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Windows 7: New hard dive

24 Jul 2010   #1
Purdeboy

 
 
New hard dive

I have been searching around and trying different methods to move windows to my new hard drive and nothing has worked.

I currently have a 1 TB hard drive and I am moving to a 40GB hard drive.

I have tried backing up as an image on the new hard drive but it will not boot from this. Please help.


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24 Jul 2010   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Using Windows Backup and Restore, create a system image to an EXTERNAL USB drive.

Using a System Repair Disk, do a system image restore.




START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disk button



CREATE AND RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE

CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion


RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
Boot from the System Repair CD you created.
Connect the external drive with the backup image
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition disks checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
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24 Jul 2010   #3
Purdeboy

 
 

I tried doing that with dvds and I could not boot from them. I don't know how you could fit the files on a flash drive it is over 20GB.
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24 Jul 2010   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Just follow the directions using an EXTERNAL USB DRIVE (not a UFD).

Sorry for the confusion.
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24 Jul 2010   #5
Purdeboy

 
 

I did all this I created a image of my system on DVDS removed my old hard drive hooked up the new one and tried to boot from the DVDS I made and it would not work.
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25 Jul 2010   #6
Purdeboy

 
 

Can no one help? I am going crazy this new hard drive was expensive and idk why I cant move windows 7 onto it.
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25 Jul 2010   #7
esha

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Somebody told me that images can be transferred to a larger disk than the original, but not onto a smaller one. However, I don't know if that's really true, I've never tried it.
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25 Jul 2010   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Purdeboy View Post
I have been searching around and trying different methods to move windows to my new hard drive and nothing has worked.

I currently have a 1 TB hard drive and I am moving to a 40GB hard drive.

I have tried backing up as an image on the new hard drive but it will not boot from this. Please help.
Why would you go FROM a 1 TB drive TO a 40 GB drive????

Also, to move from one drive to another, you will need a disk cloning tool such as Acronis. Using a disk imaging tool, you need an intermediary device. You don't boot from the image. You take an image of the old drive to a third device (ie external drive), and then restore the image from that device to the new drive. Very simple stuff, easily Google-able.
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25 Jul 2010   #9
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by esha View Post
Somebody told me that images can be transferred to a larger disk than the original, but not onto a smaller one. However, I don't know if that's really true, I've never tried it.
It can be done, IF the data on the image of the larger drive is small enough to fit onto the small partition.

For best results, you may want to look at Acronis Tru Image Home. It will alow you to make either disk images that can be restored to a different drive, or you can do a direct clone of one drive to another (although this is only a fraction of the features it offers).

And btw, are you sure you want to use a 40GB drive for your system drive? I'm just barely manbaging with an old 80GB Seagate, and am considering cloning it over to one of my 120GB drives...
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