.    11 May 2017 #17

    Well, looks like 3rd party time or remove the E folders, create system image, and move them back!!
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  •    11 May 2017 #18

    There have been many, many times more complaints about Windows backup and restore not working than there have been about Macrium Reflect Free not working.
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  •    11 May 2017 #19

    Great to hear! Already downloaded it. Then I'll decide if I want the full version.
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       11 May 2017 #20

    There are plenty of good 3rd party imaging programs. I recommend Aomei Backupper ( they do a free version ) as the simplest to use., and it creates boot media without having to download masses of stuuf.

    Others may have different features, e.g. Paragon allows excluding files from an image ( even in the free version). O&O disk image (not free) has option not to overwrite other files during restore, Easeus Todo( they do free version ) lets you see image contents in windows explorer ( though, like Acronis, it is quite a large program). Drive snapshot ( not free ) is tiny at about 1mb and runs happily in winpe without any other dependencies, etc..
    Macrium is popular since I first started recommending it many years ago on Vista forum. Back then ,only Vista Ultimate contained windows system image. IFW- Image for Windows ( not free ) is another well known product. Minitool is in the process of making one..... Just a few examples.

    What you use will depend which features you like, how you get along with the UI and so on.
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