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Windows 7: Do I need to format HDD before loading system image for best results?

06 Oct 2011   #21

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I think you are talking about something quite different. ( .wim files)

An earlier comment I made:
"During Windows reimaging format options are described in Step 2 Point 7 of the tutorial
System Image Recovery"

You may want to look over this tutorial again.
Windows imaging stores and replaces the MBR. The MBR contains the partition table at the time the image was made. It requires the same partition structure and type as defined in the MBR and will force a creation of one if required. Therefore in reimaging Windows can force a full format and disk repartition to occur automatically.

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06 Oct 2011   #22

Windows 7 32 bit

I still don't see where the OP states what made the image. But it's not worth going around about. I guess I missed it.

edit: Ok, I guess I got the wrong impression. I take it the image was made with Windows Backup. So choice of restore is not part of the discussion. Just to format or not to format. Went over my head.
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07 Oct 2011   #23

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post format or not to format
There's something poetic about modern computer problems bringing us right back to Shakespeare.
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07 Oct 2011   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Many thanks for all your input, and sorry for the delay in repling

I thought I would just test out 'Backup and Restore' so done a

1. Clean install
2. Installed default apps, like Firewall, Email client etc
3. Adjusted PC settings / preferences like desktop colour, menus and various settings
4. Created an image using 'Backup and Restore'. Saved it to my none system internal drive.
5. Then followed this tutorial System Image Recovery. On step 7a I was not given the option to 'Format and Partition Disk' I guess as it was a straight swap so to speak.

All went very well and only took 10 mins to have system back with all my apps and and settings.

However I did miss a few things before I made the image . I guess I can just re-load the image make the changes, delete old image and make new image.

Many thanks

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07 Oct 2011   #25

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Yes you can in fact rename your existing image
to say
(or whatever)
then make your additions and reimage to get a new

Whatever you rename back to
in a root of a partition will be seen by Windows as a valid image to reimage.

Good you finally got it going after all of that.
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