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Windows 7: How to re-image from external USB HD?

02 Sep 2013   #11
GusinCA

Windows 7
 
 

Oh I see, create the system recovery disc. Am I correct in looking at the screenshot that it does not allow for a re-image option, however?


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03 Sep 2013   #12
marsmimar

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The system repair disk allows you to boot directly into recovery options. One of those options allows you to re-image the computer using a previously created system image. If I misunderstood your question I apologize.

How to re-image from external USB HD?-repairdisc.jpg


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03 Sep 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

How many times do we need to suggest using the disk?

If you donīt have the Repair CD then I told you where to get the installer itself which has the Repair functions on second screen - including reimaging option Lee just showed you.
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03 Sep 2013   #14
GusinCA

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, ok! I'll try the disc!
I first looked at the image and didn't see the separate "Re-Image" option so I thought it wasn't available with the disc...
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03 Sep 2013   #15
GusinCA

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, so I created the DVD and booted from it, but I got the same result. Once in the Re-Image section it simply DOES NOT SEE the USB HD, even though if I try to do this from my other 2 laptops it sees it just fine and lists the images available. The only thing I can think of is that it needs drivers (Install Drivers is an option here, but I don't know where they would be for this USB HD). My other option is to image from a server, maybe I can copy the image file to one of my other machines and somehow share it so this computer can see it. Oy vey this is mind numbing. Lesson learned: don't always count on an external HD for a backup image solution...
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03 Sep 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

Are you using a USB 3.0 port, which is all that would need drivers in Win7? You can still try using the USB drivers from the PC or mobo's Support downloads webpage.

If you can reimage to the target HD on one of your other PC's I can link you to an older Paragon Adaptive Restore freeware CD that perfectly adjusts the OS to changed hardware, in this case when you move it back to problem PC.
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03 Sep 2013   #17
GusinCA

Windows 7
 
 

Nope, it's not a 3.0 port, just a regular 2.0. I've tried the different USB ports as well, always making sure it's plugged in when starting up.
This might just be too vexing of a problem to solve. It makes no sense that it shouldn't see the USB HD during System Repair mode. But then what is the "install driver" function for if not to install a driver for some kind of device it can read from? Maybe something is set incorrectly in the BIOS that it can't read the USB ports until Windows is fully loaded? I'm out of my depth here, apparently. Not only is it not seeing the drive, there's no drivers on Seagate's web site for that device. I guess I'll just start reinstalling all my software and realize that if I want to create a nice clean image for next time that I'll have to burn DVD's instead of using an external HD...
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04 Sep 2013   #18
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Is the drive a USB 3.0 device???? I've seen mention of having problems on XP when connecting to a USB 2.0 port for booting.
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04 Sep 2013   #19
GusinCA

Windows 7
 
 

Nope, just a 2.0 USB. And it's Windows 7 64 bit.
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06 Sep 2013   #20
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Sorry, bogus post. Feel free to delete.
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