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Restore Win 7 System Image From Old Hard Drive To New


I want to restore the windows 7 system image from my old hard drive to a new hard drive. I have placed the system image onto the a partition of the new hard drive that i have installed. I have named the new hard drive partitions f: where the system image is located and e: where i would like to restore the system image to. How do i proceed? I would like to do this using "recovery" instead of the repair dvd.

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System Image Restore When Size Of C: Drive Changed

I have so far have had great success in restoring from system image (as opposed from system restore) for my windows 7 ultimate x64. Some small clarifications:1. On day 1, i make a system image of c: os (windows 7 ultimate) and system reserved partition (100mb). Say on that day, the c: was 100 gb in total size. 2. On any day after that, i modify the c: partition size to something different from 100gb. This could be because i am reinstalling windows 7 and thought to change the partition size or want to change the partition sizes or any other reason. Say, the c: is now 90gb or 110 gb or whatever, but not 100gb which it was on the day i made the system image.

Suppose, i am not happy with the result or feel the need to abort this install, and go back to my system image. 3. Will system image restore now work, considering that the c: is no longer the same size as on the day the image was made?4. Finally, windows 7 makes a system image called 'windowsimagebackup' or something. Do subsequent imaging overwrite this completely if i choose the same external hard drive i made the first image from.

Second, i have seen that if i change the name of the image say to 'windowsimagebackup290510', windows system repair disk no longer recognizes it. What is the way out. I basically want one partition with different system images say 'windowsimagebackup290510', 'win. Backup050610' and so on. But windows 7 restoring has failed for me when i rename the image file?


Posted On: 2010-05-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Using System Image On Upgraded Hard Drive

I am trying to install a larger hard drive on my system and i want to use my burned system image on the new hard drive. My old hard drive is 150gb and the new drive is 500 gb. After using the system recovery mode to install the burned image on the new drive, this drive shows up as being 150 gb rather than 500 gb. I did not see any instructions on formatting the new drive before burning the image. I need help with rectifying this situation as i would like to have access to all 500 gb. I am running windows 7.

Posted On: 2010-02-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Creating System Image On External Usb Hard Drive

Creating a system image on an external usb 2. 0 hard drive
Applies to: windows | windows 7 | system repair and recovery

We have a new hp g60-533cl notebook running windows 7 64-bit home premium. Attached to it is a new hp usb 2. 0, 500 gb pocket media drive (pmd). I use windows 7 to create a system image of the laptop's hard disk(s) onto the pmd. In the windows 7, create a system image dialog box you see the following selected drives:

Drive used space

System (system) 33. 66 mb
(C:) (system) 40. 76 gb
Recovery (d:) (system) 9. 87 gb

Space required to save a backup of the selected drives: 50. 66 gb

I watch the winodws 7 progress thermometer as it creates the image for these drives, and you see that all 3 drives are "imaged" to the pmd. Once the process has successfully completed, the pmd has a folder on it titled, "windowsimagebackup".

I then right-click on this folder and select properties. It provides me with the following information.

Location: f:
Size: 33. 9 gb (36, 501, 698, 638 bytes)
Size on disk: 33. 9 gb (36, 501, 749, 760 bytes)
Contains: 21 files, 4 folders

My question: why are there only 33. 9 gb of information saved to the image, when the 3 drives listed above required 50. 66 gb of space? Is all of the information listed above actually being saved? What's happening ?


Posted On: 2010-02-21 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Restore From System Image

I have a hard disk with two partitions, one for my windows 7 installation and one for my media files. I want to make a system image of my windows partition only using the backup and restore feature in windows 7 (a backup of the files on the media partition would require more space than i currently have).

If i create a system image of the windows partition only and use it to restore to the the same hard disk that windows is currently installed on (which also contains a partition with my media files), will i lose the files on the media partition?


