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Image data partition only - Windows7 imaging

Q: Image data partition only - Windows7 imaging

Has anybody figured out how to make an image of a data partition with Win7 imaging without it dragging the whole system partition along?

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A: Image data partition only - Windows7 imaging

Hi Wolfgang -

You can do this from an elevated Command Prompt using:


I just used this to backup Image of my data partition E to external storage G

To avoid requests for user input during backup, end the command with -QUIET

The hitch is that this reimages to the same offset as original, per usual Win7 Imaging limitations.

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I have been using Drive Image 2002 for some time over Norton Ghost running 2k.
NOW I'm getting my feet wet (not that I want to, mind you) with XP, mostly because the Laptop I just received has it installed. There is a security issue with XP that I can't seem to get around.
The program completes, but either there is NO file or the file can't be read. Norton has something on it, but I still can't get it to work because the 'security tab' isn't there:


A:Imaging a active partition in XP w/ Drive Image

Providing you are using WinXP Professional go into Windows Explorer, click TOOLS, FOLDER OPTIONS, VIEW, scroll to the last entry and remove the tick from USE SIMPLE FILE SHARING (RECOMMENDED) and click OK. Now when you right click and click properties, the Security tab is there. Hope this helps.

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Hi. Anybody got any strong recommendation for disk imaging software? I hear diverse opinions on (eg) Acronis (and Acronis have a new version out in time for Windows7 launch in october) on Norton Ghost and various freeware titles, but I would welcome experiences and views from this forum. Thanks!

A:Imaging your Windows7 build?

There are several good options for doing this, the one that a lot of users opt for is the native imaging capability in Windows 7 .. see Brinks tutorial -=> HERE

That being said, I use Acronis to back up my system to an off site facility ...

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When i bought my notebook a have made system image, but i broke my first DVD(they are 5) so i can't read it and i can't make the restore. On the notebook i have license key. Can i download another windows 7 and use my license key?
Thanks in advance!

A:Broken 1st image DVD Windows7 image.I have original genuine license?

Hello Antonio, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you could download a Windows 7 ISO for you edition, and use it to create a bootable DVD/USB to install and activate with your COA product key. The tutorial below can help guide you through it.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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my pictures open as imaging. I want them to open as image preview. How do I fix that?

A:imaging and image preview

Welcome but please supply more information. What program, if a scanner, what type, what program are you using?

My scanner will give me a preview of an image but I can't save the preview and I really don't know of any program that does open a file as a preview unless it is in a sample window so you can see the image before you open it.

Then that setting is somewhere close to where this preview is. Usually in the same widow.

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My computer came with one great big partition, with XP Home installed on it. For four months all my data got stored on that same partition. Then I got partition magic, and decided to make a separate partition for all my files. This turned out to be too small, after I'd transfered all my music, plus my work files to it. I then tried to repartition the drive, taking most of the spare space from the XP drive and giving it to the data drive.
Just as it started to widen the Data drive, and after shrinking the XP drive, it crashed. Now XP doesn't boot, and my data partition is corrupted too.
I've been daft and so have no backup of my data, and no partition magic back-up floppies. Is there anyway I can get the data back?

If it's any help, Ubuntu is also on the laptop, and working fine.

A:Partition Magic 8 has corrupted Windows partition and Data partition

Do you have the installation CD? If so, "BART PE" may be the solution. I have used it with success. Here is the link: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/


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Hi, I'm not really sure where to put this thread, as it is kind of a cross-platform question... It mainly involves Windows 7, but on Apple hardware (and thus Apple Boot Camp drivers and software).
The issue is this. My hard drive was disgustingly partitioned and the Boot Camp Windows partition was unreadable from the OSX side, so I saved a system image, erased the Boot Camp partition, and reinstalled Windows, thinking I could simply re-image the partition once I was done. 
...Wish I had known about WinClone before all of this. But what's done is done, and now I have a problem. Windows 7, in repair mode, doesn't detect any external hardware, which means it doesn't detect my external hard drive and thus can't see my backup image. I can see the external drive just fine when I'm booted into Windows, but not in repair mode. So I can't seem to re-image the partition. I'm a little worried about using alternative software to the Windows default software, too... I only want to image the partition, not the whole drive, and I know from others' experiences that the built-in image restore only restores the partition. 

A:Problems imaging a partition

Can you seethe drive in Diskpart or Disk Management? if so you may have to assign a path (Drive letter) to the drive.
Also curious why you used bootcamp are you dual booting or single?
I just installed win 7 on an imac g5 recently and seamlessly, without bootcamp, just the install disk.

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Ok so my situ is i work for large gaming company and in previous deployments\rollouts of xp we used to have the harddrive partitioned in 2.
1 - XP
2 - recovery partition (Automated, created with ping software)
We created this setup as the users need to be able to hit the recovery partition on boot to have a clean install of xp after finishing there game testing.

