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Windows 7: Transferring files using system image (Theory needs confirming!)

11 Jun 2013   #1
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Transferring files using system image (Theory needs confirming!)

Okay so I'm well aware that there's a thread dedicated to explaining how to restore using system image etc.
But what I would like to know in my situation is whether or not I can do what I'm thinking of doing.

(It's probably a no-brainer in which case I just need the thumbs up from you wise people)

To summarize this..

I am using 1 hard drive

I bought a new one

I use the new one to save my system image.

Would I be able to boot up the system image to install the OS into that same hard drive?


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12 Jun 2013   #2
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

No Starstruck you don't boot the disk with your system image. You need to create a Windows repair disk (or use your installation disk if you have one), boot from that and restore your image using that. You cannot restore to the drive that contains the image, but you can restore to the original HDD.

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12 Jun 2013   #3
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
you don't boot the disk with your system image.
No I think you misunderstood, what I mean is that I would like to restore my OS on the same hard drive that has the system image.
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12 Jun 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stuckstuck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
you don't boot the disk with your system image.
No I think you misunderstood, what I mean is that I would like to restore my OS on the same hard drive that has the system image.
It does not matter - same thing. Do what Keith said. You need to boot from the recovery CD in order to restore the image. The image itself is just a file and cannot boot or start or anything like that. You can though mount the image VHD and retrieve data from it.

PS: If you want to restore the image to the disk that contains the image, you need a primary active partition on that disk to which you restore. And many imaging programs require that this partition be at least the size of the partition from where the image originated.
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12 Jun 2013   #5
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stuckstuck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
you don't boot the disk with your system image.
No I think you misunderstood, what I mean is that I would like to restore my OS on the same hard drive that has the system image.
The last sentence of my post covers that. You cannot restore to the drive containing the image.
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12 Jun 2013   #6
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I was imprecise in my post. I should have said. You cannot restore to the partition containing the image. Thanks for pointing that out Wolfgang.
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