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Windows 7: Booting an image from USB HDD Windows 7 Ulitmate

17 Feb 2011   #11
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Your installed Windows operating system will not boot from an external usb connected Hd.

You need to put the windows HD back in.

Boot into the o/s as normal and either make an image of it-which you later restore to the other HD ( usually from some kind of boot media, cd or usb flash, which contains the imaging program ) or clone it to the other HD.


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17 Feb 2011   #12
kpk704

Ultimate windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks to all..I will get this figured out soon.
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18 Feb 2011   #13
kpk704

Ultimate windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ok Done deal. I made a system image recovery disc. Installed new HD plugged in ext USB Drive and booted to the DVD Drive and it recognized the image on the USB HDD and recovered it. Reset Bios to Boot to HDD and we are all back to normal. Exact clone of my HD. My HD was only being seen as a 282 GB not the 500 GB i installed. So i had my IT guy go in and set up the partition to push it out to the drives normal size and that worked flawlessly as well. Not bad when you make a disk, I would have been done a long time ago. thanks to all!
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18 Feb 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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18 Feb 2011   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kpk704 View Post
Ok Done deal. I made a system image recovery disc. Installed new HD plugged in ext USB Drive and booted to the DVD Drive and it recognized the image on the USB HDD and recovered it. Reset Bios to Boot to HDD and we are all back to normal. Exact clone of my HD. My HD was only being seen as a 282 GB not the 500 GB i installed. So i had my IT guy go in and set up the partition to push it out to the drives normal size and that worked flawlessly as well. Not bad when you make a disk, I would have been done a long time ago. thanks to all!
See how easy it was. (made my day the first time I did it!)
Pity you had your "IT guy" do the even easier part. You can ask about partitioning here if you need to down the track.
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