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Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Q: Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

I have always imaged my Windows 7 laptop using the in built Windows system image back up and it works great. A couple of times I have restored the image to get me out of a hole and it worked every time.

Anyway over the weekend I went to take an up to date image onto my USB 3.0 WD My Book Hard drive. I plugged the USB drive into the power strip and heard a loud bang like a balloon being burst. I quickly unplugged the USB drive. After a change of underwear I flipped the breaker back up to restore upstairs power. Everything came back to life indicating the problem must of been with the USB hard drive. But bizarrely when I tested the WD drive at another power strip it lit up and seemed to still be alive!!! So I put it down to one of those unexplained things and proceeded to start the windows image of the laptop. It took a while because it was backing up 650 gb of data and hadn't been done for nearly 6 months. After about 2 or 3 hours it was nearing the end of finishing the image backup when suddenly I got BSOD on Windows 7. Pretty annoying. I force powered off the laptop and rebooted windows. I decided to try and start the imaging off again but now the USB HD isn't detected by windows when I plug it into any of the USB ports. I tested the ports with a couple of small USB flash drives and they were detected just fine. So the problem obviously lies with the WD drive. I am just worried by the BSOD and whether that may of risked damage to my windows installation being disrupted during the image process. Everything does appear to be ok.

So a long winded story to my eventual question ... I am looking to order a portable Samsung USB 3.0 hard drive (1 Terrabyte). It draws it's power from the USB port and has no external supply. Is a portable drive still ok to take a Windows image on?

Samsung M3 1 TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories


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A: Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Yes, no problem. The external drives that require their own power supply are generally 3.5" drives while the smaller drives that can be powered via the USB port are generally 2.5" drives. Neither is "safer" or more reliable so it's simply a matter of personal preference which you use. As long as the smaller drive is large enough disk space wise to handle your backup needs then it is certainly much handier since there's no need to plug in for additional power.

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I need a portable hard drive to backup picures an movies & files ,Does any body no of a good one at lease 1 TB , i have 2.0 usb ports . Any help would be appreciated Thanks in advance

A:portable hard drives

I personally like to buy a regular 2.5" laptop drive and a case to go with it. Saves you about $20 compared to the factory made and takes about two minutes to put together.

Newegg.com - Vantec NexStar CX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm HDD/SSD) - Model NST-200S2-BK

Pick a drive with the capacity you need. I wouldn't pay extra for a super fast drive since it's going to be running off a USB port anyway.

Newegg.com - Notebook Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives

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I use a few portable USB drives with my Zinwell media player. I safely remove the drive from the player. When I plug in back into the pc, I get a message asking if I want to scan for errors. It does this each time I plug it back into the pc. I had a Seagate player and the same thing happened.

Tried plugging the same drives into an XP pc and the check errors message did not appear. Is this just a Windows 7 thing?

A:Portable Hard Drives

Sounds like you have some security option enabled to scan removable drives. It's not inherent to Win7. Check your security suite for the setting.

And welcome to Seven forums.

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Hi There,

I have recently copied all my CDs on to my itunes.
I'm thinking now it would be a good idea to be able to quickly back up the itunes folder.
At present I have it all on an external hard drive.
Should anything happen to this I'd lost all my music - not good.

So I'm after a portable external hard drive, approx 20G.
Doesn't have to be particularly fast transfer, as I'd only be backing up about once a week.
Also, I'd rather it be USB power based as I can't really be bothered to scramble around behind the desk plugging things in.

Any suggestions?

A:portable hard drives

You have a huge pool to choose from and it keeps changing all the time.
I have a couple of little 40GB Smartdisk Firelite external drives which have worked without problems. They have both USB and Firewire versions, but I've never tried the Firewire. They run on a single USB cable but you can buy an optional mains adapter if you wish.
The only niggle was that they were both bought from Staples, a few months apart, yet they use different drivers for Windows 98SE.

