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Windows 7: Moving system to another HD


08 Mar 2010   #1

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Moving system to another HD

I've got Win 7 U 64 installed on a 2-disk system, both disks identical 300 GB, one partition per disk, both partitions active, Win 7 being on disk 1, the boot manager ended up on disk 2.

I'd like to transfer this Windows system to a single harddisk (newer, faster, 1TB). So I partitioned the new disk with 200 MB (for the boot manager), 300 GB and 600 GB (approximations).

Then I tried to get Windows to the 300 GB partition, by making a System Disk backup and trying to restore it to the new disk (my plan was to then use the Repair Disk to get the boot manager and settings adjusted to the new situation). I also tried to install Windows from scratch on that new disk and then do a restore from the backup taken of the old disk. Windows got put into the 300 GB partition, the Boot Manager into the 200 MB partition, just as I had hoped.

I'd like to use Windows 7's features to get the files copied in the new Windows 7 disk layout at sector 2048ff, not the old disk layout, that's why I'l trying to use Windows own tools exclusively.

Anyway, Windows didn't want to restore the backup to that partition, the Repair Disk kept telling me it couldn't do it, either because there was no backup for this Windows installation, or because the boot manager was missing (although it was there, in the 200 MB partition), or also without an explanation.

So I was thinking about copying things to the new disk using Clonezilla, but I can't find any info telling me whether it follows the new Windows 7 disk layout or not.

Does anyone know how I could do the trick using Windows own tools? And if not, has anyone tried something similar using the usual clone tools (Acronis, Ghost, Clonezilla etc.) and knows whether (or how) that would work?

And does anyone know a clone tool that will use the new disk layout?

Thanks in advance for all replies

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08 Mar 2010   #2

WIN,XP,7,VISTA,SERVER
 
 

Hi,download this one and you'll see that he does perfect,and it's free.he does backup,cloning and much more.

Link:Free Backup Software for Hard Drive System Backup and Restore. Backup freeware for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows 7/XP/Vista and Linux - EASEUS
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08 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 
thank you

thank you, I'll give this a try!

Maybe one more question - if I start the computer using the original Windows installation disk and then start a DOS prompt, would an xcopy also work for transferring all and everything from the current system partition to the intended new one?
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09 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 
apologies...

...for trying to bring this to the front page, I'll only do this one time, but I'd much appreciate a comment on the above question as I am really not sure. Does anyone know whether xcopy would be suitable for the purpose, if I started the command line system from a DVD?

Thanks for understanding and for comments
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09 Mar 2010   #5
ryo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsiragit View Post
...for trying to bring this to the front page, I'll only do this one time, but I'd much appreciate a comment on the above question as I am really not sure. Does anyone know whether xcopy would be suitable for the purpose, if I started the command line system from a DVD?

Thanks for understanding and for comments
yah you can use xcopy for that..i'm already try and not got anything issue. all run fine.
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09 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

thank you!!
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10 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 
feedback

In the end I used robocopy /COPYALL /E /B /R:10 /W:1

It seems to have worked fine, only one thing it couldn't copy, i.e. these link items that are there for compatibility, like Documents and Settings (sorry, I don't know what they are called).

Does anyone know why that is? And how I can recreate these links manually or copy them over from the source drive?
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