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Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

Q: Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

Hi Gang!

I was wondering if this would work as a poor man's backup system for Windows 7.


1) Take my daughter's laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate on it and partition the only hard disk to have a C: drive (125 Gigs) and E: drive (75 gigs).

2) Setup Windows 7 backup to backup data and disk image of the C: drive TO the E: drive.


Works OK on backup.... I know...I know.... if the hard drive fails, you loose everything.... C: and E: ..... but if you want a quick fix for virus attacks on the C: drive, or a quick way to restore files to the C: drive... this is ok.

Now... the 64 dollar question... I haven't tested this part yet.... but can you RESTORE the E: drive image of the C: drive using the SYSTEM REPAIR DISK ??

Would the restoration reformat the entire hard drive, and in effect crash the restore before it starts? Or would it just reformat the C: drive partition???

I don't know... haven't tried it yet.... have you guys tried it out before??

Thanks a bunch!!!

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Windows 7 Backup and Restore from Hard Drive with C: and E: partition

It worked for me the one and only time I tried it. But I haven't tried it since Nov 2009. I got my first Windows 7 machine in Oct 2009. I created a separate partition for backups and called it the G: drive. When it came time to use the System Repair Disc > System Restore option, it searched for the backup location, found G: and the restore worked. It treated that extra partition just like any other hard drive containing a system image ... C: was restored to it's previous condition.

But for the reason you mentioned (if the hard drive fails, etc etc) I bought an external hard drive in Nov 2009 and haven't looked back. It was also around that same time I learned about the free Macrium Reflect imaging tool. Much greater versatility than the native Windows 7 tool. If you haven't seen these...

System Image Recovery

System Repair Disc - Create

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.† The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.

On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.† It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)

Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get† backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.

any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it.†

The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.

grateful for any help.

Cheers

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 

 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

A:Vista Backup and Restore - Mediaid.bin problem cant restore from backup on Seagate USB drive-backup location not found

If you get the following error when restoring your backup to its original HD (see error code bellow)Error Description:When you use the Restore Files option to restore a backup file on a Windows Vista-based computer, you may receive the following error message: The restore did not finish successfully. Error code: The backup file could not be found. Check your hardware configuration or restore from a different backup (0x8100001A). and the Mediaid.bin file is corrupted or lost, then use the following instructions for rebuilding it:1.Unzip the sdutil.zip file and rename it from sdutil.ex_ to sdutil.exe2.Copy the sdutil.exe to the root of the driver which contains the backup files3.Open the folder Catalogs located bellow the folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx?4.Copy the file GlobalCatalog.wbcat to the root of this HD5.Go to Start -> Execute and type CMD.exe6.At this ?DOS? window type: sdutil mediaid GlobalCatalog.wbcat [HD letter (as an example D:\)]7.A new MediaID.bin is created8.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore an older backup created in this machine9.If done: it?s over!10.If it fails: Map a network driver at your LAN11.Copy the MediaId.bin file to the root of the previous mapped LAN driver12.Copy the whole folder BackupSet ?aaaammdd? ?xxxxxx? to this same driver13.Try to restore the backup as usual using the advanced restore option and next the option restore backup created in another mach... Read more

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I'm not sure if I'm doing this right. I did see some posts about backup up a system, but I'm not sure I understood the entire process, at least the way I did it. I'm not sure that I did it correctly, but I don't have an external hard drive (except for an 8GB usb drive, and that is not big enough). The purpose of my backup is just to make a recovery partition that I can copy, if something goes wrong. Obviously, if the hard drive fails, it's not going to help me, but many times things can go wrong with Windows.

I tried to use a Linux Based recovery program, but neither of my Linux live CDs that I've created seem to be able to load the kernel, for some reason, so while I'm researching that problem, I just used EaseUS partition, to make a 40 GB partition, that contains my Operating System with all of the updates. I probably could have made it smaller, but I figured I'd leave extra room just in case. Then I copied my drive C: onto a second backup partition of the same size. I left the HP recovery partition, and that left me with about 100GB of space for data storage. I plan to install programs on this partition.

But I have 2 questions concerning this:
1. Is this really going to help if I get a virus, because the backup partition is not really protected?

2. How am I going to boot from this partition if my Windows system files become so corrupted that I cannot boot? I'm assuming I need some sort of recovery disk, I just don'... Read more

A:Creating a backup partition on my hard drive?

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I can't get my backup to load to a new hard drive.  From "recover important files" it asks for the files to be "added" but I can't select files nor give it a location.  The backed up files (on a second drive) is mostly a list of files with .inp extensions.  I've seen reference to a problem with (I believe) the backup being older than the hard drive installation.  If that might be the problem is there a way to change the date of the files? or another work around.  Or, am I not doing something else right? 

