Windows 10: System image creation failed overfills HDD

Discus and support System image creation failed overfills HDD in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Hi! I've just bought a new computer. I'm trying to make an image of the system inside a partition of the internal Hard Disk. At the end of the process... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Whaleheart, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. System image creation failed overfills HDD


    Hi!
    I've just bought a new computer. I'm trying to make an image of the system inside a partition of the internal Hard Disk. At the end of the process it says that the backup is failed because the shadow file is on another volume.
    Letting this error apart (I could copy the image on an external hard disk), the problem is that any time it failed I got my hard disk space occupied by new "phantom" 45gb.
    I deleted the partition where the systyem image was meant to be after any failed attempt, but each time the hard disk got filled up by additional 45gb. I tried to run a disk cleanup but it didn't help.
    So I find myself with a brand new computer already with a lot of space weirdly occupied. Anybody can help me finding the solution?

    Thanks much in advance

    :)
     
    Whaleheart, Feb 4, 2017
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  2. YvesB Win User

    System Image Creation Failed

    I am trying to create a System Image of my PC using Backup or Restore features of Win7 built-in Win10.

    Despite I have sufficent space to complete the operation, it always fails.

    Can you help?

    Thanks,


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    YvesB, Feb 4, 2017
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  3. mlg63 Win User
    System Image Creation Failed

    System Image is a Windows 10 backup program. It can be accessed through Win 7 backup but it is not a win 7 program. (Don't use win 7 backup for backups. It is just for restoring win 7 backups. Use File History for regular backups in win 10.) You must have
    an external or second internal drive to store the image, not disks or thumb drives or a partition on the boot drive. What is Local Disk D? It is not listed in the drive list. Local Drive E is listed and seems to be available if you change the backup location
    to E. Check Disk Management to see what you have. You can assign new letters and or names to the external backup drive such as Drive R or S etc. Use letters towards the end of the alphabet.

    Remember that a system image is diff from regular backups. It is all or nothing. Restoring an image is for complete reinstallation of everything. The hard drive will be overwritten with the image--such as when you install a new hard drive. You cannot restore
    individual files. It is for disaster recovery and does not get updated automatically. You should make a new image when there is a big change such as after a big upgrade of windows.

    In a computer with a ssd and a data hard drive, the data drive should not be used for backups. It should be part of the system image. You need to access the image on an external drive to restore the image if the boot or data drives fail. A Recovery disk
    will be your boot disk so be sure to make one on a dvd or thumb drive. It has to be on bootable media.

    To get to system image backup, open File History and use the link in the lower left corner.
     
    mlg63, Feb 4, 2017
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  4. Bree New Member

    System image creation failed overfills HDD

    Welcome to TenForums @Whaleheart

    What software are you using to try and make this system image? Windows' own 'Backup & Restore' or something else?

    It would help with diagnosis if you could post a screenshot of your Disk Management so we can see what disks and partitions you have available to you.
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of
     
    Bree, Feb 4, 2017
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  5. Hi, thanks for your prompt reply!
    I used the windows disk management.
    Actually that sounds funny, I waited before posting here to find the solution by myself, I used the disk cleanup, restarted the pc and looked on the internet and it persisted. Now the pc says to me again the correct amount of GB I should have had, that's crazy. Thanks very much anyway.
    But curreny I hace another little problem.
    I created a partition on mu external drive, i saw it was too big and I shrinked it. Now I wanted to extend the main partition to gain those GB shrinked but it says it's impossible to do that and it remains with 25 gb unused...
     
    Whaleheart, Apr 5, 2018
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