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Windows 7: restoring to new hard drive from backup

07 Sep 2011   #1

Win XP Pro, 32-bit
 
 
restoring to new hard drive from backup

I am running out of room on my BOOT disk. I have done a full 60 GB backup to an internal drive. If I was to switch out my existing BOOT drive, with a new larger drive, and then boot up, would I be able to then get that Image off my backup drive onto the new drive and reboot and be back in business?


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07 Sep 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What do you mean switch out your drives?

Are you going to take out the existing one?

If so, you would need to boot up the winpe\linux\whatever restore media that came with whatever imaging program you used.

It should be able to see attached drives and restore the image it made onto the new HD.
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07 Sep 2011   #3

Win XP Pro, 32-bit
 
 
restoring to new hard drive from backup

Thank you for your prompt reply. I had a Dell 690 running Win Pro with two 160GB and two 1TB drives. I upgraded to a Dell T7400 running Win 7 Pro 64 bit with same drives.

Hindsight is great. Wish I had planned better and I would have doubled the size of my 160 drives. Anyway, on the T7400, I set up the 160's in RAID 1 Array and installed the new OS and most of the programs. I am at 30% free space and kicking my backside for not planning ahead.

On the 690, I used Acronis True Image all the time (people tell me my version has some problems with 64 bit systems), and had ZERO problems doing a backup from a 80 GB BOOT to a 160GB drive, then booting off the 160 drive.

I just don't know if this Win 7 shaddow backup business is a mirror image and contains ALL the necessary OS files since it was made while the Win 7 was running. So I guess what I am asking you is how I can somehow get ALL the tidbits off that boot drive and transfer it to a bigger drize with Win 7?
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08 Sep 2011   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Ah - you used windows sys image .

Yes it is an image of your partition(s) - depending which you selected.

Win sys imaging is not the most straightforward or predictable.

Try it and see.
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