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Windows 7: Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

10 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Using Macrium to backup and restore to a new drive

I have read the post about Macrium Image your system with free Macrium (all 12 pages) but my question is can I make an image backup of my current hard drive, remove it and put in a new hard drive and restore to it? I currently have a 160 gig hard drive partitoned in two. C has the os and D has all the programs I use and all personal files. I also have all personal file saved off site. I want to replace the hard drive with a faster larger hard drive. Is it possible to do using Macrium?

Thank you

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10 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Using Macrium or Windows Imaging.
A current Disk Management screenshot will help the description.
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11 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

You are saying yes? I can do it?

Picture as requested.

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11 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I already said it can be done and your configuration looks quite simple.
I can't comment on how comfortable you are in doing it.

My experience: using Windows imaging I have restored to 2 new HDD. I also used Macrium to restore an additional recovery partition Windows could not restore.

I have restored a full system with Macrium but not personally to a new HDD. There is no reason Macrium won't do the whole job. You have to try it - a new standard HDD is dirt cheap.

Here is what you do:
1) Make a Macrium image set of partitions C: and D:
2) Take your old HDD out. Put the new HDD in by itself.
3) With Windows imaging you do not need to preformat the new HDD. With Macrium you may need to. Start by just putting in the new HDD as it comes or format it. If the process doesn't work unformatted, format and repeat the steps.
4) Boot from the Macrium linux restore C: partition first. Accept the partition as Active primary and accept Replace MBR.
5) Macrium restore will loop back and allow you to restore partition D:.
6) Attempt to boot.
7) If boot fails you may need to repair some boot files. Then run the Windows system repair DVD and run repair up to 3 times.

Give it a go and if you get stuck we will attempt to help out.
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11 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thank you very much for the replies. I have built three computers to date and done many other things on them but never used an image to replace a hard drive. I usually put the new one in and reinstall everything. The new hard drive I have has been formatted and partitioned already.
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