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Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Q: Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

I am very new to Windows Backup and have a few questions. Actually, my first question is not really specific to Windows Backup, but I notice it whenever I go to Disk Management to view my backups, so I hope it's okay if I ask it here.

Partition Question:

I have the following partitions on Disk 0:
100MB - 70% free
C:906.34GB - which has 82% or 739.03GB free
25.07GB OEM partition which is listed as 100% free

Isn't that 25GB OEM partition the Recovery partition? If so, why is it listed as 100% free? And what is the 100MB NTFS partition for?

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Now for my Windows Backup questions:

I ran Windows Backup for the first time Thursday night morning. I chose the "Let Windows choose, recommended" option - "Windows will automatically select user files... A system image will be created including system files, drivers, registry settings, Windows and all of your programs. These items will be backed up on a regular schedule".

It took 6 or 7 hours to complete. When it was done, my 1TB external hdd had 661.51 GB free space. I was surprised because my 1TB desktop hdd still had 742 GB free space. I didn't anticipate the backup to take up more space, and I'm hoping someone can explain to me why it does. Is it because it copies virtually the entire hard drive and then also makes a specific image of the operating system, registry and installed programs?

I have a lot of free space, so it's not an issue right now... but I could see how it might become an issue down the line. If I had realized the backups take up much more space, I probably would have bought a bigger external hdd for that purpose.

Today, the scheduler kicked in and the backup ran again. I was anticipating that it would be very quick and just make a few changes in my user files. It did seem to do that, but it took about 3 hours this time, and I think it also made another system image.

Desktop hdd currently has 739GB free and the external went from 661GB free after the first backup to 589GB free after the second backup.

So it looks like each time Windows Backup runs, it adds another system image - at about 72GB.

When I mount the VHS, I see this:
file: myname-pc 194 GB
folder: WindowsImageBackup 142 GB which contains the following two folders:





Quote:
- myname-pc
- Backup 2010-07-12000011 -- which I can explore it and see all my folders and files.


So if the WindowsImageBackup contains the mountable image with my user files, what does the file "myname-pc" contain? Does that now have two system images? Or are the system images the mountable images that I have browsed from the "Backup 2010-07-12000011"?

If I can find the first system image, can I delete it and just keep the second one? They are probably nearly identical since it's been less than three days and I haven't really made any changes.

Or am I totally wrong in thinking that my user files are separate from the system image?

I'm sorry if this is presented in a confusing manner. I think I am getting more confused as I try to explain it and figure out what's what.

As you can probably guess, I don't have much of a tech background.

Thanks in advance for any clarification!

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A: Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Were I you and I'm not, I would keep my personal data and Windows in separate partitions. Maybe 60 or 80 gigs for Windows and the other 880 or whatever for data.

Then image the operating system and data partitions separately, so you avoid this confusion.

You aren't anywhere near the first person to be confused by Windows imaging--that's why many have given up on it. There are free alternatives that are much more flexible and straightforward.

The 100 MB partition you refer to was put there by Windows and is used in certain recovery operations. With luck you won't ever need to use it. You can hide it from view I think. You can even avoid it during an installation. Most people just ignore it and possibly hide it.

I can't explain why your OEM partition is shown as empty. Offhand, I wouldn't necessarily believe it is empty. Hang on to it at least temporarily.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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I have 2 SATA drives installed on my desktop i.e. h/d 0 & h/d 1

I had the second h/d Partitioned into several Partitions but have now deleted all of these leaving only one Partition with the rest of the drive being designated "Free Space" This is coloured green in Disk Management. The remaining Partition is a Primary Partition coloured dark blue in D.M. The Primary Partition is formatted in NTFS and contains data.

I now want to have this h/d created into a single un-partitioned drive without loosing the data stored at the moment on its Partition.

How do I go about this ?

Is the "Free Space" here still formatted in NTFS as it was before I deleted the partitions contained there ?

A:Primary Partition and Free Space Questions

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
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My new comp has a 1TB internal HDD. I just purchased a second(TB)and installed it as well. Here's my situation, when I go to run my Paragon 2010 image backup, it says it will need to use 60% of my other HDD. Do I need to partition my second HDD?(I've never actually partitioned a drive before) If so, how big does the partition need to be?
I know I'm probably not describing my problem correctly.
Is it normal for an image backup to take 60% of a backup drive. I mean, I've only used about 100GB on the drive I'm backing up.

A:Partition and Backup questions

Hello twistedvincent.



How big is the volume/partition Windows is installed to?

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A couple of questions about Backups.

I have a 2nd internal hard drive which I have been using as a backup. But I decided that I ought to get some external backups as well.

In 2011 I bought an external WD Drive 500GB, which says it has 465GB available space to use. There is now 8GB left free. Windows 7 refused to do automatic backups so I dragged and dropped. But I had problems with it, so put it aside. I had another go in 2012 and dragged the docs and photos onto it. But it came up drive full, when there should have been a lot of space still left. I gave up on it. Now I am looking at it again and found the following:

July 2011 Folder WindowsImageBackup which has a Backup folder with 2 VHD files one of 40mb and one of 40.4GB. I found that VHD is Virtual PC which is no help, can?t find a program to open them.

Also 11 XML files consisting of kb up to 4mb. They want to connect to the internet, but it won?t connect.

Other folders are:

March 2012 modified Sept 2013 Document folder - 5GB
March 2012 modified Sept 2013 Pictures folder - 193B
All accessible as far as I can see.

