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Windows 7: Restoring From Backup - How?


20 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Restoring From Backup - How?

I have Norton Ghost 15.0 and i've made a backup of both partitions of Windows 7 Ultimate.
1. the 100mb System Reserved partition (g:/) that it made by default when i installed Windows 7, because it recommended it.
and
2. the (C:/) main partition.


but my question is this:
Which of these 2 partitions is "Set Active for booting OS"? I can't figure out which is the boot drive. I called Symantec (norton) and they say it's the C:/ drive.. yet when i read the Forums there the regular people that use their forums tell me it's the SRP [100mb system reserved partition (drive g]

confusing.

And should i restore original Disc Signature?

What about the MBR? do i restore that if i'm using same harddrive with no partition-changes? Just rewinding time.


i have restored many times with previous versions of windows, mostly vista and XP but since Windows 7 is trying something new by using 2 partitions, it confuses me as to how to go about doing it correctly so i dont have to use the DVD to "repair" afterwards or do any other fancy tricks.

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20 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brash View Post
I have Norton Ghost 15.0 and i've made a backup of both partitions of Windows 7 Ultimate.
1. the 100mb System Reserved partition (g:/) that it made by default when i installed Windows 7, because it recommended it.
and
2. the (C:/) main partition.


but my question is this:
Which of these 2 partitions is "Set Active for booting OS"? I can't figure out which is the boot drive. I called Symantec (norton) and they say it's the C:/ drive.. yet when i read the Forums there they tell me it's the SRP [100mb system reserved partition (drive g]

confusing.

And should i restore original Disc Signature?

What about the MBR? do i restore that if i'm using same harddrive with no partition-changes? Just rewinding time.


i have restored many times with previous versions of windows, mostly vista and XP but since Windows 7 is trying something new by using 2 partitions, it confuses me as to how to go about doing it correctly so i dont have to use the DVD to "repair" afterwards or do any other fancy tricks.
C : should be your boot drive if you installed it correctly.
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20 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

On my Windows 7 box, the 100MB system partition is set to Primary and Active. The C drive is a primary partition.

Edit: here is an image
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20 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
On my Windows 7 box, the 100MB system partition is set to Primary and Active. The C drive is a primary partition.

Edit: here is an image
i just looked at mine and it shows the same as that picture you uploaded.

that is confusing. both are primary.. so i can understand that, but it's saying the C: is "Boot" and the 100mb SRP is "Active".. why isn't the c: also "active"? And i thought "Active" was the same thing as "Boot", isn't it?

In norton's advanced settings for restoring the partitions i have the option to set the partition drive with a checkmark besides "Set drive Active (for booting OS)"

so it lists the word "Active" and it also lists the word "Booting" so it makes it sound like Active means the same as Boot.
Yet in the disk management picture you showed (and also on my computer) one partition is Boot and the other is Active like it's 2 separate things.
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20 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

The important word is system, which means this is where your bios looks first for instructions to boot from. Just my 2 cents worth.
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20 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Using the Windows Disk Management, myzr7 is correct. The "system" status is where the boot files are and it is active and it is the primary drive.

Boot just means that is the OS you are booted into. If you ever want to check, for Vista and Win 7 the boot files are bootmgr and the Boot folder containing the BCD store. They are both hidden system files.
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20 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brash View Post
that is confusing. both are primary.. so i can understand that, but it's saying the C: is "Boot" and the 100mb SRP is "Active".. why isn't the c: also "active"? And i thought "Active" was the same thing as "Boot", isn't it?
Generally speaking in a Windows partitioning scheme, you will only have 1 active partition. This is usually the place where the bootloader in the MBR is going to look in order to start the computer. With Windows 7...it starts from that system recovery partition.

And as you can see, active is not the same as boot in this case. For example, in those other partitions I also run Ubuntu Linux. So, there is a boot partition for Linux and a boot partition for Windows. But grub..which is my bootloader, is in the MBR and can boot either Windows or Linux...depending upon which is picked.
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20 Jan 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

The 100mb is disposable at any time by deleting or not restoring it, passing the active flag to Windows 7 partition, booting into Windows 7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Windows 7.

As long as 100mb remains System Active, it too can be repaired or restored using Startup Repair, which automates all of the MBR recovery commands.
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21 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

so for norton ghost, if i roll-back the installation to a previous date and restore those partitions to when they were working great, i need to put a checkmark besides "make drive active (for booting OS)" for the 100mb system reserved partition and not the c: partition with all the programs on it?

That's what it sound slike you guys are saying.. and if that's so, then the guy at Symantec doesn't know what he is talking about. He kept telling me the system partition was not related to windows 7 booting operations and that it was only for backup of certain critical system files.
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