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System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

Q: System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

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A: System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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I just installed a new hard drive after my previous one failed to start up. I have a backup image stored on an external WD Passport. The install went well. I turn on my tower with the Windows 7 recovery disc in, start up System Image Restore and plug in my Passport. The system restore recognizes my Passport and when I go through the wizard to reformat and partition the disk to match the layout of the recovery image, I get an error message saying "The system image restore failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found. *hyperlink* Details."

Details states, "No disck that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found. Try the following: 1) A probable system disk may have been excluded by mistake. a. Review the list of disks that you have excluded from the recovery for a likely disk. b. Type LIST DISK command in the DISKPART command interpreter. The probable system disk is usually the first disk listed. c. If possible,, remove the disk from the exclusion list and then retry the recovery.

Tried that, my disk is not listed as an exclusion.

2) A USB disk may have been assigned as a system disk. a. Detach all USB disks from the computer. b. Reboot into Windows Recovery Environment then reattach USB disks and retry the recovery.

Tried that also, no luck

3) An invalid disk may have been assigned as system disk. a. Physically detach the disk from your computer. Then reboot in WinRE to retry the recovery.

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A:Installed a new hard drive but can't get System Image Restored

Any help please???

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

A:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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installed new hard drive and put in new factory restore disks but the cd rom starts whirrs for a second and then stops and repeats over and over. Any help would be great. I don't have a windows cd ro install windows vista.
 

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Hello all,
I'm having an issue with my Acer 6930 in regards to a new hard drive installed. Old hard drive went bad(Seagate Momentus 5400.5, 250 GB), replaced with a WD Scorpio Blue 320 GB. I have the recovery disks and proceeded to run them. The first time the computer was started up after HDD replacement it did not recognize the new HDD, but on second reboot, it did. I don't believe I partitioned any part of the HDD off, didn't know it was needed Answered a couple of other questions that prompted and then was asked to start the recovery disks. After the disks were loaded, the computer restarted(?) on its own Windows started to go, but then I got the message of, "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart installation." Press ok, and the vicious cycle starts all over again. I tried to run my recovery disks again, but being a serious novice, I don't know to get the computer to read the disk drive in the state its in.
I looked at some forums and it seems that Acer has this problem because the recovery disks di not come from the new HDD? Kind of stuck and unsure how to proceed. Very limited in "computer speak"; I believe this was the first time I touched the "f" buttons. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.
 

A:New hard drive installed; recovery disks not working

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My 4g hard drive died, I purchased a 7.9g and installed it. the cmos shows it correctly but windows only shows 3+g.
I have a Quantex,purchased in 1997. 200mhz, 64mb ram. I have downloaded a bios upgrade on a floppy but would prefer not to upgrade the Bios unless that is the only way to see the whole drive. thanks for your help
 

A:{SOLVED} windows doesn't show the right size hard drive

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I've backed up Windows through the official Windows Backup tool (in the Control Panel) to a hard drive (actually, a second partition). It takes about 8-12 GB (don't remember correctly). Then, right after that, I chose to make a backup also on a DVD, and, surprisingly, one DVD was enough!
First of all, it's weird that it could fit into one DVD while if I tried to burn the files form the backup on the hard drive, I would need at least two. And then the second thing: the files on the DVD all take about 3.4 GB. I tried making an image of it though Alcohol 120, and the MDF file takes about 3.4 GB. ImgBurn couldn't make an image, because it's a multiple session DVD.
So why is there such a difference in size between system images backed up to the hard drive and a DVD? Can I trust a DVD?
By the way, I tried creating backup with Arconis True Image (I don't remember true name) and Norton Ghost 15 to a hard drive, and their images take about 3 GB. So if the real size of my system image is about 3 GB, then why did Windows backup on HDD take so much place?

It's Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, by the way.

A:Backing up to a hard drive and a DVD: big image size differences?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by tufffta


I've backed up Windows through the official Windows Backup tool (in the Control Panel) to a hard drive (actually, a second partition). It takes about 8-12 GB (don't remember correctly). Then, right after that, I chose to make a backup also on a DVD, and, surprisingly, one DVD was enough! ...

So why is there such a difference in size between system images backed up to the hard drive and a DVD? Can I trust a DVD?