So 193GB + 5GB + 40GB + some mb and kb = appx 238GB + 8GB free = 246GB

465GB - 246Gb = 219GB missing

Question: So any idea where the 219GB missing space has gone?

And what are the VHD files, I can?t remember what I did to create a image backup in 2011, as it didn?t seem to have worked at the time.

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A:Questions on automatic backup and missing space on external HD's

First, backing up to an internal drive is a really bad idea. If your computer gets infected with malware, such as one of those that locks all your data until you pay a ransom, you will not be able to access your backup. Or a virus could destroy all your data, including your backup. A hardware malfunction, such as a PSU shorting out and frying everything inside, could also takeout all your data, including the backup drive.

Backups should be kept external and physically connected to your computer only when updating the backup. It isn't as convenient as automatic backups but it's much safer. One way to ensure data is backed up as quickly as possible is to use a good, paid cloud backup service (the free ones have been known to disappear with little or no warning and are rarely secure), such as Carbonite, CrashPlan, or Backblaze, in addition to your external backups. Those work in the background, periodically uploading new and changed data to the service's servers.

For data to be reasonably safe, it should be kept in three physically different places, such as on the computer, on an onsite backup, and on an offsite backup. No matter what medium you have your data on, it is subject to failure, including ones used for backup, hence the need for more than one backup. One of the cloud backup services mentioned earlier can be used as an offsite backup although I prefer to use them to supplement a physical offsite backup.

There are several ways to make backups. The most common are ... Read more

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How do I control how much disk space my Windows Backup takes up? I have a 1TB external disk for backups and other files. My computer's HDD only has about 250GB capacity. I don't know why my backups file got so bloated. What should I do?

I see that I can delete the older backup file: 22-Oct to 11-Nov. But read the text.
""Deleting previous backups will free up space on your backup location."
So far so good.

Then it continues, "All files backed up during the selected period will be deleted."

I'm pretty sure the text is just badly written. I guess that means the backup-files (on the backup drive) will be deleted. They couldn't mean that the original files (on my data drive) will be deleted. That sure is a scary possibility though. How do you understand this?

System: Windows 7 Enterprise

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A:Backup takes 800GB? Manage Windows Backup Disk Space

Yes, it is perhaps, badly written, but true. All files in the backup period from 22-Oct. to 11-Nov. will be deleted. Not to worry, though, because those same files are backed up in a later backup period from 11-Nov. to ? It is safe to delete older backup periods.

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Hi! I know you are probably tired of this complaint, but I really don't know what to do anymore. I already have some folders belonging to some games "dirlinked" in other places; also, the XP MODE files are linked to another partition.
I know you can't tell what exactly is causing my C to get occupied so fast (in the last few days it just got ~1.5GB out of nowhere) - League of Legends installed some updates, windows installed some updates, but srsly, all of those get even 1GB? I know updates make a restore point, and i Deleted them all, I have none of those. I have all useless functions disabled (I know some things about maintenance).
I just wanna know if there is a way to find out what's the last thing modified. I know i can sort the folders and files by "last date modified" but that just doesn't help me.

Today I went with my pc case to a friend's place and I connected the case to his LCD TV. I just don't believe that doing that (the video card adapting to a new display) would occupy my C partition by a few MegaBytes.

So, the question is again: can I find out what exactly are the last changes that decrease the free space?

A:Partition C(windows partition) loses space very fast - why?

Examine running processes in task manager - any non standard or suspucious one there ?
There is a free program TreeSize from jam software - examine folders taking most disk space.
Examine C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData
Use CCleaner.

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I am using the Windows Backup that comes with Home Premium. The initial backup ran with no problems but leaves me with questions.

1. As I understand it after the inital full backup the next backup run is an incremental backup. My question is how many incremental backups are saved and for how long?

2. The next question has to do with deleted files. Let's say my backup runs on Monday. If FileA on my C drive gets backed up on Monday and then deleted on Wednesday when the backup runs again will the backup copy of FileA be deleted? If not then wihen will it be deleted if ever?

A:Windows Backup Questions

Are you talking about
1). backing up files
2). running the system image utility

Both are called from the same Windows Backup system...but work differently.

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Hi folks

My first post here...

On my desktop machine (running Windows XP) I have been doing monthly full backups to 6 external hard drives used in rotation.

Can I use this same scheme on my laptop running Windows7?

If I delete all files from an external drive, connect it to my computer and click on "Backup now", will the fact that the drive is empty force Windows7 to do a full backup?

joe99

A:Questions about Windows 7 backup

In Windows7 you can either backup your files or image your system. If you type backup into Start/search, it will show you how to get to backup an restore. As for the external disk, you need not wipe it clean. There must be only enough space to hold the backup or image. I suggest you create a folder on the external drive to which you backup or image.

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I'm taking over a small business network because the "other guy" was unreliable. First thing I noticed was they were using 4mm tape to manually backup their data every night. I set up dedicated hard drive and scheduled MS Backup to run each night at 3:00 am. Everything seems to be running fine, but a week later I go to check to make certain the data is getting backed up every night and this is where the questions start.

They back up only a very few folders. They are "C:\Program Files\Special Software\Data" and all the recursed folders in the "Data" folder; about 3 Gbytes each day.

