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Windows 7: How do I image a system disk to a USB HD?

01 Nov 2013   #1
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 
How do I image a system disk to a USB HD?

Hello.

I have a friend with a laptop that has a failing hard drive. It will boot, but only after about an hour or so. I plan to replace the drive, but she's lost her recovery disks.

I was going to pick up a new drive and put it into a USB drive enclosure and then image her HD over to it. Is this even possible? What software would I use for this if it is?

I can always stick the drives into a PC and do it that way, but that's a lot of work. If I can image to an external USB drive, that would be much better. If anyone knows how to do this, I would be grateful to know how.

Thanks.


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02 Nov 2013   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Imaging to a USB drive is actually extremely straightforward, and the preferred path.

I would recommend you use the FREE version of Macrium Reflect. Its very highly regarded here, and very easy to use.

Use this tutorial as a guide:
Imaging with free Macrium
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02 Nov 2013   #3
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Macrium is my preferred solution also. You can do it with Windows built in imaging if you prefer. Just connect the USB HDD and it should appear as an option in the backup configuration.
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02 Nov 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Another vote for Macrium Reflect.
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02 Nov 2013   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Thanks everybody. I'll try Macrium. Will it result in a bootable drive?
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02 Nov 2013   #6
kado897

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No. Macrium creates image files on the target drive. You will need a recovery disk to restore them. You can either create one yourself or there is a link to a pre-built one in the tutorial in post 2 that you just need to burn to DVD.
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02 Nov 2013   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Actually, if you clone the system drive with Reflect, it will be bootable. I did that to transfer my system and data from the factory drive in my notebook to the SSHD I replaced it with. Worked slick as snot on a broom handle.
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02 Nov 2013   #8
kado897

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You have a way with words milady.
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02 Nov 2013   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You have a way with words milady.
In other words, I should have been a butcher?
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02 Nov 2013   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Something like that.
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