Posted On: 2010-03-16 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Using System Image To Restore Programs After Upgrade From 32 To 64-bit

Can i use windows system image to restore my programs after upgrade from windows 7 32 bit to 64 bit? I have read through a fair amount of the forum but can't seem to find a straight answer on this. I may be naive but i am looking at upgrading my 7 ultimate 32 bit to the 64 bit version and want to know if i can use the system image utility in windows back up to restore all my programs and files after the custom install necessary to get to 64bit. I don't have a lot of my serial numbers etc for programs i have purchased and it will be a hassle to get everything back on there.

Posted On: 2010-07-30 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

System Image Recovery Can't Find System Image

I am trying to restore a backup system image to my repaired pc. It is wiped clean. I have the "repair disc windows 7 64 bit" that i created in windows 7. Using windows 7 backup i have a system image backup on an external wd essentials 1tb usb hard drive. I insert the repair disc and start the system. Get to system recovery options. I have the external hard disk with the system backup image connected. Select system image recovery option. Says "windows cannot find a system image on this computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final dvd from a backup set and click retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

Retry gives me the same message. Tried starting with drive attached, not attached, same result. Click cancel. Next option selected is "select a system image. " No system image listed. Hit refresh, still nothing. Top of screen says "click advanced to add a network location or install a driver for a backup device if it does not show up in the list below. "  I click on the advanced tab.

Option to "search for a system image on the network" or "install a driver. " I select install a driver. Find the right driver for the wd essential hard drive (disk.sys and partmgr.sys) and when i click on them i get "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware. "  Click ok. Can't find how to load these drivers i am being asked for. Funny thing is that on the screen where i search for driver i can see the wd essential hard drive connected to the system. I can also see the system image files but when i click on them i get the same error message, "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware. "


Posted On: 2010-08-12 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Using System Image On A New Ssd Drive

I recently brought a new ssd disk because the old one was running out of space. Since i have created a system image i was of just restoring this to the new ssd disk but i have also brought some new ram as well and will install this too. Will this cause problems with using system image. Will it be better to do a fresh install?

Posted On: 2012-09-03 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Backup And Restore - Windows Can't Find Restore Image

I created an image backup with windows 7. It created a large vhd file and appeared to complete correctly. I copied the image to my thumb drive and tried to do a restore. I can find the thumb drive and browse it and all the files are there but if i try to do a restore it doesn't find the restore image. I also tried putting it on a network drive - it can't find it there even though i point it to the share it is in. I've tried using a restore cd, as well as installing windows and using the recovery in control panel.

The folder structure is as follows
Windowsimagebackup\computername
Under that folder are three folders
Backup 2012-07-15 232717
Catalog
Sppmetadatacache
Metadataid

It seems odd there is no obvious way to just say this is the vhd - right here in this folder - use it and restore.


Posted On: 2012-07-15 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Unable To Create A System Image On External Drive

In "backup and restore" i opt for create a system image. A dialog box pops up with the following error message: the backup application could not start due to an internal error. Server execution failed (0x80080005)  it should be noted that i performed a system backup to the same external drive earlier this morning and it appeared to be successful. I am doing all of this backing up because i am getting the blue screen and plan to try geek squad on line to help me with it. Want to be backed up first.

Posted On: 2010-06-07 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Backup Create System Image On External / Network Drive

I am running windows 7 home premium 64bit and i have 2 internal hdds plus a networked windows home server. When i go to backup and select create system image i am only shown the option of backing up the system drive (c drive) and not the other hdd (d drive). And as destination for the backup of the system drive i am presented with no option other than the d drive. I am not shown the option of an external drive or the whs network drive. Apparently the option of an external or network drive should be available as long as they are ntfs formatted.could it be that these options are not available for the home premium edition?

Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Prepare To Restore Hard Drive

I have a windows 7, 32 bit system, with the software cd, and office home premium. I have a seagate external hard drive but the backup software is not considered adequate for a full system restore. I have a nvidia bios issue that will requires a full hard drive reformat.

Will windows back up and restore enable me to restore my system from the external hard drive if i use the "create a system image" capability?  Is there anything else i need to do to prepare for the reinstall?


Posted On: 2010-01-20 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Backup And Restore Vs External Hard Drive

I have upgraded from vista ultimate to 7. I also needed to change out my 150gb hdd for a 500gb hdd. I thought the cool thing to do would be to install 7 and all my softwareon the old drive, make a backup/image of that drive onto a spare external drive, install the new drive and restore the image to the new drive.