When I set it up, I expected the data to be saved as multiple files in a single directory, but instead there's one giant .bkf file. When you select that file you can see separate lines for the data. It looks something like this:

C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...

They have the "+" sign that allows you to explode the tree.

Okay so the question. It appears each line is a different day's backup, but I don't know this for certain. Each line is named exactly the same, and there is nothing about these separate lines to indicate that they pertain to a specific days backup that I can see. It looks very counter-intuitive to me.

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A:MS Windows Backup Questions

MS Backup is very limited. I would suggest investing in a better backup program like Symantec Backup Now, which is a lot more user friendly. It also can be used to backup all the users on the network and you can set the parameters of what to backup on the server.

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What's the best way to transfer or clone my windows 10 from the right hand end partition of my HDD which is screaming for more space. It's not possible to extend this partition. I have a separate empty HDD.

A:Windows 10 partition out of space

You can find special software online which will be able to extend the partition, however, it's always best to do a backup before doing so.

How to free extend system partition, enlarge or extend C drive partition?

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Hey All,

I love Space Cadet Video Pinball! It is very challenging and frustrating. Some games I do incredibly well. (Got like 8 million last night!) Other games are over in a matter of minutes. I know it takes practice and timing, but some questions?

1.) What makes the game so random in the ability to do well? Is there any strategies that you use to do consistently well in the game?

2.) What actually controls the speed and direction of the ball? Is it physics? Just luck? or a combination of both?

3.) Is the Replay Awarded (Extra Ball Bonus) with points accumulated from the previous ball, totally random? If not, what must be done to get the Replay Award?

4.) What in the design of the game gives it almost a "Sixth Sense" of knowing when you are doing well, with one target left to go until the next level and the ball drains? As a side-note, what seems to make hitting the three flags for an extra ball, without the point accumulations from the previous total, easier the more you hit it.

5.) If you go up the Hyperspace Launch Shoot several times, does the Center Post Light shield your ball from draining down the center in any way? If not, what does it do?

6.) What does the Gravity Wall do? Is it good or bad?

Jack
 

A:Video Pinball Space Cadet (Windows XP) Questions?

1 & 2) same as a real pinball game, most luck with the angle of the ball with speed. It mimics the physics of a tilted board.

3) it's when you get a certain amount of points (i think 1Mil).

4) no clue

5) i think when you do that x amount of times, it will give you the ability to have the extra help... it's been too long for me.

6) i think it's just a name you see when you get points... again, haven't played in ages.
 

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Hello,

I have had my computer running Windows 7 for 5 months now. I just received an alert stating that my backup disk space (17.47gb), which is located on my external hardrive, is running out of space (2.00 mb).

I know that the main solution would be to get another external hardrive and transfer my back up disk to it. However, is there an alternative solution to this?

Also, does back up disk space increase over time or does this alert have to do with the storage on my external getting extremely low?

Is back up disk space even necessary?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Backup Disk Space

Hi -

Is the total size of the external USB HDD < 20 GB?

What files are being backed up?

How are they being backed up, i.e., by what application?

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Can someone give me a simple explanation of how Windows 10 backup works? I am not asking how to set it up, or how to create a system image, but rather how it behaves. When it backs up files, does it compare source with destination, then copy only if the source file of the same name is newer? Or, does it copy all files, regardless, filling up my external hard drive. I would like to limit the amount of storage for backup. In other words, if it's safe, I want to delete everything that is not up to date.
 

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I recently needed to do an image restore with windows 7 for the first time using the built in program. I got a new, larger Hard drive for my laptop and just wanted to restore my system from an image i had on a Usb drive. Unfortunately the restore failed and after some googling i found that some people were saying that you could only restore to the same drive the image was made from. I have a hard time believing this because it would just make the program useless in the case of a drive failure, and this is one of the main reasons for making a backup in the first place. Some people were saying that the distination drive/partition just needed to be the same size as the drive (or partition) the image was made from. I didn't try a resize, i just did a new reinstall (which is a pain). Just for future reference, has anyone heard any of this before? Should i be able to just restore to a new larger drive without any problems. I was thinking maybe this was some kind of anti-piracy precaution. Not sure

thanks for shedding any light on this.

A:windows image backup questions

I personally use Macrium Reflect for my backup/imaging for system drive... Few days ago I needed to restore the system to another disk (640GB) that's smaller than my current disk (1TB), and the restore went completely trouble free, and it was over the network... So, I don't know how you get this issue, but you can always try 3rd party imaging tools. Btw, Macrium Reflect is free for personal use.

I do have an image I created using Windows's Image backup... I haven't had the time to try and restore using it, so I don't know on that that front...
zzz2496

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Hi everyone,
First of all excuse my future mistakes and if I posted in wrong forum section. Secondly, I currently have 836 MB free in Windows particion, C:, which overall has 24.4 GB. The problem is that when i select all folders and files from C: and i check properties to view size of them, all together have 13.4 GB. So I am missing 8GB from partition.
Other strange thing is that, for example,when i woke up i had 1.06GB free in C:, and now (after ~30 mins) I refreshed to check free space again, and I have only 836 MB. So what happened? How is possible that?

