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System image back up

When I attempt a system image back up to a hard drive with 2 TB capacity, I get this error message -" There is not enough disk space to create a volume shadow copy" and then it goes on about volumes, whatever they may be. The "Which drives do you want to include in your back-up?" window tells me the space required is 185 GB, and the space available on the Seagate external hard drive is 1.78TB. What is going on? Any suggestions for alternative back up methods?

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Clarification Request
Is the backup using NTFS?

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or FAT32?

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It sounds like you're using the Windows backup. Not good.

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If you're using the backup program that comes with Windows, you should know it's fraught with problems. Get hold of a decent 3rd party backup program and use that. I use the Easeus Todo Backup Free which is free for home use. There are literally thousands of others as well.
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Good luck.
P.S. NTFS is what you want for anything over 64 GB.

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Thanks all. Will abandon Windows b/u and try Easeus.

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Thanks, WPGPG and James. I will abandon this Windows back up and try the Easeus.

Lucy

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NFTS vs FAT?

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Thanks James. How can I tell?

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right clk on the drive in file manager

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and check it's properties.

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NTFS is what Windows asked for, so will try another program.

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Thanks all. Will abandon Windows b/u and try Easeus.

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