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I inadvertently backed up everything except my EFI Partition. Now, I need to restore my entire system. Is this possible? Where can I find instructions? Thank you..............

A:How restore from backup without EFI partition - Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

How did you backup?

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Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD). My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive. Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it. From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

Thanks in advance,
Pete

A:want to restore backup image to a new hard drive

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Quote: Originally Posted by pl28


Hi, I was wondering if I can get some advice on how to add drivers to the Recovery Disc (DVD).

Describe this recovery disk. Where did it come from? Burned? Bought? Can you make another?


My hard drive is acting up lately and I wanted to make a clone of it. so I made an image backup of it on a external hard drive.

Made an image backup with what application?


Now I want to restore that backup image to a new hard drive (same size and same manufacturer, but unfortunately I run into a problem where the Recovery Disc does not recongize my new hard drive and therefore will not let me restore the image on to it.

I'd expect that your "recovery disk" is something you would attempt to boot from to restore an image. Are you able to boot from this "recovery disk"?

You say "does not recognize my new hard drive". Do you mean you can boot with the recovery disk and locate your previously made image file, but you cannot select the new hard drive as a destination for the image restoration? Or do you mean something else?

From what I can tell, I'm thinking that it does not have the driver in the Recovery Disc for that Hard drive. Is there a way to get that driver put on the Recovery Disc.

You didn't say what application you are using to make and restore this image. A lack of proper drivers on the recovery disk can prevent i... Read more

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Paragon Backup & Recovery?, version 10.2 free

If my backed up HD dies and I put another HD in my computer, can I do a restore to the new HD using this software?

A:Can Paragon Backup restore to a different hard drive

I find Paragon Backup & Recovery to be a very nice app. It will do what you want and it is fairly easy to use.

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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

A:Software to backup and restore the hard drive

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When attempting backup operations, I receive the following error message:

The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation. (0x8004230F)

I ran sfc /scannow, with the following message:

Found corrupt files but could not repair them.

Looking through the CBS.log, the file "settings.ini" is identified as not being repaired, and there seems to have been a lot of other activity in the scan.

How do I make repairs?

A:Unable to do system or hard drive backup/restore

Hello, MildBill.

What antivirus (if any) do you have installed on your machine? I have run into problems with using System Restore with a couple of programs. They seemed to lock the necessary files.

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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Hi,

I'm using Windows 7 and I have four hard drives in my computer labeled C, E, F and G. A few days ago I got a BSOD and my computer wouldn't start up after that. I've been having a few problems with the C drive lately so I bought a replacement and restored from my Acronis TrueImage 2010 backup. That went fine and my computer now works as it did before with my F and G drives connected, but not my E drive. If I try to start up with my E drive connected my computer just gets stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen. If I look at my BIOS settings with it connected it is not listed. It's a pretty new drive and I've never had any problems with it before. Please can someone tell me how I can start using it again?

Thanks,
Joe
 

A:Can't Access Secondary Hard Drive After Restore From Backup

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Hi,

I'm using Windows 7 and I have four hard drives in my computer labeled C, E, F and G. A few days ago I got a BSOD and my computer wouldn't start up after that. I've been having a few problems with the C drive lately so I bought a replacement and restored from my Acronis TrueImage 2010 backup. That went fine and my computer now works as it did before with my F and G drives connected, but not my E drive. If I try to start up with my E drive connected my computer just gets stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen. If I look at my BIOS settings with it connected it is not listed. It's a pretty new drive and I've never had any problems with it before. Please can someone tell me how I can start using it again?

Thanks,
Joe

A:Can't Access Secondary Hard Drive After Restore From Backup

If your G drive isn't showing up at post/in the BIOS, it means that your computer is getting timeouts when trying to communicate with it (this *could* have been the cause of your BSOD's if for some reason you had your paging file set here for example). Subsequently, if your motherboard/bios aren't seeing it, neither will Windows. Just doublecheck that it's plugged in properly with the right cables and power adapter. Try a different cable for power/data and try a different port.

If none of those work, you have a dead drive :-\

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I replaced the hard drive on my Lenovo G585 laptop and I'd like to include a restore partition. I already created a 25GB partition but how do I include a file to restore an image of my fresh system?

A:Replaced laptop hard drive, need restore partition

See here: Recovery Partition - Create

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Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to another Computer without Reinstalling them? For example, My computer Windows 7 Home Premium has many softwares, applications, programs, utilities, etc.. That i purchased and dont want to Reinstall them on new computer. Is it possible for them to work without Re-entry keys? Any help I will appreciate

A:Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to

Basically, no.

You can back-up the .exe then reinstall them, you will also want to save any license's for ease of re-registering

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Hi,

I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.

Thanks
 

A:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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I understand the need for system restore to be enabled on the C: drive. But should it be enabled on the d: drive/recovery partition?
Thank you
 

A:Should system restore be enabled on the recovery partition of the hard drive?