By the way, I tried creating backup with Arconis True Image (I don't remember true name) and Norton Ghost 15 to a hard drive, and their images take about 3 GB. So if the real size of my system image is about 3 GB, then why did Windows backup on HDD take so much place?


I'm thinking it has to do with how much compression was used by the different backup/imaging programs. As far as trusting a DVD, I'd say it depends on which imaging tool you use (native Windows 7, Acronis, Macrium, etc) and what kind of DVD you use (-R. +R, -RW, +RW). The Windows 7 imaging tool has a history of being very tempermental. Sometimes it works with a DVD, sometimes it doesn't.

Windows 7 Fails to create Backup Image on DVD-R. DVD-RW OK - Microsoft Answers

As far as saving an image on a different partition of your hard drive, I'm totally against that. If the drive fails, you probably won't be able to access the image. So that's just about like having no image at all. I think an external hard drive is the best... Read more

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I'm going to be replacing a 500 GB hard drive with a 1 TB hard drive in a ThinkPad laptop. I created an image of the 500 GB drive using Macrium. It contains C:/, D:/ and a recovery partition. I will be extending the size of the C:/ and D:/ partitions and have read that the size of the recovery partition should not be changed or it will become inoperable. Just checking here to make sure that information is correct. Thanks.

A:Recovery partition size when replacing a hard drive using an image

Scuttlebutt has told me that one can restore a partition onto an equal-size or greater-size partition; one can restore an entire hard-drive X-size onto a target hard-drive x-size or larger. Quick example: I have restored an OS image from a 465GB partition onto or into a 467GB partition. I found it best to "parallel" the target HD to match the source HD -- quick example: OS/465GB-C, Data/467GB-D source was successfully restored onto OS/467.8GB-C and data/467.7GB-D. Just before restoring, I split the whole 931GB/1 giant C into 467 C and 467 D. What brought all of that on -- I was in a hurry, and totally toasted my hard-drive logically [not hardware-wise]; I fixed it all with the abovementioned steps.

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I was just wondering if anyone has a solution to the no windows 7 system disk issue. I bought a laptop (first one - I always use to build my own desktops)and it didn't come with windows disks. It has one physical disk partisioned into 4 sections: c drive (labeled Local Disk), D drive (labeled Recovery), E drive (labeled HP_TOOLS), and one hidden partision. Hp had me create system restore disks (but they only allow one copy! I guess if one of those disks are bad I'm out of luck). I just can't help thinking that if the hard drive fails I might have problems installing win7 on a new drive.

I am faily computer literate; I work with networked computers (full motion flight simulators). The problem is my experience is with xp, win 2k, and linux. If I had the disks I know I could take care of it.

Has anyone figured out a work-around for this situation?

A:New Machine, No System Disks, What Happens If My Hard Drive Crashes?

Hello dmongeon,So far you can restore your system from the recovery DVDs that you made and as well as the hidden partition on the hard drive. Next, I would create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc; see here and then create a windows 7 system image and store it on an external hard drive; see how-to. I would periodically create additional full system images and more regularly, backup important files, photos, music, etc., also to an external drive.I hope this helps.

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Called Costco to get tech help with an HP Envy Desktop. The tech instructed me to do a hard drive system recovery even though I had recovery disks. . .The computer screen showed 100% software installation recovery in under two hours and the machine went into "turn on turn off" mode.Problem: The "Turn on turn off" mode is still going on, and now it's been a full 6 hours and then some.Question #1: Can the desktop be manually shut down to stop the endless "Turn on turn off" process without harming the computer?Question #2: Any guidance regarding such a stoppage and then redoing the system recovery once again, but this time with the recovery disks?











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A:How do I Stop Hard Drive Recovery and switch to System Disks...

Theoretically the Recovery from the hard drive using Recovery Manager F11 should produce the same results as the Recovery Disk set.  The Recovery disk set will probably overwrite everything and then give the factory settings.  The result should be the same, however, I see no harm in doing it.  What have you done to try to get out if the "turn on, turn off"?On thing to try before using the disk set - unplug the PC from the wall.  Then press the power button, which would turn the PC on if plugged in.  Hold the power button in for 30 seconds to one minute.  Then plug the power cord back in and try to power up normally.

