System Image Recovery

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  1. Posts : 70,221
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       #350

    iFeelLikeANoob said:
    Thank You for the quick reply :)

    i should have been more specific. i have movies, music and document i have been storing on my external hard drive for while a while now.
    i only just recently put the back up of my PC's OS settings (internal hard drive) on the external hard drive.
    I know when i restore the Image my pc will revert back to the image settings. but will i loose anything on the external hard drive? You said in the tutorial that the restore process will format the internal and external hard drives together.
    Just to make sure you know, that if you just copied and pasted the WindowsImageBackup folder to the root of the external drive, it may not work to do a system image recovery with. It really needs to be saved to the external HDD when it's created instead.

    By default, a system image recovery will format everything on each hard drive that was included in a system image, and will only restore what is included in the system image back. Since the external HDD is not included in the system image since that's where you saved it to, it will not be formatted. :)
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Nov 2012 at 11:08. Reason: added quote
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  2. Posts : 4
    window 7 home premium 64bit
       #351

    Thank you so much Brink that's a load of my mind!
    This is the best support forum on the web!!
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  3. Posts : 70,221
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #352

    You're most welcome. :)
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  4. Posts : 1
    windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #353

    Windows 7 System Image Recovery, can't find external HD (I have been through the tutorial several times, I learned a lot but still have not solved this issue)

    Win 7 x64 on a HP 9340f, HDD is failing so I created system image and Win 7 Recvovery Disk.
    I used Win 7 to create system image on 1 TB external HP Personal Media Drive, using another computer I can see the system image on the external drive.

    Installed the new WD Cav black 2 TB HDD, fire up the PC using the Windows 7 system recovery disk. Hit F10 to go into set up menu check to see what is seen by system using mountvol.
    Only X: DVD drive and C: (new 2TB WD drive) visable even though external drive HP 1TB Personal Media Drive is hooked up via usb port ( or built in HD expansion bay) at power up.

    Run the Windows recovery, no operating system listed, click load drivers and the install drivers for your HD.

    I have found and installed intel drivers both Vista x64 Intel Matrix Storage Manager and Win 7 Intel Rapid Storage Manager driver sets.

    Windows cannot find a system image on the computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry.
    Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

    "Windows cannot find a system image on the computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options."
    I keep hitting "Refresh"..same error. I choose "Advanced" and a get the following 2 choices:


    "Search for a system image on the network" or "Install a driver"


    Windows can't to find the external USB drive & the image is sitting on the drive named as Windows named it when it was created "WindowsImageBackup".

    Checking External HD for contents of WindowsBackupImage


    H:\WindowsImageBackup\GOP-pc
    Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
    Catalog\
    MediaId

    contents of folders
    Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
    First.VHD 47,119 KB
    Second.VHD 746,018,256 KB
    Catalog\
    BackupGlobalCataolg 6 KB
    GlobalCatalog 6 KB
    MediaId 1 KB


    While working through the explorer in the load driver dialogue I can navigate to the External HD.

    Looking at Set Up Menu:

    Boot Sequence:

    1st Boot Floopy Group not enabled
    2nd Boot CD-ROM enabled
    3rd Boot HD Group enabled
    4th Boot N/W Group not enabled



    When in Recovery Center, Go to DOS, use MOUNTVOL, then DIR H: I can see the Windows Image Backup


    Any other clues ??? Is it truely a driver hunt and load? Neither HP nor WD supply drivers for their HDD in Win 7, you just use the ones that come with Win 7.

    I have all my data backed up to another HDD, and have install disks so could rebuild the image, but I want to solve this puzzle.

    Thanks in advance, if you would prefere I move this to a more appropriate thread please let me know.
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  5. Posts : 70,221
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       #354

    Hello 1schoo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Since this is at boot, double check through all of your BIOS settings to make sure that you have "Legacy USB" and any other "USB" option enabled to allow the USB drive to be seen/used at boot.

    Hope this helps, :)
    Shawn
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  6. Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #355

    Raid Image Restore


    Hello All,

    I have used Windows Image restore a few times with just a single disk with the saved image on an external hdd...Had no problems at all.

    My question is: If I create an image of my os drive and select my raid 0 array will there be any special steps that I will need to do when restoring this saved image..

    What my hardware is set up to in bios settings is: Raid

    OS drive - SSD as non member raid and two Wd spinners set up as a raid 0 array.

    Thanks for any advise,

    Ron
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  7. Posts : 70,221
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #356

    Hello Ron, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    It may not see the RAID array until you load the bootable RAID drivers (.inf file). Otherwise, it should go just as before.

    Hope this helps, :)
    Shawn
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  8. Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #357

    Thanks Brink,

    So when I get to this sreen in recovery, I will select Install drivers, then insert the disk with the Intel raid drivers on it and load them...then continue with recovery?



    Thanks again,

    Ron
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  9. Posts : 70,221
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #358

    That screenshot is after you already have selected the system image, and for how you want to restore the image.

    Since the system image is on the RAID array, this what needs to be seen instead.

    If you are able to select the system image from the RAID array at step 5 or 6 (in STEP TWO section), then you are good to go, and don't have to worry about anything else.

    If not, then you could load your RAID drivers using the same method in the tutorial below. The trick is that the RAID driver cannot be an .exe file, but the bootable type. Usually it would be a ZIP file that contains an .inf file as the driver.

    SATA Drivers - Load in Windows 8 System Image Recovery


    I've added a Note box under step 6B to better help with this. :)
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  10. Posts : 7
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #359

    Brink said:
    That screenshot is after you already have selected the system image, and for how you want to restore the image.

    Since the system image is on the RAID array, this what needs to be seen instead.

    If you are able to select the system image from the RAID array at step 5 or 6 (in STEP TWO section), then you are good to go, and don't have to worry about anything else.

    If not, then you could load your RAID drivers using the same method in the tutorial below. The trick is that the RAID driver cannot be an .exe file, but the bootable type. Usually it would be a ZIP file that contains an .inf file as the driver.

    SATA Drivers - Load in Windows 8 System Image Recovery
    I am sorry Brink,

    Let me clarify....The system image is not going to be stored on the raid 0 drive..It is saved to an external usb hard drive.

    The system image will contain the os hard drive plus the two drives that are set up as raid 0

    Sorry about not saying this first,

    Ron
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