I have to mention that backup files are stored in E:. I have no ideea what is happening here. Where are my 8GB and most important how is possible to have different amount of size in same particion without installing/uninstalling any program.
crynowbv,

A:Free space in Windows partition

  
Quote: Originally Posted by crynowbv


Hi everyone,
First of all excuse my future mistakes and if I posted in wrong forum section. Secondly, I currently have 836 MB free in Windows particion, C:, which overall has 24.4 GB. The problem is that when i select all folders and files from C: and i check properties to view size of them, all together have 13.4 GB. So I am missing 8GB from partition.
Other strange thing is that, for example,when i woke up i had 1.06GB free in C:, and now (after ~30 mins) I refreshed to check free space again, and I have only 836 MB. So what happened? How is possible that?

I have to mention that backup files are stored in E:. I have no ideea what is happening here. Where are my 8GB and most important how is possible to have different amount of size in same particion without installing/uninstalling any program.
crynowbv,


It could be:
A restore point or backup
Index
Page file or hibernate file (which grow in size)
Or hidden files and folders.

25 gigs is a very small partition for win 7 especially if you have media or are 64bits

Me current win 7 Partition is 40 gigs and I have no media on that partitions, and am 32 bits.
Ken J

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I am running windows XP SP2 on a computer with a 500 GB HDD when i set it up several years ago i was told to partition it to keep windows seperate from other stuff on the PC to speed up scans & Defrag. so i set the c: partition (for windows XP that microsoft say only requires 1.7GB on the box) at 10GB then several others for games, music, documents to use up the remaining 490GB.
 
For the past year i've noticed that the c: partiition is always full (Low disk space warnings) so i've been trying to make an effort to remove thinks i don't need in windows. I also had a few virus issues a couple of months ago which i think i've got on top of now and i'm running AVG which seems to keep them at bay although i do get the odd one pop up now and again.
 
About a week ago I ran ATF cleaner on a recomendation from a friend and it found over 2GB of junk files in the c:which i removed and i noticed an imediate improvment in windows, however now only a week later it's filled the 2GB back up again and i'm back to only a few MB of free disc space. I ran ATF cleaner again today and it found and cleared about 200MB which were all used up again in about 10 mins and i'm back with no free space no the c: drive.
 
This is getting really anoying as several programs like itunes can only be installed into the same drive as windows and this is now too full to back up my phone which i need to do a fix on after i back it up
 
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A:windows partition keeps running out of space

Why not simply...enlarge the C: partition, using any reliable partition manager?
 
Reduce the size of the other large partition...then add the space available to the C: partition?
 
Generally...a partition that is 25GB or so ought to be enough for Windows and applications...but you seem to have no need to restrict the size of the C: partition.
 
Louis

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I just installed Windows 7 on a 15GB partition that was created during setup using Drive Options (advanced) > New > Apply

When I go to My Computer now, only that 15GB partition is there and I cannot access the rest of my 500GB hard drive. How do I go about getting access to the remaining capacity. Sorry if this is a noob question!

Thanks
 

A:Windows 7 on Partition - remaining space?

15GB is way too small for a Windows 7 system partition. Before you go any further with your setup, start over and create a much larger system partition. I wouldn't go any smaller than 40GB.
 

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recently i tried to install linux ubuntu and replace win7 on my dell 1420, then i choose the option "replace windows7" , but i cancel it (i'm not installed ubuntu yet), and i restart my laptop, and then the windows is gone, then i try to reinstall the windows, but when on the partition menu, the C: and D: is gone! There are just two partition and no free space at all, the only option i can choose is delete the partition. Does anybody here can help me to fix this problem without delete the partition? Cuz there are so many files that very important
Sorry for bad English

A:[Help] my windows is gone and partition has no free space

Does your PC boot now? What is on your Hard Drive that is filling it up?

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Hello I need some help/advice on a problem I am having with a new desktop I put together myself. I'm sure I have made some rookie mistakes along the way but this is why I did it for the learning process. Anyhow a problem I have already encountered is when installing windows 7 I partitioned a 400 gb hard drive with one partition for the os with 20 gb and two more partitions for storage with the remainder of the unallocated memory. Now the partition with my os is 19gb full and I know I am going to encounter problems. I tried to shrink one of the storage partitions to leave 40 gb of unallocated space to extend on the os partition, but windows disk management tool does not allow you to do that. Is my only option reinstalling windows onto one of these larger partitions and then formatting the old one? I am fairly new to tech spot so If I am not using proper posting etiquette feel free to let me know. Thank you any help would be appreciated!
 

A:Ran out of space on partition with Windows installed on it

You can extend the partition that you have installed Windows into, but in my opinion it would be a better idea to use a program such as Easus Partition manager; at;
http://www.partition-tool.com/download.htm
The free (Home) version is fine for a job like this.
An alternative I have used is at;
http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
These programs work in a similar way, by showing the partitions as they exist now.
You click once on the one you need to resize (to highlight it), then right-click, choose 'resize', drag the end markers out to where you want the partition to be,
click 'apply'. That's it, it does all the rest, and can take a few minutes to complete.
Note that it is a very good idea to when making major changes like this, to make a system image onto an external hard drive, just as insurance. But this method has worked perfectly for me on several different makes of drive, (1TB Seagate, 4 partitons) and
Iomega 320GB (3 partitions).
 

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Hi,
I have a very mysterious problem when trying to backup my system.
C: drive is a 500 GB disk filled to almost 70%, so there are more or less 350 GB of data, OS included.
H: drive is a 1TB disk used only for backup purposes.