Now that Windows 7 has come along i need to have a setup on 1 harddrive as:
1 - xp
2 - Windows 7
3 - recovery


1 - xp
2 - recovery
3 - Windows 7
4 - recovery2

I have managed to do the sys prep & image of both os's and get the option of
1 - xp
2 - Windows 7
3 - recovery

on boot up. But i cannot seem to get the recovery partition to be automated or contain both os's with out screwing up the mbr.
I need to have a automated (no disc to be inserted) recovery partition as there are thousands of users and would take up too much time for the IT department.
Even if I could get it to recover from the network that would be good??
I have spent weeks trawling the net\forums but to no avail.
Can anyone advise please?
Thanks in advance.

system specs vary .

A:Imaging & automated recovery partition

What I would try is install Win7 first with the 100mb System Reserved partition which is assigned when you format the HD during install.

Next in Disk Mgmt. shrink Win7, then install XP which will remove System Active temporarily from Win7's 100mb Sys Reserved partition. So recover System Active MBR to SysReserved by marking it active, then run Startup Repair from Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots.

From Win7, type "backup" into start box and cue up a Win7 System Image to find out its size. Include in the image XP partition. Shrink Win7 again to make a Primary partition large enough to store this image.

Now boot computer and by tapping F8, access the WinRE Recovery console which 100mb SysReserved places on Advanced Boot Tools menu. Select "Recover Using an Image" and test that either or both OS's can be reimaged from the stored image using the utility. In some cases lower RAM will restrict the ability of WinRE to load itself into RAM sufficiently to reimage entire HD, at which point it will request reboot from Repair CD.

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I've made an image of the PQSERVICE Partition of my emachines E442-V133 using Macrium Reflect and stored it in an external hard drive.

If I use Diskpart to clean the entire disk, create a new partition, and apply the image to that newly created partition, will it work properly like the original PQSERVICE Partition?

Will I be able to boot into this "reincarnation" of the original PQSERVICE?

(After that, I plan to create 2 more partitions, 1 primary for OS and 1 extended for storage.)


A:Imaging and Restoring PQSERVICE Partition !?

It won't work!! The hot-key that forces boot to PQSERVICE isn't there anymore. It's in the harddrives MBR normally.
You better forget the whole PQSERVICE thing! Why would you ever reload the factory settings? Make image backups instead.

If you really need it (I can't imagine why): http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer...re-option.html

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Ok so my situ is i work for large gaming company and in previous deployments\rollouts of xp we used to have the harddrive partitioned in 2.
1 - XP
2 - recovery partition (Automated, created with ping software)
We created this setup as the users need to be able to hit the recovery partition on boot to have a clean install of xp after finishing there game testing.

Now that Windows 7 has come along i need to have a setup on 1 harddrive as:
1 - xp
2 - win7
3 - recovery


1 - xp
2 - recovery
3 - win7
4 - recovery2

I have managed to do the sys prep & image of both os's and get the option of
1 - xp
2 - win7
3 - recovery

on boot up. But i cannot seem to get the recovery partition to be automated or contain both os's with out screwing up the mbr.
I need to have a automated (no disc to be inserted) recovery partition as there are thousands of users and would take up too much time for the IT department.
Even if I could get it to recover from the network that would be good??
I have spent weeks trawling the net\forums but to no avail.
Can anyone advise please?
Thanks in advance.

system specs vary .

A:Imaging & automated recovery partition

What about Acronis true Image or any other of the Acronis software? Have you taken a look at those?

I can not be sure but I think I made an image of my Vista/Win 7 dual boot but I can't tell you whether they work or not because I have yet to use it or test it... I guess that would have been the first thing to try after I was done doing so.

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I just did Windows 8 system partition imaging and saving it, and immediately restore it to another one. Then I restart that new copy, as it looks just ran normally up to desktop and opened File Explorer, only with 2 exceptions:
. Every user's (as to distinguish to system's) processes always run as administrator
. Homedrive variable ie. drive letter in which User's data resides, which default to be equal to the system drive whatever letter it is, is not such the same. It's just drive letter of default first Windows system installed which is C:
I need both solved to become as normally and exactly the same as Windows 8 normal installation,the first and original source of copy.)
How to solve this kind of "Partition and System Cloning" problems ?
Many thankful in advance

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What is the correct field for date taken?

Is it date time original in the exif?

I see numerous date fields which aren't consistent in all photo editing programs.

How do those fields correspond to windows?

I used picasa and changed the date taken field and it does not change the modified date in windows but corel does and also changes the created date even though its the same file.

why is this?

A:Imaging Metadata and Windows Data

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My hdd is faulty and can fail anytime, it is also confirmed by the Dell Support Executive. Dell's SupporAssist application was also giving me notifications about my failing HDD from quite sometime now. They had dispatched a new HDD for replacing the faulty one so we are good. But the problem is that I have some huge programs installed on my current faulty HDD, 3 virtual systems (oracle virtual box) and some other settings and I dont want to loose all that. Installing windows and updates will also consume a lot of time.

I made a system image backup after I learned about my HDD's situation but what I actually want to know is - as the image was made from a faulty HDD wouldn't that render the image itself being faulty. Can the image that I just created damage the new HDD also or will i be fine in restoring this HDD's (faulty) image to the new HDD.

I dont want to damage the new HDD.

If there is any other solution to my problem please do mention that as well.

Thanks in advance..