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Okay, I want to upgrade the hard drive in one of my Laptops and was wanting to know, am I allowed, and is it possible, to use the System Restore disks, the ones you are asked to make on the first boot, to install Windows 7 on the new Hard Drive? It has a 250GB Western Digital Hard Drive and I was wanting to upgrade it to a 500GB or 750GB Western Digital Hard Drive. Is it possible to use the System Restore disks or not?

A:System Restore disks, new Hard Drive, Same Computer. Allowed?

You should be able to with no problem. Since its the same Mother Board, its considered to be the same computer, so yes it is allowed. This tutorial will tell you how to do it. Boot from your recovery disk and start at step 2 of the tutorial.

System Image Recovery

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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I just installed a brand new Western Digital Hard Drive 160 gig. I partitioned it with FDISK, then formated, then did a clean install of windows XP. Everything was fine until after i finished the installation, and i tried to connect my old maxtor 20 gig so i could transfer some files over, and the computer stopped reading both hard drives. When i start it up, the computer can't boot from either drive. I've tried disconnecting each of the drives and only booting with one connected, with no luck. I also tried changing the gray strip, I can't remember what its official name is, but that didnt help either. When I go into BIOS and let it auto detect my drives, It wont recognize either of the drives.
 

A:New hard drive installed sucessfully, now my computer cant find any hard drive

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envy m7-j010dx hard drive died. i installed new hard drive and it suddenly went into some kind of failure & windows 10 keeps trying to boot then goes into automatic repair and fails and the cycle starts over.

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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The windows system image backed up on my external hard drive (2TB WD USB3) is not showing while restoring the PC from an image.

The only option available is my hard drive partition on which i also had saved a system image.

What is the reason?
Though windows recommends External hard drive for backing up image when backing up the system.

A:System image on External hard drive is not accesible while restoring PC from image

Your system may not be able to see usb devices at boot. Check in bios for a setting that enables USB at boot. If there isn't such a setting, and if your system is fairly old and can't see the device, you'll have to copy the image to a separate partition on the hd.

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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If I need to replace my hard drive & I have an image which includes:
OEM Win 7 OS
Office 2007
Photoshop
Sibelius (expensive music software)
Compiler
McAfee...etc

What are the chances that I can transfer the image to the new drive and all the software will run without reactivation? Or the software sees a new drive as a new computer?

A:System image on new hard drive

You should be able to transfer the image just fine as long as the new drive is larger than the previous drive. If you have trouble, try partitioning the drive to the exact size of the old one. Also, if you don't have your original installation disk you'll need system restore disks.

Also, if the old drive is still working, you may want to create an alternative system image via a third party backup software as a last resort. Macrium Reflect is a good choice. You'll need a boot cd that you can make through the program.

Take at look at this thread:
Restoring system image to a different harddrive?

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Hi all. I took my old hard drive from my ME system, changed the jumper to "slave" and put it in my new XP unit. Before closing my XP unit, I changed the jumper on the hard drive from "cable" to "master". Boot up, open My Computer and don't see the second hard drive. I've heard a couple of things: NTFS (did I say that right?) won't recognize the FAT 32 drive from ME (I thought it should be backward compatible) and/or I need to do something to my BIOS. Anybody have any suggestions??? Thanx.
 

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I'm trying to summarize here. I Googled this topic and found bits and pieces about how to do it, but not all together at once.

Original Q & A:

Q: "I have system restore set with an unbound upper limit, is this going to cause any problems later?"

A: "It depends on whether you need the hard drive space that you set for it as it fills up. As the space you set fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new ones, so you shouldn't have a problem at all."

Now, as for viewing or changing the allocated HD space for System Restore Points, the only thing I can find is doing it via command prompt.

I won't go into what the command prompt is or anything because anybody who is worried about the size of System Restore Points probably knows their way around the command prompt and the Registry as well.

Anyway, to sum it up:

At the command prompt (Admin), to see the currently allocated space type: vssadmin list ShadowStorage

As in:
C:\Windows\System32>vssadmin list ShadowStorage

You will get an output like this:
...
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.291GB
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.563GB
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 11.25GB

Sizes you see listed as well as sizes you can enter are in KB, MB, GB, TB, and up.

As you can see, 1.29GB is currently in use on my system.

To change the amount of used HD space: (increase or decrease)

vssadmin Resize /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=4GB

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A:Limit System Restore Size/Hard Drive Space Low

I just paste this into cmd.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=18GB

and to view what it is currently set at

vssadmin list shadowstorage /On=C:

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Dell Inspiron E1505 running win7.

