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Windows 7: I'm trying an image recovery to a dell inspiron n7110 with a new ssd

17 Jan 2018   #1
recoveryroom42

win7 64bit
 
 
I'm trying an image recovery to a dell inspiron n7110 with a new ssd

I created a win 7 repair dvd and a system image to a seagate freeagent go external drive.


I then removed the keyboard and cover to access the hdd, removed wd 750gb hdd and replaced with an hp ssd m700 2.5 240 gb

the wd hdd had about 160gb used and the remainder free

i shrunk the volume on the seagate freeagent drive as much as recomended, but it's still slightly larger than the available space on the ssd. The only file on this drive is the windowsimagebackup.

next, i ran the win7 repair disk and attempted a system image recovery.

the image is recognized, but:

"the system image restore failed

no disk that can be used for recovering the system can be found"


not sure why this is happening...any advice appreciated.


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17 Jan 2018   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi recoveryroom42, welcome to the Forum.

Your 240 gb HP SSD, is actually only 223.5 gb. This is because Hard Drive makers quote the capacity based on a kilobyte being 1000 bytes, whereas it is in fact 1024 bytes.

So your back up system image will not fit on this drive, as you mentioned it is only slightly larger than 240 gb, but as you can now see it will be quite a lot larger than the SSD. The total space needed for the image to get installed has to be larger than the total space showing that it has.

The easiest solution would be to get a bigger capacity SSD, such as 500 gb. Can you shrink the back up image drive down to less than what you have done so far.

You could reinstall the HDD into the laptop & de fragment it, remove any unnecessary files. Disable Hibernate &/or Hybrid Sleep sleep,this should save disc space, you can re enable it after the transfer to the SSD.
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18 Jan 2018   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

As ssd needs special settings in Windows its recommend you do a clean install so you get correct settings g
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18 Jan 2018   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Please confirm.
External disk = Segate
Laptop original HDD = wd 750gb hdd with about 160gb used and the remain free
SSD = hp ssd m700 2.5 240 gb

Some disk image programs doesn't allow to clone a big disk to a smaller disk, even if the source disk has less used space than the target disk. You have also to consider that a OEM computer has more than C: partition (System and Factory recover partitions).
Open disk management and take a snapshot using snipping tool and post it here as an attachment. Use the paper clip (top right menu) -browse to the image file - upload
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18 Jan 2018   #5
recoveryroom42

win7 64bit
 
 

thanks to all for the replies.

i'd like to avoid switching back the hdd if possible since it's a bit of a pita http://www.insidemylaptop.com/disass...ron-17r-n7110/


if i did a clean install on the sdd, i assume i still wont be able to restore the image due to its size.

can i do anything to the existing image to reduce its size? as i mentioned there's about 160gb used

lastly, i though i would be able to boot windows by connecting the hdd remotely with a usb3/sata2.5 cable but that doesnt seem to work

thanks again
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18 Jan 2018   #6
recoveryroom42

win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Please confirm.
External disk = Segate
Laptop original HDD = wd 750gb hdd with about 160gb used and the remain free
SSD = hp ssd m700 2.5 240 gb

Some disk image programs doesn't allow to clone a big disk to a smaller disk, even if the source disk has less used space than the target disk. You have also to consider that a OEM computer has more than C: partition (System and Factory recover partitions).
Open disk management and take a snapshot using snipping tool and post it here as an attachment. Use the paper clip (top right menu) -browse to the image file - upload
the external is the segate freeagent go 500gb


i'll try your recommendation shortly
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18 Jan 2018   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open disk management and take a snapshot using snipping tool and post it here as an attachment. Use the paper clip (top right menu) -browse to the image file - upload
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19 Jan 2018   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I recently did exactly this with my wife's laptop. I used Macrium Reflect Free to create an image backup of the hard drive. I also created a Macrium emergency boot disk.

I then removed the hard drive and installed the SSD. (The SSD was a lot smaller than the hard drive -- HD was 750 GB; SSD was 240 GB.)

I then booted with the emergency disk and restored the image to the SSD.

Finally, I made sure TRIM was enabled on the SSD.

Everything worked perfectly after doing the above.

I think you need to reinstall your hard drive, and then do a backup and an emergency boot disk with Macrium Reflect Free. If you use Macrium rather than whatever you were using, you will have success.
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19 Jan 2018   #9
recoveryroom42

win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
As ssd needs special settings in Windows its recommend you do a clean install so you get correct settings g
I ended up doing this.


i can access all of my old hdd with the ubs/sataiii cable, so i can move what i want to the new ssd.


many thanks for the replies.
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19 Jan 2018   #10
recoveryroom42

win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
I recently did exactly this with my wife's laptop. I used Macrium Reflect Free to create an image backup of the hard drive. I also created a Macrium emergency boot disk.

I then removed the hard drive and installed the SSD. (The SSD was a lot smaller than the hard drive -- HD was 750 GB; SSD was 240 GB.)

I then booted with the emergency disk and restored the image to the SSD.

Finally, I made sure TRIM was enabled on the SSD.

Everything worked perfectly after doing the above.

I think you need to reinstall your hard drive, and then do a backup and an emergency boot disk with Macrium Reflect Free. If you use Macrium rather than whatever you were using, you will have success.


if i did my homework first, i would've done this.
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