I have setup Windows Backup to do a backup of OS and user data with all the recommended options enabled once a week, which shouldn't be a problem, given the sizes of source and destination; as a matter of fact, on a almost identical machine those options resulted in one system image plus 3 backup periods, and the 1TB drive was not even filled up.

Strangely, this machine I'm trying to fix was not back upping properly, saying that the destination drive was full. I have checked the amounts of space used by SysImages (approx. 300 GB [!]) and Backup Periods (approx 670GB [!!!]), and there was only ONE big backup period, so I could not delete older periods to make room for new ones, which by the way is what Windows backup should do by itself.

I have tried to reset all the options, then proceeded to format the backup drive, then start the backup from scratch: this resulted AGAIN in a full drive, a 300GB SysImage and 670GB of "incremental" backup period...

Leaving things this way leads to Win Backup error, stating that the destination drive is full, so I can only do manual, non incremental backups.

Also, back upping 350GB of data takes about 8-9 hours: this is really too much time, given that both drives are sataII, CPU is a PhenomII X4 955 BE w... Read more

A:Windows 7 backup taking too much space and too long

Use this for your images. Much better than the windows built in program The best free imaging program you can get. Includes scheduling and incremental/differential, which you don't get in other free.

FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

You can also get the Aomei partition assistant Pro version free today from here:

Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro 5.5 - AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro is a complete and professional partition solution for PCs.

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I have a 2TB backup disk, and schedule a weekly backup of my USER data only, no system image created. My most recent backup apparently did not complete due to lack of space, per the msg. in Windows Backup...

There is a system image on the same disk, presumably in the folder called WindowsImageBackup? I don't see an option in Windows Backup to delete the system image.

Is it safe to just delete this folder WindowsImageBackup in FileExplorer (perhaps after I create a new system image on another disk :-)?

As of last backup my USER directory was about 300GB, but the backup is shown as 633GB.
When I go to "manage disk space" in Windows backup, I only see a single backup period, 11/15/15 - 1/27/16, so it appears that I can only delete the entire backup.

So I wonder why is this backup so large? How can I avoid having it just keep growing?

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Ok, take a look here...

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100gb E back up partition formatted and created new fresh backup, whole C partition + sys image

1. Can someone explain to me, what goes where? What data is going to data backup what goes in system image and what are "other files"?

2. My settings atm is Let windows manage the space used for backup history (maximum 30GB) why my system image is 45GB?

3. Is there any possibility to set up this backup utility, to delete OLDEST data backup when partition runs out of space? (As far i was reading on net, system image gets updated but every time data backup is created again and older is left)

A:How disk space is used by Windows Backup ? [Question]

Hi Orion and welcome to Seven Forums.

I will attempt to explain although much is a mystery known only to Microsoft.

1. Your data goes into a folder with your PC name. The last image goes into a folder called WindowsImageBackup. Older images are differenced into Shadow Storage. You can see what data is going into the backup by clicking on the Change Settings link on the backup and Restore dialogue

2. The 30% refers to shadow storage (I think) which holds the differenced images. When the space fills up the oldest is deleted.

3. You need to manually control what data backup sets are deleted. There is nothing automatic.

Hope this helps. I will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

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I am attempting to use Windows Backup on my Dell Inspiron 560MT with Win7 Home Premium installed. It fails supposedly for lack of space available on the receiving external drive (250 GB gross, 232 GB net), of which 26.6 MB only is occupied.

The space occupied by files and folders in my hard disk partitions, C: and I: (recovery) is 171.07 GB, so I do not understand, why there is insufficient space. Surely there should be at least
231-172= 59GB left once the backup is completed!

Can anyone explain and advise? Please!

A:Windows Backup says not enough space on external drive, but there is

Could you take a snip of your Disk Management and post it? It would help to see exactly how your hard drive is set up.

Open Disk Management - How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

You may have a problem with insufficient free space in the hidden 100MB ?System Reserved? partition.

The backup did not complete successfully - not enough free space.

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I have a 2TB backup disk, and schedule a weekly backup of my USER data only, no system image created. My most recent backup apparently did not complete due to lack of space, per the msg. in Windows Backup...

There is a system image on the same disk, presumably in the folder called WindowsImageBackup? I don't see an option in Windows Backup to delete the system image.

Is it safe to just delete this folder WindowsImageBackup in FileExplorer (perhaps after I create a new system image on another disk :-)?

As of last backup my USER directory was about 300GB, but the backup is shown as 633GB.
When I go to "manage disk space" in Windows backup, I only see a single backup period, 11/15/15 - 1/27/16, so it appears that I can only delete the entire backup.

So I wonder why is this backup so large? How can I avoid having it just keep growing?

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hello,
I recently formated my desktop, I have everything saved on the (F) partition, and i formatted the primary partition (C) which leaves me with huge chunk of Unallocated space that is unable to use. Everytime i try to create a new partition, it says that space is not enough ( i even tried creating the min amount of space 8mb) when the space available is almost 500 Gigs.
I tried researching the web but no help... please help me im running out of disk space and i dont want to delete anything

A:Unallocated disk space error, Can not partition volume space

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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Hello,

I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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Hey people,
I am no where near having the internal HD configuration I envision. Nevertheless, I have tried to optimize the temporary cramped 320gb using into various partitions. I put windows 7 on a 20gb partition. I will be fixing that (realizing it's too much of a headache and unfortunately too small). I'll prob increase it to 40. good to know it is possible to install and use windows 7 on such a small partition. However, I installed some programs onto it instead of apps partition and that pushed it over.