Bought a new 500 Gb hard drive. I created a win7 system image from my old 50 Gb hard drive and restored it to the new drive, but now the new one is showing 50 Gb size with 412 Gb Unallocated!

I tried to "extend volume" from win7 disk manager but the option is greyed out. I don't want to create a new drive letter, just want my existing C drive to reclaim alll of the unallocated stuff.

How can I do this? Thanks.

attached disk manager screen shot

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A:after system restore, new hard drive shows wrong size

Hi !

47 MB OEM partition, But what is the 3.33 GB primary partition ?

About the 411 MB unallocated , you download Partition Wizard Bootable CD , burn it in a cd , and boot from it . Choose 1 for resolution . Now when it shows your drive partitions , you select the unallocated space and create a new partition there (If you want to use it as your data partition , format it as logical) .

If there is any further query , please inform . Post back with results

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\3.8.2.9\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

A:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I have a Dell 17R. I sent it for repairs because it wasn't booting up. They replaced the motherboard and installed a new hard drive. I had a Samsung 840 SSD and now it's a regular hard drive. I'm trying to do a system image restore to get all of applications back, many of which I've had on there for years.

I had repair discs from the original hard drive and when I installed the SSD so I tried using both, making sure the Legacy Boot was pulling from the DVD. I received messages on both that there was no boot disc.

I tried creating a recovery USB drive, changed the boot settings to pull from the USB. I got all the way to the final screen and got a message:

"Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has a different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using EFI and this computer is using BIOS."

I also have the old hard drive, but I don't know whether the drive is faulty or not because I didn't receive any information from the repair facility.

I called the repair company to assist with the system image restore and they said they couldn't help. They only had my laptop for 3 weeks trying to fix it!!!!!! I've also tried setups per recommendations from other threads, but nothing is working. Can you please help?

Zukini98

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I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore. I believe I did a restore on my computer running 8.1 pro 64bit where I went from 1 tb to a 250 gb ssd.

So on my other computer being on Windows 7 64bit. I have a restore on an external HD and the size of the drive as the source was 1tb and the target is 500gb. It comes back to inform me the target ssd size is too small.

Any suggestions to make the restore onto the new ssd?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

A:Restore system image to new hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by David from Az


I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore.


This is true for Windows inbuilt imaging. I suggest you try (free) Macrium Reflect or pay a small amount and buy Paragon Migrate. Paragon is a simple turnkey approach. Macrium requires a little more effort:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
I think with Macrium 5 the "drag & drop" transfer takes care of the smaller destination partition and the alignment.

If you can't make a new image and "must" use an old Windows image then you can try to attach/mount the old image vhd then use Macrium. This tutorial describes the basic process.
System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image

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Hi
I've just spent a day taking System Image backup images of three different hard drives. Well ok I didn't just sit and watch the bar move across the screen although it did hold up my computer. Anyway, what a waste of a day from my PC because
when I try to restore using System Image backup from my USB drive, the USB drive cannot be found. I have followed the procedure on page 750 of Configuring Windows 7, 70-680 precisely.  I tried booting from an OS DVD and a Windows Repair
DVD, but no USB drive.  I tried using a blank usb stick and that can't be found either. The USB drive can be seen when I logon to Windows to get the images on it. Might this be more to do with hardware such as adjusting BIOS boot settings,
or updating BIOS firmware. There seems to be others with unresolved problems like this. Should I join them and buy Acronis instead?
Tx

A:System Image Restore can't see USB hard drive

Hi,

Could you please check the following newsgroup posts for your answer. The posts lists different scenarios that might work for you.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/9a082b90-bd7c-46f8-9eb3-9581f9d5efdd

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/11d8c552-a841-49ac-ab2e-445e6f95e704

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/9a082b90-bd7c-46f8-9eb3-9581f9d5efdd

Best Regards,
Kim Zhou

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Thanks for sending me these links and I will check them out. I think I came across most of the answer on the following link although doubts are raised: 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/windows-7-restore-from-image-wont-recognize/ce8e3d0a-236d-4eff-8370-c171d2dfa555?tm=1333929198413&page=1#footer
Basically, I should have had three files on the external drive as follows:
a.      A file named: MediaID.bin

b.      A file that has the same named as your computer name (this is where the .zip files are located).

c.      The 'System Image' folder named 'WindowsImageBackup'.
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Hey guys I'm kinda annoyed because in the backup and restore panel it says that my system image is using 110.30 GB in my hard drive. How can I minimize the space it uses? And does it affect the performance of my laptop? Thanks a lot.