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I have a multi boot system, Windows 8, Windows 7(64bit) both on seperate drives, as well as an Adaptec Raid card (2805) with a couple of raid 10 raids. The ssd drive with Windows 7 was attached via an Asus U3S6 pcie Sata 3 card.
I've now replaced the 2805 with Adaptec 21605, I also got rid of the U3S6, attaching the ssd drive to the motherboard.
My plan is to attach the ssd drive to the 21605 but I'll need to format it first and create a new simple volume in order to make it bootable (says Adaptec) then put everyhing back on it via system image. So I need a system image of it first.
When I installed Windows on the ssd drive I loaded all program files to one of my raid 10 raids. Now when I try to make a system image of the ssd from windows 7, it insistes on including the Windows 8 drive and the Raid 10 drive telling me they are both system drives.
What can I do, I cant make a system image of all three at the same time, would be huge....How can I make a system image of just the ssd?

A:system image insists on imaging three drives

You could try using
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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I'm confused about the pros and cons for recovery options.

Brief background: I have a samsung laptop running windows 7 64 bit. I primarily use a non-administrator account. I got some malware a few days ago. Malwarebytes and MS security essentials seem to have cleared that up, but everything is still running slow in it. Additionally, the malware deleted all the shortcuts from the start menu (S.M.A.R.T. rogue antivirus, I deleted the temporary files before reading that was where the shortcuts were moved to)

The administrator account is not suffering from the slowdown, everything seems fine in it. I made a windows repair disc using it.

Partitions: there are four right now, windows (100mb), C drive (100gb), D drive (350 gb), and a recovery partition (15gb)1. I'd like to restore/repair windows 7 on the non-administrator account. From what I understand, the registry is likely faulty. I have little understanding of how to fix it, and no image or backup from before the malware infected. My data files are backed up to an external hard drive. I'd prefer to keep the programs registered and installed. What would be the best way to do this?

2. I'm interested in dual-booting ubuntu. As the maximum of 4 partitions are assigned, I'd need to remove one of them. I've created a disk image of the system and C partitions onto an external hard drive (using Macrium Reflect). The data files are also backed up, either on that disc or on different clouds.
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A:repairing registry and imaging vs recovery partition

A windows repair disc is not the same as the manufacturer recovery discs.

The latter are usually run off from a program the oem has provided - under the start menu probabaly.

It uses the recovery partition to make the discs. Make sure you have those first if you are getting rid of the recovery partition

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I am getting ready to reformat and reinstall Windows XP Home on my machine and I am going to partition the disk so I have separate drives for the OS, data, portable style programs, etc.

After I get everything set up on my C drive (where Windows will be) I want to create an image of it so I can easy restore it to that point. I see that most people like Acronis software for doing this, but I really don't want to have to buy something that I really only plan to use once.

My question is, if I download the free trial of Acronis TrueImage, will I be able to create a standalone DVD that I can boot to to restore my Windows partition without having the program reinstalled?

Otherwise, if anybody else has a suggestion on how I can solve this problem, please let me know.


A:Disk Imaging to backup windows partition

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There is so much on the web regarding backup software and so many backup software that it gets a little confusing.

What is the difference between imaging backups and data backups?

I have my OS and all my programs on an SSD Drive(C) and all Data Files on a Data Drive (D)

What is the informed consensus on the most reliable method of backing your system up on an automatic routine basis

Any advice/guidance greatly appreciated

A:Imaging vs data backup software..is there a difference...which is best

Imaging creates a compressed copy of the used part of a partition/partitions/disk/disks. (Unless you do a 'forensic' image which is exactly sector by sector what's on disk).

Imaging lets you restore a disk by decompressing the image and copying it to the target disk- same or different.

Imaging lets you restore a complete OS.. protecting your entire working environment.

It also acts as a 100% backup from which you can extract files and folders.

Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.

You can recover from:
- a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
- ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
- user error
- unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
- unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)

Images also act as a full backup- you can extract files too.

You can even use images to help you move more easily and quickly to a new PC.
Can be used with Laplink software to transfer your build automatically to another PC

Imaging can even help you sleep at night knowing you have a second chance.

Many here recommend Macrium Reflect (free) as a good robust solution and more reliable than some others. It’s
- more feature rich
- more flexible
- more reliable
than Windows Backup and Restore system images.

It's well supported with videos, help and a responsive forum.

There are other such programs, free/commercial, some with simpler interfaces, but ... Read more

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To make a long story short, I had to set my laptop back to factory to troubleshoot some issues and also after upgrading to Windows 10, subsequently downgrading as a result I used Acronis drive image to backup and get me back to where the system was before all this started. Everything works fine. I created several different backup types. One of which included a full drive hd backup including the Recovery, Tools, System, and C partition. The only hiccup is that the System Partition shows up as Q drive in My computer. The drive letter Q is invisible when I try to "Manage" it in Admin Tools and it's also invisible when using a third party partition manager.  I am considering doing a full HP recovery to the way the laptop was when I first got it by pressing the ESC key during bootup and I think it's F11.  However, I am baffled as to why the System partition now shows up as Q and I wonder if the Q drive will show up later unless I find a way to hide it. The "hide empty drives" Windows feature doesn't work. 

