Upgraded to W10 from W7 and now want to rollback to W7.

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    New hope! Now I have a map of Kansas can you help me get orientated?


    I have tried re-Cloning my Hacked Clone copy backup to it's original location.
    I used the Western Digital version of Acronis to do it as that was how I created the Clone.
    It failed.
    When Acronis first prepares to do a Clone, it "looks" at the "source" disk, then the "destination" disk.
    If they look OK, it proceeds.
    In my case it did just that.
    After quite a long time, about an hour, the Clone is finished whether or not Correctly.
    In my case, it reported Failure.
    It also updates / displays the Cloning Image.
    The Image displayed, in my case, was different than the expected image of the original "source" drive.
    What was displayed was an "additional" Partition with a Red X through it.
    Where this Partition came from is anyone's guess.

    Originally there were three Partitions displayed.

    Once the re-Cloning event was completed, there were four.

    The third Partition had the Red X on it.

    The fourth Partition appears to be what was actually restored as the re-Clone.

    Not knowing for sure. the fourth Partition appears to be a "RESTORE POINT" prior to the original Clone.

    Confusing, YES!

    Can any Forum Member shed some light on this?

    I then took a look at the same "source" image with Mini Tools and it showed it where Acronis hadn't until it had analyzed the disks.

    Could the Hacker have added an additional Partition, confusing any attempt to re-Clone in an attempt to Recover from the Hack?

    Please reply with any potential solution.

    Best regards,

    Mike Lynch
    Last edited by Mike Lynch; 03 May 2024 at 10:45.
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       #12

    Why don't you just reinstall Windows 7? Activate it with its key. That is what I did.
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  3. Posts : 785
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    My life and my families lives are documented on the Cloned Backup, assuming it's somehow viable.

    If I reinstall Windows-7 Pro, how does this get those "lives" back?

    By lives, I mean 20 plus years of photos, word and excel documents, etc.

    If you know the way, please fill me in.
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       #14

    Maybe an acronis user could chime in.

    At a guess the red x could mean the partition is invalid, damaged in some way

    If so, worth taking a look with diskgenius free version. It sometimes able to fix damaged partition tables.

    Upgraded to W10 from W7 and now want to rollback to W7.-dg-repair-partition.jpg
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    Mike Lynch said:
    My life and my families lives are documented on the Cloned Backup, assuming it's somehow viable.
    If I reinstall Windows-7 Pro, how does this get those "lives" back?
    By lives, I mean 20 plus years of photos, word and excel documents, etc.
    If you know the way, please fill me in.
    Can you put the restored disk in an external drive enclosure and connect it to another computer? If you can view its contents you can copy your personal files to the other computer. Once you pulled off all the personal files you can do a clean install of Windows 7 on your original computer copy the personal files back to it.

    Another option is to install the same version of Acronis True Image on another computer and load the backup image. If you can do that you can browse the files and copy off the personal files. This is more involved so is only recommended if you can figure out how to do it. I have done this a few times in the past and only did this as a last resort.
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    IMAGE of the "RED X"!


    This is the RED X I have been referring to.
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    I'm an Acronis user but dunno the "Western Digital" version that you have. I don't make "clones" but instead "True Image Backup" .tib files, which are Mountable in Windows with Acronis True Image installed. But I thought a "clone" is instead "an exact copy of the original hard drive" in which case you ought to be able to simply use a SATA adapter cable/power supply to a USB port of another computer, or install it to an external USB drive (same thing basically) and you should see everything on the drive.
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    Max,
    Any ideas as to what the Red X Partition is all about?
    The Western Digital Acronis Version is Free but requires a Western Digital Drive be installed on your System.
    Mike
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    Sorry, I dunno what the red X is about, nor have you said what "External PICASA DATA" is-or-means and where you are trying to clone that to.

    Mike Lynch said:
    I have tried re-Cloning my Hacked Clone copy backup to it's original location.
    This is not clear at all. Please elaborate. At least, try to put exactly what happened into clear, concise steps, one-by-one.

    What can you say about MisterEd's very good questions a couple posts back?

    Did you have no backups anywhere of any of your data before your PC was hacked?
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    It may also be possible to mount the drives as virtual images, and then copy and paste as needed. I have done this with system images. If what you have is a system image, that should work. It's a bit complicated, so a tutorial is easiest to follow:

    https://www.howtogeek.com/125704/how-to-extract-individual-files-from-a-windows-7-system-image-backup/




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