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I run a computer repair business, and my customers really appreciate it when coming to their homes is an option. They simply dont want to bring the tower to my home shop. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to become completely mobile, where I could carry everything I normally would need or use in a single bag to solve or repair most computer problems. This has worked very successfully, until I decided to purchase a western digital portable hard drive from ebay. Everything was fine until a couple weeks ago, when it started emitting a general clicking sound, and continuous spin and stopping sound. I hadnt even had the hard drive for 2 months yet. Obviously the last thing I wanted to hear on a hard drive (I had just backed up a customers data after reformatting their system too). Did an RMA on the thing, sent it to western digital for replacement. So in the meantime, I still needed something to back up customers data with. I bought a seagate portable Freeagent go 250 gig from walmart. Pulled it out to back up a systems files, and wont even show up when I plug it in. Listened to the hard drive up close, and sure enough its doing the same thing as the western digital drive. Just not the clicking this time. I've only had this one for a little over a week. And so, I'm in a dilemma of sorts, as what I should do about this situation. Seems to me that although portable, which is very nice, packing these skimpy portable drives in with my other gear doesn... Read more

A:Portable hard drives unreliable?

I have had this happen with my WD Passport drive if it was not getting enough power from the USB port. My university has those Dell monitors with USB ports in them and whenever I connect the drive to those I get this. The USB ports in the chassis work fine though. The drive light is usually dim if it isn't getting enough power.

Tried another USB port or cable to see if that fixes the problem?

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For use with my laptop, which has a rather small hard drive, can I load programs such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, etc. to my portable hard drive and run them from there, like haveing 2 hard drives in my computer?

A:Programs on Portable Hard Drives?

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i bought a 200G portable hard drive so i could transfer files form my home pc to my work g4 apple mac. but i did the stupid thing of formatting it on my pc so now it refuses to work on the g4. is there any way to deformat the disk or install a new driver that enables use on both. please help me as i have to complete a contract in the next week and this is killing me.

A:unformatting portable hard drives

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I just wanted to know what software is good for use on a Portable Hard Drive?


A:Software For Portable Hard Drives

You need to be more specific on what you mean by program. I can only guess you're talking about back-up software. The 2 more popular ones are Acronis Tru Image and Norton GhostAlso take a look at our Freeware Applications thread

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I have 2 USB powered portable hard drives (1 is a WD 2TB drive and the other is a WD 3TB drive. My problem is it will only let me transfer one video file at a time from the 2TB to the 3TB drive. When I click on multiple video files nothing happens. When I only try one it transfers over. Both drives are NTFS. Is there something I can change to allow it to move multiple files? Thanks in advance for everyone's help!!

A:Tansfer Files from portable Hard Drives

Might help if you told us the operating system you are running and how you are trying to transfer them? Are you trying to move them or copy them? Are your trying to drag the selected files from one open folder to another? Are you doing a copy and paste between folders?

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I've been receiving BSODs and after failing to resolve it, I am going to do a clean install, but I want to transfer all my files to an external which I am going to buy later today.

Regarding 1TB hard drives, are they more sensitive than devices that hold less storage space, more fragile? I have been looking at a toshiba brand and WD. Both are 1TB and have 2.0 and 3.0 capability. Despite my research and due to my indecisiveness it is hard to pick between the two. I just don't want a drive to fail on me.

Thinking more about it, would a smaller hard drive be more reliable? I am open to getting a seagate or WD at 250 or 320 gb.

I don't know too much about portable hard drives besides the obvious, so if you could help clear up my confusion, I will greatly appreciate.


A:Questions on portable hard drives (1TB and various brands)

There really is no difference in hard drive brands so I wouldn't get too hung up on which brand to buy. I don't think there is any benefit to getting a smaller drive now over a 1TB. 1TB drives have been out for a long time now, the only time you want to be a bit cautious on buying a big drive is if its the biggest that company offers at that point in time.

For example, a few years back someone (I forget who right now) made a 1.5TB drive and it released with bad firmware causing very early failures - that got 'fixed' with a firmware update, but drives still had an abnormally high failure rate so I think there was something really wrong with those drives initially. Later releases of the same drive were fine. So, don't buy the biggest you can find and things will be fine.

