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Windows 7: Win 7 to new hard drive

27 Mar 2011   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bones1 View Post
Hello, which drives are you referring too here?
I'm referring to the original OS drive to be imaged then replaced
and
the new clean HDD which will become the replacement.

But if you have other drives connected, I suggest you disconnect the sata cables on all of them until the process is completed.


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27 Mar 2011   #12
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes 132GB I'm imaging, thanks for the help so far....Windows Imaging was almost completed but just crapped on me so I'm just gonna use Macrium and back up all 3 at once to my HDD

Also, will be removing my current HDD and putting in the exact replacement, and my external hdd will be connected for the imaging part
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27 Mar 2011   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wbeans View Post
Yes 132GB I'm imaging, thanks for the help so far....Windows Imaging was almost completed but just crapped on me so I'm just gonna use Macrium and back up all 3 at once to my HDD

Also, will be removing my current HDD and putting in the exact replacement, and my external hdd will be connected for the imaging part
If you have a system reserved say "Yes" when Macrium askes to replace the MBR. Say "No" for the other partitions.
If you have no Sys reserved and just the one OS system partition say "Yes" to MBR replacement here and "No" elsewhere.

You may (????) need to format the new HDD first when using Macrium for everything.

By the way what error did Windows imaging give you?
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27 Mar 2011   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Shouild be able to restore macrium images directly without needing to partition/format the drive.
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27 Mar 2011   #15
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Honestly I can't remember, I should have wrote it down. I was typing on this forum I think, then I went to close and the computer started going slow, like it did the first time it crashed but instead the bar just turned red and gave me a an error starting with 0 I think. I just called home and it said 30min left on the overall process. I won't be home for another 8hrs from now.

What do you mean by system reserve and when will it ask me that?
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27 Mar 2011   #16
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well from what my parents just told me the imaging through Macrium failed too. I already got all the files I need backed up, might need a few more.

When I get the new HDD can I just use the recovery disk I burned to re-install Win7?
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27 Mar 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

When you get back to your computer post a screen shot from "Disk Management" - type it in the lower left search box. Use the snipping tool on windows which makes a jpeg. Click on the little paper click on the posting screen to upload.
Many systems have a small 100MB partition with no letter which can be seen in Disk Management but not windows explorer. It contains important boot files and Windows looks after it.
If Windows imaging is going to play up on you just stick with Macrium. Take note of my earlier instructions with regard to the MBR. The MBR is an important 512 bytes at the very beginning of your HDD. It also contains vital information about the disk and is also important for booting. Macrium always automatically keeps a copy of this and you just need to make sure you tell Macrium to put a copy of it back on your new HDD.
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27 Mar 2011   #18
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Like I said, the Macrium failed too
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27 Mar 2011   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wbeans View Post
Like I said, the Macrium failed too
Missed your post in between typing.
Well that's a worry! Maybe your HDD is very sick indeed and the cause of image failures by 2 different apps..

The system repair disk will not reinstall Windows 7. If you made recovery disks when you bought the PC then they should restore to factory condition. Failing that for a modest cost order the restore/recovery disks from the manufacturer.
If it was in warranty you'd let them fix the lot.

When you get your PC running again I would strongly recommend you try using both Windows imaging and Macrium. I don't want to preach but imaging should be done periodically as part of general backup.
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27 Mar 2011   #20
wbeans

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I never made recovery discs

I got this laptop in 2009, it is a Dell Inspiron 1745

So basically, I'm SOL right
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