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Windows 7: System Image Recovery

23 Nov 2008   #129
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
System Image Recovery

How to Do a System Image Recovery in Windows 7


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02 Oct 2010   #130
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fallstar,

Since the image was of a 60 GB HDD, that's how it was restored on the new HDD. That's all. You should be able to use Disk Management to extend the Windows 7 partition into the unallocated space to have it back.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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03 Oct 2010   #131
Fallstar

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Oh what a relief! Thank you so much for your help, and for the excellent tutorials! I'll give that tutorial a try tomorrow. Thanks again.
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03 Oct 2010   #132
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Fallstar. Please let us know how it went, or if you have any questions.
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03 Oct 2010   #133
Fallstar

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Ok, I said I would do it in the morning, but I just did it now, and it worked perfectly. I now have all of my drive available. yay!
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03 Oct 2010   #134
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, that's great news.
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05 Oct 2010   #135
Tangobythebay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Installing RAID Drivers with System Image Restore

I am planning to replace the RAID 0 array in my computer with faster and larger hard drives. I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system.

I've read this thread and saw that I can use the Windows 7 System Image Backup and System Restore utilities to perform this task. I saw also Brink's reply to one of the posts explaining that the RAID drivers have to be installed first. Here's my question:

Will I have to first install Windows 7 in order to install the RAID drivers (using the F6 option during Windows installation) or can I simply use the System Restore on the Repair Disk (prepared using Windows 7)? In other words, doe the Repair Disk allow me to insert my diskette (yes, I have an A: drive) with the drivers in it and install the RAID drivers?

Thanks.
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05 Oct 2010   #136
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tango, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I've had pretty good luck with Windows 7 recognizing my RAID 0 array without having to use the F6 option to load drivers when installing to the RAID 0. If the system image that you created from your old RAID 0 setup had the drivers installed, then I do not believe you should have a problem restoring the image to the new RAID 0 array.

There's no guarantee, so have your RAID drivers on a USB flash drive to be safe in case you need to use the F6 option to load them.

You can use either your Windows 7 installation disc or System Repair disk to do this since you only need to boot into the "System Recovery Options" screen at boot to do the system image recovery.

Do note though that the system image recovery will restore on the new RAID 0 exactly the same way it was on the old RAID 0. For example, if the old RAID 0 was 250 GB and the new RAID 0 is 750 GB, then it will restored as one partition with 250 GB on the new RAID 0 leaving the other 450 GB as unallocated space. Afterwards you can just extend the 250 GB partition into the 450 GB unallocated space to have all the 750 GB together.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Oct 2010   #137
Tangobythebay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much, Shawn for the clear and precise guidance. Much appreciated.
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06 Oct 2010   #138
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Tango.
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11 Oct 2010   #139
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Brink, Thanks for the tutorial on Restoration! I'm a big fan of ISR apps such as Eaz-Fix Pro, Comodo Time Machine. For the last several months I've used CTM with zero problems. Feeling a little guilty about having switched from Eaz-Fix Pro license to CTM free, I decided to go back to Eaz-Fix Pro. I uninstalled CTM and cleaned it up which went smooth. I have made several System Images and used the Re-Naming method to save multiple copies of different dates and setups. I've had my doubts as to whether it would work or not but continued to make Images. So after uninstallation of CTM I made an Image before installing Eaz-Fix. I booted into XP, installed Eaz-Fix, booted into Win 7 to install it to that OS and the installer hung, ouch! I had to pull the power for a reboot but it successfully rebooted into Win 7. I went ahead with the install and all went well. Long story short, I liked the free version of CTM over my paid license of Eaz-Fix Pro. My quickest way out of that was to try the System Image Restore. I hadn't read this tut on how to do it and didn't realize that it could be done from Win 7 GUI. So I booted to the Recovery disk and paniced when it came to the part about Format and Repartition Disks. It had one of my USB System Image drives checked for formatting. All was well after using the exclude disk options. The tutorial gave me courage that at least I was going in the right direction. Also it was good to know that the multiple Re-Naming Image method works.
Thanks, repping if Seven will allow me to rep you again.

Edit: Dang it, it wouldn't let me rep you
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