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Windows 7: System Image Recovery

17 Jun 2011   #230
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
This tutorial does not work for me.
If I pick the " Select a System Image” rather than use the recommended latest one, I get an error message stating that the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer.
Everything works fine when I select the select the recommended latest system image but not when I select one of the older system images.

The images were created in the Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility and I'm running the image restore from the System Recovery disk.
I have 2 internal hard drives. The system images of the primary drive were stored on the secondary drive. And now I'm trying to restore the primary drive system image.
Any suggestions?
Which method are you following?

Josh


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17 Jun 2011   #231
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
This tutorial does not work for me.
If I pick the " Select a System Image” (Step 2 #6) rather than use the recommended latest one, I get an error message stating that the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer.

Everything works fine when I select the select the recommended latest system image but not when I select one of the older system images. It doesn't get to #7 and I get the error msg " the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer". The only optiosn I get is back or close.

The images were created in the Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility and I'm running the image restore from the System Recovery disk.
I have 2 internal hard drives. The system images of the primary drive were stored on the secondary drive. And now I'm trying to restore the primary drive system image.
Any suggestions?
Hello JWrn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You are getting that error message since the system image you wanted to use is located on the same drive that would be formatted and restored to. You can only select a system image from a drive that is different that the one that is being restored.

Does it give you any other options?

Did you move this system image there? If so, follow STEP ONE in the tutorial to move it back to it's original location.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #232
JWrn

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
This tutorial does not work for me.
If I pick the " Select a System Image” rather than use the recommended latest one, I get an error message stating that the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer.
Everything works fine when I select the select the recommended latest system image but not when I select one of the older system images.

The images were created in the Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility and I'm running the image restore from the System Recovery disk.
I have 2 internal hard drives. The system images of the primary drive were stored on the secondary drive. And now I'm trying to restore the primary drive system image.
Any suggestions?
Which method are you following?

Josh
Sorry Josh, I don't know what you mean "method".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #233
JWrn

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
This tutorial does not work for me.
If I pick the " Select a System Image” (Step 2 #6) rather than use the recommended latest one, I get an error message stating that the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer.

Everything works fine when I select the select the recommended latest system image but not when I select one of the older system images. It doesn't get to #7 and I get the error msg " the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer". The only optiosn I get is back or close.

The images were created in the Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility and I'm running the image restore from the System Recovery disk.
I have 2 internal hard drives. The system images of the primary drive were stored on the secondary drive. And now I'm trying to restore the primary drive system image.
Any suggestions?
Hello JWrn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You are getting that error message since the system image you wanted to use is located on the same drive that it would be formatted and restored to. You can only select a system image from a drive that is different that the one that is being restored.

Does it give you any other options?

Did you move this system image there? If so, follow STEP ONE in the tutorial to move it back to it's original location.
The system images are located on the secondary drive, let's call it D.
And the system image was of the primary drive C, which is what I'm trying to restore.
So, they are on different drives.
There are no other options when I get the error message.
I didn't move the system images, they were stored (on the secondary drive) by the Windows 7 Pro Backup & Restore utility.
So, I thought everything should work.
Cheers, Jack.
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17 Jun 2011   #234
JWrn

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JWrn View Post
This tutorial does not work for me.
If I pick the " Select a System Image” (Step 2 #6) rather than use the recommended latest one, I get an error message stating that the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer.

Everything works fine when I select the select the recommended latest system image but not when I select one of the older system images. It doesn't get to #7 and I get the error msg " the system image is on a hard disk but Windows need to format that disk to restore your computer". The only optiosn I get is back or close.

The images were created in the Windows 7 Backup & Restore utility and I'm running the image restore from the System Recovery disk.
I have 2 internal hard drives. The system images of the primary drive were stored on the secondary drive. And now I'm trying to restore the primary drive system image.
Any suggestions?
Hello JWrn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You are getting that error message since the system image you wanted to use is located on the same drive that it would be formatted and restored to. You can only select a system image from a drive that is different that the one that is being restored.

Does it give you any other options?

