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Windows 7: System Image Recovery


23 Nov 2008   #349
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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27 Nov 2012   #350
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iFeelLikeANoob View Post
Thank You for the quick reply

i should have been more specific. i have movies, music and document i have been storing on my external hard drive for while a while now.
i only just recently put the back up of my PC's OS settings (internal hard drive) on the external hard drive.
I know when i restore the Image my pc will revert back to the image settings. but will i loose anything on the external hard drive? You said in the tutorial that the restore process will format the internal and external hard drives together.
Just to make sure you know, that if you just copied and pasted the WindowsImageBackup folder to the root of the external drive, it may not work to do a system image recovery with. It really needs to be saved to the external HDD when it's created instead.

By default, a system image recovery will format everything on each hard drive that was included in a system image, and will only restore what is included in the system image back. Since the external HDD is not included in the system image since that's where you saved it to, it will not be formatted.


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30 Nov 2012   #351
iFeelLikeANoob

window 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you so much Brink that's a load of my mind!
This is the best support forum on the web!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2012   #352
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2013   #353
1Schoo

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Windows 7 System Image Recovery, can't find external HD (I have been through the tutorial several times, I learned a lot but still have not solved this issue)

Win 7 x64 on a HP 9340f, HDD is failing so I created system image and Win 7 Recvovery Disk.
I used Win 7 to create system image on 1 TB external HP Personal Media Drive, using another computer I can see the system image on the external drive.

Installed the new WD Cav black 2 TB HDD, fire up the PC using the Windows 7 system recovery disk. Hit F10 to go into set up menu check to see what is seen by system using mountvol.
Only X: DVD drive and C: (new 2TB WD drive) visable even though external drive HP 1TB Personal Media Drive is hooked up via usb port ( or built in HD expansion bay) at power up.

Run the Windows recovery, no operating system listed, click load drivers and the install drivers for your HD.

I have found and installed intel drivers both Vista x64 Intel Matrix Storage Manager and Win 7 Intel Rapid Storage Manager driver sets.

Windows cannot find a system image on the computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry.
Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

"Windows cannot find a system image on the computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options."
I keep hitting "Refresh"..same error. I choose "Advanced" and a get the following 2 choices:


"Search for a system image on the network" or "Install a driver"


Windows can't to find the external USB drive & the image is sitting on the drive named as Windows named it when it was created "WindowsImageBackup".

Checking External HD for contents of WindowsBackupImage


H:\WindowsImageBackup\GOP-pc
Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
Catalog\
MediaId

contents of folders
Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
First.VHD 47,119 KB
Second.VHD 746,018,256 KB
Catalog\
BackupGlobalCataolg 6 KB
GlobalCatalog 6 KB
MediaId 1 KB


While working through the explorer in the load driver dialogue I can navigate to the External HD.

Looking at Set Up Menu:

Boot Sequence:

1st Boot Floopy Group not enabled
2nd Boot CD-ROM enabled
3rd Boot HD Group enabled
4th Boot N/W Group not enabled



When in Recovery Center, Go to DOS, use MOUNTVOL, then DIR H: I can see the Windows Image Backup


Any other clues ??? Is it truely a driver hunt and load? Neither HP nor WD supply drivers for their HDD in Win 7, you just use the ones that come with Win 7.

I have all my data backed up to another HDD, and have install disks so could rebuild the image, but I want to solve this puzzle.

Thanks in advance, if you would prefere I move this to a more appropriate thread please let me know.
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15 Jan 2013   #354
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello 1schoo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this is at boot, double check through all of your BIOS settings to make sure that you have "Legacy USB" and any other "USB" option enabled to allow the USB drive to be seen/used at boot.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Feb 2013   #355
Ron5382

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Raid Image Restore

Hello All,

I have used Windows Image restore a few times with just a single disk with the saved image on an external hdd...Had no problems at all.

My question is: If I create an image of my os drive and select my raid 0 array will there be any special steps that I will need to do when restoring this saved image..

What my hardware is set up to in bios settings is: Raid

OS drive - SSD as non member raid and two Wd spinners set up as a raid 0 array.

Thanks for any advise,

Ron
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02 Feb 2013   #356
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may not see the RAID array until you load the bootable RAID drivers (.inf file). Otherwise, it should go just as before.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Feb 2013   #357
Ron5382

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Brink,

So when I get to this sreen in recovery, I will select Install drivers, then insert the disk with the Intel raid drivers on it and load them...then continue with recovery?



Thanks again,

Ron
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02 Feb 2013   #358
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That screenshot is after you already have selected the system image, and for how you want to restore the image.

Since the system image is on the RAID array, this what needs to be seen instead.

If you are able to select the system image from the RAID array at step 5 or 6 (in STEP TWO section), then you are good to go, and don't have to worry about anything else.

If not, then you could load your RAID drivers using the same method in the tutorial below. The trick is that the RAID driver cannot be an .exe file, but the bootable type. Usually it would be a ZIP file that contains an .inf file as the driver.

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows 8 System Image Recovery


I've added a Note box under step 6B to better help with this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Feb 2013   #359
Ron5382

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
That screenshot is after you already have selected the system image, and for how you want to restore the image.

Since the system image is on the RAID array, this what needs to be seen instead.

If you are able to select the system image from the RAID array at step 5 or 6 (in STEP TWO section), then you are good to go, and don't have to worry about anything else.

If not, then you could load your RAID drivers using the same method in the tutorial below. The trick is that the RAID driver cannot be an .exe file, but the bootable type. Usually it would be a ZIP file that contains an .inf file as the driver.

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows 8 System Image Recovery
I am sorry Brink,

Let me clarify....The system image is not going to be stored on the raid 0 drive..It is saved to an external usb hard drive.

The system image will contain the os hard drive plus the two drives that are set up as raid 0

Sorry about not saying this first,

Ron
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