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Windows 7: How do I get W7 MBR system image to restore to converted GPT disk?

07 Jun 2016   #1
rdavy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How do I get W7 MBR system image to restore to converted GPT disk?

I'm stuck and would appreciate any advice one may offer in accomplishing this.

After making a system image of the MBR W7 system on my C: drive then saving it to MBR HDD G:, I converted the C: drive from MBR to GPT.

I reinstalled Windows 7, restored the backups fine but can not get the system image to restore to C:. I'd like to restore my settings, etc.

Any ideas on getting there?


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07 Jun 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You cannot install a MBR image to a GPT disk, a MBR drive requires a Legacy bios, a GPT disk requires a UEFI Bios.

Clarify if you can, why did you reinstall 7 and are now trying to restore with an image ????

There is no benefit of installing W7 on a GPT disk.
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07 Jun 2016   #3
rdavy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Apparently I either got some bad info or misunderstood on restoring Windows.

I'm OK with W7, so far it does what I want. I want a dual boot system, Windows 7 and Ubunto. Ubunto installs GPT only apparently and I didn't want any trouble booting with MBR / GPT system.
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07 Jun 2016   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rdavy View Post
Apparently I either got some bad info or misunderstood on restoring Windows.

I'm OK with W7, so far it does what I want. I want a dual boot system, Windows 7 and Ubunto. Ubunto installs GPT only apparently and I didn't want any trouble booting with MBR / GPT system.
If Ubunto will install on GPT only, then you'd have to put it on an entirely separate disk.

I don't think you can have GPT and MBR partitions on the same disk.

But you can have MBR and GPT disks on the same PC.
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07 Jun 2016   #5
rdavy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rdavy View Post
Apparently I either got some bad info or misunderstood on restoring Windows.

I'm OK with W7, so far it does what I want. I want a dual boot system, Windows 7 and Ubunto. Ubunto installs GPT only apparently and I didn't want any trouble booting with MBR / GPT system.
If Ubunto will install on GPT only, then you'd have to put it on an entirely separate disk.

I don't think you can have GPT and MBR partitions on the same disk.

But you can have MBR and GPT disks on the same PC.
Now I have both, but I just hoped not to have to rebuild Windows 7. My important data was backed up, and restored.
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07 Jun 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Who told you ubuntu installs only to GPT disks ? Bad info.

Ubuntu has been around for years, GPT disks have not.
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07 Jun 2016   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have installed Windows 7 on GPT and on MBR drives and can't really tell any differences.
I always install one operating system on one drive, in my case SSD's.
Never did try two operating systems on one drive.
Which means I don't know if one can run GPT and MBR on the same drive but different partitions.

Right now I have UEFI bios and GPT

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08 Jun 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, you can`t Jack. A drive is either GPT or MBR, it can`t be both.
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08 Jun 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
No, you can`t Jack. A drive is either GPT or MBR, it can`t be both.
Thanks for the information. I will remember that.
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08 Jun 2016   #10
rdavy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Who told you ubuntu installs only to GPT disks ? Bad info.

Ubuntu has been around for years, GPT disks have not.
The Ubuntu installation disk said that it could cause problems installing to a MBR disk and that possible nothing would boot.
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