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Windows 7: which hard drive do i image.


27 Jan 2012   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
which hard drive do i image.

I have an unusual dilema, at least for me with trying to image a hard drive.
I have a Dell Prec. 380 with 2 - 80 gig hard drives and 1 250 GB drive.
I am including a screen shot
of the disk mgmt. screen showing the drive layout. I tried imaging what I thought
was the right drive to have a back up that I could just plug in and go in the event
of a drive failure. After multiple error's from windows trying to place the image from my external hd onto the 250 GB drive, I gave up and decided to have a comp. shop do it.
I took the drive labeled "C" in and after looking at the contents the guy could not find an OS on it, so I then brought in the "R" drive and he imaged it.
I installed it, but my machine will not boot up no matter what config. that I put the
hard drives in. The comp. guy, after seeing the screen shot can't figure it out.
It seems that the computer needs both drives to boot based on the "boot, page file etc. listed on drive "C" and the 100 mb partition that windows 7 includes upon initial install shown on disk "R" which is necessary to boot.
My goal was to place the new image on the 250 GB drive and store which ever 80 Gb drive for emergency backup.


Thanks,




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27 Jan 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. the bootmgr for your OS on disk1 is in the active partition of disk0. So the OS on disk1 will never boot without disk0. Move that bootmgr to C and you will not need disk0 to boot. Here is how: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

2. R is not required to boot. That is just a data partition.

3. What is on disk2. There is an active partition which must be an OS. Tell me.

4. What do you use for imaging ??
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27 Jan 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

It looks to me like you have to image System Reserved partition on Disc 0 and C partition on Disk 1.

Is that what you think you did---and later restored?

Normally, you wouldn't restore to some other drive in anticipation of a failure of the existing C.
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27 Jan 2012   #4

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

WHS, disk 2 contains nothing, it is just waiting for the image to be placed on it.
It is in a hot swappable tray right now. I tried using the program within windows to image. I think the comp. guy
used Acronis.
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27 Jan 2012   #5

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

WHS, I have the program installed, thank you by the way. I am reading the help section, but I am wondering
if you could walk me through it. I am a little nervous that I will make a mistake and render my computer useless.

Thanks
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27 Jan 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you see my tutorial - the picture. It is just 4 clicks. Follow my numbers and you cannot do anything wrong.

And please post back when you are done and tried a reboot.
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27 Jan 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bayflyer View Post
WHS, disk 2 contains nothing, it is just waiting for the image to be placed on it.
It is in a hot swappable tray right now. I tried using the program within windows to image. I think the comp. guy
used Acronis.
Your picture says disk 2 is only 78 percent free. Something is on it.
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27 Jan 2012   #8

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

WHS, yes i know it is only a few clicks and simple. I went ahead and ran the utility and then went back to
check disk management. It appears that it changed the boot order and because I did not take disk 2 out of the
tray it made that the main disk.
I took that disk out and ran the program again and nothing has changed but there is now no disk 0, which means
the computer will not boot, unless i change the boot order, correct?
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27 Jan 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Correct. I assume C is active now. Right ??
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28 Jan 2012   #10

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I believe so, but I am sending a current screen shot. The computer will not boot unless I have all 3 drives connected.
I would not boot without having the current setup shown, the 100 mb partition is now called "F" and is on the drive shown at bottom which has always been "R".
I also had to change the boot sequence to start with drive /sata 2
I was very happy to see it boot up but I have not solved the problem.
Keep in mind, i am just learning. Not all things are obvious to me and I appreciate all the help being given.
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