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Windows 7: System Recovery disk "incompatible"

12 Jul 2015   #1

Windows 7
System Recovery disk "incompatible"

I want to migrate my Win7 x64 to a new hdd which is partitioned as GPT. I tried the migration process I've used before on MBR disks:
  1. Image system partition to new hdd (I used Easus PM to do this).
  2. Mount System hive in the copy and delete C: from MountedDevices
  3. Make a System Recovery CD.
  4. Unplug all but the new drive
  5. Boot off the Recovery disc and repair startup configuration
On the last step I got a message saying the Recovery disc is incompatible with the Windows version. I thought an up-to-date W7 system could make a Recovery disc that could handle a GPT hdd and configure the UEFI boot. Am I wrong? How to proceed?

I had previously done a test install of Server 2008R2 on the new drive. It worked fine. I deleted the test partition before I tried to migrate Win7. I'm wondering if the entry for 08R2 in the UEFI boot records is confusing the Win7 recovery app? Is there a way to delete the old boot entry?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jul 2015   #2

Windows 7

In case anyone is following this, I found that the Recovery CD generated by Windows 7 (x64 Ult) does not have a UEFI boot option, which makes it useless for repairing a UEFI bootable GPT disk. Instead I used a Win7 Ult. x64 + SP1 installation DVD. This disc appeared in the boot menu with a UEFI boot option. After choosing language, I clicked the repair option. It fixed the copied partition and corrected the Windows Boot Manager, after which, the copied system partition booted up just fine with the GPT drive as the only hdd in the system.

When I reconnected the other hdd's, however, the system failed to boot. I did a UEFI boot off the DVD again, and it said it fixed the problem, but the system still would not boot. The fact that it failed when the original partition was mounted suggests that it might be an issue with the partition signature being duplicated. I'll look further...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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