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Windows 7: Need help to restore my COMPLETE system to new PC

26 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate, 64bit
 
 
Need help to restore my COMPLETE system to new PC

Hello.
I made/cloned a system image of my c and E drive, (2 different physical drives) using Windows 7 backup and restore program. my system is windows 7 ultimate, C (as usual) is my windows drive - consisting of 120GB data, while E is my additional data (pics, music, etc drive. E uses 1 terabyte of data.
This was backed up on an internal 1 TB drive. drive
Now I bought a new PC, because I would like to have 2 identical systems. The new one has a new blank but formatted 1.5 TB drive, and I want to restore my complete system (C and E drives) to the new computer on the one drive. I connected my 1 TB internal Sata drive (with the image backup) in the new PC and then tried to restore all my data. However, only my C drive keeps being restored. When started the computer recognizes both physical drives and shows that all the "image data" are there. It doesn't say it's corrupted. It also doesn't give me any options, it just installs only the c drive, How can I restore both drives to my new 1.5 hard disc? I tried all day yesterday, but nothing works.
I need help desperately. Thanks for any assistance and response.

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26 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Did you partition the new drive ? (IE: C and E drives)
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26 Nov 2010   #3

7 all the way!
 
 

you kinda lost me there at the last part. the post is a little bit hard to read/understand due to the lack of indention and paragraph but we'll work with that .

you said you want to make identical copies of your pc? the first question that would arise is do you have a different key for the new pc? if not, we'll have problems later. but if it is OEM, we won't have any problems there. if I understand correctly, you have a 1.5tb drive and have partitioned them correctly. you want to restore the image to the c drive (no problems there) and the other files on another partition (probably d or e). do you want to restore another image on another partition or I just misinterpreted there? if so, you cannot restore another image to the other partition if you did not partition it as a system drive. but why do that?

if I'm correct, a system image cannot restore your files. it only saves the "windows" portion and disregard the others. if you want to copy your files, you have to manually move them from the old pc to the new. you can also follow the other backup settings but i have no experience in that. for me, I choose to manually move my files meaning I have no experience besides system image.

I hope I helped you on something and was not just posting some useless crap due to my lack of understanding
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26 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

There is no need to "image" a data drive. All you need to do is copy data back and forth. Stop trying to restore the data image, just copy it (Ya, the 1 TB) and paste it to the data partition on the new drive.
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26 Nov 2010   #5

windows 7 ultimate, 64bit
 
 

thanx guys for your response. Sorry about the mixed up sentences. I wrote the first post in wordpad and then copied it. I'm new to this. I use my PC mainly for studio recording purposes. I live in both Europe and the Caribbean and I want to have an identical setup in both places. It's true that I could have just copied my data E drive, but when I read the thing about COMPLETE backup and restore your system in Windows 7, I thought, "cool", and that's what I did. Now I'm back in the Caribbean with my system image drive, and a new pc (Yes, legit windows 7 ultimate, also) but Windows restores only my C drive, although an image of my E drive was also made. I need to work quickly and because both PCs are not in the same physical location, I can't just go back and copy the data drive, which I should have been smart enough to do from the beginning. Anyway, it should be possible to do this. Windows help files claim this.
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26 Nov 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate, 64bit
 
 

Another thing Japels, is that Windows 7 info claims to back up the complete PC - all drives and data, not just the system - that's why I did this. Thanx, again for replying so quickly.
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26 Nov 2010   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It looks like you are trying to get windows to reimage onto one physical drive an image set made from 2 physical drives. That is form 2 partitions on the new drive. One for the old C: and one for the old E:.
I'm not sure Windows imaging will do this. If the image set came from 2 partitions of one drive then there wouldn't be a problem. In this case Windows may want to reimage to 2 separate drives.
I could be wrong see what others think.
You may have been better with different imaging software which could certainly do this. (Now that really helps, doesn't it!!).
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26 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate, 64bit
 
 

Thanx, I will try this.
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26 Nov 2010   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The other thing I should mention is that your image actually contains an image (2 vhd files here) of 2 partitions as well as the 2 drives. You must always reimage to partitions at least as large as the partition they were imaged from (irrespective of the size of the actual image).

I also wouldn't dismiss the earlier suggestion of making 2 partitions on the new 1.5TB provided provided the partitions are big enough.
It's getting late here so I have to go.
Good luck
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26 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have WD or Seagate on either end of the imaging then you can use their excellent free Acronis cloning or imaging apps on the Support Downloads webpage for those HD makers. It is more flexible than Windows 7 backup imaging, as are free Macrium Reflect and Paragon backup 10 programs.

It is possible Windows 7 will not start on the new HD without using an adapting program like Paragon Adaptive Restore boot CD on the new HD once reimaged, or do the imaging using Acronis 10+ with Universal Restore. Otherwise you'll have to clean reinstall.

I would follow Bill's suggestion to copy your data over into it's partition after reimaging just the OS drive.

To activate go to Computer>Properties to change the Product Key to the new one. If there is no link there to Change Key, use an elevated Command Prompt to change key by typing slmgr -ipk followed by a space and then the new Product Key. Once accepted, activate with slmgr -ato

You may run into a non-Geniune problem trying to reimage with the old Product Key still installed. If so, remove it before imaging using slmgr -upk and then slmgr -rearm from elevated Command Prompt.
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