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Windows 7: Win 7 image restore to new HDD

28 Apr 2017   #1

Win 7 Pro 64bit
Win 7 image restore to new HDD

I'm a newbie to imaging and restoring an OS to a new hard drive and I browsed some excellent posts here and I have one question on restoring a Macrium Reflect image to my new HDD.

I am prepared to restore the image to a new larger SATA internal drive (Drive E:) by booting from the Macrium Rescue disk and I wanted to know if there is an option to shut down the computer after the restore is complete so I can remove the current active HD (Drive C:) and replace it with the new imaged drive and boot the PC from that (new C: drive). I'm assuming that connecting the new drive to the same physical SATA slot will designate this as Drive C:
This seems like a no-brainer but it's been a very long week and I just wanted to verify this is the correct procedure. Thanks!

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28 Apr 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum. The best way is to install the blank drive as disk 0 and remove the old c drive so nothing can go wrong. It will work your way but its safer with the old disk gone so if it fails you can boot back to the old drive.

c drive should be on disk 0 but which ever drive windows boots from normally becomes c
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28 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You should disconnect your old C / OS drive before the system image restore and connect your new HDD as stated above. To do this you should boot the restore pe disc or usb flash drive not the installed Macrium. Preparing and using a usb flash drive is described here
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01 May 2017   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Also, within Macrium Reflect restore menu system, find the place where you "tell" MR to use all the space on the new hard-drive. For example, my old partition was 465GB, the new partition was 467GB, if I did not "tell" MR to use all of the new partition, I would have a 2GB un-allocated sliver partition along with my 465GB partition -- on the target HD.
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01 Jun 2017   #5

Win 7 Pro 64bit

Thanks guys for your replies. Life interrupted in a major way and that's why it's taken so long to reply! Hope I haven't been blacklisted yet!!
BTW, I had a hell of a time with Acronis True Image back up software provided by Western Digital on their website; after installing I noticed quite a bit of disk write activity(sometimes pegged at 100%). There are several obtrusive processes that will not let you take ownership of them and cannot be disabled!! After I uninstalled the software using uninstall utility provided by Acronis the real fun started! Apparently the utility itself is overly aggressive and mucks some registry settings (tried in vain to fix) and Microsoft backup itself no longer works - constant VSS and volsnap errors in event logs. Long very painful story short - go with Macrium as you recommended which seems to work fine.
Thanks again.
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