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Windows 7: How to create a disk image

01 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How to create a disk image

Can i creat a disck image form RECOVERY partition on my HP laptop ?
Can you help me please ?


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01 Aug 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im not sure I understand.. What exactly is it you are trying to do??
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01 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello arbmal.



Look around in the start menu for an HP entry and click that to see what opens up, there should be an options to create the HP recovery disks for that PC and if not they're usually available from HP for a nominal price, you would just have to give them the PC make/model number.


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01 Aug 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Although it is unusual to create an image of the recovery partition (you usually create a recovery DVD), it is, of course possibe. You can create an image of any partition - e.g. with free Macrium
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01 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Although it is unusual to create an image of the recovery partition (you usually create a recovery DVD), it is, of course possibe. You can create an image of any partition - e.g. with free Macrium




Of course doing this, the image will only 'install' to the PC it was created from just as with the disks, it will not 'install' to a different PC; the factory image is hard coded to look for the exact same hardware it was created for and will not work on different hardware.
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01 Aug 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Although it is unusual to create an image of the recovery partition (you usually create a recovery DVD), it is, of course possibe. You can create an image of any partition - e.g. with free Macrium




Of course doing this, the image will only 'install' to the PC it was created from just as with the disks, it will not 'install' to a different PC; the factory image is hard coded to look for the exact same hardware it was created for and will not work on different hardware.
I guess it makes sense if you want to have a backup of every partition on your disk - just in case the drive fails.
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01 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Although it is unusual to create an image of the recovery partition (you usually create a recovery DVD), it is, of course possibe. You can create an image of any partition - e.g. with free Macrium




Of course doing this, the image will only 'install' to the PC it was created from just as with the disks, it will not 'install' to a different PC; the factory image is hard coded to look for the exact same hardware it was created for and will not work on different hardware.
I guess it makes sense if you want to have a backup of every partition on your disk - just in case the drive fails.


If you were to change the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or any other piece of hardware the factory image will not install, it has to be the EXACT same hardware or it will fail.
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01 Aug 2010   #8

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you were to change the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or any other piece of hardware the factory image will not install, it has to be the EXACT same hardware or it will fail.
Is this a new limitation?

Asking because I had a hard drive fail in an HP Media Center PC (running XP), and I did the following successfully:
1) Inserted a new hard drive
2) Booted from the first HP Recovery CD
3) Reinstalled XP
4) Booted from the Driver CD
5) Reinstalled all the drivers
6) Rebooted in XP -- everything worked and didn't have to reactivate it.

What I read (and my experience bears it out, at least, with XP and this machine) is that the license is locked to the BIOS, and as long as you don't mess with that, it will reinstall without difficulty -- even if you change the hard drive.

But, maybe with Windows 7, things are different now.
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01 Aug 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Mark Phelps.





I've been thinking about this and I feel you must be correct as there has to be some way to replace a failed HDD and still use the factory recovery disks.
Thanks for the input.
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01 Aug 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you were to change the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or any other piece of hardware the factory image will not install, it has to be the EXACT same hardware or it will fail.
Is this a new limitation?

Asking because I had a hard drive fail in an HP Media Center PC (running XP), and I did the following successfully:
1) Inserted a new hard drive
2) Booted from the first HP Recovery CD
3) Reinstalled XP
4) Booted from the Driver CD
5) Reinstalled all the drivers
6) Rebooted in XP -- everything worked and didn't have to reactivate it.

What I read (and my experience bears it out, at least, with XP and this machine) is that the license is locked to the BIOS, and as long as you don't mess with that, it will reinstall without difficulty -- even if you change the hard drive.

But, maybe with Windows 7, things are different now.
Yes, still locked to the BIOS.
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