Solved: One of The Volumes Specified for Backup Is Invalid

Posted by @Ailsa

December 8, 2016

Get a one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid error message when creating a system image in Windows 7/8/10? How to fix? Using AOMEI Backupper to backup system without issues is a wise choice to make.

The Case

I got a message stating that “one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid because either not on a fixed drive, is not formatted NTFS, or is read-only. To convert the file system on a volume from FTA32 to NTFS, at an elevated command prompt type: CONVERT <volumeletter> /FS:NTFS (0x8078011D)” when I try to create a system image in my windows 10 computer.

Backup Failed

Thus, I did this conversion that convert the volume from FAT32 to NTFS file system. After that I found my computer couldn’t boot up, it’s so frustrating. Fortunately, I used WinPE and DiskPart to reformat the volume to FAT32, and then use the bcdboot to copy the boot files to it, then the computer can boot again.

I just confused about this problem? Can anyone give me some advices? Thank you in advance.

The Cause

Why you get the “one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid” problem? There are some things you should know. When you try to backup your system to external hard drive, USB flash drive, or other devices, Windows built-in backup tools will image the partition associated with system files, including system partition, recovery partition, and EFI system partition.

Usually, the recovery partition is formatted with FAT32 instead of NTFS. However, as long as one of these partitions is FAT32, Windows built-in backup tools can’t create a system image. Thus, you’ll get this error message by system.

Solutions Overview

How to fix this problem? You might want to convert the recovery partition from FAT32 to NTFS. Nevertheless, this way cannot work in most cases, and this conversion may cause the computer can’t boot problem, it’s a risky operation. Is there any other way to solve “the backup failed one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid” issue?

Backup System with AOMEI Backupper

Taking advantages of the third party backup software is another reliable way. AOMEI Backupper Professional as the best system backup software allows you to backup system to internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS devices, Network share, and so on. No matter what file system the recovery partition is, it still works great. With AOMEI Backupper, you can bypass the “one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid” problem and create a system image without issues. Detailed steps are listed below.

1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. On the main console, select “Backup”>”System Backup”.

System Backup

2. In next window, type a name into “Task Name” box to separate from other backups.

Task Name

3. Select a target location to save the system image file as you want.

Destination Path

Tips: The program will select the source partitions associated with the system files automatically.

4. Click “Start Backup” to backup operating system.

Wait for a moment, you will find the system backup has been created successfully, and the one of the volumes specified for backup is invalid in Windows 7/8/10 is solved at the same time. The time it takes will depends on the data size. After that, you can restore system to an early state when the Windows OS corrupted. In addition, AOMEI Backupper also provides many useful functions such as system clone, file sync, create bootable media, and other features.