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Windows 7: How do I Restore my PC from an External Drive


20 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How do I Restore my PC from an External Drive

I opened my computer the other day...Sony Vaio...and for some reason the whole thing was completely shot. It just said it could not open/start Windows, and other error messages. I tried the restore disc which didn't work, and a message said that I need to reinstall from manufacturers CD. I went through the Vaio recovery and backed up all the files/system files to an external drive. I reinstalled Win 7 and was wondering if there is anyway to restore back into my original settings. I have installed many apps and have settings on each and it would be a pain to have to go into each application and redo all my settings all over again one by one.

I am grateful that I was able to save all my data at least. And on the bright side, at least I got rid of all the junk I didn't need any more.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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20 Feb 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1 / WCP x64 / Ubuntu 11 x64
 
 

Are you able to access the corrupted windows 7 system? Do a Repair install on it, then run Easy Transfer with it. Then, restore the Easy Transfer File to your current Windows 7.
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20 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

OK cool, I'll give that a shot. Let you know what happens...when I get home from work tonight.

Thanks
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20 Feb 2012   #4

win 7 Pro 64 Sp1 win 8.1 pro Xunbuntu
 
 

Were waiting?
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20 Feb 2012   #5

Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1 / WCP x64 / Ubuntu 11 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CastorTroy11 View Post
OK cool, I'll give that a shot. Let you know what happens...when I get home from work tonight.

Thanks
Feel free to ask any question. I will detail everything to you, and make sure you post some detailed results too so that we may help you well. Good luck and have a nice day!
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22 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Sorry, been really busy...trying it now. Thanks
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22 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I do not have an installation disc which is supposed to come with the computer...I guess some systems do not come with them all the time. I could not get into windows and the repair disk that I copied could not repair it so I held f10/f11 and reinstalled Windows as a clean install as that was the only thing I could do. But during this process, Sony managed to save my data to an external hard drive which it labeled 2012-2-14(the day I did the reinstall).

When I tried the Easy Transfer and pointed to the 2012-2-14 file on my external HD it won't work. Seems like it has its own file extension.

Seems like I have to do this the hard way and re-setup everything.

Thanks
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22 Feb 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

If you ran full Factory Recovery then didn't it reinstall Windows 7 over the old installation? So you have no old Windows 7 to Repair now. You'll need to start fresh by reinstalling your programs and settings. This is a much cleaner start since importing settings is a corruption path that can defeat a reinstall or recovery.

You also have the option to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM since you're starting fresh - this is the cleanest start of all and is like having a new computer since most new computers come larded with corrupting bloatware and useless factory utiltiies which have better versions built into Windows 7.
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22 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Yeah, kinda figured I had to reinstall everything all over again...but could have been worse, could have lost everything like I have seen before. This will be more time consuming than anything else.

Thanks for the help
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22 Feb 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you had made frequent images, you would have been back in business in 20 minutes. Look at this, it is the easiest and very reliable and fast - and it is free: Imaging with free Macrium
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