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    Failed backup using Windows 7 desktop Backup & restore utility

    I tried to create an image backup to an external disk using the Windows 7 built in utility but I get the following message
    The backup failed. One of the volumes specified for backup is invalid because it is either not on a fixed drive, is not formatted NTFS or is read-only. To convert the file system on a volume from FAT32 to NTFS, at an elevated command prompt type: CONVERT <volumeletter> /FS:NTFS (0X8078011d)

    The following drives will be backed up: NEW VOLUME (System) & (C (System)

    In Disk Management
    Disk 0 is partitioned as
    New Volume 4.30 GB FAT32 Healthy etc & (C 144.75 GB NTFS Healthy etc
    --- When I tried to format the New Volume partition to NTFS from the disk management screen I got the following message: Windows cannot format the system partition on this disk

    So my main question is
    How can I format the system partition to NTFS?
    --- My Windows 7 laptop has its system partition already formatted as NTFS so I believe its possible to do so on this desktop computer

    I am using an Administrator account when I get into disk management; however, do I have to “upgrade” or something in order to format the NEW VOLUME (System) from FAT32 to NTFS?

    I do know how to use the command prompt to run as administrator but the recommendation to use CONVERT <volumeletter> /FS:NTFS (0X8078011d) confuses me because the NEW VOLUME (System) doesn’t have its own <volumeletter>
    --- Does it make sense to use CONVERT <NEWVOLUME (System)> /FS:NTFS (0X8078011d)?
    --- Normally I would just try it but if that’s a mistake I don’t have a way to recover unless I know System Restore would work

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    I wouldn't change anything because of a stupid native backup restriction. Get Macrium Free and use it instead. If you don't want to install it, use it from another computer, create a boot disc, boot from the boot disc and create the image you want.

    I don't think you will be able to convert your partition without a 3rd party tool and I really wouldn't recommend that you do so without a backup, thus my advice.

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    Yes, there may be a good reason it is formatted to FAT32 (or not) and resistant to changes.
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    I will install Macrium Free and use it with the computer as is

    Last night I found that explains how to convert a hard disk or partition to NTFS and the way to do so is
    convert C: /fs:ntfs Type the name of the volume you want to convert: NEW VOLUME then press Enter
    --- Since this is a Winows 7 OS, I don't understand why a FAT32 partition makes sense but I'll accept it for now
    --- I have to admit I'm tempted to try it sooner or later but I want to make sure the Macrium Free works ok for at least 2 backups
    --- Since I only do a monthly backup that's 2 months away
    --- At the same time I usually go by "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" so Ill keep that in mind especially since the computer runs fine plus I don't even know the purpose of that "hidden partition" or how to use it if I had to

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    solution 1 Try diskpart.exe please

    DISKPART> list disk
    DISKPART> select disk (id)
    DISKPART> online disk (if the disk is not online)
    DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly
    DISKPART> clean
    DISKPART> convert mbr (or gpt)
    DISKPART> create partition primary
    DISKPART> select part 1
    DISKPART> active (if this is the boot partition)
    DISKPART> format fs=ntfs label=(name) quick
    DISKPART> assign letter (letter)
    DISKPART> list volume

    Good luck
    Last edited by satrow; 2015-06-25 at 09:32.

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