[SOLVED] Error creating system image Win 7 (0x80780119)

neffian

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So, long story short, I've never set a backup on my computer.

I'm going to upgrade to Win10 at somepoint in the not too distant future, but obviously I'd be an absolute idiot to initiate this upgrade without making a system image first.

After trying (and failing) several times at making one, I thought I'd ask on here.

For a bit of clarity: My windows drive is a 120gb SSD with about 90gbs of space used, and I have my programs on a separate HDD totalling about 570gb. I'm attempting to make the system image on an external 2tb HDD (connected via USB3, if this makes any difference) which has 1.82tb of free space on it. The windows utility suggests I'll need about 656gb of free space (of which I obviously have nearly 3x available), however every time I try and write a system image I get an error telling me:

"There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location."




Now, I have read that the system reserved partition on my C: could be causing the issue - however I can't find away to increase its size from 100mb. Though I will add, most of the forum posts about the system reserved partition are where its full, whereas mine only has 63.52mb/100mb used. It's also terrifying trying to use 3rd party software to increase its size (even though I know this may not even be the issue!) because I can't back it up with a system image beforehand. Seems like catch 22 to me.

Any ideas? Help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
 

neffian

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Use a tool other than the built in Windows thing.

Macrium Reflect will make a full drive image of the SSD, and save it on to the HDD or whatever other storage device you want.
Well, that worked. Thanks!

I'm assuming in order to restore from this image, I'll need to use Macrium again?
 

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Well, that worked. Thanks!

I'm assuming in order to restore from this image, I'll need to use Macrium again?
Yes.
And if this is the C drive, create a RescueUSB to boot up from.
It is a whole bootable environment, and lets you recover a drive image to any new drive.

I have one stashed in the bottom of my PC case, just so it doesn't get lost or accidentally overwritten.

Macrium and its Imaging functionality is the whole basis of my backup routine:
 

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