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Windows 7: How do I check Windows 7 Image Backup

21 Dec 2011   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

?? So you hit the next button to follow through the process...exactly what happens then.

Also. What are the sizes of the old and new HDDs??

Add: Never mind the sizes of data and images. Your new HDD must be at least as big (not one byte smaller!) than your original HDD the image was made from.
The only problem with larger image files is they take longer to make and reimage (~50GB max is my rule of thumb). Move more static data out of the imaging partition.


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21 Dec 2011   #12
kado897

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OK. These are the steps you should see after booting your install DVD. This was run in a VM for demonstration purposes.

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21 Dec 2011   #13
wealth14

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Kado897,
Thanks for your help, but what install DVD are you talking about? Is that the original Win7 installation DVD or recovery media? Unfortunately, I only have the recovery media and tried the steps mentioned there, but it failed. I can't wait to try your way.
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21 Dec 2011   #14
kado897

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The recovery DVD is pretty much the same as the install DVD from screen 2 onward.

1. Are you getting the second screen as shown above?
2. Have you checked the radio button highlighted before pressing Next.
3. What screen do you get after those steps?
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21 Dec 2011   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You can use the Windows 7 install (Retail) DVD or more typically the System Repair CD/DVD. The System Repair CD is an important repair (/restore) CD which everyone should have and the option to make one is in the "Backup & Restore" screen.
See the recovery steps in this tutorial
System Image Recovery

When restoring to an image to new the disk the Format option will almost certainly be ticked and grayed out (you have no option!).
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21 Dec 2011   #16
Bumpkin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just a thought...
If you made the repair disk and later installed SP1, it might not work.
I remember reading that after installing SP1 you need to make a new repair disk using the updated system.
My images are made using W7 image & backup, also EaseUS Todo just in case of problems like yours.
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21 Dec 2011   #17
kado897

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I heard that too but I can't see how that would affect the image restore, I can't see why it would need to interact with the installed OS. Startup repair would be a different animal though.
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21 Dec 2011   #18
Bumpkin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah, I don't see how the disk could affect a restore either. But as wacky as Windows Backup & Restore is, who knows what Microsoft has done.
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21 Dec 2011   #19
kado897

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There is that.
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21 Dec 2011   #20
wealth14

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The recovery DVD is pretty much the same as the install DVD from screen 2 onward.

1. Are you getting the second screen as shown above?
2. Have you checked the radio button highlighted before pressing Next.
3. What screen do you get after those steps?

@kado897,
I did not get the second screen as shown above. The main problem that I got is the last part that it prevents me from clicking "Next" button. That is where it did NOT format and mirror the file.

BTW, I use the factory recovery disks because I forgot to make one set for this situation. I followed the Microsoft way of restoring computer through system image system. Restore your computer from a system image backup. Again it failed to mirror images backup.

Thanks for your help.
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