My plan worked to perfection with one fatal flaw. The image only created 150gb of usable space on my 500gb hdd. So i reinstalled the original 150gb hdd and put the 500gb hdd into an external drive box with usb connection. The computer immediately recognized the 500gb hdd but when i look for it on computer, it won't show up.

Neither will my other external hdd's. I have tried on different usb ports and usb cables and the device manager says that all usb devices are operational. Dell precision m4300, 4gb memory, 2. 50 gh, t9300 core 2 duo 32 bit system. Extra credit: can anyone tell me why the "safely remove hardware and eject media" icon won't work? Double clicking and right mouse click have no affect.


Posted On: 2010-05-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Restore Windows Using Backup After Completely Reformat Hard Drive

If i back up the system, then completely wipe and reformat the hard drive, will i be able to somehow restore windows using the backup, with all the software intact (aka subscriptions etc. ). Also how do i restore if the memory is 100% wiped clean? Basically i have an acer laptop with a stupid unaccessible hard-drive partition with the vista acer backup on it.

I am currently running the w7 rc and am about to upgrade to w7, there is also a vista dual-boot i will erase at the same time. I have mcafee and powerdvd subscriptions on the rc. Now when i upgrade the rc to w7 directly these subscriptions will carry over, and that's wonderful, however i still have the stupid partition problem wasting hdd space. As i understand the only way to get rid of it is a full hdd reformat, which wipes the memory. My plan is to backup the new w7 account to an external hdd, thats a ful backup of everything, perform the reformat, and somehow get the backup back onto the hdd. Only there's no windows software to run the recovery.

So, my question's are:
How do i get the backup onto the computer after the wipe, considering there is no software to read it (would i need to get microsoft to re-activate the product key)?
If i can somehow get all this done will the subscriptions still work?
Quite simply - is there an easier way of sorting all this out?


Posted On: 2009-11-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Image Reports Two Boot Drives To Image

I have a sata (boot drive) and an ide drive in my win 7 pro 64 bit machine. Is there any way to remove the old boot partition on my ide from the list of drives to image w/ sys image? I can understand the c: part (sata/boot) and the "system reserved" but i don't want to image the d: part (1st part on old ide xp pro boot drive that has 84gb on it that i don't want to bkup). Funny thing is that the ide drive doesn't even show up on the boot sequence in bios. I really don't want to reformat in case something happens to my new sys i can still run xp on my old one (i lost my xp install disk).

I just want to leave it out of the sys image list. Theres no way to remove it from the list without reformatting the d: part. (Old boot drive)? Can i possibly make the d: part. Non bootable without running the xp installation on it and make it bootable again later?Maybeny help removing it from the list would be greatly appreciated! 


Posted On: 2010-06-26 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

System Fails To Restore To Restore Point Using Win 7

When i try to restore to a point i get a message that the restart failed and i should try turning off anti virus. I turn off the anti virus programs and still get a message that the restore failed.system fails to restore to a restore point using windows 7.

Posted On: 2010-01-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Image Restore

I upgraded my hdd from 60gb to 320gb. With the extra room i thought that i would dual boot ubuntu. After days of not getting it to work, i decided to just restore from my backup image, and use only windows. However, to my dismay, when i went to restore from the image, it saw the image and gave some error saying that the image was not found at the location. So, being one to tinker, i moved the folder to another directory, and made an empty folder called windowsimagebackup. Of course windows still couldn't find an image, so i moved everything back. However, now windows saw no image even though it was there.

Anyway, now i'm stuck with the image (a collection of .zip files) and seemingly now way to restore it (also, the mediaid. Bin file was accidentally replaced with an older one [oops. ]). Is there a way to manually restore from the zip files? All the data is there, so it seems there should be a way. If i don't get everything back, then i'll lose ms office 2007, which is my main concern. I no longer have the disk or code for it.