THE QUESTION:
I continually run out of space. If I have 2-3gbs left weird things like
user/appdata/temp fills up. What's with that? Can I prevent that?

The outcome I would like is windows 7 more or less STATIC in hard drive utilization space. It seems to fluctuate greatly. I think when downloading files some of those go to temp folders.

I will increase system partition, but I would really like to have cease "mysteriously swelling" in temp folders or whatever.

Anyone who has insight onto where temp folders exist and most usefully how to relocate them to another partition or redirect various applications to saving all data (including temp files) to another partition would be helpful and illuminating. Cheers thanks

A:Windows System Partition Running out of Space

Check this WSF thread for more information.

How to change appdata/temp folder from C drive to D drive

A 40 GB drive will soon become too cramped when you consider as the recycle bin and other folders monitored by Disk Cleanup rapidly fill up.

Also, 40 GB is really 39 GB as 1 MB is actually 1024 KB, not 1000 KB.

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Hi

In our domain network(windows server 2003 sbs standard),the client pc's have windows xp professional sp2 ,some programs,symantec endpoint protection.In some pc's I found that
there are fluctuations in the C:\ drive free disk space( windows partition). Sometimes I'm notified that I don't have enough space, and sometimes it goes up to 1 GB or more, for no reason at all (apparently). Sometimes I notice the number going down before my eyes -C partition disk space- dropping down to few MEGABYTES.Hard disk drive is of 160 gb capacity ,split into two partitions 40:60 ratio.

I do not have unnecessary programs installed on C:\, nor do I have a large amount of stuff on Desktop or My Documents.

I've run cleaners that delete temporary files and other such things to get more space, but it is not effective.

I'd appreciate very much if you could help me out with this.

Thanks in advance,

techshan,muscat
 

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Hi all,
Until recently, I ran a dual boot system with Ubuntu - but for business reasons, I uninstalled it (along with it's bootloader).
Anyway, I cleared up the hard drive space in the Disk Management app on windows 10,
I have about 350GB free space from Ubuntu and I cannot extend the C: partition, you can see what I mean here

I can't seem to extend my partition and whatever program I use I have to buy the full version to extend my partition,
Help!

A:Can't extend windows 10 partition into unallocated space

Try MiniTool Partition wizard. It is free.
I used it several time when I was unable to "extend" the volume back to my main drive.
Windows' own diskmanagement is no better than a ground-level app for partitions.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

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I have installed windows Xp at present. have a partition of 40GB (non windows partition) it has data of about 33 gb on it but the free space showing is only 1.5 gb this problem is with other partitions also. Wer are the remaining space on the partition gone.. How to fix this????????/

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I’m using “Windows Backup and Restore” in Windows 7. - I'm using SpaceSniffer to evaluate a backup problem. - One of my scheduled backups failed. I thought this was because of lack of space. So I opened up SpaceSniffer and saw something surprising: C, System Folder, 55.5 GB D, Data Folder, 167.5 GB I, My 1TB External Drive _ 14GB used _ 52GB free space _ 864GB Unknown (not yet scanned) - I thought that the 864GB was “set aside” or used for the backups. But why is it so huge, when “C” and “D” are relatively small? That doesn’t make any sense.- What do you recommend I do? - SpaceSniffer: http://download.cnet.com/SpaceSniffe...-10913555.html - Earlier problem resolved: A backup of my system files and my data files to my 1TB external drive did not succeed because “Scheduled backup of system images is not allowed on removable devices.”

A:Backup Problem, Windows Reserves too Much Space, 800GB?

Odd, it should be allowed to backup to external devices. I backup my system all the time to a 500GB external Seagate :/
Is the external drive a standard data holding one or a specialist backup one?

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Windows Backup Program - how can I cope with its high Disk Space usage (because it creates too frequently new Backu-up sets)?

On my new Windows 7 Ultimate PC (64 bit). I need to backup my C Partition (approximately 23 GB in the system Image created by Windows Backup) , most of the data files of my H partition (approximately 14 GB) and most of the photo files on my F Disk (approximately 120 GB).

I bought with my PC an additional 2TB internal disk, that I intend to use nearly exclusively for Backups.

I was looking forward to use Windows Backup and its excellent incremental Backup capabilities. I was intending to run the Backup program weekly and to backup with it the C partition, my data files(on H) and my photo files (on F). In addition, I was intending to create less frequently backups on large external USB disks, that I store in a Safe of my bank.

I was quite happy with my first tests of the Windows-Backup. But after running the Backup Program approximately 5 times (I do not remember exactly the number of times), I was surprised to see that the Backup program had already created a new Backup Set with a new Full Backup of approximately 123 GB. After the creation of approximately 15 Backup sets, my Backup Disk will be more or less full.

Creating a new Backup Set as frequently as the Back-Up Program did, represents an important problem for me. Because, I was intending to keep my backups for quite long time.

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A:Windows Backup - reduce its disk space usage?

Wow a lot to read, I will answer what I know.

All schedules are handled by the task scheduler. Go to start by the windows orb and type task scheduler. Once in the scheduler there is a panel on the left. Click on the little triangles on the left of the names to open the tree, in full.

You will see system restore, you can go in and change the schedule. You can even turn the schedule off so that you can do it manually.

Do the same for windows back up.