Did you move this system image there? If so, follow STEP ONE in the tutorial to move it back to it's original location.
The system images are located on the secondary drive, let's call it D.
And the system image was of the primary drive C, which is what I'm trying to restore.
So, they are on different drives.
There are no other options when I get the error message.
I didn't move the system images, they were stored (on the secondary drive) by the Windows 7 Pro Backup & Restore utility.
So, I thought everything should work.
Cheers, Jack.
Interesting, I did a test to see what would happen: I picked the " Select a System Image” but then I selected the latest image (rather than one of the older ones that I want). I didn't get the error msg and it's working!
So perhaps the older images are somehow different from the most recent one, even though the same backup routines were used.
When the restore is finished I'm going to try renaming the backups to make one of the older images seem like it's the most recent image and see what happens.
Thx.
I tried everything - still get the error msg. I can only conclude the older images had included something that the most recent image did not. Most likely it's the system partition on the backup drive (even though I haven't changed any of the default settings to include it).
If anybody has a work around for this I would really appreciate it.

If that is the case
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #235
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's good news so far JW. My only guess is that the older image may have been corrupted somehow.

Be sure to remember that renaming the backup folders may render them useless until renamed back to the default name as in the STEP ONE section though.
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17 Jun 2011   #236
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Can you post a screen shot of the exact error message.

You can have any number of images you care for on multiple drives/partitions, moved, renamed.....Windows imaging is totally happy with this.

It doesn't make sense that Windows wants to format the drive the image is on except if the image is from a drive with a different partition structure to the drive you want to image to. Then Windows will want to format the drive the image is being returned to.

Clearly, if you store an image on a partition of the same drive - say drive 0 has partitions C: and D: then you store an image on D: then don't change the partition structure of drive 0.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #237
JWrn

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Can you post a screen shot of the exact error message.

You can have any number of images you care for on multiple drives/partitions, moved, renamed.....Windows imaging is totally happy with this.

It doesn't make sense that Windows wants to format the drive the image is on except if the image is from a drive with a different partition structure to the drive you want to image to. Then Windows will want to format the drive the image is being returned to.

Clearly, if you store an image on a partition of the same drive - say drive 0 has partitions C: and D: then you store an image on D: then don't change the partition structure of drive 0.

I sorry, I can't get a screen shot - the Windows system image restore process reboots the pc and puts it in a mode where you can't do anything other than follow the steps.

The exact error msg is "The System image is on a hard disk, but Windows needs to format that disk to restore your computer. Choose a different image to restore."
The title of the pop-up window is "Re-image your computer" with a sub-title "Choose additional restore options.

I did a test and it works as you say.
I have Disk 0 with 2 partitions: System reserved (D) & Backup (E).
Also have Disk 1 with 2 partitions: Active System reserved & (C).
Before your post I thought perhaps the problem was (D) was included in the older system image creation processes, but I see now that is not the problem.
Thx.

However that still leaves me with 20+ older system images that I cannot restore from, but really, really want to.

A bit of background in case it helps:
Recently we started to have problems with the pc. After it was on/active for more than 8-10 minutes it would freeze. I thought it was a problem with the primary hard drive especially after I put the hard drive into another similar pc as a secondary drive.
Processes such as Windows Explorer and MS Security Essentials scan would stop after 8-10 mins.
But when I took the pc to the service dept they said it was a Windows problem (based on the fact that when they re-installed OS the problem was gone).
So I got the pc back with a fresh OS install with no apps and data, which I thought I had backed up with the system images.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #238
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It's a bit tricky - but you can reinstall your entire o/s from a shadow copy.

You would need to do that from outside windows of course - that means you need another o/s installed on the machine, or a decent boot disc.

Simpler:

If you can find the shadow you want, you can at least copy the data out.

Open an elevated command and type

vssadmin list shadows

(then press enter)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2011   #239
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I assume you can boot into Windows.
Can you do a screen shot of all the relevant drives
- all internals
- one external if that is where a problem image resides.

Snipping tool with Disk Management.
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