Windows 7 Image Backups May Not Work

Windows® 7 was released in 2009.

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At that time, hard sectors (where files are stored) were 512 bytes in size.

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Initially, hard drive sizes were manufactures in gigabyte (GB) sizes. Shortly thereafter, larger drives were developed with storage capacity for a terabyte (1,024 GB) or more. To make these drives faster and more effect, the sector size was changed from 512 to 4K (4,096 bytes). Unfortunately, the backup software in Windows® 7 does not support this new sector size. Consequently, errors will occur. Backups using newer versions of Windows®, however, will work fine.

If you have Windows® 7, you must use a drive that is formatted with 512 byte sectors. They are not easy to find. As an alternative, third-party backup software that will work with 4K sectors would be required.

GOOD LUCK!

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