I wil look at the rest of your post and help if I can.

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I recently backed up my computer using Windows backup and restore then decided I wanted to move the backup to a different drive. I couldn't see any option to move the files so I decided to delete the backup and start again.

However, in my haste, I deleted the files manually in Windows explorer instead of in backup and restore itself and therein lies the problem:

Although the files have been deleted the space taken up by the backup has not. i.e. there is 30GB of space still allocated to the backup that I can not seem to free up.

There are no backups showing in Windows backup and restore so I can't delete from there.

How can I free up this space since without formatting the drive since it contains lots of other information that I wish to keep?

A:Windows 7 Backup and Restore Free Space Problem

Stimpy,
a little bit more info on your system would be helpful.

Run DISKMGMT.MSC and take a snapshot of the result.

Include the snapshot in your next post.

Do you want to keep the backup?

Never do a system backup to the very drive you want to restore.

Most people, since they do not have numerous hard drives, backup to an external drive.

first though, expand your system info and send that snapshot.

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I recently started using a new 1.5 TB USB disk for backup and now Backup and Restore starts a new backup every other day. Additionally, on the first day the backup is 80 GB, increases to 140 GB on the second day, and on the third day starts a new data file backup. At this rate my new disk will be full in less than a month. Any help will be appreciated.

A:windows 7 Backup and Restore using excessive disk space

Have you deliberately scheduled the backup to be done every other day? Or would you prefer some other interval? Or are these backups run manually, not on an automated schedule?

What do you think you are backing up? Your personal data only? The entire C partition only? All partitions on all hard drives?

I gave up on Windows Backup, but it sounds like it is making new full backups of both the operating system and personal data every other day (quite possibly the entire C partition). In most situations, that would be excessive.

A more typical schedule would be to back up personal data ONLY on a daily basis, and a backup of your "system" (Windows) much less often--weekly or monthly or quarterly. Each personal data backup would NOT double the amount of space used because all that would be changed from the first backup would be files that are brand new, modified, or deleted. Each "system" backup WOULD occupy about as much space as the previous one, but older ones could be deleted at will.

But Windows Backup is cryptic and confusing at first glance, which is why I gave up on it. Are you wedded to using it, rather than some other more easily understood application?

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Hi All,

I tried to use windows 7 backup utility recently (for the first time on my new computer) and I get the "disk full" error while the target disk space has still 130 GB free.

I have moved my USERS folder to my D drive (during the windows installation) to keep them separate from the system files and since I have some other files on my D drive, I chose the option of manually selecting the files to backup and I selected libraries, system images and some extra files on D drive. However, I am pretty sure that they should not be totally more than 110 GB as everything (except programs that should not be naturally backed up) is on D and it is only 110 GB full.

However, the backup stops and says not enough disk space to finish backup while the backup size is only around 90 GB and the disk containing the destination disk has still around 130 GB free.

It is strange because I have at most only 110 GB of data to be backed up. Even if it tries to backup everything on C it should add up 40-50 GB more which makes the total volume of files 150-160 GB which is still less than the target disk size (230 GB, and it is dedicated to backups, I have formatted it before).

Even if for any weird reason windows is trying to exceed the capacity of the destination disk, I should see a much larger file (not only a 90 GB one) and then received the error message, isn't it? I mean whatever he wants to do, he still has 130 GB of free space to write in before giving this error message!

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A:Windows 7 Backup says disk full while it has plenty of space

Post a full picture of your Disk Management. I suspect it is an act that Windows7 imaging plays on you. But we have to see the disk management to judge.

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About to do a complete wipe of my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7. My concern is being certain that I have Windows Live Mail 2012 backed up. I have five different accounts running through WLM and it is critical I don't lose any emails sent or received.
I took a look at the tutorials and played around but I must be doing something wrong. For example, when I trying exporting and then importing some test messages I wasn't able to find them. The storage folders, where I think the test emails should have been imported, were empty. Tried a few times and always the same result.
Now I'm thinking it might be easier if I just back up all the folders in the Windows Live Mail folder on the C drive. Is this a viable and fool proof way of saving all emails and then being able to restore them?

A:Windows Live Mail 2012 Backup Questions

If the accounts are IMAP, the mail will be retained on the remote server no matter what you do with your local client (except for deleting mail from within the client, which will delete it remotely as well). POP is another story, because once downloaded it usually, though not always, is gone from the remote.

I don't see why you couldn't back up the entire WLM folder, which is probably in c:\users\<user name>\appdata\local....

In fact, when I do a reinstall, I always do a file back up of most of the appdata folder. It invariably comes in very handy.

Another way for an independent mail backup, POP or IMAP, is to use MailStore, which is free for private use.

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I have some basic Win 7 Home Premium questions re creating/restoring IMAGES of my C drive ( and hidden partitions) using native Windows backup and restore. Never really used it before as I use other software instead, but wanted to explore this option a bit further:

QUESTIONS:

1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?

2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?

3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.

4) Suppose my bootable hard drive crashed, and I buy a new drive. How do I restore the image. Is the system repair disc bootable??? and does it prompt me to pick an image??

Thanks.


