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Windows 7/cannot create system image in hard disk


Dear Mike

I am using windows 7 premium 64 bit genuine edition.

When I wanted to create a system image the only option available is on dvds only,  even though the hard drive option is shown. When I try to select the hard drive option, the  'next' button is faded.

I don't have external hard drive and I intend to save in the internal drive. How to activate this option?  The image is quite large, around 55gb and I don't want to use dvds.

Thank you. Reply and solutions very much appreciated.


Hello Eddie

You don't mention what program you are using to create this system image.  That is obviously needed to help you more.   Personally I use Paragon Hard drive Manager but Acronis is pretty good as well.


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