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Windows 7: Restore option from external USB HDD unseen


06 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Restore option from external USB HDD unseen

Greetings,

Long story short, I've recently installed Windows 7 onto partition 3 of my SSD. I have a Windows 7 image I'd like to restore from on an external HDD via USB onto this partition. While Computer recognizes the external drive, System Restore does not. System Restore is trying to look on the network for the image, but it should see it on external.

I'm not even certain Windows 7 can restore from an external to the same partition Windows 7 is running on; seems likes its trying to overwrite itself as it runs the process. Any assistance with this would be much appreciated!


Long story long, I own a MBP 5,2. Yep, I know, boo! I once had it working great with dual-boot via BootCamp with OSX and Windows 7. Needed Linux for a CompSci class and tired of small virtualization and slowness. Decided to triple-boot under the notion of the glorious LifeHacker article: How to Triple-Boot Your Mac with Windows and Linux, No Boot Camp Required

After many feeble attempts to not erase my already existing Windows 7 partition, I did. Thought I could simply shrink Windows 7 partition with DiskManagement (what a chore that was) and create 40GB partition for Linux, but Ubuntu installer wouldn't recognize partition (only 200GB OSX and 280GB Windows 7). OSX also only recognized two partitions, despite Windows 7 recognizing itself as 240GB. Windows 7 DiskManagement could see several including the smaller "unused" partitions for system/boot stuff as well as the 10GB Linux Swap partition that the article recommended. After much screaming and headbanging, decided to make image of Windows 7 on 1TB external HDD and SysRestore disk. Deleted my Windows 7 partition after that with DiskUtility on OSX partition. :C

Did it work? Of course not! The whole process of triple booting from dual booting has been "Can't get there from here!" literally at every step of the process. Been using VBox for Ubuntu to do class assignments; still very much a chore. Used Mac DiskUtility to quad-partition 480GB SSD: 200GB OSX, 240GB Windows 7, 30GB Linux, 10GB Linux Swap. This, of course, erased my beloved dual boot partitions. Tried to install Ubuntu; kinda worked (much-needed Wifi not working). Tried to use SysRestore disk to install Windows 7 image onto 240GB partition, but SysRes disk only recognized SSD as single partition. Couldn't selectively choose partitions. Thought maybe I should use Windows 7 install disk instead. Able to choose 240GB partition, at least. But now, it won't let me restore image from external.

Good grief! What a tragic saga this has been!!!

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07 Oct 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

hello and welcome HB mate i didn't understand much of what you want to do but mate this may help and seeing you have not had many replies ( I can't think for the life of me why??) well any port in a storm.
Imaging with free Macrium
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07 Oct 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can try this to recover your Windows image: System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image
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07 Oct 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can try this to recover your Windows image: System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image
Oops that is the one I should have linked
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07 Oct 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

John, nobody is perfect, LOL.
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07 Oct 2013   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
John, nobody is perfect, LOL.
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