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Windows 7: Complications with system image recovery onto a new SSD

01 Apr 2012   #1
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Complications with system image recovery onto a new SSD

So here is my deal. Pre-hard drive change – I had three drives: C/operating system (60gb SSD); d/data drive (1TB HDD); f/data drive (64gb SSD). I planned to change out the c drive with a larger ssd drive and merge the data from the f drive to the new c drive. I created an image and stored on an external drive as well as the internal d drive.

I then swapped out the c drive with the new ssd drive and loaded the image onto it. It worked well and the computer was functioning properly. Knowing that everything was working fine I needed to destroy the data on the original c ssd drive as well as the f drive so I deleted the data on the f drive using command prompt and started it on the original c drive but for some reason did not complete the process.

Now, I can no longer re-boot back into windows on the new ssd drive. I think where it got screwed up was because I had saved material from the c drive (and g partition) and the f drive onto the image, but now I no longer have the f drive installed.

When I go into my windows repair disk it doesn’t want to repair the drive to make it work, nor does it allow me to use the saved image (potentially because it is searching for the f drive which is not there). The error message “element not found. (0x80070490) system image” occurs when I attempt to install the system image. When I go to do the system image recovery it says that it will restore material on the c, g (reserved partition), and f drives. The thing is, none of the drives that I have connected have those drive labels any longer because they are re-assigned a new label because I have un-plugged and re-connected them. Could this be the problem? If so, can I change the drive labels in command prompt?

The other thing is that the computer is not even reading/finding the f drive the I had wiped clean. Is there a step that I have to do for it to locate/find it?

Any help would be much appreciated. I probably should not have been playing with this myself in the first place as I have little computer experience. I should have paid to have it done at a computer shop. Thanks.


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01 Apr 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, that does not sound good. Looks like you lost your bootmgr. What program did you use for imaging/restore?
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01 Apr 2012   #3
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

I created the system image in windows 7 64 bit. I did have the bootmgr error message at one point in this process. I followed up with the following:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd
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01 Apr 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Check with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard (last entry on the webpage) what the status of your partition(s) on the SSD is.

1. is there a 100MB partition and is it active -- or
2. is the C partition active

We can assume that Windows imaging did not leave the bootmgr behind. What is strange though is that the SSD does not boot after you deleted the other partitions. That would suggest that one of those partitions contained the bootmgr (which can happen easily during the installation when the SSD is not on port0). The question to clarify is where is the bootmgr and does it work.

You can try to fix it again either with cmd as before or recover it from the installation DVD. But first make sure that there is an active partition on your SSD.
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01 Apr 2012   #5
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

So I copied the file to a dvd using my laptop and then dropped it in the desktop cd rom drive and tried running it via the bootable cd option. It brings me to a window that prompts me to select one of two "Windows 7 Home Premium (recovered)" options. When I go to recover it, it starts loading windows but stops at a blue page. In the bottom right hand corner it says that the version is not a genuine windows 7 version...but it actually is.
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02 Apr 2012   #6
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

when I go into my " hard disk boot priority" the following drives and associations are there:
Ch0 M: Patriot Pyro SE (SSD I want the os on)
Ch0 S: WDC (1TB data drive - western digital)
Ch1 M: M4 (crucial ssd)
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02 Apr 2012   #7
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Got it figured out. I believe it needed both the c drive and f drive in place for the image to install. The drive I said was not being read needed to be formatted...so I did that through the command prompt thanks to a youtube video. How to Format a Drive using the Command Prompt - YouTube. Then re-tried the image recovery and everything took shape. Now, because I don't want that f drive, I will do another image back-up without that drive in the picture. And then re-install...hopefully I don't run into further problems.
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02 Apr 2012   #8
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Thanks for your time WHS for trying to solve my issue
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02 Apr 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No Problem. Any time.
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02 Apr 2012   #10
bigsteely101

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Actually, I still have an issue...but with something slightly different. So I went to create another system image but this time without the f (data) drive included, but I now know why it was included in the first place. It turns out that for some reason it is being included as a default drive to accompany my c drive in the image. I don't know why because from what I know there are no windows files on the f drive. I currently have two software programs running from that drive though...could that be the issue? If I was to delete them would that eliminate them as a default drive in the image?
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