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Windows won't make a System Image

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First of all, my internal SSD is almost 4 yrs old - so I decided to make a System Image in case it dies, but Windows 7 System Image tells me that I cannot because "a specified volume" is formatted as FAT32.
When I looked at the SSD in Disk Management, sure enough it says that partition 0 (the 100MB partition) is FAT32 -- and partition 1 (the 'C' partition) is NTFS. My other 2 external drives are NTFS.
Question #1 --- How did that happen? Why did my Windows 7 installation disk do this, if it would break the System Image tool?
Question #2 --- Is it safe to convert 'partition 0' (it contains the MBR - right?) from FAT32 to NTFS ? Will it erase the data or will it simply change FAT32 to NTFS.
Question #3 --- How do I convert it if it doesn't have a drive letter? Would the the command prompt -- C: /FS:NTFS -- work?
Question #4 --- In the future, when using my Windows 7 Installation disc, how would I make sure that this doesn't happen again? Where did I go wrong the first time?
It's been 4 yrs, but I'm pretty sure Windows didn't ask me if I wanted to split the SSD into FAT32/NTFS.

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Make sure to backup system image to HDD partition with a NTFS file system.
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Try making a backup using Macrium Reflect Free instead, see if that works.

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