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24 Aug 2011   #191

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

BTW, I have seen the warning...



"The recovery instructions work perfectly well with a "traditional" installation where the bootmgr resides on the C partition. If, however, you have a seperate 100 or 200MB partition where the bootmgr resides (usually a hidden partition), then you must not mark the C partition as active. Rather mark the partition as primary or logical. Else, your restored system will become unbootable.
The same applies to a double booted system where the bootmgr resides on a different partition."


So I know not to mark the "C" partition as active when I restore but I am unsure if I should have selected the "system reserved" or not when I backed up and I am not sure if I selct the "MBR" option or not when I restore.

The video explains what to do when backing up data drives but not system drives and although WHS did make some reference to system drives I am still unsure.

Maybe I should have posted this in the main forum?

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24 Aug 2011   #192

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I'm not sure what the position is on SSD but for a spinner. System Reserved and C: with the mbr restored should do it.
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24 Aug 2011   #193
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In your case you must first restore the 100MB active partition and mark that as "active" and then the C partition and that must NOT be active. You have to predefine those partitions after you wiped the SSD. They also have to be aligned. You best do that when you attach the SSD ( e.g.with an enclosure) to another system. You find info how to define and align the partitions in this tutorial.

As far as the MBR goes, it does not hurt to replace it.
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24 Aug 2011   #194

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
In your case you must first restore the 100MB active partition and mark that as "active" and then the C partition and that must NOT be active. You have to predefine those partitions after you wiped the SSD. They also have to be aligned. You best do that when you attach the SSD ( e.g.with an enclosure) to another system. You find info how to define and align the partitions in this tutorial.

As far as the MBR goes, it does not hurt to replace it.

Thanks WHS, I am glad I asked cos it is more complicated than I thought.

Would I have to do all that with Acronis? I still have some time on my 30 day trial so I could take the image now.
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24 Aug 2011   #195

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I'm not sure what the position is on SSD but for a spinner. System Reserved and C: with the mbr restored should do it.
That is what I was thinking too...

All that because of the stupid 100mb system reserved.

I can do as WHS suggested but I just hope Acronis is simpler.
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24 Aug 2011   #196

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It seems that with Acronis you can do a disk restore rather than having to do partition restore with Macrium, that would keep the partitions intact.
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24 Aug 2011   #197
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am not really familiar with Acronis. But if you can clone the whole drive, that may be easier. But you still have the problem of size and alignment that you have to address.
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24 Aug 2011   #198

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am not really familiar with Acronis. But if you can clone the whole drive, that may be easier. But you still have the problem of size and alignment that you have to address.


Apparently not....?

"On the "Select destination of disk 1" screen, where you correctly chose the unallocated drive, there was another option on that page which you should have checked and that was "Recover Disk Signature."

When you chose what to restore, your choice should have been either checkmarking the Disk Option; or checkmarking all the partitions listed plus checkmarking the MBR/Track 0 option.

Normally, a disk option restore is the most predictable and trustworthy of all the restores--providing the backup includes all partitions on the original disk. You can practice again and see what the summary screen shows and then click Cancel to stop the practice.

Another restore option (but less desirable than a disk option restore) would have been to restore the partitions individually but this would have required two steps. Restoring the two partitions in the first pass and then restoring the mb/track0 ( plus checkmarking "Recover Disk Signature") in a separate pass."


http://forum.acronis.com/forum/15230
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24 Aug 2011   #199

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Or maybe I will still need to align because it is an SSD...damn.

More tutorials to read, lol.

Thanks for the responses guys.
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24 Aug 2011   #200

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is ironic (!) that Windows own imaging can do what I need without the added complications caused by the 100mb system reserved but I can't use Windows own imaging because the 100mb system reserved is too full to allow me to do it!

Catch 22 again! If the 100mb system reserved wasn't so heavily recommended by the installer I would not have wasted the hours I have.


Not enough room to create system image-but there is
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