I have System Restore disabled on my recovery partition. I can't think of any reason why the recovery partition would have to be restored. The recovery partition is small and system recovery takes up valuable space.
 

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I would like to use Vista Ultimate's Backup and Restore Center to back up my Satellite A205-series laptop's hard drive to an external hard drive wirelessly. The external hard drive (which is NTFS-formatted) is directly attached (via a USB port) to my Belkin N+ wireless router, instead of being plugged directly into my laptop.

I know this WiFi network-based hard drive is recognized by my Satellite A205 series laptop, because it appears as "Drive Z:" when I click on "My Computer"...but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).

On the other hand, the version of Backup and Restore Center that is found on my computer at my office (also running Vista) only lists the drives on the computer at first--but includes a "More:" hyperlink whereby somebody with Admin rights can click and get access to network drives.

This "More:" hyperlink does not appear on the version of Backup and Restore Center on my Toshiba Satellite 205 laptop.

I can't even get anyone at Microsoft to talk to me without first
charging $69.95 for the "privilege".

Any suggestions?

A:Satellite A205 - Vista Backup and Restore Center with WiFi hard drive

Hi irsharp23,

> but the version of "Backup and Restore Center" that was included on my Satellite A205 laptop only allows backup to DVDs or a directly-attached hard drive--not network drives (strange for a laptop with built-in WiFi).
lol
I think this is not a Toshiba related issue. Backup and Restore Center is designed from Microsoft and Toshiba has nothing to do with that. So I think you have to get in contact with Microsoft guys to ask for a solution or maybe there is an update for this tool.
Have you checked this?

Furthermore why you don?t connect the external HDD directly to your notebook? I don?t see a reason for connecting such a backup HDD via network because this backup image can only be used on your notebook.

Alternative I can recommend Acronis True Image that can save backup images on network or you use Microsoft SyncToy to synchronize your files between notebook and network. ;)

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I recently had to reinstall Windows Vista Home Premium on my PC. Before I did that, I made a backup from the Backup and Restore Center onto my WD My Book Essential qith half a terabyte of memory. The device had and has some files of its own on it --
it was a couple of programs that I don't see any reason to use, thoug hI didn't see any harm in leaving them there. The backup is labeled HOUSE-PC, the name of the user account I backed it up from, though as far as I am aware it backed up all the files across
all of the user accounts on my PC.
I've reinstalled Windows and am now trying to retrieve the data from my backup, again using the Backup and Restore Center, but the Center won't recognize the backup on my external drive. I've tried using the Advanced Restore function and choosing the option
Files from a Backup Made on a Different Computer, but I still have no results. Have I done something wrong, or is there something wrong with my backup?
Additional info: The backup's file path and organization is as follows: On the root folder, there is a folder labeled HOUSE-PC, where my backup is located, as well as a few other folders and files that came with the drive. In HOUSE-PC, there is a folder
labeled, "Backup Set 2011-02-28 165830," inside of which there are two folders: one by the same name, and one labeled Catalogs. The Catalogs folder is protected and only contains the BackupCatalog (not to imply I know what that means); in the other folder
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A:Cannot restore Windows from a backup on an external drive.

Hi,
You should be able to use Windows Recovery environment (installation media) to recover the image.

Please share the output of the following command after booting into recovery environment and opening a command prompt.
1. WBADMIN GET VERSIONS -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
Note: Assuming your backups are stored in F:.

If you are able to see the version you can use following command for complete PC recovery.
WBADMIN START SYSRECOVERY -version:<Version> -backupTarget:F: -machine:David-PC
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When I installed windows 7 on my computer, I had forgotten to RAID my dual drives together. Can I do a windows backup onto an external hard drive, then raid my drives together, reinstall windows 7 and then do a restore? I wanna have everything exactly the same but with my drives raided together. Thanks

A:Windows Backup to restore drive after RAID

Hello con3636, welcome to Seven Forums!



A lot of users are having serious issues running Windows 7 from a RAID setup and there is really nothing to be gained with such a configuration; if you're trying to get faster access times you'd have better success using a Solid State Drive (SSD) for a boot drive and having your data on a spinner.

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To begin with, I have a Comtia A+ Ceritification, and am attending college classes to earn my Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certs.

Ok, I am trying to figgure out the best way to go here.

Currently, what I have is two hard drives partitioned as follows.
Disk 0
152.66 GB total
102 MB Boot Partition Linux FS (File System) - has Boot Loader on it.
50.79 GB System partition, NTFS - has Windows XP Home (26.1 GB free)
58.59 GB Unknown, Linux FS
2.00 GB Unknown, Linux
41.18 GB Free space (Unformatted.)

