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Windows 7: System Image Recovery


23 Nov 2008   #359
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 Feb 2013   #360
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ron5382 View Post

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

Ah, ok. Sorry about that.

In that case, it makes no difference. The RAID 0 will be treated the same as any other hard drive that was included in the image, and can also be restored to any hard drive that is large enough for it.

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02 Feb 2013   #361
Ron5382

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Thanks

Thank you very much Brink,

That is all I needed to know..Was worried about restoring the raid as I had problems with Acronis years ago..Not detecting the raid volume..

Again sorry about steering you in the wrong direction...

Ron
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02 Feb 2013   #362
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. Don't worry about it. It gave me a chance to update the tutorial.
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26 Apr 2013   #363
travisj

Windows 7 Home premium? 64 bit
 
 
System recovery from image with new hardware other than drives

I rebuilt my computer with a new motherboard, CPU and RAM. I had created a system image onto an external hard drive. I installed the new hardware with the old HDD, configured in the same way (2x 1tb striped together, giving a usable vol of about 1.8 tb). When I start the restore (step 12), it errors out saying that my drive is too small. I've read that the image needs to be restored to a volume of equal or greater size than the volume that was imaged. I figured that it would work for me because I'm trying restore the image to EXACTLY the same drives configured in exactly the same way as before. The only difference now being the motherboard/cpu/RAM, which are about 5 years newer than what I had before. Here are the things I have tried, cleaning/formatting the drives in between, and which didn't work:

1. Open up diskpart in the command prompt and clean the drives, restripe them, format to ntfs and assign a name and drive letter and make active. Make the new drive as top boot priority, or second to the dvd in BIOS.
2. Use the motherboard RAID utility to stripe the drives, use diskpart and BIOS to do the appropriate steps in #1
3. Same as 2, except without doing any of the diskpart steps. This led to different errors, as one could imagine
4. Span the drives with a 500gb drive to make a larger volume using diskpart, creating the partition, making active, BIOS priority, etc
5. Create a stripe with the motherboard RAID utility and spanning that volume (2tb) with the 500gb in diskpart (the utility doesn't do spanning, probably because spanning isn't a great way to use multiple hard drives), then formatting and assigning a drive letter, etc.

These are the basic variations. Even when I created a larger volume and the computer finds it, (I verified that the computer is finding the new volume by looking for drivers to install to see if the volume shows up under My Computer, which it does), it still won't restore.

What am I missing? Is it the new hardware? Can I get around having to do a clean install?
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26 Apr 2013   #364
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Here are some guidelines
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
Frankly I would not bother. I'd definitely do a clean install deactivating programs like Photoshop before a clean install. MS will take care of most of the basic drivers but for graphics drivers I'd download from the manufacturer's website (eg.Nvidia). I think you are starting clean and less likely to have follow on problems. For Windows 7 of course do an SP1 install. Unless you have a multi use retail OS package it can only be installed on one PC. Retail OSs can be transferred.
OEM OS's can't be legally transferred between motherboards.
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26 Jul 2013   #365
Paultx

Windows 7
 
 

My wife's notebook has a keyboard problem I just can't fix. I will try some "extreme" solutions, but before I do I will create a system image backup.

The first solution I will try is to restore the system to the original factory settings. In case this doesn't work I will do the system image recovery covered here.

So I ask you: Will this restore the system to the state it was before, in spite of the original factory settings restoration?

TIA.
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26 Jul 2013   #366
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Paul,

That's correct, doing a system image recovery will restore your complete system to how it was when the previously created system image was created.
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26 Jul 2013   #367
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paultx View Post
The first solution I will try is to restore the system to the original factory settings. In case this doesn't work I will do the system image recovery covered here.

TIA.
I'm not sure of the logic here. I would normally suggest restoring a system image before a factory restore. Also, what has this to do with a keyboard problem? You may want to try and boot a light weight linux or even a system repair CD and see if your keyboard problem persists. If the problem persists then it's more than likely you have a hardware problem. Does the notebook allow connection of an external keyboard? - If so then give that a go.
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26 Jul 2013   #368
Paultx

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paultx View Post
The first solution I will try is to restore the system to the original factory settings. In case this doesn't work I will do the system image recovery covered here.

TIA.
I'm not sure of the logic here. I would normally suggest restoring a system image before a factory restore. Also, what has this to do with a keyboard problem? You may want to try and boot a light weight linux or even a system repair CD and see if your keyboard problem persists. If the problem persists then it's more than likely you have a hardware problem. Does the notebook allow connection of an external keyboard? - If so then give that a go.
Oh, that was the advice LG's support gave me: restore to the factory settings to "remove drivers conflicts" (their words)...
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26 Jul 2013   #369
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Ok. But I assume you then go through the hassle of reinstalling your software which could be the source of any driver conflict.
I would still check the keyboard with a boot CD. The system repair cd should suffice.
Also, a safe mode boot will load minimal drivers and is worth a try. If the keyboard issue goes away then you have some justification for a driver conflict.
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