Backing up Windows 8.1 w/System Image to not include my Windows 7 Drive!
Posted on 2014-12-17
I have two problems, which I am happy to pull apart into two questions, but they are kind of related.
I am trying to back up my Windows 8.1 install, which is on one physical drive, yet not including my Windows 7 install, which is on a different physical drive. (Macintosh hardware running Bootcamp; Bootcamp can either boot OS X or the Windows 8 Boot menu/bootloader.)
The System Image backup, which is an option buried (but possible to find!) in Windows 8.1, insists on including the other (Windows 7) drive in the image backup (but not the Mac drive, of course). I don't know of a way to not include the Windows 7 drive, I just want the 8.1. In the 8.1 Device Manager, I *could* select the Windows 7 drive to "uninstall" but (1) I'm not sure what uninstall means to Windows these days, and (2) Even if it will behave like a simple "disable" like other devices that I could re-enable again, I don't want to have to uninstall and reinstall every time I do an image backup.
Here's another point: I say that the two installs are on different drives, but I just found out last night that they aren't, in a way. It appears that the bootloader menu for 8.1 got on my 7 drive. Somehow, after I had installed Windows 8 Pro (and then upgraded to 8.1 Pro), I put a clone of my old Windows 7 Ultimate drive on the system. Note that the 8 is NOT an upgrade of the 7; I went from 32 bit to x64 so I started greenfield with an 8->8.1 install. ALSO, the 8.1 drive apparently no longer boots (!), but if I boot from the Windows 7 drive I get the Windows 8.1 bootloader menu (?!!), from which I can boot to either 7 or 8.1. (I knew I should've write-protected that 7 drive!)
Now let me add another part to all this. The machine is an old Mac Pro which is running Boot Camp to boot the Windows drives. I have no problem actually booting everything (Win7, Win8.1, or OS X), but I may have set the Windows 7 drive to be primary (?not sure) at some point when I did the Win 8 & Boot Camp install. That *might* be the reason for 7 being assigned the 8.1 bootloader menu, but you tell me.
So, my two questions are:
#1: How do I make my System Image backup of my 8.1 system and NOT include my Win 7 drive?
(I'm really looking to use the Windows System Image Backup methodology; don't just suggest I use Clonezilla or Spotmau or Nero or Norton or something that I could have issues with trying to deal with in 10 years because something was discontinued...)
#2: [Might separate this to its own question unless need to do this to solve #1]:
How do I separate these drives?
I couldn't believe it yesterday when my old 7 drive had the 8.1 bootloader on it! And why won't the 8.1 boot on its own??
Thanks very much,