The Windows System Image Backup defaults too many drives?

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by BlackScarletLove, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

    Messages:
    146
    Location:
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    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?

    [​IMG]
     
  2. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

    Messages:
    2,931
    Location:
    Seattle
    Not possible as the boot manager and other boot files are most likely located on the XP partition.

    I dual boot 7 and XP too.

    The boot files are hidden but I bet they are on your XP partition.
     

    Attached Files:

    • boot.JPG
      boot.JPG
      File size:
      10.6 KB
      Views:
      106
  3. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

    Messages:
    146
    Location:
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    so if I find these files on my xp partition I could rename them and render them invisible, therefore fooling win7 to thinking it is not a system drive? do you know of a likely path?
     
  4. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    4,076
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    No, windows 7 needs those files to boot properly..
     
  5. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Status:In Post-Production

    Messages:
    146
    Location:
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    If they are not on the drive which is booting (win7) why does it need them?
    so you're saying there is not way to do this. Do you recommend an equivalent software that I could use instead?