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Windows 7: Can I move a HDD image to another HDD? And a few more questions...

07 Feb 2016   #21
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Interesting, I wasn't aware of that limitation. I always thought that it would just pick up the images as long as they are in that folder and the correct drive was attached when booted into the recovery options.

Edit: Just noticed MJF's post after I was writing mine. So does that mean it will pick up the backups on a different drive? As long as they keep the same folder structure?


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07 Feb 2016   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Nah, if the address changes, it cannot find it. That figures.
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07 Feb 2016   #23
mjf

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
Edit: Just noticed MJF's post after I was writing mine. So does that mean it will pick up the backups on a different drive? As long as they keep the same folder structure?
It should pick up WindowsImageBackup on any drive or partition of a drive provided it resides in the root of the partition. Windows imaging is clunky and you can only have one recognisable image per partition. So for multiple images you either have to temporarily rename or put them in other folders. I used to do both. I would have a folder called say "Current Images" and rename the image folder WindowsImageBackup_date. As long as you move back to the root and rename to WindowsImageBackup the system repair disk image restore should find it. It always worked for me many times in the past.
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07 Feb 2016   #24
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
Edit: Just noticed MJF's post after I was writing mine. So does that mean it will pick up the backups on a different drive? As long as they keep the same folder structure?
It should pick up WindowsImageBackup on any drive or partition of a drive provided it resides in the root of the partition. Windows imaging is clunky and you can only have one recognisable image per partition. So for multiple images you either have to temporarily rename or put them in other folders. I used to do both. I would have a folder called say "Current Images" and rename the image folder WindowsImageBackup_date. As long as you move back to the root and rename to WindowsImageBackup the system repair disk image restore should find it. It always worked for me many times in the past.
Exactly what I was thinking MJF. I was sure in the past I have moved images to another drive and it had picked them up without issue. Although that was a few years ago and my memory is toast these days

I keep older images in the folder WindowsImageBackup-Saved. If I want to restore any of the older ones I simply use command prompt to rename the folder to WindowsImageBackup before the restore.
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07 Feb 2016   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

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This is too much of a detour for me. I usually keep at least 5 images by the father and grandfather principle. I would not have the patience for all the required shoving. Macrium is so much easier.
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07 Feb 2016   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

no, I meant just make a new current image, I don`t think we`ve ever even discussed the possibilities of what you`re asking.
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07 Feb 2016   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Brian, we never discussed that possibility because nobody in his right mind would consider the native Windows imaging as a viable solution. We all prefer Macrium or other OEM solutions.
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07 Feb 2016   #28
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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I don't know exactly why you are interested in doing it the way you are saying, but FTR Macrium Reflect is free and is an excellent program.
I'm 100% willing to install Macrium Reflect and use it, as you suggest, but how can I ensure that the image that I make today is an image of the state of the computer as it was yesterday, before I started installing all my programs? I'm surprised that this is so hard to understand.

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It's much easier than what you are trying to do.
Well, unless Macrium Reflect is able to make a backup of the state of my computer as it was yesterday (not today), what you're suggesting is actually much harder: you're suggesting that I restore the image that I made yesterday (thus removing all the programs and settings that I spent the whole day today setting up) and then make a backup/image of that onto an external hard drive, and then re-install and re-setup all the stuff that I installed and setup today.

Why would you think the image could change ? Even if you were to create a newer image on the same drive, it won`t overwrite or mess with the 1st image, and so on.
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07 Feb 2016   #29
AddRAM

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Brian, we never discussed that possibility because nobody in his right mind would consider the native Windows imaging as a viable solution. We all prefer Macrium or other OEM solutions.
I never mentioned windows imaging , did I

In fact I use windows AND Macrium, just made 2 new images yesterday.

And for the record, windows imaging works perfectly

Microsoft would not put it in the system if it didn`t.

I`m still baffled that he wants to make an image of an image, I understand his reasoning, but it`s just ya know, silly
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07 Feb 2016   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

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I am lost - the whole discussion was regarding Windows imaging. And Microsoft put a lot of junk into the system. Imaging is certainly one of those. Make an image each day next week and then show me the 7 images at the end of the week - but don't move anything. I don't want to have you do any extra work. Just make images one after the other.
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