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My computer is having trouble reading more than 1 portable external hard drive at the same time.

It will read my ac powered external hard drive (3.5') and 1 other portable hard drive(2.5') just fine, but when I try to plug in two portable hard drives, my computer only reads one of them. Both drives are powered on when they connect (Both light up and I can feel both of them running), but only one shows up in My Computer.

Note: Occasionally both drives show up when I plug them both in, but then eventually one of the drives becomes unreadable; All I see are bunch of empty folders (which are suppose to be filled with my stuff).

Note 2: Both drives are western digital. I've tried a toshiba one in the mix, but still get the same problem

Anybody know what's going on? Is this common with the new usb 3.0 portable hard drives? (i'm only using the usb 2.0 ports though)

A:Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

Have you tried different USB ports or tried a repeater. USB only gives out so much voltage. I still have USB DVD drives that have a double ended USB cable so it could pull power from two ports.

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Hi everyone. Please help.

My problem is that whenever I transfer image files from my digicam to my portable hard disk, some files get broken. This does not happen when I transfer the image files to the local hard disk.

What I do is transfer the files directly from my memory card to my portable hard disk since I don't have my cable right now.

I tried using other image viewers such as ACDSee and XnView but still, the files can't be opened. I've also tried changing my portable hard disk from a Logitec to an I-O Data but still, the same problem persists. I tried saving the files first on the local hard disk and then moving them to the portable hard disk but to no avail.

Here are my specs:

Laptop: Sony Vaio VGN-SZ55B with Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Portable hard disk: I-O Data HDP 120gb
Digicam: Sony Cybershot DSC-W170
Memory card: Sandisk Memory Stick Pro Duo 1gb

It's frustrating. Please help.

Thank you.

A:Broken image files on portable hard disk

Hello bellerovon, welcome to Vista forums!

Are the external HDDs' are using the NTFS file system and not FAT32?

Keep us informed!

Later Ted

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A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission but when i give it system permission it still doesnt let me delete it, it bother me, ive scanned it with 3 virus programs and it's not a virus.

A:A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission

Have you tried right-clicking that file and choosing Take Ownership then afterwards, try to delete it? That's what I would do first.

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I have a WD Passport portable hard drive. I can backup my files to it on Windows 7 with no problem. However, it will not let me make a system image disc because it says the Passport is not formatted with NTFS. The properties tab on the Passport says it is formatted with NTFS as the default. How can I make a system image disc on the Passport without a cd/dvd drive or get it to recognize the Passport has NTFS formatting? Please help!

A:How to make a system image disc with a portable hard drive?

Go to Disk Management and re-format the drive.
START | type diskmgmt.msc

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I work in a company with several M200.
I want to boot from a USB portable hard disk, and run a ghost image.

How to recognize the usb hard disk and boot from it?

A:Portege M200 - Boot and restore ghost image trough USB Portable Hard disk

nobody can help?

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large external drives

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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Users of Seagate, Maxtor, or Western Digital HDD can download Acronis True Image for freeClick to expand...


A:Download free Acronis True Image for Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor hard drives

thanks for that helpful link ravisunny2 :grinthumb:

I'm going to bookmark your post so i can refer others to it in the future. Thanks again! :approve:

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I have a portable hard drive 270gb. I want to install Windows 7 on it. Anybody knows? I need help. Thanks

A:How to install Windows 7 on a portable hard drive

As far as I know.

All the Windows iterations I've tried will not boot from an external drive.

If anyone can get Seven to do it- I want to know how

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I couldn't find anywhere else to post this question.

Why would you want to install W10 on a portable usb hard diskj you may ask?

Simply because I don't want to ruin my current W7 desktop installation+software configuration

and I would liker to try W10.

A:Can Windows 10 be installed on a portable USB hard disk?

This might be what you are looking for,

Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive

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I would like to put my passwords etc on a portable usb drive but would obviously need some security in case it falls into the wrong hands. Can you advise me on this please ?

