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Windows 7: Mirroring partition to VHD

25 Jan 2009   #1
Tails5

Windows 7 RC 64-bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Mirroring partition to VHD

Hi, I'm wondering if its possible to copy a partition entirely (including boot record) onto a VHD file I made using diskpart.

EDIT: I went out and got Norton Ghost to do the job... because no internet search was turning up how to do it without Ghost.


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26 Jan 2009   #2
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

For VHD:

While attached, go to either diskpart or Disk Management and make it "active".

Then, make sure you have \bootmgr file and \boot hidden folder in the VHD image.

That's it. It should work just fine.
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26 Jan 2009   #3
Tails5

Windows 7 RC 64-bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Do you mean simply copying everything will work, aslong as I get \boot\ and \bootmgr aswell?
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26 Jan 2009   #4
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Yes , but you need to have bcdedit's {bootmgr} set to this partition too.
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26 Jan 2009   #5
Tails5

Windows 7 RC 64-bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Would I have to do that if I just add the .vhd file as a boot item? And how do I unhide \boot\ and \bootmgr? I've turned off hiding protected system files and hidden files but it's not appearing.
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26 Jan 2009   #6
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

You will find \bootmgr and \boot in the hidden partition of W7, the small 200MB one. You need to assign a drive letter to it first, from Disk Management, and then you can access it.
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26 Jan 2009   #7
Tails5

Windows 7 RC 64-bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Uhm.. the partition I want to copy to the VHD is a Vista install, not Windows 7...
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26 Jan 2009   #8
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Then you should be able to see the \bootmgr file and \boot folder in the root partition of Vista.
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26 Jan 2009   #9
Tails5

Windows 7 RC 64-bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

They aren't there - even directly typing D:\boot\ says that the folder does not exist. The files DO exist in my Windows 7 partition though. Does this mean that there IS no boot record on the Vista partition?
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26 Jan 2009   #10
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Yes, after the Windows 7 installation, they have moved to the w7 partition probably. I don't think W7 keeps the Vista ones , it switches to its own for both OSes, if it finds Vista during install. Just a thought, not sure. But if you don't have them in Vista's partition, that's the case
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