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Windows 7: System image recovery stops partway through

28 Aug 2010   #1
Schwidus

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
System image recovery stops partway through

Hello all,

I had to send my laptop in for an RMA, so I made a system image of my drives using the Windows 7 backup utility. I have a single 250GB hard drive which is partitioned into two different drives. My C: had mostly Windows 7 files and some programs while my D: had game installations and was used for general storage. When I received the laptop back (they just had to replace my DVD drive), I noticed they reformatted my hard drive and threw Windows Vista back on the thing, but the partitions still looked to be the same as before.

My system images were stored on a 1TB external drive, so I booted off of a Windows 7 Recovery CD and attempted to restore the C: and D: drives. After 13 minutes in the progress bar reaches about 1/3 of the way in. The hard drive activity light switches from always on to just flickering every couple seconds and no more progress is made. I've given it over an hour just sitting at this spot, but no matter how much time is given, the restore does not progress.

I've tried changing different options in the restore utility (only restoring one drive, formatting the drives to match the images and not), but no matter what I do, I get the same problem. I've also tried running the system image recovery from a Windows 7 disk and from within Windows 7 after a clean install.

Does anyone have any suggestions? When I made the system image, I was told it was successful.

Thank you in advance for any help.


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28 Aug 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

While it is restoring the images, it has to erase what is currently on the drive. I would try the steps in the tutorial below. It will take awhile but it will clean the entire hard drive. Then you can try to restore the image and see if it goes any faster.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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28 Aug 2010   #3
Schwidus

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

What I have done is click the cancel button when the system image restore stops. When I let the computer try to boot up, it tells me there is no operating system (makes sense to me), but doesn't this mean that it has already wiped off what was previously on the computer? When I do a clean install of Windows 7, it doesn't take nearly as long (probably 20 or 30 minutes).

I am currently working on a different solution, but will give this a try next. Please continue to feed me solutions!
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28 Aug 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I recently had to do an image restore (even us smart people catch a case of PEBKAC from time to time) and I remember it slowing down after a while and it took more than an hour (can't tell you exactly how long). I just think starting off with a 100% clean hard drive would help.
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28 Aug 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Schwidus, welcome to Seven Forums!





Contrary to popular belief, formatting a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) does not remove data from the HDD, it just checks for sector errors and marks the HDD to be over-written as needed.
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28 Aug 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

As BFK says, a regular format does not remove anything. However, the steps in that tutorial does remove everything on the hard drive by over writing everything with zeros.
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28 Aug 2010   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Schwidus,

Before this disaster occured, did you make a System Repair Disc?

If not, go to a friend who also has a 32bit system or heck to a friendly computer store and make a System Repair Disc.

The System Repair Disc MUST be made on a 32bit system since you have a 32bit system.

I know that there are other ways of doing things, but I know what has always worked for me and we are going to need that System Repair Disc.

A CD is plenty big, you do not need a DVD but you can use one if you desire.

Now here's how to make the System Repair Disc:
________________________________________
CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button
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Now first we will go for the gold. I will not be surprised if this easy way out does not work but since the procedure is simple, let's do it.

You are going to make sure that your bios is set to boot FIRST from Cd/Dvd.

After that, insert the System Repair Disc.

Power down your computer.

Connect the external drive.

Power up your computer.

Follow the restore procedure which follows:
RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition discs checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
________________________________________

Let me know the results.
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28 Aug 2010   #8
Schwidus

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I didn't make one, but I burned one from an ISO that a friend sent me. I'm not sure if it was burned from a 32 bit computer or not (to match my OS), but I did try using the System Restore on the 32 bit Windows 7 disk that I burned. I also tried restoring through the Backup and Restore within a clean 32 bit Windows 7 installation, which also had the progress bar stop about a third of the way in. I think its safe to say that its not related to how I am running the System Restore utility.
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28 Aug 2010   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm patient. Please make a System Repair Disc by the procedure I gave. This eliminates all variables.

After doing that, make sure you do not get creative, but rather follow the procedure given precisely.

Remember that the Restore is going to be formatting a large drive which will take ages so be patient.
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28 Aug 2010   #10
Schwidus

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
While it is restoring the images, it has to erase what is currently on the drive. I would try the steps in the tutorial below. It will take awhile but it will clean the entire hard drive. Then you can try to restore the image and see if it goes any faster.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

When I wipe the hard drive and am going to redo the partitions, is it important I make them the same size as what they were when I made my system images? The way ASUS makes them is not to any specific GB, they are just odd numbers.

I assume since there is a checkbox to recreate the partitions as they were for the system images, this is not important, but thought I would ask or bring it up.
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