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Windows 7: Restored from earlier image now D has folders in it


01 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Restored from earlier image now D has folders in it

Hi folks, I have a partitioned hard drive. All my Windows files etc. are on C: and I leave D: empty. I just recovered my Windows to an earlier Windows image and D: is now filled with folders. I have included an image. Can I delete these? They shouldn't be there.



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01 Jan 2012   #2

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Did you intentionally restore the image to the D drive?

Post a picture of Windows Disk Management.
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01 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Did you intentionally restore the image to the D drive?

Post a picture of Windows Disk Management.
I don't think so. All it seemed to do is just find my back up file and I just proceeded the recovery process from there. It didn't ask me what partition it wanted to be put. Here is the screenshot.

I am no expert but I have noticed both are primary. Is that something to do with my problem?


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01 Jan 2012   #4

 
 

Have you made any partition changes between the time you took the system image and the time when you restored said system image? System Image will save the partition info in the MBR for the physical disk that the image is for.
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01 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
Have you made any partition changes between the time you took the system image and the time when you restored said system image? System Image will save the partition info in the MBR for the physical disk that the image is for.
Basically I was going to create a new system image from scratch, so I decided to reformat, put the Windows 7 disk in and reinstalled. I formated both the C: and D: to get rid of anything on there beforehand. However, after Windows 7 had installed every time I booted I got a prompt asking me which version of Windows I wanted to run. Both were Windows 7 so somehow I ended up installing Windows 7 twice. I didn't have a clue how to delete one of them so I decided to use the Windows Image on an external hard drive. After I recovered the dual-boot prompt was gone but there were copies of the C: folders in the D: as well.
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01 Jan 2012   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Windows will want to install to C: (your 3rd partition here).
You appear to want to start from a clean install?... then I suggest format and partition with all primary NTFS
1) First partition 200MB (better than the default 100MB). NB: Mark it ACTIVE.
2) Second partition C: around the 80GB as you have is good for the OS/installed programs. Do not mark it active.
3) Third partition D: remainder of space (not active).

Run an install and all should be well.

All future Windows images will include and then restore system reserved and C: correctly. If you don't change the partition structure you should never need a reformat with a reimage and the data partition D: will remain intact.
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01 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Windows will want to install to C: (your 3rd partition here).
You appear to want to start from a clean install?... then I suggest format and partition with all primary NTFS
1) First partition 200MB (better than the default 100MB). NB: Mark it ACTIVE.
2) Second partition C: around the 80GB as you have is good for the OS/installed programs. Do not mark it active.
3) Third partition D: remainder of space (not active).

Run an install and all should be well.

All future Windows images will include and then restore system reserved and C: correctly. If you don't change the partition structure you should never need a reformat with a reimage and the data partition D: will remain intact.
Okay, I will try it out. Thanks!
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