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Windows 7: Cannot restore from a system image

29 Jun 2010   #1
samhfoley

vista 32 bit and 64 bit
 
 
Cannot restore from a system image

2 weeks ago my 128 GB Corsair SSD was failing. I sent it in to be replaced. Before that I created a Windows system image and restored it to my 150GB Western Digital HDD. I just got back my new SSD yesterday and am now trying to reverse the process and create a system image to get back onto the Corsair SSD, but I am getting an error message


The system image restore failed

Error details: The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original systems disk. Replace the disk with a larger one and retry the restore operation (0x80042407)

The actual size of the file is only 54GB, but my worry is that since the Western Digital is 150 GB and I am trying to write to a 128 GB drive that I might not be able to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sam


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29 Jun 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samhfoley View Post
2 weeks ago my 128 GB Corsair SSD was failing. I sent it in to be replaced. Before that I created a Windows system image and restored it to my 150GB Western Digital HDD. I just got back my new SSD yesterday and am now trying to reverse the process and create a system image to get back onto the Corsair SSD, but I am getting an error message


The system image restore failed

Error details: The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original systems disk. Replace the disk with a larger one and retry the restore operation (0x80042407)

The actual size of the file is only 54GB, but my worry is that since the Western Digital is 150 GB and I am trying to write to a 128 GB drive that I might not be able to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sam
How big is the partition that the 54 gig image is in?
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29 Jun 2010   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Shrink the source partition to less than the drive you intend to restore to.

Then create the image.

No guarantees with Windows Sys image app. , but it's worth a try.
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29 Jun 2010   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samhfoley View Post
2 weeks ago my 128 GB Corsair SSD was failing. I sent it in to be replaced. Before that I created a Windows system image and restored it to my 150GB Western Digital HDD.

The system image restore failed

Error details: The disk that is set as active in BIOS is too small to recover the original systems disk. Replace the disk with a larger one and retry the restore operation (0x80042407)

The actual size of the file is only 54GB, but my worry is that since the Western Digital is 150 GB and I am trying to write to a 128 GB drive that I might not be able to do it. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sam
I am guessing that the 150 gig drive has a single partition, probably C.

If so, can you shrink that partition to less than 128 gigs and then use something like Acronis to clone that newly sized partition to the SSD? Clone, not image and restore.

Or maybe you could shrink the WD partition as much as possible and then make another partition of less than 128 gigs on the WD. Then image the shrunken partition to the newly created WD partition. Then use your imaging program to restore from the WD to the SSD?
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30 Jun 2010   #5
samhfoley

vista 32 bit and 64 bit
 
 
I tried....

The western digital is 150gb and it had 100 mb system reserved partition, 119gb main c. Drive and then like 40gb unallocated space. I shrunk the c part down to 90 someodd gb, created another image and tried again. It said that a suitable backup image could not be found. In the end I just did a clean install. Do you think it had something with the ssd drive missing the 100 mb system reserved partition? Anyways thanks for the help.
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