Posted On: 2010-01-24 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive With Raw File System / Format

External hard drive file format is raw and not ntfs. How can i get windows 7 to read raw hard drives without having to format the hard drive due to important work on it? I have put the hard drive onto a xp and vista machine and can read the hard drive but not with windows 7.

Posted On: 2009-12-08 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

How To Restore A Previous Backup / Image?

Ok so i use some programs that were not compatible with windows 7 that came on my new computer. After upgrading to professional and trying xp mode (too slow) i decided to just downgrade to xp and deal with it. However. I didn't realize that all the drivers for my computer are not compatible with windows xp so nothing works. I need to go back to windows 7. I created a "backup disc" which i assumed would be sufficient if i did need to go back. However, when trying to "restore" it says that windows doesn't recognize the backup files or something like that. I assume because it wasn't out yet. So. With that, no factory discs how can i get 7 back on my computer with out buying something that i already had?

Posted On: 2010-06-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

System Locks Up When Transferring Data To Hard Drive From Dvd

When transferring data to my hard drive from a dvd, the system locks up. I am using windows 7 professional on a pentium i7 system with 6gb of memory and over 600gb of free disk space. This issue has occurred with all dvd's i have tried. The dvd r/w is an lg, there are 2 installed. I have 3 hard drives. The system uses only sata drives.

Posted On: 2009-11-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Restore Win 7 From A External Disk Image

I can't run a restore from external hard drive. The image i made is stored on an external hardrive that is connected to the computer via usb cable. But windows 7 wont let me use that image for restore. I use windows 7 ultimate edition. All the latest drivers are installed, and also the latest bios on my motherboard.

Posted On: 2010-02-16 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Image Restore To Smaller Partition Doesn't Work

I have a 500gb disk with one partition running windows 7. I want to put the windows 7 into a smaller partition so i can make other partitions with a different file system, and load other oss.

The disk has only 60gb used.

If i partition the disk into 100gb partitions, then do an image restore, all the partitions are gone and it's back to where it was before.

Is there a way to do this?

The 'shrink' option under disk management only will allow it to shrink to around 250gb . For some reason.

I'm hoping there's a way to do this without a full re-installation.


Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Failed System Image

I'm attempting to use the windows 7 back up and restore feature and get an error message during the creation of the system image:

     Windows backup encountered and error when accessing the remote shared folder. (0x8078015b)

     Additional information:
     The semaphore timeout period has expired. (0x80070079)

A backup without the system image works fine.


Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Multi-boot System Win 7 64-bit & Vista 32-bit On One Hard Drive

Multi-boot system windows 7 (64-bit) & vista (32-bit) on one hard drive - do i need two hard drives?I have an existing windows vista ultimate (32-bit) system installed on a 500gb sata hard drive, partitioned into 2 partitions (c: and d:). I would like to make the system multi-boot so that i can back-track to vista if i have a problem with win7.

One issue here is that i plan on multi-booting vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit on the same hard drive without touching the d: partition of the hard drive. I don't know if this is possible, but i'm interested to see if it is.

I've done some research and have found that win7 has many compatibility modes, so maybe i don't need to worry about keeping an installation of vista on my system? I just don't want to be "caught with my pants down" if something were to go wrong with win7, like if one of my programs was incompatible or something along those lines.

If i can't multi-boot vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit from the same hard drive, can i do it with 2 hard drives having one os on each hard drive? Or, am i being much too paranoid about this and should i trust microsoft on this one that win7 will not have any large compatibility issues with my most used programs?

For reference, here are some of my most used programs: firefox 3. 5, steam, adobe photoshop (versions 7. 0 and cs3), ie tester (for web development), winamp, trillian (an im and irc program), itunes, skype, mozilla thunderbird (for e-mail), and fraps (in-game video recording software).

I know that this is a lot all at once, but does anyone see any foreseen compatibility issues with any of these programs and win7 64-bit ? I'm also worried about the compatibility of some of my drivers with win7 64-bit, but i've heard that there have been leaps and bounds made with driver compatibility on win7 64-bit (as compared to the mess it was with xp 64-bit). Is this true?


