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.
Computer type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number Toshiba Laptop Qosimo X870 OS Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 CPU Intel Core I7 Motherboard Toshiba Memory 16 Gigs Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M Monitor(s) Displays 17.7" laptop Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Hard Drives 256 Gig SanDisk SSD for C
256 Gig Intel SSD for D Internet Speed 50/25 FIOS Antivirus Vipre (all you can eat for 10 machines) Browser IE and FF Other Info I have dos 6.22, wfwg 3.11, win98, 2000 and xp VHD's available for testing. MS's Virtual PC works great.
many thanks for your reply.
I had assumed that PLOP being installed on the MBR would be outside the 1st partition(XP). I want to restore the image of partition 2 and tried to do it without restoring MBR from image and using Bootrec instead. It boots to BSOD with STOP : 0x00000007B etc error. Some mesage about missing harware also.
I have reached the impression that such a restore is not possible even for Acronis TI. Many thanks for your advice.
NB: restoring with MBR installs the PLOP boot manager which runs but on selecting the right option I get the SAME BSOD. scandisk finds no errors.
Finally I have some progress.
SIW2, your suspicion was right. I had to change the IDE type on virtual box to ICH9 for the restored partition to boot!!
I dont know why or what it means.
This time I have imaged restored C and D partitions.( with clonezilla) and used bootrec.
Not sure if C: alone will work.
I got a windows not genuine warning--I believe this occurs because of machine id problem.
MAny thanks for your help I now know my backups are good and will work if I ever need them.I wasnt sure if PLOP boot manager would scupper the backups but it has not.