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Windows 7: I have the image but i cant restore it - LOST EVERY THING :'(

19 May 2011   #1
asmgx

Windows 7
 
 
I have the image but i cant restore it - LOST EVERY THING :'(

Hi
it happened that i formated my hard disk completely and removed all partions on it
including the System Recovery Partition

I have an image i made earlier when i first got my computer

the problem now is that i cant restore the image that i have
every time i try to restore i get this error : The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original disk

what i am doing wrong here, or did i lost for good?

appreciate your help ... i have been trying for more than 12 hours now


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19 May 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm assuming you created an image of your hard drive before you formatted the drive.

Now that you've installed Windows 7 it will have created a small 100Mb partition that will be marked as Active and holds the master boot record for your operating system.

I would imagine your image is looking for the recovery partition, which you've deleted and therein lies your problem.

Unless I'm mistaken you'll only be able to restore the image you created if you put your hard drive back to the state it was when you created the image of the drive.

If I'm wrong, I'm sure our experts will point us in the right direction.
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19 May 2011   #3
asmgx

Windows 7
 
 

oh my god
how would i remember how it was??
there is no way to restore it????
damn it, why did it say it will re-partition and reformat the drive before restoring??
is there any thing i can do???
* i created the image when it was fine few months ago but not i formated it and lost the recovery partition
HELP HELP
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19 May 2011   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What kind of image - do you mean a windows system image ?

Aside from buying a bigger drive - There is a complex workaround.

Have you used the command prompt before?
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19 May 2011   #5
asmgx

Windows 7
 
 

yes it is windows system image

i am using ths same hard disk so size has not changed

please give me any work around

i know dos command very well
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19 May 2011   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

OK - Let's try it.

How many partitions are in your image - and any idea of what they are and the sizes - roughly will do ?
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19 May 2011   #7
asmgx

Windows 7
 
 

there is the System Recovery drive (15 GB)
and C drive (300 GB)

each hard disk is 500 GB and i have 2 hard disks
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19 May 2011   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I assume your image is on one of those - and not an external drive ?

Go into bios and set the other HD first in bios boot order - that is the opposite way to how they are now.

When you have done that - boot your 7 dvd /repair disc to the command prompt.

type:

diskpart

lis disk

( select the disk number you want to restore TO in the next command and use that number instead of # )

sel disk #

clean

cre par pri

for fs=ntfs

act

ass

lis vol

( make a note of the volumes and letters - particularly the letter your new partition has )

exi

post up exactly what lis vol gave you.


EDIT -don't forget ass - i missed it out just then myself. lol.

Don't worry if you missed it - we can do it later.
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19 May 2011   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The format will take quite a while on a 500gb drive .

Could have done a quick one - but worth making sure all is clean at this stage.

Next step is to make certain you have assigned it a drive letter and it is active ( no harm in running act twice )

diskpart

lis vol

sel vol # ( whatever volume number your newly created big partition is on Target disk )

ass

act

( now make sure there are no active partitions on the drive you are NOT restoring to )

sel vol ( one of the vol numbers on your NOT restore drive )

inact

sel vol ( the next vol number on your NOT restore disk )

inact

( do that on all primary partitions on your NOT restore disk don't worry if you run inact on a logical drive - won't do any harm ).

exi

( to leave diskpart ) .


Next, try running win sys img restore. See if it lets you restore to your Target drive now.

It's easier if it does. If not - we can use commands .
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19 May 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

By all means follow the above
format fs=ntfs quick will be faster.

If this doesn't work:
-Based on limited info.-
I think your factory recovery partition (if that's what you are referring to) is gone.
If your image is on an external HDD you could try restoring to either your unallocated main HDD or a simple primary unpartitioned ntfs formated (inactive) HDD.
A Windows reimage should reformat and partition according to the old partition structure. Any data or recovery partitions wil be empty.

Alternatively if it is an OEM PC and you have factory restore/recovery disks you could run these first. Then run the Windows reimage. This may rebuild your recovery partition.
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