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Windows 7: Windows 7 image and restore to a new HDD

19 Sep 2010   #1
Piperapk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 image and restore to a new HDD

Hi, I'm currently using Windows 7 x64 with a 250GB HDD divided into two partitions. I'll be moving to a new system with two 250GB drives. Is it possible to make an image of my Windows 7 system and restore each of my two partitions to two of the 250GB drives. Overall I want to move my OS without reinstalling all the programs and stuff. Is it possible this with Acronis 2011? Thanks.


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19 Sep 2010   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

If you are moving to new hardware I don't think imaging the old to the new is a good idea, though Windows 7 seems to do a good job of detecting hardware changes and loading the appropriate drivers.

It would be worth trying just to see what happens and let the rest of us know

Imaging the old to the new then doing a Repair Install might work though. Can't say for sure as I've not doe it.
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19 Sep 2010   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would like to know how you go as well.
If a straight reimage to a new system (ie. mother board etc) works also let us know what the third party software is.
I expect it will fail and a reimaging would only work on the existing or a new HDD in the same computer.
For a retail OS I believe you can transfer to a new system but it must be removed from the old. An OEM OS will be tied to the original computer.
Bought third party software which cost $$$ (like Photoshop, Office etc) will probably need to be reactivated. Number of copies allowed will depend on the EULA.
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19 Sep 2010   #4
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You can with the Plus Pack.
Complete hard disk recovery solution, backup, drive copy, clone and image computer software

But it does sometimes work out OK with a normal Image as well. A fwew have had good doing it.
Seven will update all the drivers on first boot, although theres no guarantee.



Either route you take, A re-activation may be needed.
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20 Sep 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Piperapk View Post
Hi, I'm currently using Windows 7 x64 with a 250GB HDD divided into two partitions. I'll be moving to a new system with two 250GB drives. Is it possible to make an image of my Windows 7 system and restore each of my two partitions to two of the 250GB drives. Overall I want to move my OS without reinstalling all the programs and stuff. Is it possible this with Acronis 2011? Thanks.
Welcome to Seven Forums.

If you use Win 7 Backup and Restore then the answer to your question is YES.

Although I confess that your problem statement is a little confusing.

And the more I look at then the more confused I am.

Let's play safe here.

Post a snapshot of the maximized output of DISK MANAGEMENT of your present hard disk.

To run Disk management:
Win | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER

To make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER

Oh yes, don't forget to maximize the output of DiskManagement before making the "snip".

To post the snip:
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
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20 Sep 2010   #6
Piperapk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My hardware is pretty similar to the new system Intel motherboard NVIDIA graphics, I should clarify that both of the systems are laptops. Also I don't worry about any reactivations if my software will be running in the same state as of now that's what's important.

Here's the screenshot ofthe DISKMGMT

Windows 7 image and restore to a new HDD-capture.jpg


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20 Sep 2010   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thanks.

Now the easiest approach in my opinion is:
1. Make a system repair disc,
2. Make a system image backup of your present laptop, being sure to include the D: in the system image.
3. Now here I need some more info from you regarding the new laptop.

Is the new laptop 100% identical to the old?
Does the new laptop already have an operating system installed?

Now if your objective is to have two laptops with the same os and same license, then you are in deep trouble.

We do need to clarify point here: MS present policy essential says 1 computer = 1 license. If you try, then you will find that you will need to call MS and clarify that you removed the os from one system and am now using on a different system.

Maybe some else will chime in here with the official statement. I've never worried with the details since I've always played 100% by the book and not tried to bend the rules.
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20 Sep 2010   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

[QUOTE=karlsnooks;968638]

Now if your objective is to have two laptops with the same os and same license, then you are in deep trouble.

We do need to clarify point here: MS present policy essential says 1 computer = 1 license. If you try, then you will find that you will need to call MS and clarify that you removed the os from one system and am now using on a different system.
QUOTE]

This is my understanding as well.

Only one can can be activated, and the other will require a new key.

After imaging both laptops, if you try to activate the second one the same as the 1st, the 1st will turn non-genuine. (Just like the original system will)

It will only allow 1 system to be activatd with that key.
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20 Sep 2010   #9
Piperapk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The laptop it's not completely identical but it's the same manufacturer and all of the corresponding parts are also from the same. I mean the CPU and Motherboard are Intel, the GPU Nvidia, the sound, wireless and such. Also the new system comes with Windows 7 but I'll format the HDD and want to replace it with an image of my current Windows 7 Ultimate.
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20 Sep 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Due to questions in my mind, I'm going to pull out.
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