A:System Image file is using 100 GB of my hard drive

It's a good practice to back up to an external drive. If you have the system backup on the same drive that gets hit with a virus or has a failure, there's a good chance the restore image will be inaccessible or corrupted.

Hard drive prices are high lately, but until recently storage was a bargain.
Also as a benefit you don't have an image file just sitting there as dead weight.

A way to save when buying more than one external drive is to buy ordinary internal hard drive and get a USB docking station. The drive slides in the slot in the dock.

Just to give you an idea what they look like if you're not familiar with them:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ations&x=0&y=0

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Hi All,
My hard drive recently died but before that I made a System Image on my Iomega external hard drive. (Windows 7)

I have just had a new hard drive installed with Windows 7. I located the System Image backup on my external hard drive but can't find a way to install it. On the hard drive there is no way apparent to start the recovery.

I tried Control Panel/Recovery/ Advanced etc but all that comes up is LizPC (which was an extra backup for my Docs and Pics) It does not list the System Image which has my Keepass Password Manager on (hopefully)
which I need to set up my Windows Live Email account.

If anyone can help I would be enormously grateful as I am completely lost and have no passwords.
 

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Ignore...sorry, figured out what I needed to!

A:System image to bigger hard drive

See how good these guys are ? ?......

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I have a Dell 17R. I sent it for repairs because it wasn't booting up. They replaced the motherboard and installed a new hard drive. I had a Samsung 840 SSD and now it's a regular hard drive. I'm trying to do a system image restore to get all of applications back, many of which I've had on there for years.

I had repair discs from the original hard drive and when I installed the SSD so I tried using both, making sure the Legacy Boot was pulling from the DVD. I received messages on both that there was no boot disc.

I tried creating a recovery USB drive, changed the boot settings to pull from the USB. I got all the way to the final screen and got a message:

"Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has a different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using EFI and this computer is using BIOS."

I also have the old hard drive, but I don't know whether the drive is faulty or not because I didn't receive any information from the repair facility.

I called the repair company to assist with the system image restore and they said they couldn't help. They only had my laptop for 3 weeks trying to fix it!!!!!! I've also tried setups per recommendations from other threads, but nothing is working. Can you please help?

Zukini98

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I have two old physical Seagate hard drives set up in the following configuration

C: - 160Gb used for the OS and program files
E: - 240Gb used for data storage

I want to replace the drive with the OS on with a new Western Digital hard drive (of the same size) as it's starting to get noisy and taking a while to access. So I figured the easiest way would be to use the System Image tool in Windows 7 and restore it.

I created the image of my 'C drive' onto an external hard drive, created the recovery disk and managed to restore the image onto the new hard drive. All has worked well except for I can't see the second hard drive that has all my data on it.

Any ideas where I may be going wrong?

A:Can't see second Hard drive after using System Image Recovery

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Hi there,

I am stack at certain process while trying to load a system image onto new hard drive using Windows 7 x64 image restore function from the windows 7 disk,
its kind of strange but let me explain whats happening,
I got my primary drive 500 gigs with windows 7 and all my files,
I made a system image onto another clean internal hard drive size 160 gigs and I was successful, now I disconnected my 500 gigs primary hard drive, attached a new 250 gig hard drive and I proceeded to load the system image, I boot to windows 7 cd,
I get the option to repair , click on restore from system image file , everything looks good computer finds the hard drive 160 gigs with the system image as source,
I press next look for the target drive and I see it there 250 gigs drive thats freshly formatted ..., I select the target press next it all looks good and then I get the screen that there is no target hard drive... I made sure that this hard drive is not being excluded from format and new process... I am lost ... what am I doing wrong here, I reformatted those 2 drives twice I tried this operation about 8 times , I get the error message each time I am attempting to create this new system image...,
can anyone help out...

thanks,

Drew

A:System Image - Hard Drive Clone

Have a look in the disk manager, sometimes disks have to be initialised before they can be seen by the system. Does it have a drive letter asigned ?

