Step 5 - Select Partitions to Back Up

On this wizard page, you can select which partitions to back up.

The following options are available on this wizard page:

  • Back up only system-required partitions Choose this option to back up only partitions required for proper functioning of the operating system on a restored virtual machine.
  • Back up all drives Choose this option to include all available drives in your back up.
  • Back up only selected partitions Choose this option to back up only specific partitions.

The selected partitions must include system volumes as they store information required for loading the operating system on the target machine. Without having these volumes in a backup, you will not be able to properly restore your disk image.

See the "Backing Up BitLocker-Encrypted Volumes" section in the following document to learn how to use the "Keep BitLocker" option on this wizard page: Back Up a Disk or Virtual Machine Image.