A:portable usb drives

You use a program designed to store passwords and run from a flash drive.

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I've been looking into this for a while, though was curious if anyone had more insight?

It seems that portable drives are hard to make over 1.5 TB because power over USB has a hard time powering more. Also, with the floods in Taiwan in 2011 it seems the HD market was hit hard.

What are your thoughts on 2 TB portables, and think we'll see them in 2012?

A:When will 2 TB portable drives come out?

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Windows Backup settings option "Include a system image" does not include all drives.
Is it possible to have Windows Backup take images of all drives, or is it better to just go with selecting other drives via the drive letter options?

Perhaps a silly question.
Other than ability to recover from hardware errors etc, does Windows Backup have any other advantage(s) over System Restore?

A:Can Windows Backup create image for all drives?

Hello Hairyscot,

When you select include a system image it will back up your c: drive and system reserved if you have one. Basically any drive which is needed for windows to run. You can select any drive to include in the backup if you want. When you do a restore it will restore ALL the drives that were selected in the backup, not individual ones.

When you do a system image restore it will restore EVERYTHING on that drive. It's good if you have a bad virus, malware and need to completely restore the windows drive. System Restore doesn't always (actually rarely) remove viruses, etc.

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Hi, was wondering if anyone could give guidance in trying to get Windows Update working properly in a friends old computer. Trying to restore from a 2yr old Macrium Image and using Portable Update to transfer updates from my laptop to his. The Last Windows Updates on the Image was 10-25-2014 before using Portable Update Offline.
Windows Updates from Portable Update's cache folder, up to Sept. 2016, appear to be successfully installed on 10-31-2016. I had to manually install Windows Update Client KB3138612-x64.msu in order for Portable Update to install them.
This is the only update I have manually installed to this point. Also looking at what updates where installed, I see that Portable Update did not install some of the updates in it's cache folder.
At this point, Windows update never finds updates which is what I expected, as Portable Update appeared to install updates in it's cache in a certain systematic order [ oldest required first etc. ] for this specific machine.
I have attached a CBS.zip file and sfcdetails.txt file if this helps.

Basic system specs on this machine:
HP xw4600 Workstation
Win7 Professional-SP1 - 64bit
Internet Explorer 10
Intel Core Duo CPU 2.53 GHz
6 GB Ram

Thank you for any help in advance.

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Hi, I have a WD My Passport Ultra portable drive which comes with password protection to secure the data in case of loss. But I also have a Seagate one which does NOT come with such a feature. Is there another method I could use to password-protect these drives, perhaps built-in to Windows 10? I would probably prefer that anyway because I don't like using the pre-installed software that comes on portable drives...

A:Is there any way to password-protect portable drives we connect?

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you can use BitLocker.

This seems to be free:

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Hi there,

I have today downloaded and installed the Update Windows 10 Home 1903. It went pretty smoothly on the whole, although I had to change some of my settings and other bits and pieces I didn't like about the new set-up.

However, I have found that after the update, my portable USB hard drives and flash drives won't automatically open now. I have to find them in Windows Explorer and click on them myself. They used to open straightaway when I plugged them in. Has anyone any ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks in anticipation.


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Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.

A:Western Digital Passport Portable Drives

DoubleHelix said:

Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.Click to expand...

I dont know about that but.............they have changed the interface to where it plugs in though.
So basically you cant take it out of the case...pull off the usb adapter and toss it in PC...or just toss it in your old enclosure.
I remember reading about it here in the forums a few months ago.
IMO this is a big deal versatility is now taken away.
My next purchase will be a seagate......only after a little research ofcourse to make sure they havent done what WD has.

For whats its worth..My hdd in my laptop right now started out as a WD passport...I took the seagate out and put it in the WD enclosure..complete with Vista still on it as well as the recovery partition.
I still use it to back up files...I just copy them over to folders I created myself....works great.