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Here's the deal: I've bought a new 1.5TB hard drive for my PC to replace the 320GB one in there at the moment (turning it into a HTPC). Problem is, it's one of those mini-tower PCs and it only has the one hard drive slot. This means it's re-installation time!


So the question is, what do you lot think would be the best way of setting up Windows 7 on this new drive, hopefully keeping as much as possible of my current setup? As far as I can work out, my options are as follows:Use the Windows Backup thing to do a complete PC backup, installing Windows on the new hard drive, then restoring the system from the backup.
Use a Linux live CD and use Partimage to create an image of the system partition which I can then put on the new hard drive and hope it boots (obviously once the MBR is sorted, etc).
Just install Windows on the new hard drive and set everything up again from scratch.
The hard drive arrives in 2 days, so what do you reckon?

Thanks.

A:Transfering installed system to new hard drive

It really comes down to preference.. Some people love just imaging hard drives.. Some love the feel of a clean install..

It's really up to you..

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Hi I am running a new latitude e6510 64-bit and I am trying to create system image to a new hard drive I purchased when I bought the new computer for back up. The new drive is WD Blue Scorpio. I loaded win7 pro on the new drive and did create system image. When I tried to restore system image it says restore failed. I called WD and they said I had to remove win 7 pro and only do a format then create system image. I tried that and now it will do the system image but when I load it in to my computer it can not find (bootmgr is missing) and I have to shut down.
I am doing the system image through my USB port onto my new hard drive.
I have done this before with no problems, now I have been trying for over a week and it still won’t work. Can you tell me where I can find information on creating a system Image and Restore on a New hard drive?
TIA
harriet

A:create system image and restore New hard drive

Can you clarify
1) You have a PC with Windows 7 Pro installed?
2) You bought a new HDD as a "cold" standby / backup drive in case the normal drive fails?
3) You don't plan to have both HDDs installed together?
4) What is the size of existing and new HDDs?

5) What's the partition structure of your existing HDD
Partition descriptions, Sizes
screen shot from disk management would help but don't worry at this stage if you don't know how to do it.

Suggest you delete your personal email address from the post. Communicate through the forum.

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Hey guys..
I am new to this forum.. Recently i upgraded my system to windows 8..N after clean install i backed up the copy of my C drive (Includes System Image) to my external 2TB Hard Drive.. It took around 250GB of hard drive space..Now since i am running out of space i decided to delete the back up copy from My hard drive.. I deleted WindowsImageBackup and all associated files using control panel..But around 150GB space is missing(not visible) from my external Hard Drive.. Plz tell me what to do??

As You can see from attached pic that 125 GB free out of 1.81TB..But size of all files including hidden files is 1.53TB..Plz guys help me..

A:Not Able to delete system image from External Hard Drive

Hello Fireboy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of the root of your external HDD showing what folders is on it?

In addition, please post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) showing the full layout of the external HDD.

For now, using the free program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics on the external HDD should be able to help ID what is using the space.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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The Background:
Yesterday a computer in our office started misbehaving. Over the weekend, several Windows updates were installed. On Monday the user would open windows explorer and within 30 seconds or so he was prompted with a message saying something to the effect of, "windows encountered an error and had to close". All the windows including software such as Outlook and AutoCad would then close. There was no restart or shut down, just everything closing. This happened repeatedly.

I instructed him to find a restore point. He later told me the only restore points available were from Friday and then over the weekend, so he chose the latest one, that being Friday. After the restore was complete, the machine began to run through the normal boot process. However, once the windows symbol fully displayed, it would go to the black screen that normally briefly appears before your desktop appears, but the desktop never appears. The machine beeps and then re-boots. After the re-boot, you get the normal screen that prompts you with two choices, launch a repair or start normally. In either case, you get the same result as I just mentioned.


The Question:
Unfortunately, a system image of the troubled machine was never created. I pulled the hard drive and with a SATA adapter I connected it to a working machine and was able to read the drive with no problems. Can I create a system image of the now "external hard drive"? I would then use that syste... Read more

A:Create System Image of an external hard drive

Try this: Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi. I have 2 1.5 TB internal hard drives for a Windows 7, 64 bit Pro system.

My second hard drive keeps getting filled up by huge (200-400 GB) files that are apparently generated by System Restore and System Image.