Disk 1
57.27 GB Total
37.67 GB NTFS - Contains Data (including install apps for most of my applications). (25.7 GB free)
19.60 GB Fat32 - Used for System Restore Only (19.5 GB free)

Now.. The reason for the 102 MB boot partition, was originally I couldn't get the dual boot to Linux Redhad Fedora with it being so far into the drive. So I had to supply a small boot partition at the beginning of the drive to dual boot.

I need to remove the linux, recover that 102 MB into my Drive C. Upon recommendations from my brother, I probably will also remove the 60 GB drive and put in a 200 GB drive (though I don't need the space off hand.)

Along with this, I also need to setup a partition to recieve a 180 day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 to play with while taking the associated class at college for my MCSE certifications. This will include Active Directory and several other services.

I am thinking of creating two 20 GB partitions on the 200 GB drive, fo... Read more

A:backup, partition, restore, oh my!

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Ok so my problem here might seem a little complex but im going to go ahead and type it all out in hopes someone can help me out. Here goes:

Ok so I have a 160 GB HDD that Win7 is installed on. I have a slave drive that's 320 GB that has Windows XP on it. (I boot from the 160 GB Win7 HDD).

I have an 80 GB laptop HDD with USB enclosure which I want to use to make a complete disc image of using the Win7 backup utility from the Control Panel. The Win7 HDD has 70 GB used on it so I have enough space on the external laptop HDD.

So this all sounds good like ok what is the problem? So here's the problem...Win7 Backup Utility automatically keeps highlighted the HDD's which need to be imaged for Windows to funtion properly (according to the backup utility). So when I click the Backup and Restore option in the Control Panel and then click Create a system image, I choose my external HDD (the 80 GB laptop HDD in USB enclosure) and I hit next. On the next screen it has the Win7 160 GB HDD and the 320 GB Windows XP HDD checked and they are greyed out so I can not click either of them. So now my total backup is going to take up alot more space than the 80 GB HDD external can hold.

Solution I tried:

I shut down and unplugged the Win XP HDD from the MoBo and attempted to start the computer up. I received an error telling me that I have no active boot partition or something along those lines can't remember it word for word. So I shut down again and plugged the XP HDD ba... Read more

A:Windows 7 Backup Utility/Active System Partition Drive Problem

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I recently had a hard drive fail on my laptop. I was able to recover my data as well as the "system restore/recovery" partition.

Due to the fact that my computer did not come with a seperate Windows XP disk, I really need my "system restore/recovery" partition to be put one my new hard drive so I can install xp.

How? How do I put the partition on the hard drive so when the computer boots up it gives me an option of doing a system restore?

any help would be appreciated.

Bryan in Tucson

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I have a question on ability to restore from an image based backup with a Win 8 compatible backup program (Acronis 2014 Premium), and not fully familiar with EFI. System is preinstalled Windows 8 on Asus F75 laptop, so disk is GPT.

Here are the partitions:
1. 300 MB EFI System Partition, FAT32
2. 900 MB NTFS Recovery Partition (would seem to be the MS Reserved partition)
3. 279 GB NTFS OS Partition
4. 398 GB NTFS Data Partition
5. 20 GB NTFS Recovery Partition

Forgetting about the 20 GB Recovery partition and the Data partition, if I wanted to return to a previous point in time for the OS, would I restore the OS partition (3), the MS Reserved Partition(2), AND the EFI System Partition, or would restoring the EFI System Partition not normally be done or recommended?

A:Partition Based Backup/Restore

Hi TheJoker,

I can't comment on Acronis but I do know that when you create a system image using the inherent Win 7 Recovery tool. It cpoies all system partitions by default and restores all partitions by default. See screenshot and good luck.

Update: It also gives you the option to include additional drives and/or partitions as well but I don't have any of those.

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I have two partitions--C: contains Windows and installed apps; D: contains my data. I used "Create a system image" on the Backup and Restore screen to create an image on a USB drive (F. Asked "Which drives do you want to include in the backup?", I left D: unchecked and created the required images for "System Reserved (System)" and "System (C (System)". Everything proceeded normally.

I tested this by attempting to restore with the aid of a System Repair Disc. All went well, until I got a screen offering me an opportunity to:Format and re-partition disks.
Select this to delete any existing partitions and reformat all disks to match the layout of the system image.
And, of course, this is where I bailed out.

I want to restore only the C: partition, without changing D:. Is this possible?. Should I have made an image of the D: partition as well? Had I done so, could I have prevented restoring the D: image?

A:Help! Backup and restore the system partition

Were you using Windows built-in Backup/Restore function? If so, I don't know how to help you. I do know Macrium Reflect free or pay-for will do what you want.