My set up is as follows

Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1

Disk 0 ( my main drive)
-bootable
-hidden partiion
-C: partiton ( for the opeartions sytem, paaas, user profiles and settings)
-D: partition( for personal user data files)
Disk 1 (my internal backup drive)
-not bootable
-contains copies of system image of the hidden and C: drive (using Windows system image)
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A:Basic questions on Windows 7 native backup and restore

Hello mediaman,

In Windows 7, you have two distinctive backup options. Windows Backup = To back up all files in selected folders, and restore any file from the backup. You also have the option to include creating a system image. This can all be done an automatic schedule if you like.

System Image = To manually completely back up and restore selected drives/volumes.





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1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?


System images are saved as backup periods in the WindowsImageBackup folder where saved to. The blue Note box at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about this.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup





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2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?


Each new system image created will create a new Backup YYYY-MM-DD-hh-mm-ss folder in the WindowsImageBackup\(ComputerName) folder.

The same note box above can give you more details on this as well.





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3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.


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1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.


2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd

A:Questions about backup on windows 7. Wanting to test out win10

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ringo14


1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.
2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd


I rely on Windows 7's Backup and Restore, plus additional automatic backups of Pictures, Movies, Music and Documents and some other precious stuff, made to a 1 TB external USB drive by Second Copy (a backup program.)

W7's BU and Restore makes an image (a snapshot, called a System Image) of the C: drive. The idea is that if your C: drive gets heavily corrupted you load the system image on to the drive and get back to where you were when the system image was made (unless of course your C: drive is itself faulty, in which case you could install a new dri... Read more

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ok hope anyone can help me with this, I don't know much about computers but this is what happend.

I formated my hardrive and reinstalled windows xp, a lil older version of it, somehow I managed to delete a partition during the installation and half my hardrive space was gone, I've tried downloading partition magic, hoping to fix it in there but I can't seem to figure out how, anyone got any idea of how to fix this problem?
 

A:lost 130 gb of space when I deleted a partition while installing windows

I don't think anyone can help you with your problem with figuring out stuff And since Partition Magic is not free software, noone is going to help you download that either.

Now, posting some information about the type and size of your hard drive (as reported by the BIOS at startup) and the way Windows sees the drive (perhaps a screenshot from the Windows Disk Manager) would help us to help you.

Making a wild guess, you have a hard drive that is bigger than 137GB and you installed a Windows version that is older than Windows XP SP1.
 

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So I booted into GParted, and shrunk my Ubuntu partition by 100gb today, in the hopes that I would be able to extend my Windows partition. However GParted won't let me extend this unallocated space into my Windows partition. I booted into Windows, and still no luck, I tried EASEUS partition manager, which didn't work. So I shrunk my current Windows partition (within windows) by about 1gig to check if I could re extend it. And what I found was that the new unallocated space seemed to be separate from the 100gb unallocated space, they wouldn't merge. But I was able to re extend that 1gig back to the Windows partition.
So does any one have any idea how I can extend this 100gb of unallocated space into my windows partition?
 

A:Unable to extend unallocated space into windows partition

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I tried to shrink my Windows partition as I want to try using Ubuntu again (had some issues with some AMD/ATI drivers the last time I tried). I went into Disk Management and used the shrink volume tool. Everything was alright until, alas, the power went out. Now I'm stuck with Windows stating that it only has 1275.71GB available though the partition never shrank and the shrink tool states that it can't shrink the partition at all. Does anyone know if there is any way to revert this? I'm not to confident with having Ubuntu shrink the volume since Windows is having issues with it.

A:Error while shrinking partition, Windows states it has less space

How big is the drive? Your specs say you have WD 120GB WD 200GB but looks like that is no longer the case.

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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

A:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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I am not able to make backup, I get message not enough free space for shadow copy? How do I resolve this? I understand some kind of USN journal is created on
System reserved partion. This hidden partition was created when I installed and now I have only 38Mb free out of 100Mb. As I understand this has been an Issue for more than a year, and still Microsoft has not resolved?

A:Windows 7 image backup, error not enough space for shadow copy

I've had that error a few times. I think I tied the times of when it happens to installing new software, perhaps an upgrade of security software ..but that isn't certain. I have never found a definite resolution for the problem but after looking at the partition in Disk Management, scratching my head and rebooting a few times, the percentage of free space has just magically increased. Then the disk imaging procedure works OK.

I have read that this partition can be merged with the C: Drive and if installing the system afresh, the same can be done. However, just as I start considering this, the problem has thankfully gone away.

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Hello,

I had asked this question on TechNet was directed here.   A user thought perhaps I would find better support at the MSDN forums.

I have a fully updated Windows 7 image that has drivers slipstreamed in it for a customer's PC.   I used DISM to slipstream the drivers.   I used WAIK to create an autounattend.xml answer file.    When 7 is installed using this image, it
creates three partitions.   The first is a 500MB primary partition that I call System Reserved.   This is the active partition.   The second is a 14GB Recovery partition and the third is a 133GB OS partition.

I would like it when the image gets deployed, it sets up the Recovery partition to hold the recovery information.   That way, if the OS partition or System Reserved partition get damaged, the user can still fully recover their system.   I know how
to configure the system so when the user presses F10, it should start the recovery partition.   However, it errors out about BOOTMGR missing.   I believe the BCD Store is configured incorrectly.   BCDEdit /ENUM ALL shows stuff pointing to the
OS's partition's \Recovery directory and the WinRE.wim file.

I want it so when the user uses the recovery partition, it deletes the OS partition and the system reserved partition and recreates them, without deleting the recovery partition.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can accomplish this?  I do have to admit that I don't... Read more

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