Also to consider in regard to seagate is people like the backup software if you decide to... Read more

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Hi there

IMO these portable USB3 self powered (passport) type drives are a total con with regard to performance -- I get SLOWER performance from these plugged into a proper USB3 port than I do from an older 7200 RPM Hitachi laptop drive connected to even a USB2 port via a SATA==>USB2 cable,

(Not talking about large mains powered external USB3 drives -- these work fine).

Am I alone in this or is this a general sentiment. Note the laptops I've been using have a genuine USB3 (blue) connector with two sockets on the disk end and am not using a hub.

I'm still happy to use these small drives as they are 2GB - quite a decent capacity for a portable pocket size drive - but the performance leaves me seriously "underwhelmed".

I know that 7200 RPM laptop HDD's are as rare as hens teeth these days but USB3 advertises itself as being capable of up to 10X USB 2 speed. My observation has been very different so far (apart from as I have said the full size non portable external MAINS powered USB3 drives which DO work as advertised).


A:Portable USB3 drives - appalling performance

The passport ones are probably those that get the 5V power from the USB port only. Bigger / 7200rpm drivers require external power supply providing the extra power mainly 12V (up to 2A) and we don't need to think twice which one of these drivers performs better.

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':

I hope this helps?


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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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I'm using MDT to deploy a custom image of Windows 7 to an OptiPlex 7040 with an NVMe SSD. The imaging process goes fine until the first reboot. Windows fails to load and gets stuck in a reboot loop. I know this is because of incompatibility between Windows 7 and the Skylake/Braswell chipset and the drive. I tried injecting the Microsoft patches for Windows 7 and NVMe drives with DISM, but that didn't work. MDT has the latest drivers for the 7040 that are available on Dell's deployment site. I followed the procedure here:
The problem with that is the chipset drivers from Dell extract to an executable, not driver files I can use to inject into the WIM file. I have the USB3 drivers, just need the ones for the chipset. Maybe that will help. Has anyone else come across a solution to this?

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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?


A:The windows System Image backup defaults too many drives?

This might not happen if you remove the drive letter assignment from XP partition when in Win 7.

If Win 7 won't let you (which will happen if your Win7 boot files are on the XP partition), or maybe you want to access data on the XP partition from Win 7, then you either

(a) live with it
(b) use a different drive image product. There are many to choose from, some with a free version - although possibly more limited in capability.

My advice would be to ignore Acronis, btw - used to be market leader, has since fallen in a swamp and is liable to drown you. Check out this site where a lot of knowledgeable discussion about the whole subject goes on http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=97

On there, is a discussion that the built-in windows backup is a dud anyway - no future, no compression, no.......quite a long list www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=350601

For a dual-boot system (I have the same myself), an excellent solution is BootItBM which includes bundled partition management and DOS drive imaging (I bought the speciall bundle, includes Image for Windows as well). http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm With that you can have a multi-boot setup which installs automatically, hides the drives you don't want to see, and gives you all the drive imaging you might want also, with or without rebooting. It's consequently a little more complex than say Macrium or Paragon once you go beyond the automatic basics.

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large

Ok mate try one of the hard drive testing tools Seatools SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

plus the disk surface test with the Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
click on the drive you want to test click on surface test and then Apply at the top it might take some time to do with a large drive though.

Personally I don't like large drives for this very reason ls it and you lose a lot.

The power source is self explanatory really it is probably because the power required via the USB connection is not adequate to run the drive.

As for data loss in a power outage well once it is up and running just go through the data and see for yourself.

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I do not understand the way antivirus/antimalware/spyware products relate to being portable and existing on a USB flash drive when the main computer's hard drive would or could have some other security and protection product installed. Most or at least some products installed on the hard drive let you program to only scan the flash drive? Do you need to be sure that real-time protection for the portable one on the flash drive is turned off in order to even use this flash drive? Can real time protection for the portable security protection product on the usb flash drive be set to only monitor the flash drive and not touch other directories on the main or hosting computer?

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?

A:portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?Usually not, as the signatures that might trigger other AV are encoded and thus prevent this.

