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Windows 7: Backing up HDD

29 Dec 2009   #1
RJones

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Backing up HDD

I just installed Windows & home Premium OEM On a new build I developed an issue so MSI had a free HDD back software so I backed up my install on another hard drive when I restore on the original Drives will I have to reactivate W7 ?.......The actual issue is Im running Raid 0 and need to move the SATA cable to a different location......


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29 Dec 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

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If you made an image and then restore that image file to a hard drive you should not have to reactivate.
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29 Dec 2009   #3
RJones

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Thanks for the fast reply Im not sure How the MSI boot disk is backing up the existing HDD but it is a DOS program......
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29 Dec 2009   #4
ignatzatsonic

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If MSI is some kind of a file by file backup then you may have to reactivate. But images include all licenses and registry settings and therefore should not require reactivation. I have no idea what MSI is--you would have to research how it works--image or otherwise.
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29 Dec 2009   #5
RJones

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OK thank you any advise on an Imaging Software I can get..
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29 Dec 2009   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Macrium Reflect Free edition is highly regarded. Get it here:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Make an image and then make a CD rescue disk. You have to use the rescue disk to restore the image.
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29 Dec 2009   #7
richc46

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJones View Post
I just installed Windows & home Premium OEM On a new build I developed an issue so MSI had a free HDD back software so I backed up my install on another hard drive when I restore on the original Drives will I have to reactivate W7 ?.......The actual issue is Im running Raid 0 and need to move the SATA cable to a different location......
You should not have to reactivate, but in case you do, there will be no problem. You merely have to supply your key. If it is not accepted because the system says thatit is already in use, you merely input your number with a touch tone phone.Possibly you may be transferred to a rep, but that will be the last step. You merely, have to explain to them, the facts and you will be elevated. Incidentally, I guess you know, if you do have to reactivate the MS, sticker will not appear on the lower right hand corner of the screen that appears after right clicking on the computer icon and then properties. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.
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29 Dec 2009   #8
RJones

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thank you guys Ill give her try tonight and Ill post my results......Happy new year
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29 Dec 2009   #9
richc46

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Thank you guys Ill give her try tonight and Ill post my results......Happy new year
The same to you. Enjoy the new year and your new OS.
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30 Dec 2009   #10
RJones

Window 7 Home Premium
 
 

Just an update....after hours on trying to restore the image I gave up.....so I decided to just do a fresh install but this time I had a terrible time with the cd/dvd driver error,after reading the sticky above none of the options worked for me. so I ended up finally finding a driver from one of my other disks I had laying around.....so I installed W7 and I did not have to reactivate.......go figure after all that time wasted lol.....thank for the help guys
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