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

04 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Restore Windows 7 System Image to another hard drive!!!

Hello!!!

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

Thanks!!!

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04 Feb 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What drive did you create the backup image on? Do you have the Windows 7 install DVD ?
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04 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hassaanid,

Sorry, but you must use a HDD that is the same size or larger than the one the system image was created for. You will not be able to do a system image recovery to a smaller HDD.
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04 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I created backup on external hard disk and i also have installation disc when i try to restore system image by using repair your computer option from installation disc then i click on restore system image then i select the latest system image that is stored on external media then format and repartition option is already checked and in grayed (unavailable) format then i click next then at the time when the time for starting restore process it says "element not found" PLZ tell me how can i do this without any errors?
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04 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yes i know but i created system image of only two drives System drive where my windows installed and other one is system reserved drive and the size of system image is only 22GB and i have three partitions on my 320GB HDD. Primary C size is 50GB, D size is 124GB and E size is 124GB. Why this error occurs? the size of the partition is more than the size of system image...
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04 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

A system image is a clone of the selected HDD's backed up.

You got the error because you are trying to restore a image backup for a 640GB HDD on a 320GB HD. It doesn't matter how large the actual image file is, it's the total size of the selected HDD's that the image was created for that matters.

To restore the image, you must restore it to a HDD that is at least 640GB or larger.
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04 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

if i connect my 640gb hdd then can i be able to restore my image? Becoz the original hdd is connected. If it is not possible then tell me any other possible way to restore my system image. What does "element not found" error means in this case?
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04 Feb 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hassaanid,

The "element not found" error means that Windows 7 could not find a connected HDD drive large enough for you to be able to select to restore the image to.

If you connect the 640GB HDD back, then you should be able to restore to it.
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04 Feb 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hassaanid,

The "element not found" error means that Windows 7 could not find a connected HDD drive large enough for you to be able to select to restore the image to.

If you connect the 640GB HDD back, then you should be able to restore to it.
Just a thought. If you could shrink your partitions to less than 320G on the 640G drive and imaged them would that work?
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04 Feb 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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