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Hello: newbie here

I looked but I couldn't find the answer. I had made a full image of 3 drives using Win 7 backup tool. However, since then, I have removed 2 of the disks but I want to restore just one of the drives where the OS was installed (these are physical HDD= 3). Windows restore CD does not let me restore just one drive since the image is for all 3.
Is there any way that I can force windows 7 to restore just one of the drives from the the full image with 3 drives? Unfortunately, the drives that I removed already have new data in another PC and pretty big (2T each). I don't to buy 2 drives just to install the OS image.

thank you

A:Restore from full image just one drive.. Possible? Windows Backup tool

Hello vlsi99x, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If the two HDDs that you removed were only data drives and not system drives, then yes you could use step 8 or 9 in the tutorial below to only restore the system drive (step 8 easiest way) or exclude the drives you don't want restored (step 9).

System Image Recovery

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,
I recently did a system restore and it has created an extra hard drive RECOVERY (D:) Does anyone know how I can get rid of this, there does not seem to be any up to date info on it, only these,

Dell - Recovery - Temp - tmp and ResSys

I used to do a system image every night to my second hard drive - Hard Drive2 (B:) now when I go to back and restore settings this drive no longer appears and I am unable to do my system image. The drive appears everywhere else, my computer, windows explorer etc.

Please, can anyone one help me out,

many thanks,

Chris.

A:System restore has created a new drive (recovery) plus, windows backup

Have you tried restoring any of your previous system images? If not, and you made a system repair disk, try booting your computer up with it and see if your system images on 2 HDD are availble to recover your computer. If you didn't make a system boot disk, then go into Backup and Restore in the Control Panel and open "Recover system sytem settings on your computer". Then open "Advanced recovery methods" and select "Use a system image you created earlier to recover your computer". Your computer should reboot then and take you to the Recovery Console.

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I ran an Image back up of my C: drive (using Windows 7 & an external usb drive) after getting warning messages that the Hard Disk was failing and to back up the drive.  I got a replacement 500 GB internal drive to restore the Image to and got as far as the Windows Login Screen after the Image Restore was complete and then automatically rebooted.  I typed my password in under my profile BUT, it was not accepted/ recognized... (I can't remember the exact wording) There are 2 profiles that come up, at that point, (just before going into Windows)...Mine, and my g-friends, whom, for whatever reason, WAS able to login to her profile  ...
 
Can anyone tell me how to bypass or fix this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
 
I have an Acer Aspire 5750-6414, 500 GB, Serial ATA, and running  Windows7.

A:Unable to login 2 Windows after backup and Image restore of drive

It's possible that because the hard drive was failing, your profile was corrupted and restoring the image still resulted in a corrupted profile. Try the following.
 
If you gf's account is admin then log into her account and change/clear the password of your account in "User Accounts" of control panel.
 

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I've got Acronis True Image 10.
Can I backup all emails and then restore to a new installation of the hard disk?

Erm: OK... that might sound dumb!
That's *exactly* what it's supposed to do right!!?

I've got a copy of XP Tablet which is dying.
I want to do a full original installation restore and restore the emails.

Just wanted to double check!!

Also: I've made a backup (of another PC).
I have a file size that is 9GB.
How can I store this onto DVD discs?
And how can I make the discs be bootable??
So that I can juts restore the whole system by booting from the DVD discs?

Thanks!
OM
 

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I have a Dell XPS800 which shipped with XP Pro Media Center Edition. Lost the disks in a move last year. Requested replacement disks from Dell, but all they had were XP Pro non-media center (which they shipped). So I backed up and did a restore to factory state from the 3rd partition (Ctrl-F11). All is well UNTIL the inevitable HD failure, so, is there a way to make a bootable clone/copy of the restore partition as a recovery CD or DVD since the partition is FAT32 and hidden? I have been able to determine it was created by Norton Ghost v 8.5 . And yes, I am purchasing a second identical drive to do a full XXClone, but HDs are still not a true backup and I hate the install/uninstall hassle of Norton(Symantec).

A:Clone/Backup Dell Restore Partition?

Hi jagsrus and welcome to TSF !

Can you still boot within Windows ? See if there's some preinstalled program in the start menu that allows to create backup/recovery CD's, it's not available for all models though.

What's the brand and model of the failing hard drive ? Some hard drive manufacturer's utility softwares can make a 1:1 copy of the whole drive to another drive.

I've never tried to create a recovery CD from the backup partition using something else than the preinstalled program made specifically for that purpose so can't help much with that. I asked the question once about cloning a whole drive content and got this reply, don't know if it'll help.

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Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition as long as there is enough space allocated for the space used ?

I transferred my Test Box triple boot OSs from a HD spinner to an SSD.
I had to make the OS partitions smaller for this transfer.
Macrium Reflect free recreated the SSD partition to the original HD size during the restore.
It didn't restore the image to the smaller SSD partition.
It deleted my 2nd pre-allocated partition so it could have a 120 GB partition to restore to.
The HD partition is 120 GB with ~20 GB of used space.
The SSD partition is 65 GB.

