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Windows 7: Complete backup and shift to new HDD

17 Jul 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. You do have the 100MB hidden active partition. You need to image and restore that one too. Just deal with it like with any other partition. You might want to give it a drive letter for easier identification (right click on it in Disk management - you'll see the option). When you create the 100MB partition with Partition Wizard, make sure you set it as "active". You find the control in the PW Partition tab > Modify. Your OS C partition must not be "active".

Note: Imaging is partition by partition. You can image several partitions in one run, but you can only restore one partition at the time. They are easy to select from the "bundled" image.

2. What do you plan to do with partitions G and H? Suggestion: You could copy the data from those partitions to a folder on your external USB3 drive. Then when your system runs again, recreate these two partitions with Disk Management and copy the data back. That would probably be the easiest. Use this copy function: Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

3. Yes there is a problem with USB3 in the recovery program (at least last time I tried it 3 months ago). You can image with Macrium to USB3 but the recovery CD (which runs on Linux) cannot deal with it. I did the image in USB3 mode and then attached the disk to the USB2 port for the recovery. If you have the option to switch the cable/port, that would work.
Else you can image to the other internal disk. You need about 10GBs (the image is compressed). Make a folder in one of the partitions on the other drive where you have 10GBs and image to that folder. As far as I can see you have enough space in all 3 partitions.

PS: I hope you will succeed - but at least you will learn some things along the way.


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17 Jul 2011   #12
CapnLuffy

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

1 - So first I need to image both the 100 mb partition and the c drive. Then after I restore the 100mb, go on to restore c right? Sounds easy, I just hope I can get it right!

2 - I've already started to copy the files to my external HDD, there was a lot more on those two drives ^^ Even I thought it'd be just easier to move the folders to external drives and then put them back once the HDD has the OS. And its all my personal files, and software setup files. So I guess that'll work.

3 - I'm planning to retain the HDD I put in the latest (around a year back) and remove the HDD that was added first (around 3/4 and a half) years back. I guess I'll keep the 300gb dedicated for backups.

I plan to do the following now:
After everything is set up fine (hopefully) I'll create image backups everyday. The everday backups will be saved on the other internal drive (300gb). Then, every sunday I create a image which I save on my external HDD (so I have a weekly image on my external drive, and an everyday image on the internal). After the whole month is over, I have 4 sunday image backups on my external drive, and an everyday backup on my internal. So just incase my internal happens to fail I have external backups, I'll also save the first image I make to my external.

That should be fine?
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17 Jul 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1 . OK
2 - OK
3 - If you plan to retain the HDD that currently contains the OS, you must make sure you change the bootorder in the BIOS after you restored the images. Then, when everything is working, you can reformat that disk.
4 - Your imaging plan sounds fine. Just weed them out from time to time. You can schedule the images by right clicking on the XML file (click on the "xml definition files" button in the Macrium control panel and then right click on the xml file in question). Note: There is no need to reimage the 100MB partition all the time. Just keep one copy in stock.

Here is a tutorial I made that may give you some more ideas: Imaging strategies

PS: Now that you tell me that you want to keep the 300GB drive (that is the one that currently has the OS - right?), I wonder why you want to move the OS. Why don't you just delete or move the other partitions (or parts of it) and make C bigger?
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17 Jul 2011   #14
CapnLuffy

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

PS: Now that you tell me that you want to keep the 300GB drive (that is the one that currently has the OS - right?), I wonder why you want to move the OS. Why don't you just delete or move the other partitions (or parts of it) and make C bigger?
*facepalm*
:| Really, I feel like a fool now. Omg -.- ugh all this headahce and now I find out that I can just extend the drive coz I'm actually retaining it!

I feel really, really dumb now lol, how could I forget that I'm retaining it XD Can I change the partition with the partition manager?

Thanks for all the support once again, I hope I could rep you more but I need to spread some around lol.

Edit: I at least learnt how to backup and restore incase something should go wrong!So I'm happy, that if and when that crucial moment comes (hope it never comes!) I'm ready ^^
Thanks once again, the support you've provided has helped me a lot, to learn how to keep my files safe and avoid it getting lost.
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17 Jul 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is no harm done and you learned a lot. Now here is what I suggest:

1. Copy the little stuff from your G partition to the USB3 drive
2. Delete the G partition in Disk management - you must get unallocated space.
3. Right click on the C partition and extend it as much as you need - you probably do not need the whole space
4. With the remainder of the unallocated space, make a new G partition and move the parked stuff back - but if you want to give all the space of G to C, move the items somwhere else.

PS: But you should still implement a good imaging strategy. If you want, I tell you how to make a test case where you cannot harm anything - just to make sure you once did the whole cycle.
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17 Jul 2011   #16
CapnLuffy

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Can I do that via disk manager, or should I use partition manager?

Yes, Indeed I've learned a lot! And all thanks to you.
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17 Jul 2011   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would use Disk Management. It is safer. The Partition Wizard is good, but I once lost a whole disk full of partitions. So I am always very careful when I need to use it.

And if you stick around, I am sure you will learn a lot more. It took me 53 years - wrote my first program in 1958.
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17 Jul 2011   #18
CapnLuffy

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Thanks a lot I've marked the topic as solved.
Regards.
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17 Jul 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Take care and visit often.
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