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I've been using the CIS Benchmark for Windows 8 to hardened a thin client running Windows 8 Embedded. Before I changed any settings, I was able to capture an image using the built-in application provided by HP. Now, after the restart, the DOS window kicks out an error message stating: Initializing...***ERROR*** There is no active partition on disk 0! I tried using a second drive just to make sure it wasn't a hardware issue and I got the same error. Does anyone know what permissions could be required to allow the imaging tool to work successfully?  

A:Imaging tool error: There is no active partition on disk 0!

Im getting the same error.  Was this ever resolved?

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I was running raid 1 for 3 yrs on my internal HDDs data drives, (two pairs, and a SSD for C drive) (C drive is Acronis backed up by the way) as a safety net for if a HDD failed, the raided one had the exact same files and folders on it. A recent memory stick failure knocked it all out of sync, 1 week copying files off, then format all HDDs, then resynch, and it put up a fight, got new raid card, was sick from birth, so two lots of copying onto PC, 1 month of hell, so I ditched the raid !

I have paired HDDs, same make size etc as a result of the raid, same size partitions on both, one has two partitions each 1.5Tb, another pair are four partitions, 3 of which are 580Gb. All formatted and functional in the good old basic PC way now !

Now to use a software to write to the 'backup' partition for each of my 6 partitions, every so often, just as raid did, but obviously not every millisecond !
Backup can mean an image, all files scrunched into one and the prog that did it is required to view the contents. I DONT WANT THAT. Should that prog and company fold, I am stuffed, happened to me twice.
I want it as if it was copy paste !

I need a prog to append/incremental (call it what you will) files and folders from my 6 partitions across to the other six partitions every 15mins or 30mins, whatever the shortest intervals are. And not interfere with the performance of my PC.

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A:What copying NOT imaging prog to interval backup my data ?

Macrium Reflect Pro [not sure if free version will do this] is just one of several programs that will copy data folders and files from source partition to target partition, hard-drive to hard-drive, without compression or imaging.

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I am currently storing my users and program files folders in separate drives. I use system image to keep my C: backed up. But windows system image forces me to store the program files (x86)* and users drive as well, defeating the whole point of keeping different drives.

I know about Macrium and Paragon, which can image backup just one drive, but I was wondering if there was a tool that generates windows system images in such a way that I can use Windows RE itself to restore the image, using "system image restore". Basically I want to backup using 3rd party tools, and restore using Windows tools.


Any other solutions to this?

A:(Windows system image backup)-compatible imaging program


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Hello. I'm reluctant to buy/install True Image 2013 on my Windows 8 system until Acronis have fixed the problems with TI 13.

In theory, my version of True Image (2010) is incompatible with Windows 8 but I wondered if I could boot from a TI 2010 CD and image my Windows 8 C drive from there. TI 2010 wouldn't know/care about the OS? Or am I missing something?

Failing that, any recommendations on alternative imaging software would be welcome.

A:Imaging Windows 8 with older versions of Acronis True Image

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Let's start with this snap below. I only ever use the C "boot" partition for booting, yet somehow years ago when I went from XP to 7 I ended up with these partitions, a legacy from way earlier when my techy buddy set up my XP. Everything works smoothly, though, except for one problem. The tech at this one Backupper image utility says to allow for a proper system restore from a saved image I should choose "System Backup" in the utility. OK then, in that process the program insists on including not only my preferred C (boot) partition but this unwanted E (system) partition. When I do that, things go smoothly, but the image becomes significantly larger, taking up precious "J" USB storage, plus it takes longer. Since I couldn't change Backupper I figured I'd Format the unused E. But Windows refuses, I guess since it's the 'system'. I'd really like to zero out the used space there. Is there any way?

A:backup boot imaging insists on unused and unwanted partition

Please allow us to see the entire Disk Mgmt screenshot instead of only a section which cuts out the disk map and the sizes of each partition. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

When you're ready to get rid of XPired we can help you move the System boot files to Win7 and recover the disk space to the partition of your choice, or a new partition. The disk is not a junkyard to keep spare OS's laying around unused. Now may be the time to consider doing a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 since Win7 is at the slow end of the hard drive now anyway.

In addition you can decide if you want 32 or 64 bit Win7 and delete the other one to reclaim that space too. The general rule of thumb is if you have 4gb or more RAM to use 64 bit, but for less than that I would use 32 bit for best performance.

If you wish to keep the multi-boot then you can use an imaging app that allows flexibility as to which partition it includes and where it can recover them which the Win7 backup imaging can't. A favorite one here is Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums

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since yesterday I keep on getting an error message: "c:\windos\system32\quartz.dll" - "bad image"- and the name of the application causing it changes.

I'm not an expert but it looks like some kind of malware:
things I already did:
1. tried to REPAIR windows
2. updated my AVG antivirus database and Scanned my computer
3. i downloaded "Malwarebytes"- Anti-Malware software and scanned my computer.
4. run the command "sfc /scan" in cmd
5.tried to install combofix but it is not compatible with win 7.