I ended up using Acronis, as it can restore to a smaller partition size.

Did I miss something when creating or restoring the Macrium image that would allow restoring to a smaller target size partition ?

A:Can Macrium restore a backup image to a smaller partition ?

Macrium must be restored to a larger or partition of equal size.
At least for the free version which I have.

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I'm running Windows 7 64x Home Premium on a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop. I just got it back from the warranty repair center, where they replaced the hard drive and graphics fan & heatsink, and reloaded the factory windows version. Before I sent it out for repair, I used Windows Backup to create a backup of all my files on a Toshiba casio 500GB external USB drive (I had over 300 GB of files, so it was easier to use Windows Backup than drag and drop all the files, at least at the time). Now that I have the laptop back, I'm having trouble restoring my files. When I go to Control Panel-> Backup & Restore, a message appears in the restore section, saying "Windows could not find a backup for this computer." I've tried reconnecting the drive as well as restarting my computer, but to no avail. I can see and explore the files in My Computer, so I know the hard drive is properly connected. I appreciate any help you can give.

Thanks,
Dobber9
 

A:Backup External drive seen by My Computer, but not Backup & Restore

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I am asking how I can un-partition a 500 GB hard drive in windows XP. It is partitioned in half two 250 GB drives.. There fore, I only have 250GB to work with on my C drive. I want the whole 500 GB and do not want the partition.  I understand that windows XP does not have a program to do that with.  How else can this be done?
 

A:un-partition the hard drive in windows XP

How to Make Two Partitons Into One (Windows, XP, Vista, 7)

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Should I have 2 partitions on my Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM 16MB SATAII Hard Drive...one for Windows XP, and the other for my files? I've heard it speeds up the computer, but I'm not sure. If I should do this, how big of a partition should I do for XP Home, and what type of partition should it be?
 

A:Hard Drive Partition and Windows XP?

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the hard drive on my sony vaio is split c drive is 14g d drive is 130g
it came from the factory set up like this. everything i down load or programs i add go to c drive and i am showing c is nearly full. while d remains nearly empty. how do i fix this so i can use all this memory that is just sitting there.

perhaps i should add to this post.. my computer is about 3 yrs old sony vaio desk top with hyper thread. it suposedly had 160g of memory. i don't add a lot of programs or files. but recently i went to defrag it and thats when i got a msg that i was working with less than 15 percent memory.. so i cleaned out some stuff and got it back up to 20 percent.. but meanwhile my system reads

C: partition basic NTFS 13.97 capacity 2.49 free
D: Partition basic NTFS 129.07 capacity 126.76 free
unnamed partition NTFS 6.10 capactity (i assume this is the memory the o.s. uses?) 2.09 free

i know just enough about a computer to destroy is so im very wary of getting into something that i can't fix as im just a moderate user.. but seems to me i have a lot of memory that i am not able to use without doing something. is there an easy fix? thanks again for your help...
 

A:windows xp Hard-Drive-Partition

You may use the Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 to fix this by having it merge your both partitions in one.

However, I don't understand why your retailer wants to do the 14G/130G ?

By judging the space you have, that is, 175G, approx which it isn't existed yet.

So my second conclusion is that you are running two hard drives, or a three partitions, one is hidden by the factory default. I suggest you to be extremely careful with the hidden partition. They are most likely to be the recovery partition, which we recommend you not to touch it at all.
 

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Hi guys i have just setup my computer with the windows 7 on its own hard drive and all my data on a seperate hard drive.
My question is whats the best way to partition this second hard drive, i dont want to loose the data on it if possible.
I know it can be done in the computer managment with shrink volume, but i dont understable the numbers i would like to shrink one partition to approx 250 gb to store my documents and then leave the rest as a 500 Gb drive.

i have tried Acronis disk director but i had to reformat the drive after as it trashed the drive.

i have attached a screen shot of the shrink volume dialog box

Can someone please help me.

A:Best way to partition a hard drive with windows 7

Take look here:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hi there,
I use Windows 7 beta with WD hard drive, I try to resize my boot partition with Disk Managament bulid-in Windows 7, it's so diffcult to handle.
You guys who know the way to resize partition with Disk Managament bulid-in Windows 7?
Or a simple way with other partition software?
 

A:partition hard drive in Windows 7

Hiya,

I've used this partition manager from Easeus to create a partition to put windows 7 on. It's nice and easy to use and is free for the home edition. Should do what you need to do.

