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Windows 7: Move OS from one disk to another?

19 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64
Move OS from one disk to another?


Windows 7 continues to restore a system image to the same disk. Problem is that I don't want the OS to be installed onto that disk. What can I do to stop that from happening?

I've got a 640gb disk on which the system image is backed up; a 1.5tb disk where the OS is continually installed; and a 750gb disk which is where I want the OS to be.

Any help would be appreciated.


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19 Jan 2011   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Best to use wbadmin commands to do that.

I believe you can fool the GUI by plugging the target HD into the sata port originally used for the source HD.

It is not unusual to get a message about the disk not being suitable for image restore.

Windows system image gui implementation has limitations.

I would suggest you use a 3rd party imaging app. instead.

There are some good free ones.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition - Overview

You need to check the recovery disc (that is run off from within the free apps.) works with your system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Another suggestion is to pull all unused drives from the system until you get the OS booting. As I said in one of your other threads....given the amount of time you've spent on this, I'd just do a fresh install.
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