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Windows 7: Attempting to restore Windows 7 from image backup?

20 Apr 2015   #1
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 
Attempting to restore Windows 7 from image backup?

Hi Everyone,

I have an image backup of my Windows 7 installation on a hard disk drive. I used the built-in Windows 7 functionality to make the backup: Start > Control Panel (Large Icons view) > Backup and Restore.

I am now attempting to restore the image after my Windows 7 installation became corrupt.

Here are the steps that I follow -

1). Boot from the 'System Repair Disk' (CD)
2). Select 'Windows Setup [EMS] Enabled' option



After this I see the 'Microsoft Corporation' progress bar...



This progress bar simply keeps going - before writing this post it was going for 3 hours, and I suspect that it would go on indefinitely - is this a sign that the image is corrupt? Is there anything I can do to get my image backup to work?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo


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20 Apr 2015   #2
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 

Hi Everyone,

I actually managed to get the image restoration on track by first formatting my new hard drive (as NTFS).

I found it ironic that the Windows Recovery functionality would not work in my instance because the drive was not formatted, ironic because Windows 7 can install to an unformatted hard drive. Furthermore the video link from Microsoft (Video: Restoring your PC after a hard drive failure - Windows Help) does not feature manually formatting / partitioning the hard drive first (in my case using an EASEUS Partition Master boot disk). Finally once the restoration process started I was actually warned that the formatting / partitioning of the hard drive would be erased!

I am using a RAID 0 configuration so perhaps this fact is affecting the way that Windows Recovery works, however I doubt this!

Kind Regards,

Davo
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