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
 

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When I hunt for how to do a backup, I only get instructions that apply to older versions of OneNote. Is there no way to backup data on Windows 10 version?
Thanks. Robin

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This is my set-upLenovo W520 on factory installed Windows 7 Professional OSTwo 500 GB Internal Hard drive on Raid 1 (factory installed):NO DVD burnerHave a 2TB External Hard drive partitioned into three - #1--600GB;  #2-- 600GB;    #3--600+GBI already created a "Factory recovery disk" from the thinkvantage tool and put it in partition #1 The next step is to create a backup of my system, application and data.Thinkvantage tools offers 2 options:1. Windows backup2. Rescue & RecoveryQuestion 1: With the set-up as listed above, what is the best  & most effective way to backup a Raid 1 on Windows 7 Pro OS? How do you do it? How often to backup? (I am just a beginner on RAID) Question 2:OR do you use other Back-up/ Imaging software??? (e.g. Acronis,paragon system backup,norton ghost , novabackup, nero backit up)   

A:Best Way to Backup a Raid hard drive on Windows 7 ...

RAID-1 is mirroring, so in a way you are always backing up your HDD, in real time.  If one of the HDDs fails, you still have 100% of the data on your other HDD.  I guess it is possible that both of your HDDs could fail at once, in which case you will wish you had a backup.  
 
For Windows 7, I recommend using the "Create System Image" feature of the built-in backup and restore utility.  Then, make sure you create a system repair disc and store it in a safe place, in case it is ever needed to restore a backup.  In addition to this, because you are using RAID, you will need to have the RAID device driver on a memory key somewhere - the repair disc will need it because the RAID driver probably isn't built-in to Win7.
 
Some people prefer R&R, but I only use it on XP.  For Win7, I use the built-in backup and restore utility - it's quite good.

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Hello Gang,

I just bought a new external hard drive from Transcend. It has a "one-touch backup" system that has a software to backup my computer. It seems really good from what I have been reading from the manual. It also says that it can encrypt it with 256-AES.

However, I am debating to whether use the software on the device or just use Windows Backup. I have Ultimate, so I can use BitLocker for an encryption solution here.

Also, I believe the Hard Drive is in FAT format. Should I change it to NTFS??

Thank you guys, I apologize for asking lots of questions..

A:Should I use Hard Drive's Software, or Windows Backup?

It's a matter of personal choice as to which backup software you use, but if you can't decide either way, you can use both.

For example, you could use Windows to create a system image, and then use Transcend's software to create incremental backups of of your personal data.

As for the hard drive's format, change it to NTFS as it can handle larger cluster sizes and it will be quicker. You can use the Windows Disk Management utility to do it, just delete the existing FAT partition then create a new NTFS one and give it a quick format.

In fact, you could create two partitions on it: one for a full system image backup and the other for incremental backups of your personal stuff.

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Alright so my C: Drive is a new SSD and is 80GB in size, with only 30GB used. When I run windows backup though, it says that the system image is not on just the c: drive, but also the s: drive, which is where i store my steam games. When I add the size used on the s: drive and the c: drive, that is roughly the size of my backup, therefore I am assuming that it is backing up my steam games, which I could careless about.

I do not understand why my s: drive is being included in the backup. When I originally installed 7, I just had the SSD plugged in. Also, I cannot find any files that are related to the operating system on my s: drive. Just steam games. And yes I enabled hidden folders to be viewed.

Does anyone have an idea why windows would do this? I attached some screen shots.

A:Windows 7 Backup Bigger than Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by cabrams1987


Alright so my C: Drive is a new SSD and is 80GB in size, with only 30GB used. When I run windows backup though, it says that the system image is not on just the c: drive, but also the s: drive, which is where i store my steam games. When I add the size used on the s: drive and the c: drive, that is roughly the size of my backup, therefore I am assuming that it is backing up my steam games, which I could careless about.

I do not understand why my s: drive is being included in the backup. When I originally installed 7, I just had the SSD plugged in. Also, I cannot find any files that are related to the operating system on my s: drive. Just steam games. And yes I enabled hidden folders to be viewed.

Does anyone have an idea why windows would do this? I attached some screen shots.


Windows Backup is probably trying to backup the whole of that Hard Drive. You should try WindowsEasyTransfer. It lets you choose what to back-up.

Thanks,
ZeshanA

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I have a new HP envy t215 desktop with intel I7 Processor on a Megatrends MB with an EFI partitionThe computer came with windows 7 pro but I want to temporally installWindows 8.

I want to remove the hard drive with Windows 7 Pro and insert a new 1TB Sata drive for a fresh install of windows 8. I have an almost new 1TB Sata WD hard drive formatted GPT/NTFS.I have completely wiped the hard drive. I will have to have the EFI partition on the windows hard drive.

The real question is will the windows 8 OEM software create the correct partitions when the system is installed.I know I need the EFI partition and the operating system partition at a minimum.