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Hi. I got a new 2TB drive which I would like to create a system image on as backup. My problem is that when I try to create a system image, Windows is checking two drives to backup. One drive is my C drive, and the other is my SSD which technically has an install of Windows on it but due to some error with the boot sector, I am unable to boot from the SSD.

So, a little background. I was running Windows from my SSD when after a Windows Update, the SSD's secondary boot sector got messed up and I could no longer boot from the drive. I then reinstalled Windows on my HDD, which is the drive I currently use to boot up. Note that the SSD still works-- I can access all the OS files that are on it; I just can't boot off the drive.

I recently found out that the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive I'm currently booting off of is "Warning," which is why I bought a new 2TB drive to replace it. My goal is to create a system image on a partition I created on the 2TB drive, then use that system image to copy onto the SSD and start using the SSD as my boot up drive again (assuming a format will solve that boot sector issue).

Thus we're back to my current issue where I can't create a system image unless I backup both my C drive and the SSD because apparently the SSD is required for Windows to boot up. I tried marking the SSD as Inactive in hopes that Windows would stop requiring it to backup, but that just broke my PC because it would tell me that BOOTMGR is missing and then I'd be stu... Read more

A:Windows requiring backup of 2 drives to create system image

Nevermind-- I was able to resolve the issue. Had to unplug all drives except for the one I wanted to boot off of and then run Startup Repair. That allowed me to boot up without my SSD.

Windows ended up not letting me restore a system image to a blank drive (my SSD) though so I had to copy my OS partition to the SSD using Partition Master, and then run Startup Repair again to make the drive bootable.

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Hi everyone

I am trying to resolve an issue regarding opening ODT & ODS files from an exFAT portable SSD drive via a PC running Windows 7 Pro (64bit). The problem is that trying to subsequently access the file causes the program to lock (freeze) at the initial opening screen (it doesn't actually get as far as opening the file) with the only way to recover being to pull the power from the PC and reboot.

After that the SSD then has to be checked and the corrupted file system repaired. Once done the file can be accessed if it's moved or copied to the local disk (NTFS formatted).

I have tested the above on two separate PC's running Windows 7 Pro 64bit with exactly the same results. Testing on 2 x Windows 10 PCs works fine i.e. you can access and open the files without issue.

At first I thought that it was every type of file but it looks like it's only Open Office files that are affected with all other types (PDF's, JPEGs, MS Word documents*, etc, etc.) opening as they should.

*Open Office files are able to be opened with MS Office without issue.

I found this out the hard way after buying a 500 gig Samsung SSD formatted by default with exFAT. To eliminate this drive I also carried out the same tests on a 64GB memory stick with exactly the same (bad) results.

At the moment the only way around this is to reformat the drives using NTFS but I've had issues with this type of format in the past with regards to file permissions plus the exFAT format can be used ... Read more

A:Open Office 4.1.2 Files UNUSABLE on exFAT portable drives

I think that the problem is the Office you have on your PC. Witch office you have on the PC, MS office or Open Office?
You are trying to open by double click on explorer or by File open form inside office?

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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I currently operate a PC with 3 separate HDD. I have my windows 7 and all of my programs installed on a 500 GB HDD. I have all of my files saved to a 2 TB HDD and a 1 TB HDD. I want to do a system image of the 500 GB HDD that has the OS and programs installed on it, however, when I go through to create a system image there is a check box to "Include a system image of drives (C, 1 TB_Storage (E" I only want to image C (The 500 GB HDD) I don't want to image E (The 1 TB HDD). Any suggestions?

Thank you,


A:System Image - Multiple Drives Only Want to Image one of them

Post screenshot of your disk management console.

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Ive got a delema ive just bought an older laptop for cheap that works fine for my needs exept fo the fact that it has a small hard drive. the problem im having is finding a way to get windows on my new hard drive with out spending $100 on a new windows xp cd and regrestration code. i herd that there is a way of doing it with out buying a new windows cd. the people i talked to said that i need to borrow a friends xp cd and load it on to my new hard drive, and then there is a file from my old computer that i copy on to a cd that shows that windows is regristered. if this is true could some one telll me exactly how to do it.

