I am not an expert and hope some one can help/advice.
AIM: to restore an image of a working Windows 7 to a new HDD
Original PC has 3 partitions .--1st Win XP , 2nd Win 7 64bit HPremium--no 100mb boot partition .3rd data partition.
PLOP boot manager installed on MBR of HDD( I have no backup of original prePLOP MBR). Plop keeps both active primary partition invisible to each other.
All is working fine.But I want to make backup image of the 2nd partition alone(with Windows 7.) no D: data partition copied in image--I have separate backup of data.
If this PC breaks I will get new HDD and install the image on that without Win XP just C:Win 7 + D: data
I have made the image of C:.I try testing in Virtual box with Virtual HDD--all efforts fail. Have tried clonezilla/macrium R/True image.(Installing to VB viaWin7 Install disk works fine.)
QUESTION: Is such restore possible?(ie single partition to HDD) Or does the original 3 partitions layout must be on the new HDD to be able to restore?
FAILURE: Scanos-finds no installation.All bootrec repairs tried multiple times.Installation is seen in the initial Recovery CD scan but it cannot fix the problem and scanos cant see it.