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Windows 7: How to clone win7 disk and make it bootable ?

20 Oct 2012   #1

Windows seven
How to clone win7 disk and make it bootable ?


I have a HDD 1T with
c: Windows 7 system
d: data

- as this disk is slow, I would like to transfert system and data to another disk
and keep this HDD as extension (data2)
- I use EASUS partition master tool to clone each partition to a new HDD 500G
- but now when I disconnect the 1T and try to boot on 500G its blocks on 'loading operating system'
- I suppose its an issue of the type of partition. how can I solve that and make the 500G bootable ?

thanks for help

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Looks like you had a problem with the image. Try this (it was originally for a SSD transfer but will work for any disk): SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2012   #3

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

Did your original HDD also have a "hidden" System partition on it (which would not have been "C") that you failed to copy to the new drive? Or, were the boot loader folder and files contained within the old "C" drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Make sure the settings for reimaging or cloning are to Primary Partition, Windows 7 or it's 100mb System Reserved (preferred) partition marked Active, copy Track1 and MBR.

If it fails to boot, then confirm Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)
and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

I would use the free Acronis app which comes with any WD or Seagate in the mix, or Macrium Reflect. Macrium - Image your system
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2012   #5

Windows seven


thanks for all you quick and precise answers. Based on the SSD transfert method, I :
- create an active partition with diskpart
- 'system backup' + 'system restore on different hardware' with "EASUS todo backup"

and it works now.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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