A:windows and new hard drives

you got it partially right. use the attached file, run it and it will tell you your kp key. if you extracted it, it will save you key to a .txt file in that location. PRINT IT!! don't lose that. then go borrow your friend's xp CD. make sure you have the right CD(ie home-home, pro-pro). then your free to reload. if you don't have a friend with an xp cd, go to your local comuter shop and see if they will make you a copy. All the CD's are the same, but its the code thats the gold.

Good luck

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Hey! My computer is saying in a little bubble every once in a while at the bottom of the screen "Windows has low virtual memory" I click on my computer and i have a drive C & a Drive D. I understand my drive D is a recovery drive. My drive D has less than a quarter free space left & my C drive has about 75% free space. I need to know what I have to do to get my computer running a little faster (cause when I'm running a couple programs at once, the computer is very slow & the "low virtual memory" bubble comes up) Is there a way I can put some of the programs/files (whatever it is on there) from the D drive onto the C drive? Why is my C drive not full at all? What do I need to do!?

I appreciate this website a lot! It's my first time trying it out! I hope someone can help me!!

Thank you!

A:Windows XP Hard Drives

First, your virtual memory and your hard disk are completely separate from one another. Some people use the metaphor that your hard disk is your bookshelf and your memory is your desk space. When you pull a book out of the bookshelf, you read it, turn the pages, highlight and mark in it all on your desk space.

Usually, the problem cited by that message is caused by one of two issues:

1. A program that wasn't debugged properly and has a memory "leak" somewhere. This causes it to use up a lot of memory to run on.

2. It could be that you have left the computer on for a long time. Usually, the longer a program is running, the more memory it will consume. Be careful of this and restart your computer regularly to avoid this.

So before your able to really solve the issue, I think you need to identify what programs are taking up the most memory. To do this:

1. Open the Task Manager (control + alt + delete)
2. Click "View" at the top of the window and then click on "Select Columns"
3. Check the box for "Virtual Memory Size" and press OK
4. Click on the "Processes Tab" and click where it says "VM Size" twice (this will make the contents reorder from largest to smallest)
5. Find out what the program taking the most memory is.
6. If possible, take a screen capture of the program, and then post the screen capture here when you consult back with the forum.

Also, sometimes reinstalling or updating the program so... Read more

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Hi all, I have 2 hard drive slots and 2 HDs one small and one huge. How can I have it so that the small one has windows on it like now, And the big one will be able to store files on it?

A:How can I run two hard drives on Windows XP?

If your talking about either physical size, or hard disk space, it will be fine (assuming we're not talking 3TB which I don't think will work).

You can use one for OS, and one for data, sure.

You just install the OS to the small hard disk, and then use the larger sized hard disk for data. The computer won't care where you store data as long as it has enough free space.

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Just a thought!, Has anyone had any trouble with "Trim" or any thing else with "Win8" and "SSD's"??

I am useing Windows 7 with "two" ssd hard drives and i would love to try out Windows 8, but not at the cost of my ssd,
as you all know if Trim is not working right, this cause theis Hard Drives to miss up real bad and fale

A:Windows 8 and SSD Hard Drives

How are you using those SSd discs? RAID? files and apps? or dual boot?

since you have two discs, and if you havent i would recommend you to use RAID 0 to get more boost and efficency on them. But i think that trimming works fine on w8

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So I recently upgraded pretty much all of the hardware in my computer including a second hard drive. I already had Windows 8 Pro on my other hard drive. Now I just put in the windows 8 CD when booting up my other hard drive and it seemed to install Windows 8 Pro fine. Once I opened it, it said that I needed to activate Windows 8 because my activation key was already in use. I was wondering how to deactivate my old hard drive with windows 8 and just allow my hard drive to use it and let my second hard drive just run through that main one. Your help is much appreciated and if you need more information just ask me. Thanks

A:2 Hard Drives and 1 Windows Pro

Welcome to EightForums.
Reformat the old HD Drive, than use phone activation to active your new install.

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