-all above didn't solve the problem

What else should I do now?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:51:17, on 09/12/2009
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\MPlatform\NokiaMServer.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Lenovo\HOTKEY\TpWAudAp.exe
C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Babylon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
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Hi, I am in process of buying new Dell Laptop with Windows7 pro having 500Gb HDD. Since it will come as a single partition, I plan to make partitions immediately since Win7 has the shrink volume option. I want some suggestions :
1) How much space should I leave for main C: partition which will contain Win7+other programs. I think Win7 takes up lot of space itself. Would 80-90Gb be enough?
2) Considering a 4Gb or 6Gb RAM, should I go for a separate partition for pagefile? Should this be in the middle or end of the HDD. Or should I leave it in C: drive itself, which means I would have to leave more space here.
3) I am planning 2 more partitions say 180-200 Gb each, one for data and other for non-essential stuff and image of the c: partition. I will do data backup on an external disk.

This sound OK, any other suggestions?

Forgot to mention, it will be 64Bit Win7 Pro and processor is C2D 2.53GHz

A:Windows7 Partition suggestions

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I have got myself in a bit of a tangle so after any help if possible.

I had Vista on a 750 gb HDD and wanted to install windows 7.

I used the built in Vista tool to create a nw 120gb partition to install Win 7 on.

I have slowly been tranferring files over and now want to extend the Windows 7 partition, but using the built in disk managemtnt tool all the space is to the left of the win 7 partition.

I went into VISTA and shrank the Vista partition again thinking that would allow me to expand the Win 7 partition but the new partition is also to the left.

I downloaded Partition Wizard Home edition form here


Have installed that but still cannot see how to move or extend the windows 7 partition.

I have backed up my Win 7 installation using Acronis True image.

Is there anything I can do ?

I thinkI am a bit out of my depth and ahve made a hash of things so far !

Many thanks


A:Solved: Windows7 Partition

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I'm trying to use True Image 11 to image the system partition of my laptop. When I get to the place where it asks me to select the partition to image, there are two: the main NTFS system partition and a small recovery partition. Should I select both or just the system partition? I have heard that the recovery partition must be in a certain place on the HD to be usable. If so, and if I needed to restore the image , the recovery partition might not be restored to the same place and would therefore be unusable. Any advice on how to proceed here? Thanks.

A:Using Acronis True Image to image disk with hidden recovery partition

you should image it to the recovery partition, although it may not be a good idea to have it on the same HDD
I myself use an external drive which is probably the safest

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Mostly about backup and imaging, but need to prepare a couple things.
I've asked a few questions already and done alot of reading as I am new to this part. But was away and finally ready to start my backup plan
Any suggestion or changes before I start would be great.

My Laptop:
Windows 7 Pro - 32bit.
i5, 2.40GHZ, 2400Mhz, 2 core....
3G Ram

16G - recovery
C: 140.95G
D: 140.95G ..Made one windows backup "image file" , it is in a My Recovery Folder on D: I did not have an external HD yet.
I made recovery and boot cds right away.
My laptop is sitting as it was at the time I made the windows image file a while ago. Does this plan sound ok?

-Make data folders and save all my data and files on D partition. - not realted to "user folders" C:
Leave the My Recovery Folder made earlier there, or rename the inside folder with the image inside to "Copy 1" and copy or move it to the external below as well?

-Heres my kicker, before I get Macrium, I have at the moment the WD My Book 2T (with smartware). Hope to get a second external one day.
-Format it on the new Win7 laptop - some software going to install I am sure!!
- Plug in, let windows find it...save anything off it I may need? I will use Macrium instead.
- Format to NTFS to use as simple external drive
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A:Ready to start imaging-Data, Macrium, WD My Book - suggestions?

The WD website (support) will give advice on uninstalling "Smartware" (terrible stuff IMO). I have had no problems formatting MY Book Essentials. WD will show you how but it's just the same as any HDD.

You really need backups/images on your external HDD. Just note: these HDDs are ok but they can "go to sleep" during a recovery boot sequence. If the drive isn't recognized and no data transfer is in place I find physically disconnect then reconnect the My Book will wake it up.

I would make a couple of images of the recovery partition.

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I have a Ghost 11 partition image which I have restored before, but today there is a problem.

The image file is 18 Gb or thereabouts but Ghost reports it as

17,875,318,21 bytes (yes 21 at the end)

When I try and restore it it I can select the source partition in the image, it finds the destination drive OK and then it shows the destination partition in the list but it is greyed out.

Haven't a clue why this is happening, I have used this product for 7 years without a problem.

Anyone else seen anything like this?

A:Ghost 11 - restoring partition image - destination partition not shown in list

Destination is too small would be my guess?

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How do I make the second partition, which includes all files from another hard drive, pretend that it is the main partition? I want to simulate the second partition being my main one for a while.


How do I resize system partitions?

I am in deep trouble...

A while ago I made a hard drive image with Drive Snapshot (http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/). A few days ago my hard drive crashed and I certainly want to restore it. Although, I can't afford waiting for a new hard drive, and I want to restore it to another computer instead. My goal is to be able to boot into the old system with all programs and settings intact!

