|21 Jul 2011||#1|
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Win7 fast cloning and booting from multiple partitions
I'm able to clone and boot from other partitions using free software, but I would like to automate it a bit.
So what I do now is:
1) Delete "\DosDevices\C:" in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices" and some other DosDevices that will have an other letter booting the clone.
2) Using the free MiniTool from partitionwizard.com, I delete a partition I don't need anymore and clone the one running in it.
PS: PartitionWizard will reboot and clone it unless I copy an other not active partition (previous clone) which can not have been booted yet so "\DosDevices\C:" is still absent.
3) Now I need to run "bcdboot f:\windows /s f:" in a cmd/dos-window or batchfile
where "f:" is the new created clone. Or use EasyBCD.
4) Then I also use the free version of boot-us.com to be able to hide and protect the other not needed clones or original partition when booting and using a clone.
So I don't really need the BCD bootmanager from Windows 7. It gives only more things do to to prepare the cloned partition. I even don't need the "\DosDevices\C:" in the registry, because I need to take it out before cloning.
Is there a way to skip or delete the BCD and boot into the only not hidden active partition called C:, which will have any other serialnumber?
Is there a way to keep "\DosDevices\C:" out of the registry or change it after making a clone-copy. Maybe be able to change the registry from a non active partition with a simple batchfile. Or maybe even have "\DosDevices\C:" be deleted everytime when windows is booting before it is automaticly been rewritten into the registry with the active partition?
Any input would be welcome on automating cloning Windows 7 several times forward and backwards.
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|18 Jul 2012||#3|
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Partition Wizard does not clone. Use an imaging/cloning program for best results.
I recommend Acronis True Image, which has a free version if there is a WD or Seagate HD in the mix.
You can select which drives you want to clone, whether you want to include MBR and Track0. I would.
If you want to leave behind the SysReserved partition, then skip MBR and Track 0, after cloning unplug all other HD's, boot the Windows 7 DVD/Repair CD to mark C Active and run Startup Repair 3 times.
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