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Windows 7: Recovery Partition clone

15 Feb 2012   #1
well48

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 
Recovery Partition clone

If I clone the Recovery Partition from hdd #1 to hdd #2
will hdd #2 reinstall 7 in the computer I pulled hdd #1 out of?

7 has been erased from hdd #1
hdd #1 has a damaged data connector and only works when I hold the cable in place. I'll be using adifferent computer and ext hdd enclosure.

If you think it will work, what's a good free program to clone it?


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16 Feb 2012   #2
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
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16 Feb 2012   #3
well48

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 

PC was given to me and original owner didn't make backup disks.
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16 Feb 2012   #4
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It depends how the oem has arranged their recovery program .

Usually there is a small .wim file on the recovery partition. That will be bootable and load into memory.

It contains an oem program which will find the larger .wim ( sometimes a lot of small split wims), which contain the restore image.

Those will be setup to restore the image to a particular place. Whether that will still work after moving it - doubtful.

However, you can use the wims to do it manually.

Suggest you make a copy of it anyway - then post screenshots of the contents - several pics as we need to see what is inside the folders on there.

Lots of apps will copy a partition - a partition manager like Partition Wizard free home edition, or easeus partition master free home edition , or macrium free I believe has a copy/clone type function.
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21 Feb 2012   #5
well48

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 

I can't get that hdd to work again BUT my friend did make Recovery Discs. If it doesn't work, oh well eMachines gets $19.95 for disk.

Thank you for your time & help.
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