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Windows 7: Both "System reserved" and "C" partition cloned to external HDD: boot?


22 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Both "System reserved" and "C" partition cloned to external HDD: boot?

With EaseUS Backup Tool, I've cloned these two partitions ("System Reserved" and "C") to same-sized partitions on a external HDD ("X" and "Y"). Picture tells it concisely:
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How to make drives "X" and "Y" boot-able?

In "Disk Management", I've noticed these partition labels missing:
  • "X" (or "System Reserved") is missing System label,
  • "Y" (or "OS") is missing Boot, Page File and Crash Dump labels

Thank you!




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22 Mar 2012   #2
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You cannot boot Windows 7 on external HD, unless it is connected via eSATA.
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22 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Is it technically/ultimately infeasible ... or would it be just too tedious?

I'm just temporarily parking Windows 7 aside (to put UNIX on) and would like to return to it later ... so, I'd just like to verify that cloning went well?

What other options do users have in such circumstances? Would, say, creating a system image (with built-in tool) on the external HDD enable the user to resume Windows 7 exactly as it was?

gregrocker, thank you for the reply ... was afraid that I'd get ignored.
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22 Mar 2012   #4

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detach original hdd temporary, enable boot from external hdd and perform a startup repair. This links the boot menu to the new os-partition. that's all.

now attach old hdd again. mark old "system reserved" as inactive so it doesn't boot from there. Drive C with old OS still needed?

booting form external hdd works only using esata. USB won't work!! usb-drivers are not loaded at boot time
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22 Mar 2012   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It will only say "system" if it the current system partition - (contains the live bcd hive )

It will only say "boot" if it is the os you are currently booted into.

Windows system image will not make it any easier.

Booting from usb is tricky with Windows 7 - probably not worth the effort for you - best use esata.
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22 Mar 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by firmos View Post
Is it technically/ultimately infeasible ... or would it be just too tedious?

I'm just temporarily parking Windows 7 aside (to put UNIX on) and would like to return to it later ... so, I'd just like to verify that cloning went well?

What other options do users have in such circumstances? Would, say, creating a system image (with built-in tool) on the external HDD enable the user to resume Windows 7 exactly as it was?

gregrocker, thank you for the reply ... was afraid that I'd get ignored.
why parking Windows 7 aside? You can make it dual boot (Windows 7 and linux)

system image is the best thing to do. But actually you can also clone partitions
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22 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
why parking Windows 7 aside? You can make it dual boot (Windows 7 and linux)
Too little (ie. 23 GB) free space on a 120 GB drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
system image is the best thing to do. But actually you can also clone partitions
Is there a difference between the two (system image via built-in tool and cloning)?
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22 Mar 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, the solution is to back up to external a Windows 7 backup image, or for more flexibility use Macrium .

Acronis also has an excellent premium imaging/cloning program which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix.

Cloning is a direct transfer between HD's, while imaging stores an archive which is a backup solution at the same time.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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22 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

gregrocker, but whichever tool one uses to backup/image/clone on a USB drive ... one cannot verify/boot it ... is this correct?

So, does Windows' built-in "Create a system image" tool make all 3rd party cloning/imaging tools unnecessary (at least with regards to cloning Windows itself)?
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22 Mar 2012   #10

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No - windows system image is very basic and lacks flexibility.

If you already cloned - which you have - the only way to check is to boot it up - either via esata, or put the hd inside the machine as a regular internal drive.

Note - you might find that windows has changed the disk signature - you can fix that by running startup repair from Windows 7 repair cd , or install dvd.
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