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Windows 7 won't let me create system image on non boot HDD

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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 9:28:35 AM

Hey guys, I'm having an issue creating a system image here. I am trying to create a system image onto my data drive (1TB WD Black). I don't have any Windows system files on it at all, all I have is data backed up and games. I checked in disk management and it isn't labeled as active, and is only labeled as 1 partition being healthy. The message that I get when I try and create a system image is "A system image cannot be saved on a drive that your computer boots from or that Windows is installed on."

Now I already googled this issue and did everything they suggested i.e. trying to boot with HDD disconnected in order to make sure no boot files are on HDD and it did indeed boot with it disconnected...Hence why I am here as I am stumped. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
a c 93 G Storage
September 4, 2013 9:38:04 AM

Can you post a screenshot of disk management?
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 11:42:05 AM

rgd1101 said:
Can you post a screenshot of disk management?




Here ya go
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 7:10:00 PM

Check carefully through the services and see where they're linked to. If you have any services running on drives other than C: then Windows will see it as a system drive."
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 7:23:59 PM

Alex77 said:
Check carefully through the services and see where they're linked to. If you have any services running on drives other than C: then Windows will see it as a system drive."


Do you mean the services tab of Windows task manager? And if I find any, how will I move them to C? I have no system files hidden or otherwise on my HDD.
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 11:18:08 PM

Drew010 said:
Alex77 said:
Check carefully through the services and see where they're linked to. If you have any services running on drives other than C: then Windows will see it as a system drive."


Do you mean the services tab of Windows task manager? And if I find any, how will I move them to C? I have no system files hidden or otherwise on my HDD.


There are various services may cause the issue. The guy may encounter a similar problem and how did he solve: Dragon Age Origin had been installed to the E: drive but the game also installed an updater service in the same folder. Windows 7 sees services as system files so it flagged E: as a system drive. I'd also installed the Dragon Age Toolset as well which also installs a SQL Server (BWDATOOLSET) service that is referenced to the E: drive too. This also causes Windows to see E: as a system drive.

I've had to copy the DA Updater Service to a new folder on my C: drive (Program Files/Dragon Age Origins Updater) and change the reference to the service from E: to C: in the registry.
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a b G Storage
September 5, 2013 6:05:48 AM

I don't have any updaters on my E: drive, they're all in my C: drive. But my computer decided it was going to give me the BOOTMGR MISSING message of doom so I'll probably end up just saying screw it and doing a clean reinstall of windows.
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September 5, 2013 8:00:10 PM

This step-by-step guide for Tiff image creation may give you some useful information. And you can refer to it freely.
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August 1, 2014 12:21:42 AM

(To anyone that's still reading this)

I had the same problem as the OP, and after reading Alex77's solution, I realized I had Dragon Age Origins Installed on my E drive.
So I uninstalled it, and Windows still won't let me create a system image on my E drive.
So I checked the services and there was one for dragonage origins still there, even after uninstalling the game. The service wasn't even running.
Instead of manually making changes to the registry, I simply ran the program CCleaner, using it's registry cleaning tool, then I did a reboot (important).
Now Windows lets me create a system image on the E drive! I love ccleaner! Damn Dragon age...Skyrim FTW!
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