Windows 10: Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup

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  1. Ocman76 Win User

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup


    I am trying to create a system image of my SSD (where my OS is installed) but cannot because windows 10 claims my secondary HDD is also a "System" drive when it is not. I do not have enough space to create a system image of both of these drives.


    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup [​IMG]


    Does anyone know why this is happening? There is nothing on my secondary hard drive except programs and regular files (movies, music, pictures, documents, etc).

    :)
     
    Ocman76, Oct 17, 2015
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  2. farby Win User

    my phone says " System Error " while i delete d broken images frm my phone memory...

    Connect the Phone to PC and thru' Windows Explorer search for this file. If you find it Delete from there .. See if it works .
     
    farby, Oct 17, 2015
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  3. my phone says " System Error " while i delete d broken images frm my phone memory...

    i hav C6 n it is givin me error when i delete the broken images it displays "systen error" although i dont have any images in my phone memory n m not usin memory card also... plzz help..
     
    omkar_bartakke, Oct 17, 2015
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  4. essenbe Win User

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup

    Would you please post a screenshot of Disk Management? Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of

    If you have moved any user files, installed programs to your secondary drive, windows will insist on including it in a system image. If you have the system reserved on it, the same.
     
    essenbe, Oct 17, 2015
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  5. Ocman76 Win User
    Hey I remember you form seven forums! Nice to see you again *Smile

    For clarification, my WD Black HDD is the one I do not want to include in the system image.

    Here is the screenshot, it appears there is a small partition I didn't know about. I wonder what its for...


    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup [​IMG]
     
    Ocman76, Oct 17, 2015
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  6. essenbe Win User
    it looks like a system reserved Partition. Did you used to have Windows installed on it? Try unplugging 1 wire from all hard drives that windows is not installed on and try to boot. That will tell you if that 'System Reserved' is being used now or just a leftover from a previous install. I suspect it is a leftover.
     
    essenbe, Oct 17, 2015
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  7. fdegrove Win User
    Hi,

    It seems that disk was once part of a pack of dynamic disks. Note also that both partitions have the same drive letter assigned.

    Cheers, *Wink
     
    fdegrove, Oct 17, 2015
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  8. Ocman76 Win User

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup

    No, windows was never installed on this drive. I just unplugged it and restarted with no issues.
     
    Ocman76, Oct 17, 2015
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  9. essenbe Win User
    Then, I would move all data to another drive, delete all partitions and create a Primary Partition of the whole drive and replace the data. That should solve your problem. Just make sure it is a simple primary partition.
     
    essenbe, Oct 17, 2015
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  10. Ocman76 Win User
    Do you think it will be possible to remove the files from the HDD even though some of them (such as icon files) will be in use by the system? I am afraid I will try to cut and paste the contents of the drive only to have windows tell me 4 hours into the operation that some of the files are "in use" and can't be moved. That would be a disaster; it will probably take 10+ hours to move all the files *Sad
     
    Ocman76, Oct 17, 2015
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  11. topgundcp Win User
    topgundcp, Oct 17, 2015
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  12. Ocman76 Win User
    I was able to convert from dynamic to basic disk:


    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup [​IMG]


    But this has not solved my problem. Windows still thinks it is a system drive *Huh
     
    Ocman76, Oct 18, 2015
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  13. topgundcp Win User

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup

    From partition wizard. Right click on G drive->Explore to see if you have any hidden system files in it. In addition, Open Disk Management to see if drive G: is marked as "Active"
     
    topgundcp, Oct 18, 2015
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  14. fdegrove Win User
    Hi,

    If I may make a suggestion, launch Macrium Reflect and make a backup of drive G: and store that backup on drive D:.

    When that's done start an elevated dos prompt and type diskpart followed by enter.
    List disk > enter.
    Select the drive you just backed up : Select Disk followed by the corresponding drive number > enter.
    Make sure it's the correct drive number.

    Then run :

    Clean > Enter.

    The disk will now be empty.

    Exit diskpart by typing exit, exit the dos prompt by retyping exit followed by enter for both commands.

    Now you can prepare the drive any way that suits you, just make sure you have at least one partition large enough to restore the backup file to it.

    Run Windows Backup to build the system image you want. It should run fine and has no reason to include the G: drive.

    You can then restore the image from drive D: to G:

    Cheers, *Wink
     
    fdegrove, Oct 18, 2015
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  15. Ocman76 Win User
    Here are the contents:

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup [​IMG]


    The drive is not marked as active:

    Windows 10 wrongly labels my secondary HDD as "System" in backup [​IMG]
     
    Ocman76, Oct 18, 2015
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