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Windows 7: Dreaded blank screen on boot up

07 Jul 2012   #11

Genuine windows 7X64

Hello . Well i am happy to report that i was successful in doing an image restore, not with windows but with another program EASYUS Backup, i was going to use the windows Image backup, but i was a bit worried that i might loose the data on another partition on the primary drive, (was partitioned into 3 partition ) i was a little bit confused on the

" Format and repartition disks
NOTE: Special thanks to MJF for this addition. 1) Grayed out and selected
You are forced to have the whole disk formatted and repartitioned to match the partition structure of the disk the image was made from. This can occur when restoring an image to a new disk or the original disk with a modified partition structure. Data on other partitions on the disk you are restoring to will be lost.

2) Grayed out and unselected
You are not given the option to format and repartition the disk. This will occur if you are restoring Windows from a partition on the same disk.

3) Not grayed out and unselected
Here you have the option to select format the whole disk and repartition or not. In this case the disk the image was taken from has a matching partition structure to the disk you are restoring the image to. By not selecting the format and repartition option your image will be restored and other partitions untouched such as valuable data partitions."

since the format and partition part (number 2 ) was greyed out

and since the EASYUS Backup only took a image of the C:\ , i thought i would use that instead. the EASYUS Backup image only took 90 minutes, an i was able to boot to my desktop, even though i have not fully checked it out, ( i am guessing there will be some minor issues ) i am happy with the outcome so far.

the image was from april of this year, i now have to do the system backup dated from 6/3/2012

i would like to thank Bumpkin for his easy instruction and help. this is a great forum

once again thanks.

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07 Jul 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Well that's good news! Glad to hear you were successful.
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07 Jul 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

Be sure to mark this thread as solved as your issue is now fixed. If have any questions, you can post them in this thread.
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08 Jul 2012   #14

Genuine windows 7X64

Hello again, i have a small Glitch, when i did the image restore, which got me back to my Desktop,(yesterday) and today i then tried to do my system file backup from last month, is seems i am not able to do that from either my windows system backup, or my EASYUS system backup ?,

I think i saw somewhere the the files should be restored right after i did the image restore?, is there a way i can restore either of my system backup files,?, it seems what the windows backup, want to do a back up of files, and not a restore

Thanks in advance
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08 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Not sure about what you are trying to do exactly. Are you trying to restore the 6/3/2012 image? Or do you just need some data files from that image?

Are you using the restore boot disc?
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08 Jul 2012   #16

Genuine windows 7X64

Hello again, i figured out how to restore the data back from the 6/3/201 system backup, the system is now as it was before it died, but now i have a new glitch,

i did all my updates and stuff, and fixed some minor issues, rebooted, so now i figured i would make a new system image for today,( or overwrite the 4/20/12 image ) so i ran the windows backup and restore and it says windows cannot find the disk where my backup are being saved. even tho i have had my EXT plugged in all day. ( see attachment )

I am not sure if i should delete the 4/20/ 12 system image ?, or reset windows backup ?,

i am just trying to create a image for today

Thanks in advance.

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08 Jul 2012   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

This is one reason I stopped using W7 images, strange things happen.

Looks like I: has 100 Gb more room than the than the space needed for the image.

Why not boot the computer to start fresh.
Rename WindowsImageBackup. You can always change it back if needed.
Click "Create a system image" and start a new image on I: Or try drive J:

Maybe just use Easus Todo and be done with W7 images. Also take a look a Macrium free.

By the way, have I: and J: always been named "New Volume"?
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08 Jul 2012   #18

Genuine windows 7X64

Hello Again, yes i have heard a lot about W7 issues with images, and with backup and restore, that's why i used another backup software, just in case W7 started acting up,

Drive I is where the backup image is, i would like to keep all W7 backup there if possible. ( don't want to be renaming the backup, and getting more issues )

Easus is what i use to restore the image, i was a little wary of using W7 backup and restore. i do now have a system image and data backup for today with Easus on the G Drive.

Drive J is a 500 gig partition, its full with movies and music,

Drive I and J has always been a new Volume, i just did not rename them.

what i think i will do is get Macrium free, delete the WindowsImageBackup and system backup task of the I drive. (will free up tons of space. lol ) and just use EASYUS system backup (which it actually on the G Drive and does not take up 1/2 the space needed for an image as W7 would)

and just use Macrium free alone with EASYUS and have 2 separate images on 2 separate partition G ( EASYUS ) and I for (Macrium free) and be done with W7 altogether ?.

i am not sure what you mean by " boot the computer to start fresh." ?

thanks in advance,
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09 Jul 2012   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I think you are on the right path, forget about W7 images!

When I suggested you "boot the computer to start fresh", was because your images were not found by W7 / or reporting not enough free space. Rebooting sometimes booting clears up problems like that.
I asked you to rename WindowsImageBackup because if you wanted make a new separate W7 image, you must hide the older images from W7.
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10 Jul 2012   #20

Genuine windows 7X64

Hello again, well i downloaded and installed use Macrium free image software, then made a image if my C partition and H partition, since i already had a image with EASY US i now have 2 separate images of my primary hard drive on separate partitions on my EXT HD

I then deleted W7 image backup (347 GIGS) from the I Drive, and i now have Macrium image on the I drive (215GIG). and i made a separate Image of just the C drive (94 Gigs) on another partition just in case the OS Goes south

My Machine is now running like it should be, before it would not boot up.

once again thanks to Bumpkin for all your help.
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