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Windows 7: System Restore: To different size drive?


08 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
System Restore: To different size drive?

Hello!

Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

I have been backing up a 2TB drive using the Windows 7 backup and it seems to be creating an image as part of the backup. Does anyone know if I can restore this image to a different size drive if the amount of data that is being backed up is not greater than the new drive size? Or is it similar to an iso image, which I believe has to go to the same size drive.

The reason is I want to get rid of the 2TB drive with the OS on it and add a raid array that would be approximately 600GB in size, but I don't want to do a full install of Windows, etc. so I would like to use the backup to install it to the raid array. I assume, in theory, this is possible because the array is handled through the bios.

Any help would be appreciated.


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08 Sep 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Also, make sure that the disk that you're restoring the backup to is the same size or larger than the disk that you backed up.
Source:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Restore-your-computer-from-a-system-image-backup

Note: You will have to make a clone - e.g. with Acronis.
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08 Sep 2010   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

WHS
will Macrium imaging do the job?
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08 Sep 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Not the free Macrium. But the Macrium pro (paid) has a cloning function. But you can get a free Acronis or Paragon that should be able to do that.

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition - Overview

This is a quote from the right side of the link:
Quote:
Restore with Shrink to restore a backup image to a free block of smaller size taking into account only the amount of actual data of the image
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08 Sep 2010   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

This is what I am planning to do for myself.
I have an existing 1TB HDD paritioned as shown.
I routinely use MS system imaging for Disk0 to include:
100 MB system reserved, active (Default)
c: 457GB OS, applications etc. (Default)
I understand (and have seen guidelines) to show that basically all I need to do is take a new 1TB disk out of the box (unformatted etc), replace existing disk 0 with the new and restore using the standard procedure.
I also keep Macrium images as a fallback if the Windows images let me down (although I've restored successfully before with the inbuilt windows image).

Nowif I (like the OP) wanted to do the same thing but with a smaller replacement disk then I understood that I could shrink c: prior to MS imaging like has been discussed by others on this forum. Make sure the new partition size is compatible with the new disk and procede as above.
Now if I used Macrium (free) imaging I thought it was happy to restore to a smaller partition thus avoiding the need to shrink c:.

This does not use "cloning" software. What have I got wrong here???


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08 Sep 2010   #6

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

You can image your drive with Macrium free. I have and use the free version.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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08 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
You can image your drive with Macrium free. I have and use the free version.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Correct, but to change it to a different drive size and configuration you cannot simply image. You must clone it. Slightly different terminology and not available in the free version.
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08 Sep 2010   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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Correct, but to change it to a different drive size and configuration you cannot simply image. You must clone it. Slightly different terminology and not available in the free version.
So in your opinion would my approach to replacing my 1TB drive not work (using MS imaging)?
and
What is cloning adding that is different?
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08 Sep 2010   #9

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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08 Sep 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

I don't believe you can clone or reimage to RAID or to a pre-partitioned HD - it must be unallocated space.
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