Any help would be much appreciated

Thanks

A:Windows 8 and 7 install EFI partition new hard drive

If you want to install to UEFI and the PC is already set that way for Win7, then you need to boot the Win7 DVD as a UEFI device, since the HD is blank it should not be a problem for the installer to format it as a GPT disk and include the EFI System partition.

Let us know if there are any problems.

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* My old hard drive is starting to give up and I want to find out the best way to restore Windows XP without losing the date on the 1TB Drive.

My old 200GB hard drive Partitions are C, D, E, F, G, H

My new 1TB hard drive Partitions are J, K, L, M, N, O This drive only got my backup files etc but does have any installed programs.

Iíve attach a link to a screenshot of my Hard Drive Layout http://www.iforce.co.nz/View.aspx?i=ktmpqyx4.jpg

I havenít installed anything on the J drive because this is where I would like to reinstall windows only rename the J drive (Win) as reminder notice. If I go ahead and unplug my old hard and make my new hard primary drive will I lose my entire partition layout on 1TB drive?
 

A:Reinstalling Windows XP on new Hard Drive Partition

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Hi

I just bought a ssd drive and I have 2 partitions. 1 is for work and one is for personal. I did a fresh install for my personal partition. However for work I want to make a clone(it would be a huge pain to setup everything again) of it on my ssd drive.

Original Drive

1 Tb seagate hard drive and has my 100gb work partition with windows 7 on it.

I want to now take that partition and put it on a partition of the ssd drive.

I tried to use

Acronis Disk Director to make a copy of it and I tried DriveImage XML to do a clone of it and I get the same result both times.

The cloning finishes and I was unable to acess my work windows 7. I used "EasyBCD 2.1.2" to hookup my computer so it can handle dual boot(my fresh windows 7 and my work windows 7).

I loaded into my work windows 7 partition and it comes to the login screen and everything is all good till I try to log in.

I get a screen that goes "personalizing settings". After like 5 minutes it goes to another screen with a dialog box in the top left corner.

"setting up personalized settings for: web platform customizations".

After 45mins it is still on this screen.

I don't know why this is happening.

Edit

I should mention that I can log into my work partition under safe mode. It does not run into that problem but it comes up with a message saying the "profile is broken....."

A:How to Clone a Windows 7 Partition to a new Hard Drive?

chobo,

First, amplify your system specs please.

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec (left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) orSIW or System Info

Add the word laptop or desktop or netbook to the
?system manufacturer? block, for example,
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.
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Now, related is: What is the size of the SSD?

2nd, Post following please:
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.


Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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thanks, karl

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OK well recently I was having problems with my PC and an MMORPG, I was trying to fix certain things, and well one thing lead to another, and files were deleted which were neccesary to start Windows. (These files which were deleted, were being shared by spyware, and other certain programs... )

Well anyway, attempted to repair the PC, by installing the lost files by booting up with the "i series" Recovery CD-ROM for Windows Home Edition SP1A. Anyway the person, who was doing this apparently couldnt get it to work, and decided to install Windows XP all together. And by attempting to do this chose to delete the partition of memory which contained all my information. (MY HARDDRIVE) Well I dont believe I have a Windows XP Home Edition CD, because frankly, it was installed by the company I bought it from. I was only given this Recovery CD, and am not sure what to do. Basically I have an empty PC right now. Nothing.... Zilch.... Nadda....

Any ideas? Is there anyway I can order an actual copy of Windows XP? I mean I have the Serial Number and everything, just no actual copy of Windows XP on a CD.

Edit: Pc was purchased from IBuyPower.com, I have yet to contact them about getting an actual hard copy of Windows XP, do you think they would send me one? I did purchase it technically.
 

A:Hard Drive Partition deleted, No Windows XP CD!?

Hi Lockecole, Welcome to TSG !!
Turn on the PC, put in the Recovery CD
Shutdown the PC and reboot. It should start from the cd. Select Format and reinstall.
If it doesnt start from the cd, at boot up press Delete or F2 to get into BIOS. Find the Boot Order and select boot from CD, Save your changes and reboot
 

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I currently have a 1TB hard drive with a factory install of Windows 10 on my machine. What I'd like to do is copy everything from that partition over to a 250GB partition on my 3TB drive, so I can dual boot with Arch Linux.

My question is: how do I go about it? I've done a little research about cloning the partition, but a lot of the articles I've read seem to suggest that if you're cloning a 1TB source drive, then you need a 1TB destination drive, as it copies the full whack, not just the used space. So I had a look at just copying just the used space, and there was some stuff about hidden files, and having to copy the whole partition for Windows 10 to work.

My current Windows 10 install probably amounts to around 35GB, so I don't need a 1TB partition. I just want to copy the OS to a different drive and have it boot normally. Is there an easy way to do this? Any suggestions would be appreciated--suggested software (Linus or Windows), methods, etc.
 

A:Copying Windows 10 Partition to a new hard Drive

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