Posted On: 2009-12-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

System Image Recovery Stops

I had to send my laptop in for an rma, so i made a system image of my drives using the windows 7 backup utility. I have a single 250gb hard drive which is partitioned into two different drives. My c: had mostly windows 7 files and some programs while my d: had game installations and was used for general storage. When i received the laptop back (they just had to replace my dvd drive), i noticed they reformatted my hard drive and threw windows vista back on the thing, but the partitions still looked to be the same as before.

My system images were stored on a 1tb external drive, so i booted off of a windows 7 recovery cd and attempted to restore the c: and d: drives. After 13 minutes in the progress bar reaches about 1/3 of the way in. The hard drive activity light switches from always on to just flickering every couple seconds and no more progress is made. I've given it over an hour just sitting at this spot, but no matter how much time is given, the restore does not progress.

I've tried changing different options in the restore utility (only restoring one drive, formatting the drives to match the images and not), but no matter what i do, i get the same problem. I've also tried running the system image recovery from a windows 7 disk and from within windows 7 after a clean install. Does anyone have any suggestions? When i made the system image, i was told it was successful.


Posted On: 2010-08-28 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Create System Image Failed

Upgraded windows 7 home premium to ultimate using anytime upgrade. Tried to create system image on a second hard drive, and it failed with a message about not having enough disk space on the destination drive. Before starting the backup, i got a message that about 27gb would be needed. There is over 100gb of free space on the second hard drive. Tried again, this time saving to my networked shared drive, also with over 100gb free space. Same failure message. The system c: drive shows 52. 1gb free of 74. 4gb

Posted On: 2010-04-15 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Unable To Create The System Image

I have two acer slimline towers. One almost one year, the other just two weeks. I thought that finally i shoud create a system image. So far i was lucky and haven't lost anything but after the purchase of the second acer i became a little more concerned.

I purchased iomega 1tb external drive ntfs and tried to create the system image. On the older comp. I receive a message that the harddrive has not enough free space for creating the system image. The 1tb drive is empty. The newer comp. Will not even let me go to the same point. It tells me that "windows 7 backup stopped working". The next message gives me a choice to cancel or debug but nothing happens anyway. From reading several non-microsoft forums i assume that this is a serious problem and my concern is who will give me new windows if i loose the content of one or both of my computers when there is no longer hard copy of windows supplied. One comp is 32bit, the other is 64bit. Both have w& professional upgrade.

If i may add another question, the newer comp, the 64bit doesn't shut off properly. It takes 4 minutes at least. The older one with much more stuff in it shuts off immediately. I tried to stop services and startup programs but it doesn't help.


Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

System Restore

My current pc came with vista preloaded. I did not receive a cd disk with it. Rather the manufacture had set up a recovery partition for me to restore the system. In addition, vista also gave me the option to make recovery disks which i did. If i upgrade to windows 7 and do a clean install will it give me that same one time option to create the recovery disk for my computer? 

Also, when i do install windows 7 will it give me the option to wipe my whole hard drive including the old recovery partition and allow me to create a new recovery partition? I realize that it is the manufacturer that has set up the recovery partition, and i have never had to do it for myself before, so i was wondering if that is some kind of option with windows 7 or if i am on my own to create a new one?       


Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Need To Restore System

I just finished restoring my system for the 10th time in the three months that i have owned this new windows 7 computer. For at least 10 times when i have been advised that the windows 7 operating system has been updated i am not able to get on the internet with the use of internet explorer. After restoring the system to a time before the most recent update i am once again able to get on the internet. Does anyone have any idea on how to stop the need for restoration after an update?

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Why No System Restore?

A registry defragmentor program caused my sysem to not be able to boot. The system could not repair itself either. I also tried last known good configuration without results. I tried to do a system restore and had a number of restore points to choose from, but every one i chose gave me an exclamation mark and i could not put a check mark in the c windows box.

I was able to get my system back using another backup routine (image) i was using, but this backup was 3. 5 weeks old and i had 3 restore points for 3 days ago. So what might i do to get this working  in case a similar event happens and my system is unrepairable via the repair tool presented. Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.


Posted On: 2010-04-02 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .