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Windows 7: how to replace my vista system image with a windows seven system image

10 Jun 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
how to replace my vista system image with a windows seven system image

Below is an image of my drives the hp recovery drives has my old system image file for windows vista which came with my pc i have upgraded to windows seven now i wanna know how can i delete the hp recovery drive and make that memory part of my main harddrive or/and how can i make a windows seven system image and replace the vista system image with the windows seven system image and just so im confirming that I know what im talking about a system image is just so u can erase everything off your pc and start back from that specific point someone please correct me if im wrong thanks

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10 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

Hi bigboi1972. Well this should be fairly straight forward. (I stress the should).

Firstly, a system image is out (and your definition is correct by the way :) thats exactly what a system image is). That drive is waaay too small to make a system image of your C drive.

However if you get some more storage, a system image can be made from Backup and restore centre in Windows 7.

So to remerging it with your drive. Can you please post a screenshot of your Disk Management Screen? go start right click computer, and click manage, then go to Disk Management. that will help to see whether what you want to do will be possible using Windows own inbuilt tools or whether you need a 3rd party app
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10 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

first to confirm that an image file is what you say

As for replacing the existing image with one from your current win7 install that is possible but you may need to purchase software to enable this.

Acronis and paragon both provide the means to perform a restore from a system image by use of a key press at boot

Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

PARAGON Software Group - partitioning, drive backup, hard disk maintenance

You will also need to clean and prepare the existing space for this and you should also find facilities for this at the noted suppliers sites.

With any image system you are better served if the image file is held on an external drive as this will syrvive the total failure of the existing drive.

Have a look at the information inn the links above and post back with a screenshot from win7 drive management showing your existing setup.

Once you have decided your preferred route we will be here to guide you further
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11 Jun 2010   #4


If you really want a good HDD setup, here's what I would do:

First move all your media and personal files to an external drive and delete the windows.old file if you still have it.. your system partition has expanded to 99 gb used and you need to shrink that if you want to have a good image backup that isn't taking up a significant portion of your HDD, or better yet simply reinstall windows after using the windows install disk to resize your partitions.. it would be a minor and temporary inconvenience but better in the long run if you wiped your system and started new

Otherwise, at least do a disk cleanup, getting rid of all restore points, temp files, shadow copies, old backups and the like. Disable hibernation too. that frees up at least a couple GBs.

When you're done, defrag your HDD using jkDefrag. All downloads links from my posts are for freeware that really is free (not some limited trial version)

Download uNetBootin and use it to install gparted on a flash drive. uNetbootin will download gparted if you select it from the dropdown menu at the top of the application.

Follow the instructions and reboot from the usb drive

The UI for gparted is simple and should require no instruction, although I would warn you not to try moving partitions with it as that can end up taking a few hours, just erase all the partitions if you're reinstalling windows or shrink your system partition after you've cleaned it up, leaving about 20-30 GB free space. Erase the other two partitions and use the resultant unallocated space to create a media partition (don't erase the system reserved or the OS partition unless you're willing to start with a fresh install of windows)

The best way I've found to configure a system with a single HDD is to have a relatively small partition for the OS and applications with the resultant free space going to a 2nd partition for media, documents and your backup. Make sure you format the partitions to NTFS.

In your case, I would suggest 60-75 GB for the system partition. If something goes haywire later on, you won't lose any of your music, pictures or documents if you have to reinstall windows..

You're not going to be able to create an automatic restore partition without having to pay for it.. I've tried that already. But if you think for a few seconds you'll see the advantage in my setup.. your OS and programs become expendable if all your personal files, program installers, music, etc is on separate partition.. Windows 7 ultimate, COD4 MW2, Dragon age origins, office 2010, and a few small apps take up a total of 52Gb on one of my systems. That's more than many people have but still small enough to make a reasonably quick backup of my system image. I wouldn't want my 328 GB music collection going into a backup image.. That would take all week.. good luck
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