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Windows 7: System image/repair disc creation and use questions

23 Apr 2013   #1
lolpsy

Windows 7 - Home Premium 64bit
 
 
System image/repair disc creation and use questions

Hello,

* Before I begin I will add that I am aware of the excellent tutorials available here and will be using them =) *


I need to migrate to a hard drive that already has windows 7 HP 64bit on it. I do not however want the registry information and all of the drivers and bloat-ware that reside in the destination HDD.
To my understanding I will just need to boot a system image of my old HDD on the destination HDD.



I need some confirmation that my understanding of the process is sufficient to complete the procedure without problems.



So here is how I understand I will do this :


1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image disc
3. Place system image disc in the disc drive
4. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
5. Boot to the disc containing the System Image
6. Follow instructions
7. Victory

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Am I right?

Would I be able to achieve the same result with only using a repair disc from my old HDD?

Will I need to wipe the destination HDD?


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23 Apr 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello lolpsy,

I would recommend to save the system image to a separate external or internal hard drive. DVDs are just not reliable enough IMO.

1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image, and save to separate hard drive
3. Connect drive that contains system image.
4. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
5. Boot from system repair disc
6. Select to do a system image recovery
7. Follow instructions
8. Victory

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2013   #3
lolpsy

Windows 7 - Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello lolpsy,

I would recommend to save the system image to a separate external or internal hard drive. DVDs are just not reliable enough IMO.

1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image, and save to separate hard drive
3. Connect drive that contains system image.
4. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
5. Boot from system repair disc
6. Select to do a system image recovery
7. Follow instructions
8. Victory

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hello,

Thank you for the quick reply.

If I do not have an enclosure or separate HDD, what would I need to consider if I was forced to use a DVD for my system image?

Would I need to do anything to the destination drive to prepare it to receive the Image?
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23 Apr 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

No worries. You could still use DVDs.

System Image Recovery

1. Create system repair disc
2. Create system image to DVDs
3. Place destination hard drive in the laptop.
4. Boot from system repair disc
5. Select to do a system image recovery
6. Insert last DVD from the set when prompted.
7. Follow rest of instructions
8. Victory
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2013   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

May I make a suggestion.
lolpsy if you do decide to use DVD's make sure you have a good supply of them. They only hold 4.7 GB.
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23 Apr 2013   #6
lolpsy

Windows 7 - Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
May I make a suggestion.
lolpsy if you do decide to use DVD's make sure you have a good supply of them. They only hold 4.7 GB.

Thanks for the suggestion =)

I did actually notice that with the current contents of my HDD, it would take me 32 DVD's to make a system image!

I am now in the process of trying to trim down the contents of my drive so that it wont take so many discs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2013   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Good luck. I'm afraid with that many DVDs, there could be a high chance of a failure somewhere along the lines that could render all of the DVDs useless.

For the cost of the DVDs (especially if you have a failure and have to start over), you may be able to pick up a cheap external USB hard drive for the same price.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Apr 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like Brink would not choose using DVD's. To much of a chance of error, to much time, 32 hard cases for protection 32 DVD's. A external hard drive many times over a better choice.
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