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Windows 7: Imaging windows 7 system to new hard drive

20 Apr 2010   #1

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Imaging windows 7 system to new hard drive

I have a client who has a slow 4200 rpm hdd in her laptop and I'm going to suggest upgrading to a 7200 rpm hdd. I hate doing disk clones because I always get spotty results. Sometimes it works and others not. I typically use Acronis but every so often I get a situation where the new disk doesn't boot once I've installed it in the machine after the image process. I see windows 7 has a built in system to clone. Does this really work well?

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20 Apr 2010   #2

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I've personally had good success with the built-in imaging tool. However, I do know from personal experiences that it will not restore to a smaller hard drive than the original. I learned that when I was going from my 1TB mechanical drive to my 80GB SSD.

I've also used Macrium Reflect (free) on a few personal test boxes at work and it's worked very good for me.
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20 Apr 2010   #3
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Whenever a cloned or reimaged HD will not start, it is normally because the MBRr has not been correctly copied.

To fix this make sure Windows 7 or (if present) it's 100mb SysReserved partition is marked Active, boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD,, then click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair or write the MBR to Windows 7.
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