I'd like to keep the System Restore functionality, but is there a way to limit the size of this to something reasonable? (say less than 50 GB)

Currently have a 400 GB System Image file with .vhd extension. Is it safe to simply delete that? And can I limit the size of these files as well or simply prevent them from being generated?

Thanks

A:System restore and image filling hard drive

You can reduce disk space taken up by system restore and also clean up old points.

Make System Restore Use Less Drive Space in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

As for the backup image, just delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it will deletes all existing images. Next time you create an image, it'll be recreated. You can also save images externally.

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Despite the great help I received yesterday, I am still in the same boat. I am trying to "clean up" my Dell Inspiron 1012 (Dell Mini). It does not have a CD drive...only USB ports. I have an external hard drive connected to one of the USB ports. The computer has the Windows 7 Professional OS (although the computer came from the factory with 7 Basic; I used Windows anytime upgrade). Anyway, I want to use the Windows "create system image" option to backup, wipe clean, and restore. Will the computer boot from the USB? Any pointers on this process? I really appreciate the forum help!!!!

Patrick

A:Restoring via system image using external hard drive

The ISO can be downloaded from Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River . You can put on usb flash stick by doing Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft Store

Does the machine boot from that stick? If so... with that stick you can "wipe clean" and do the win7 built-in restore. Use USB2 ports .... most likely usb3 doesn't work.

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I have read similar problems I am having now but NONE have so far as i have read, with a solution.

> Firstly, my situation is this, I HAVE RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY restored my pc from a previously created system image using default windows 8.1 (i have no question regarding the process/procedure on file recovery/system image etc.. fyi)

> My only concern now is that the system image i used to restore my pc is located on my old 500GB WD External Hard Drive.
Today i found out, that my External Hard Drive Health is only at 60% with alot of weak sectors (again i have no question on process/procedure on correcting the weak sectors fyi)

> I have a new 1TB WD External Hard Drive, and I want to move the system image from the old 500GB External Hard Drive to this new 1TB External Hard Drive. (I do not want to create a new system image at this time right now by any other method, I am satistfied with the default windows system image file/recovery)

>> Can anyone PLEASE EXPLAIN, how to i move the system image from my old 500GB External Hard Drive to my new 1TB External Hard Drive?
>> Can this be done by the simple COPY/PASTE, CUT/PASTE, or how to MOVE the system image CORRECTLY.

A hearty thanks to everyone..

A:How to Move System Image to Another External Hard Drive

On something so large and so very important, you should use Robocopy in command prompt.(sorry I've never need to use it, so I personally have no experience, but maybe someone else can.

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I used Macrium to make a system image of my existing drive onto a new hard drive and I made the system rescue boot disk too. (HP all-in-one desktop)

I'm not certain about the next step. Do I just replace the old drive with the new one and boot up? It is a system image, so why not? What is boot disk for?

A:Does my system image to a new hard drive make it bootable?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by drezzle


I used Macrium to make a system image of my existing drive onto a new hard drive and I made the system rescue boot disk too. (HP all-in-one desktop)

I'm not certain about the next step. Do I just replace the old drive with the new one and boot up? It is a system image, so why not? What is boot disk for?


That should work fine.

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Hello!!!

I have 640GB WD hard disk and i created system image of Drive C and system reserved drive. Backup successfully completed and afterward i disconnected my 640GB HDD and connect new one which is 320GB and now i want to restore my system image to 320GB WD HDD. I tried it but it gave me error saying "element not found". Please tell me how can i restore system image that was created from 640GB HDD to 320GB HDD?

Thanks!!!

A:Restore Windows 7 System Image to another hard drive!!!

What drive did you create the backup image on? Do you have the win7 install DVD ?

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When I replaced my hard drive to go from 160 GB to 500 GB, I restored a system image in Windows 7 from an external drive. Now the new drive works great, but windows still reports it as having approx 160 GB. In the BIOS setup it recognizes it as 500 GB. It there a way to have Windows recognize the whole thing, or is there another partition that I can't see?

Thanks

A:Restoring system image to larger hard drive

I believe you will find unallocated disk space. Please refer to the following:

Partition or Volume - Extend

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Hi All,

It's time to format my hard drive. It hasn't been formatted since 2008 when it was bought and it's having some major issues.