- A stationary computer where the hard-drive snapshot resides (300 gb)
- A crashed laptop computer (38,7 gb)
- A target stationary computer with two partitions: (system c: 38,8 gb, d: 38,6 gb)

The problem is I cannot restore the 38,7 gb image file to the d: partition as it is 0,1 gb too small!!

I cannot use the 300 gb computer, and I cannot afford to delete the system partition of the target computer! I see only two options:
1. Resizing the partitions on target computer
2. Mounting the snapshot-image as a virtual drive (done), and copy all files but the movie-files etc to D:

Problems encountered:
1. This is impossible as the C: is the system partition and they cannot be made smaller with programs like Acronis PartitionExpert...
2. Although all files but the movies are copyed, I cannot make it boot!
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A:How to make second partition bootable / restore hd image when partition is too small?

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Hi there,

I am maintaining a windows 7 workgroup of around 50 PC's (in one room, and multiple rooms like this) in an educational institute. All hardware platforms are identical. No server. all in one workgroup

Required Task: To install Window 7 with all required software and customizations like Group policies for one account on all PC's. All PC's in Workgroup and not part of a domain.

I have made one workstation ready with all required customization and drivers etc. Now need to deploy exact same setup to all others workstations.

I learnt about SID duplication, other duplication/complications when using plain cloning of such installation. So decided to use sysprep /generalize. But I am facing problems and need help.

My READY reference computer has following:Windows 7 x86 installed and licensed
Two user account: Admin level and a Standard user account
All hardware specific drivers installed and configured. (chipset, graphics, audio)
Standard user account has customized desktop background, theme, screen saver, a few restrictions with local group policy
Admin level account also has few customization like desktop background etc.
All required software is installed, registered where required,customized.

When reference computer is imaged and deployed on others workstations I want to be able to the following:Must have uniqueness wherever required like Unique SIDs etc on a networked environment (may join a domain at later stage but not now)
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A:Need help to Deploy Windows7 image in a workgroup


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I have a Lenovo 3000 G430 Laptop with Windows 7 Home Basic Edition installed. I wanted to re-partition my 250GB hard disk into 3 logical drives. I shutdown the system and change the order of boot preference to CDRom. I had a bootable CD with me along with FDISK utility on it. I boot my laptop using bootable CD and ran FDISK to delete the existing NTFS (Non-Dos) partition.

After deleting all the partitions, When I tried to create a new partition, it displays me disk unallocated space of 8GB only. After this I had tried several partition utility but all of them display disk unallocated space of 8GB only.

I have run into problem. Can anyone help me find and resolve the issue with Disk space reporting less unallocated space of 8GB? while the actual size of harddisk is 250GB.

A:Deleted windows7 partition unavailable

Hello GPrasad, welcome to Seven Forums!

Edit: Windows Operating Systems cannot boot independently from an Extended partition / Logical drive it must be on a Primary partition for the System boot files to execute properly.

Windows will function perfectly from an Extended partition, the Windows System boot files must be stored on a Primary partition to execute properly.

There's good information you may find useful if this first tutorial linked below, then have a good look through the rest on the information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key


To start fresh with a clean installation or a clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, it may be best to over-write the Master Boot Record of any possible corruption and then use the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) for installation, have a look at the "#6 clean" option of Method One in this first tutorial linked below. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you want to completely over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible malware infection and / or to get the best possible space to do the install to or just for security purposes, have a look at these tutorials. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I have user & desktop folders on two partitions (i.e. two separate sets of each). I want to change the default desktop and also the default partition selected when I save a file.

My ACER came with the disk divided into C: and D:, labeled as Acer and Data, respectively. All my programs and boot are in C; I want all my data in D: I want the desktop that appears when I boot up to default to the desktop in D and for the computer to default to D when I save files. (Currently the computer defaults to the desktop and save path in C.) I want the boot, OS, and apps to remain in C (unless someone advises differently). Disk Manager gives the following info:

C:Simple, basic, NTFS, healthy (system, boot, page file, active, crash dump, primary partition)
D: Simple, basic NTFS, healthy (primary partition)

Vista Basic Home, 32-bit.

Thank you!

A:How make data partition default for desktop and filing data?

richc46 has just replied:

I think that this should help you saving to a default location
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Forums (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html)
Works equally well with Vista

Thank you, RichC46.

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Okay let me explain my issue hopefully clearer. My desktop computer used Windows 7. I had Microsoft Office 2007 on it and used Excel for my personal finances. I backed up my entire computer on an external hard drive(WD My Passport). My finances also backed up on a flash drive.My computer crashed. My new desktop uses Windows 10. I have tried to open the flash drive and it comes up stating it cannot read Word 2007. Any suggestions?

A:Data transfer from Windows7 to Windows10

Hi MELG8, and welcome to TSG.

Are your finance files saved to the flash drive as individual MS-Word and MS-Excel documents?

Are you having problems opening the flash drive to view the list of files saved on it or opening the files that are saved on it?

Did you install MS-Office 2007 or newer on your new computer?

