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Windows 7: Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

12 Dec 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

If you still want to try and create a system image of your E partition on the same HDD, then I would unplug the other two HDDs, so Windows or Acronis, doesn't have any other options to save the image too. You may need to create a new partition behind your E partition as I don't know if it would save an image to the same partition your system resides. That is alright, as you would need to shrink your E partition anyway to make it fit on your C partition. Restoring an image to your C drive is the only way I can think of, not to destroy your K partition at the same time. I haven't found a cloning software that would leave it intact.
As far as figuring out how to use the boot manager on D to boot up afterwards, I simply don't know. I have never tried that before. Once you reimage to the C partition you could try running your Windows repair disk up to 3 times to see if it will hold the system flag and boot on its own. I would recommend that while you are working on drive 0 and 2 to unplug drive 1 with the D partition. It will make things simpler.

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12 Dec 2012   #12
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

What might work is using EasyBCD from NeoSmart Technologies. It has an option to "migrate" the boot loader files from one partition to another. I used that when I had Vista and Win7 on the same drive and wanted to remove Vista.

If you don't migrate the boot loader files, which are probably currently in the Vista partition, when you remove Vista, you won't be able to boot into Windows anymore.
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12 Dec 2012   #13

Windows 7 ultimate 64

It's sorted.

I saved an acronis backup of my E: drive to the K: partition (no need to resize the E: partition so that it's smaller than C: as acronis makes it fit the smaller partition).
Disconnected E: and D: (thanks littlejay)
Restored the backup of E: to C:
(At this point I started up mini xp and used minitool to change the drive letters as the drive that was K: was now showing as C:, so I changed them back to what they were before. This might not have been necessary.)

Connected all the drives again rebooted into the E: windows 7.
And the best part... used visual bcd dual boot repair.
It's a great program that I've used before.
I just clicked on "automatic", it found both windows 7 installations and set up a dual boot option with the C: drive first.

I will keep both installations for now until I see if the C: drive is any better.

Thanks again for the help.
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12 Dec 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Glad to hear you got things sorted. Thanks for letting us know.
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 Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

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