I made a system image. when i was installing it, I couldn't check the option to "get rid of the partitions and format the hd". It requested the drivers, asked me to insert the disc, but I don't have any disc with the drivers.

Is there another way to install the same system image I've made and get the hard drive formatted too?
 

A:how to format my hard drive and reinstall the same system image

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I have Pavillion DV7T Quad with 1TB hard drive that has failed.  Failed hard drive only has ~140GB on it.   I have: 1) full system image on external WDC Passport.2) System Recovery DVD for Win 7 64-bit Disk 1 of 2 and Disk 2 0f 2 obtained from HP at time laptop acquired.3) Repair Disc for Windows 7 64-bit that I had created "way back when". I purchased a new 240 GB SSD to keep this laptop as backup.  Can I use 1, 2, or 3 to load files onto SSD (since mechanical drive won't operate)? bikerider1

A:restoring system image to failed hard drive

The Full System Image would restore all your settings and data just as they were when the image was created. The recovery process would depend on which program you used to create the image. Using the HP Recovery Disks will restore your system to a factory fresh state. You would then have to manually restore all your settings and data. The repair disk will only give you troubleshooting and repair tools.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.         If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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I am seeking advice on how best to replace my existing main hard drive, which is partitioned into a C Drive and a D drive] as each half of this hard are nearly full. The C Drive is used for the Windows operating system and programmes – the D drive is used for my User files and documents. The existing hard drive is a 250GB hard drive, and partitioned into two 125 GB drives. I have now bought a 2TB hard drive and would like to partition it on same 50/50 basis, and use it for the same purposes.
I have used the Windows 7 System’s [Start Menu >> Control Panel >> System & Security >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Image] to create a System Image, and have stored this backup onto an external hard drive. Both C and D drives were included in this same backup.
How do I now burn the backup “System Image” onto my new 2TB hard drive?
Will I have to reactivate windows 7 as well as MS Office 2010 again as well as other programmes?
Any help in step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Burn System Image backup to new hard drive

I can't give you exact instructions because I don't use that particular imaging program.

But generally---you don't "burn the backup". You "restore" it, using the same program you used to make the backup.

You might have complicated things by putting C and D in the same image file. I'm not sure if they can be restored separately, but I doubt it.

You should not have to reactivate anything and all programs should operate with no issues.

If the restore process goes well--you cannot count on that.

Someone else will have detailed instructions, but there should be a tutorial on this site.

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Hi guys, I am not sure why my hard drive C is smaller than hard drive D, It has been like this when I purchased this custom built PC, until right now I am having a hard time just to save space in drive C. and There is no way I can install any more program/software in drive C.
while for Drive D, I am using it to store personal file.

What I would like to do and to know is:
- Is my drive D a partition? Can I remove it? If I want remove it, will my hard drive C size become bigger?
- And how exactly I am going to remove the partition? what is the step and precaution that I have to take?

I have been looking for the solution everywhere, while there is many with similiar case. none has the exact situation like I do.
*I have attached some screenshot that might help.

A:HELP: Hard Drive C size smaller than Hard Drive D

Here's what I recommend:

first move the page file onto the C: drive (this might help, but it's not a proper tutorial.)

1. Shrink D: to half it's size.
2. create a new partition in the free space (call it B: )
3. copy the contents of D: to B:
4. delete partition D:
5. extend partition C: to take up the space that D: used to take.
6. Copy the content of B: to C:
7. delete partition B:
8. extend partition C: to take up the space that D: used to take.

I don't know why people insist on partitioning the main hard drive like this. And to sell it like that!
Your first image of Rapid Storage Technology does spook me a little bit. That could be a sign of a complication. However, it does not show a SSD. My best guess is the computer used to have a 40GB SSD that the system builder used for RST caching (incorrectly, if there's a 40GB partition on the HDD), which he took out before selling. In that case there shouldn't be a problem with the steps i outlined above.

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I have a WD Passport portable hard drive. I can backup my files to it on Windows 7 with no problem. However, it will not let me make a system image disc because it says the Passport is not formatted with NTFS. The properties tab on the Passport says it is formatted with NTFS as the default. How can I make a system image disc on the Passport without a cd/dvd drive or get it to recognize the Passport has NTFS formatting? Please help!

A:How to make a system image disc with a portable hard drive?

Go to Disk Management and re-format the drive.
START | type diskmgmt.msc

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