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Windows 7: macrium reflect format repartition

19 Dec 2014   #1
louis14

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
macrium reflect format repartition

Macrium reflect has no "format and repartition" option like windows 7 system image recovery.
Does that mean that when I perform an error with a partition manager I have to repartition and format my drive before I can do a restore of an image (total image of all the partitions) with reflect?
With an error I mean for example that a move of a partition freeze.


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19 Dec 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should not have to format a drive before you restore an image with Macrium. That will be done automatically.
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19 Dec 2014   #3
louis14

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
reflect format

Hi,
Thanks for your reply.
Does it also reformat when the drive was already formatted and there happened then something with the partitions?
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19 Dec 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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It will reformat the partition that you have chosen as the target of the restoration.

I suppose that the drive could be physically damaged in such a way that the format will fail and therefore the restoration will fail.

I'm not sure what your drive looks like or what your problems are. If you have partition problems of some type, maybe the drive is damaged. It's hard to say without more detail or seeing a picture of Windows Disk Management.

If you have an image file, you could try to restore it and see if it completes and your PC is then bootable from that restored partition.

What does your image file represent?? What partitions are supposedly contained in the image file?
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19 Dec 2014   #5
louis14

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
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I ask the question in advance of the following:
I have a laptop with 4 partitions and at the end 100 Gbyte unallocated space.
My second partition is my C: drive which I want to extend with the unallocated space but therefor I first have to move 2 partitions to the end so the unallocated space commes at the right of the C: drive
Then I can resize the c: drive
This are all critical actions therefor I would first take a total image
I asked myself I there goes something wrong with the critical actions what must I do to restore.
It seems:just following the reflect restore procedure (I must not reformat or repartition)
If reflect does not succeed to restore that does mean a format will also fail
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19 Dec 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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You don't need to move partitions to expand C if, I say IF, you use Partition Wizard bootable disk to do the work.

You can't do it with Windows Disk Management because those other partitions are in the way.

It's certainly wise to make a Macrium image of the C partition and any other partition that may contain boot files regardless, before expanding a partition.

But you don't have to move partitions to expand.

The best thing you can do is post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

What partition is shown as "system" when you look at Windows Disk Management?? The C partition? Or some other partition?
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20 Dec 2014   #7
louis14

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
reflect restore

I've added a printscreen of my diskmanagement (it,s a dutch version)
My system partition is the first partition
On the internet they say extending partitions works also with non-bootable partition wizard
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20 Dec 2014   #8
louis14

windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
reflect restore

I forgot to add my printscreen


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20 Dec 2014   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Be careful how you proceed here. HP is a "gem" in the way it partitions its drives. You want to add the substantial unallocated back to C: . Make it a new allocated partition will cause your HDD to become dynamic - a bad result. I would use Partition Wizard but make images of every (not unallocated) partition before using Macrium Reflect.

Once you have images of every partition you could consider this
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20 Dec 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

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I'd agree with MJF.

You need to make an image of both "System" and "C" partitions in order to restore Windows.

But you may as well make images of all partitions. It can't hurt. All the images need to be stored on some other drive, which you may not have?

Yes, I think you can use the non-bootable version of Partition Wizard.

BEWARE of dynamic disks. They are bad news. Say no to them. DON'T attempt to simply format that unallocated space. You need to instead add that space to C.

HP unfortunately puts 4 partitions on machines at the factory. If you did a clean install, you'd have either 1 or 2 partitions and would not have the " HP Tools" or "Recovery" partitions.
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