Windows 10: Change default selected drives for creating system image

Discus and support Change default selected drives for creating system image in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hello, I'm trying to make a system image, but windows 10 automatically selects a drive that isn't needed for the system image. Since it is grayed out,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by JKMantell, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. JKMantell Win User

    Change default selected drives for creating system image


    Hello,

    I'm trying to make a system image, but windows 10 automatically selects a drive that isn't needed for the system image. Since it is grayed out, I can't deselect it. I only want to image my C:, D: and system reserve drives. The program keeps adding my E: drive which has no relevance to anything for windows 10. I don't want to go through the trouble of manually disconnecting my other drives whenever I want to make a system image.

    My E: drive is my game drive, which is almost a terabyte of data. The way my system is setup, the programs in the game drive can run even if I connect it to another computer. So I don't need that in my image. So I need to find a way to make the image and deselect the dives Windows 10 keeps selecting.

    Another reason why I need to make this image is, sometimes after being forced to do an update and restart, the boot loader for some reason gets corrupted and I have to go through the process of repairing the system. This will be a lot faster if I can create a system image. I'm hesitant to restart my system to update Win10 Version 1909. Thank you.

    :)
     
    JKMantell, Jan 2, 2020
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  2. JKMantell Win User

    Change default selected drives for creating system image

    Hello,

    I'm trying to make a system image, but windows 10 automatically selects a drive that isn't needed for the system image. Since it is grayed out, I can't deselect it. I only want to image my C:, D: and system reserve drives. The program keeps adding my E: drive which has no relevance to anything for windows 10. I don't want to go through the trouble of manually disconnecting my other drives whenever I want to make a system image.

    My E: drive is my game drive, which is almost a terabyte of data. The way my system is setup, the programs in the game drive can run even if I connect it to another computer. So I don't need that in my image. So I need to find a way to make the image and deselect the dives Windows 10 keeps selecting.

    Another reason why I need to make this image is, sometimes after being forced to do an update and restart, the boot loader for some reason gets corrupted and I have to go through the process of repairing the system. This will be a lot faster if I can create a system image. I'm hesitant to restart my system to update Win10 Version 1909. Thank you.
     
    JKMantell, Jan 2, 2020
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  3. JimmyVR Win User
    Cannot create a single system image on a flash drive

    Hi,

    I've tried both:

    • Create a system image: Windows looks for the drive and finds the flash drive but under it is an exclamation sign with "The drive is not a valid backup location." And "Next" is shaded, I cannot press it.
    • Windows backup: Setup backup:
      • The drive is in view, I select it then get the exclamation below "A system image cannot be saved on this location."
      • I can press "Next" (it will probably backup my folders...)
      • I press "more information" next to the exclamation: "Scheduled backup is not allowed on removable devices. You can try to save a single system image on this device by clicking "create system image" in the Windows 7 file recovery control panel." Of course,
        I cannot create a single system image on it.
    Thank you.

    Update: I just found the same option I'd used the first time I created recovery media in Windows 8.1 - it was sort of 'hidden' in the control panel. Is this the option you were referring to?
    I am now creating a "Recovery Drive" on this same flash drive. I think when it's used, it restores the computer back to factory default (Windows 8). I would've preferred to be able to restore the system as is now. Anyway, thank you for this support.
     
    JimmyVR, Jan 2, 2020
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  4. Change default selected drives for creating system image

    Windows 10 default image viewer

    Hi,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps in order to change the default image viewer to Paint.

    • In search,
    • Type Default Programs.
    • Check whether Windows Photo Viewer is listed in the list.
    • Left click on the photo viewer and select the option paint.

    Kindly let us know if you need any further assistance with Windows. We are glad to assist you.
     
    Divya Murugan, Jan 2, 2020
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