Quote: Originally Posted by sony
Thank you for your answer.
All three Harddrives are Samsung HD501LJ 500GB.
I compared, the number of cylinders are the same at both: 60801.
But there is a small differnce in the physikal sector.
The next time i should inform me before i'll do something
Because it is not easy for me now, i made the image from my system when it was "clean" and "fresh" and now it isn't, so i don't want to do an image now.
So do you think it could work on a bigger HDD or is there no chance?
If i choose "only restore partition" it is working but only the 100MB Partition. I can't choose the "os partition".
Sorry for my bad english, I'm from Austria.
In the first place, your English is not that bad, and since my German only consists of a few phrases I am both jealous of you and admire you for knowing two languages when I do not.
We at Windows Seven Forums (and Eight Forums and Vista Forums) are just here to help if we can, but your thanks is appreciated.
The simple answer to your two questions above is yes, the image should restore to a larger than 500 GB hard drive. And you should be able to select only the OS partition to restore ie: sdb2.
I would say you have several options and although it may seem like a lot of work, you have the chance to practice using this software (and other software options if you wish) when it is not at a critical time. So you can do so safely without the danger of losing your data, teach yourself, and have experience when there is a critical time and you need to save your data.
The first option that comes to mind is to restore the image you created to the hard drive it came from. That means you need to move the OS that is there now to another location. So you could do as I suggested earlier and shrink the Windows 7 partition, make your image, and restore it to the third hard drive. Make sure the OS is working completely so you will not lose any data before restoring the original image you made to the hard drive it came from. Once that OS (the fresh one) is working OK you can shrink the Windows 7 partition and make a new smaller image of your "fresh" OS that will restore easier.
Second, you can move the files the image made from the second hard drive, the backup, to the first hard drive, either to the C: drive or create a small partition that will hold the files temporarily. Once the backup hard drive is empty, you can try to restore the image to the backup hard drive. If it is identical to the original hard drive you imaged, you should be able to restore the image there and have your "fresh" OS to work with.
Having three hard drives is very nice and makes it easier to move stuff around to finally get it the way you want. Use them to your advantage! Now if you have two identical OSs on two hard drives, you will not be able to access both at the same time. You must boot to the hard drive that has the OS you want to work with. You can change this behavior by having Windows create the "dual boot" configuration. If you simply wish to experiment with 7, then you do not need
the dual boot, but that is up to you.