Windows 10: Non system disk but why ?

  1.    04 Sep 2016 #1

    Non system disk but why ?


    Hi !

    I am trying to make a image of my C drive. I go into the process and the F drive is checked and I cannot uncheck it. It is seen as a system drive but it's only a drive that stores data.

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    Is there a way to fix this without loosing all the data on the drive ?

    Thanks

    Windows 10 pro
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  2. Posts : 40
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
       04 Sep 2016 #2

    Sorry cant help with the Windows backup because I had exactly the same issue a couple of years ago and could never get it to just image the boot drive without also including a non boot 2TB data drive, which was pretty close to being full of data.

    I gave up and downloaded Macrium Reflect Free. Much more powerful program and as the name suggests it is free.
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  3.    04 Sep 2016 #3

    Mc Ruff said: View Post

    I gave up and downloaded Macrium Reflect Free. Much more powerful program and as the name suggests it is free.
    Thanks ! I'll try it out for sure if I can't find a solution. I did try Acronis but it really screwed up my pc, staying away from this program from now on.
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  4.    04 Sep 2016 #4

    Microsoft built in backup tools only do the bare minimum and they are confusing. EaseUS Todo Backup Free is the way to go, it will helps to back up your entire computer.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 Sep 2016 #5

    Does the 2TB contain data only ? if so, it should not be marked as "Active". Open Admin Command and type:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    inactive
    exit


    Try to backup again.

    EDIT: See post #7 for correct solution.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 05 Sep 2016 at 03:59.
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    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       05 Sep 2016 #6

    Your active system disk contains a hidden Boot folder, which contains your Boot Configuration files

    If you make it inactive your system will not boot.

    Better to change the system to a 350 MB partition on Disk 0, and make that bootable and active
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 Sep 2016 #7

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Your active system disk contains a hidden Boot folder, which contains your Boot Configuration files

    If you make it inactive your system will not boot.

    Better to change the system to a 350 MB partition on Disk 0, and make that bootable and active
    Thank you @Fafhrd
    You are absolutely correct. I overlooked what's in Disk 0.
    OK. Here's the solution:
    The Boot Manager is in partition F: and that's why it's marked Active. You need to move it to C:

    1. Download a free version: EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
    2. Install, run and follow the screen below.
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    PS. Use: Macrium Reflect Free instead as advised above
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  8.    05 Sep 2016 #8

    Ok, I'll try it out but I still have a question.

    I just reinstalled windows a couple of weeks ago, why did it put the boot files on another drive ?
    I mean it's not common practice for Microsoft to put your boot files on another drive right ?
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       05 Sep 2016 #9

    madspec said: View Post
    Ok, I'll try it out but I still have a question.

    I just reinstalled windows a couple of weeks ago, why did it put the boot files on another drive ?
    I mean it's not common practice for Microsoft to put your boot files on another drive right ?
    This can happen if:
    1. You have a disk that is marked as "Active" by accident.
    2. The disk is set as first boot device in BIOS.

    That's why it's always best if you just connect a single disk when install Windows to ensure that everything is installed in a single disk. If done correctly, you should have:
    1. 500MB System Reserved partition containing: WinRe.wim (Tools for troubleshoot) and BCD (Boot Configuration Data)
    2. C Drive.
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  10.    05 Sep 2016 #10

    topgundcp said: View Post
    This can happen if:
    1. You have a disk that is marked as "Active" by accident.
    Yup, that drive is marked as active. The only way to get it off is to format the drive and not have it as a active partition ?
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