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So my laptop's motherboard fried, and so I ended up creating a new desktop. I also got a usb enclosure for the old HDD, and managed to get most of the data off- with the exception of anything in my personal user folder- which includes documents, desktop files, and the download folder. Unfortunately, that is pretty much most of what I need/want. I have the old Username/password for my old windows account but I have no idea how to retrieve it, as it keeps denying me access. Any advice on how I should proceed?

A:Recovering personal data off an old windows7 HDD


You need to right click on the User/[user name] folder and select 'take ownership'. This should allow you access if you are logged on as an administrator.


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windows 7-64-bit Computer cpu &Everthing 64-bit ( and 32-Bit Format have's got) 950 GB HDD Sata  
 On the last computer,  Backup $MFT tar.gz type,Backup $MFT Gzip type,Backup $MFT zip type,Backup $MFT ?so type,Backup $MFT Rar type,Backup $MFT 7-Zip Type,....And Fat32 data recover& warning "Not Enough Disk Space low Memory" PartedMagicLiveCd
Boot(Ubuntu Boot)  Latest computer, broke before's
Wipe HDD No Registry Change,,7-Zip,HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, Zip Commands,Multimedia Formats ,ActiveXplugin and Negative Cleaner ActiveXplugin And Won't Boot Computer,,...  And Windows Application Data Recovery(Because Other's Ubuntu Application Data Recovery
Testdisk&PhotoRec)  Windows TestDisk&PhotoRec    Warning "Not Enough Disk Space  

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Hi, I'm using Windows7, dual boot with Linux Ubuntu 10.04, Recently, I installed another OS (Linux Mint). Before installing this Mint, I deleted primary partition (sda1) and created entended partition from the earlier primary partition sda1. Since that, I cannot boot into my Windows7 anymore (received error message something like "no bootable device insert boot disk and press any key"), but I've no problem in booting into both Linux Ubuntu and Mint.

I've tried a few things, but seems like the luck is not with me. Below are the things that I've tried:

1. Boot Recovery Disc Windows7 and done the Repair Startup many times (more than 5 times), still no luck.

2. Boot Recovery Disc Windows7 and chose Command Prompt to use:
Bootrec /scanos - The Windows is listed.
Bootrec /fixboot - No element found,
Bootrec /fixmbr - Completed succesfully.

3. Boot Recovery Disc Windows7 and chose Command Prompt to use Diskpart, everything seems okay for the list disk, select disk, list partiton, select partion, except the "active" command. I've been prompted with something like "Virtual Disk Service Error: the specified partition type is not valid for this operation".

I've installed back grub for me to log in into Linux Ubuntu/Mint. From Linux Gparted, I can see this windows partition is flagged as boot. Currently, I've unplugged the other 320 GB hard disk and only use one 320 GB hard disk for all the OS above. I've read a few threads with similar is... Read more

A:Can't boot into Windows7 after deleted primary partition.

I think a screen shot of the disk manger will be helpful.

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How to delete old XP partition from my dual boot system. Smaller original hard drive is in 4 partitions XP don't work after upgrades, but Windows 7 continued as normal. I had pretty much abandoned XP anyway, but now it would make sense to delete XP completely, so here is a screenshot of my set-up. Can anyone tell me what to do?

A:Deleting old XP Partition from dual boot with Windows7

Show us a screen shot of Windows Disk Management. With any luck, you can simply delete the XP partition, but that picture is needed before you do anything.

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Windows7 is not installed on my new Laptop due to the partition is of GPT format.. how to install windows 7 beside my win 8 .. help sir

A:Windows7 is not installed on my new Laptop due to the partition is of GPT format

See Win 7 Over Win 8 or Dual-Boot .
Actually, this is probably more in the line of info that you need, Install Using MBR Or GPT

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I recently cloned my HDD to a new SSD and that seemed to go okay. The original HHD had 2 partitions named Miscellaneous 1 and Miscellaneous 2. I honestly do not know where those 2 partitions came from. I guess I could have created them some years ago, but I just do not remember. As you would expect after the cloning I had those same 2 partitions on my new SSD. When I check partition properties they both show up with about 100 MB used space and 39 GB of free space. I want to clean up that drive (as well as my new drive) so I deleted them on the HDD using Disk Management. For some reason when I did that it also deleted 2 partitions that had data and pictures in them. That was okay since I have that information on the new drive, but I would like to get rid of the 2 Miscellaneous partitions on the SSD, but am afraid to do so. When I run Disk Management it does not show the missing files on the HDD (as I would expect) and does show them on the SSD (again as I would expect).

I learned about Partition Wizard Mini-tool from this forum. I ran the Partition Recovery Wizard and it shows the 2 miscellaneous and 2 data files as lost/deleted on the SSD. I have attached screen shots that hopefully will help to explain what I am trying to describe. Any comments or suggestions about what may have happened and what I need to do will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

A:Deleting an empty partition also deletes a partition with data.

One other thing I forgot to mention in my original post is I tried to run the Partition Recovery Wizard and it always tells me that at least one partition will be deleted. I don't understand that and it scared me away.

This is my first post here. Why do all the other post thread titles appear in bold and mine does not?

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Hello, I was really hoping somebody could help us. It's a bit of a strange situation we're in but I'll try to keep the facts as concise as possible.

Computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 1TB Hard Drive.

Yesterday my boyfriend discovered an 'extra' partition on his computer. He'd never seen it before and was very much enthused at having the extra space to store files etc, but sadly didn't question what, how or why this showed up randomly.

Skip to today... he went to access some of the files he put on the mystery drive, but discovered the whole thing wasn't there anymore. Cue a lot of swearing, trying to figure out what happened. We've collectively been trying to find out what might have happened for the entire day and haven't got too far.

The only idea I've struck upon is that maybe for some reason the System Reserved partition became visible and/or active for a short period of time - eg. enough time for him to start loading files into that area, but then hidden itself again? Is this even a possible or plausible idea?

If this is the case, how the heck do we get the partition to show up again and access the 'lost' data... the partition obviously isn't showing up anymore and for the life of us, we can't get it to show up using partition recovery tools either >_<

Sorry for sounding totally 'noobish' - any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be really great.

~ BitBat

A:Mystery Partition - Accidentally Put Data on System Partition??

Post a screenshot of the disk management Windows, using built in Snipping Tool.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi Folks, I have contrived to get two active partitions on my PC! After a 2 week old hard drive (D: & F -) died I replaced (now F & G) it with an old drive that had previously been configured with XP and as a boot drive. I don’t think it is acting as boot as drive C: has an active partition and boot and largely the computer runs fine with the exception of G not being search / index able? And there being a phantom path in the backup which I can’t reset. So the question!
How do I remove the active setting on G: (it holds all the variable windows data) and will it lose all the data?
Im at that point where a little knowledge is dangerous and have seen some genius replies so thought I would ask and see if you could help me out.

See attached screen shot

NB The old drive partitions were formatted before being repopulated

A:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

First, open an elevated command prompt in Windows:-

1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
Hope that helps!

EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
Exit (to exit Diskpart)


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I have a 60 GB partition for W7 system and a data partition. I would like to have the Users files and all non systems stuff go directly to the Data partition. I have done it on other systems but can't figure it out on W7. I had found in a search how to do this a while back but can't find it now. I would appreciate it if someone pointed out a link on how to accomplish this.

A:Storing data in other partition other than system partition in windows 7

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Attempting to load Acronis 2013 True image onto Windows 7 (is compatible) it gives first, the confirmation that I want to run:


publisher: 'unknown'

then the next window warns:

'Autorun.exe has stopped working'

then asks 'Check online for a solution?'
- which of course it never does.

Problem details:


Is there a setting within Windows 7 to help this out?

A:Acronis 2013 True Image - not loading Windows7

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Hi guys, I really hope someone can help me.

I've installed Windows 7 Full version 3 times now but all of my old files are still on the computer. I used 'custom install' as I read that this would wipe everything...but it didn't. ???
My pc is choc-a-block full of rubbish and I want it all gone without having to go through deleting it all manually..I've been able to wipe everything with previous windows installs so I can't understand why it doesn't work with Windows7.

Also, I have 2 partitions on my hard drive (the other has Linux on it)...I'd like to go back to just having the one & installing windows7 over everything...does anyone know how I can do this...pleeeeeeease???

forgot to mention...I'm not very tech savvy so please make any helpful hints as simple as possible. lol Thank you

A:Windows7 Full not wiping my files + partition problem

load up linux, open gparted and wipe your drive, then install windows 7...

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Hello, new here

I see other people have the same problem as me but I think I have a different cause than any of the others I've seen.

I have my current system drive (C) on a 60GB SSD. I also have a 2TB HDD that has partitions for my Recovery (F), Data (E), and Old Windows (D). I have had it setup this way for over a month working just fine.

Today I formatted the (D) partition on the HDD to add more space to the Data partition. I used MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this. Upon reboot, I got the black screen with a blinking white cursor. I rebooted from my Windows7 disk and tried to recover my system (since I back up my C&E drives along with a system image of C every morning). I also have an external that I backed up C&D and a system image of C on 3 days ago. When I tried to enter system recovery I got this message:

?This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows?

I then went into the BIOS and disabled my HDD and tried to boot override on the SSD but I got the same black screen. When I tried to enter system recovery again my operating system is no longer listed as an option even after enabling the HDD again. After that I tried to load the only system image that was listed (from my Recovery partition) but it gave me the error:

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A:Cannot boot after deleting old windows7 partition.. White cursor

Boot into Partition Wizard CD to post back a camera snap of the maximized drive map and listings: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

Normally you'd rightclick in PW CD on Win7 partition to Modify>Set to Active, click OK. If partition won't mark Active you may need to convert from Logical to Primary first: Video help on how to set partition as Primary or Logical. Keep in mind you can only have 4 Primary or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical partitions.

Then click on the HD # to highlight it, from Disk tab choose Rebuild MBR, Apply all steps, reboot.

If Win7 doesn't start boot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. You may need to download the Win7 installer with SP1 if the other two methods to access Options fail: See Step 5 in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

If these steps above don't work unplug all other HD's which may be interfering - another reason we should see the screenshot first, and you should have asked first if this is something you don't do regularly.

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