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Windows 7: Imaging with free Macrium

18 Apr 2012   #350
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Macrium restores to the partition YOU select. Apparently you selected D.

2. If you have a 100MB partition (not everybody has that), then you need to restore that too. That contains your bootmgr.

3. I am really not sure what you are fabricating. Looks like a pretty mess. Maybe you can describe what you are actually doing and whether you use the WinPE recovery disc - the Linux version is not really useful.


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18 Apr 2012   #351
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Macrium restores to the partition YOU select. Apparently you selected D.

2. If you have a 100MB partition (not everybody has that), then you need to restore that too. That contains your bootmgr.

3. I am really not sure what you are fabricating. Looks like a pretty mess. Maybe you can describe what you are actually doing and whether you use the WinPE recovery disc - the Linux version is not really useful.
I did another restore this time the new boot partition is C: as it was the original boot drive on the old HDD that is physically removed from the computer, and it is now the primary MBR, before it was the logical. All this said and done, the computer does not boot into Windows. The BIOS continues to load three times then a non-system disk or disk error, that is when the network cables are physically disconnected from the PC, if they are connected I get a DHCP 00:00:00:00 type error.
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18 Apr 2012   #352
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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and it is now the primary MBR
That does not mean anything. There can be a primary partition. But the MBR sits on the first 512 bytes of every disk.

The reason you system does not boot is probably because you lost yout 100MB active partition. If that was on your original disk, you have to image and restore that too.
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18 Apr 2012   #353
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Macrium didn't backup my active partition data ? How can image the 100 MB active partition if the drive that booted into Windows is now physically removed from the computer and only the new HDD is installed, is there another route I can go to make it the active parition so my image which was retored onto the new HDD will boot into windows ? You would think that Macrium would have the efficiency to include this in the back up image.
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18 Apr 2012   #354
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There is a function in macrium called boot corrector - pou could give that a go.

You will want to mark your restored windows partition Active first.
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18 Apr 2012   #355
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I never came across it on the Macrium Boot CD.
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18 Apr 2012   #356
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe SIW2 is right. But I only know the MBR restore function in Macrium.

The easiest would be to get the 100MB partition off your old disk and make a 100MB partition on the new disk to where you restore it.

Another solution would be to recreate it with your installation disk. Run Startup/Repair 3 times. Else you can also try this: Bootmgr is missing - Fix. In both those cases make sure the OS partition is marked as active.

I guess Macrium expects you to have some basic knowledge about the functioning of the system. Else you can always use Windows imaging. But that only works on a sunny Monday morning. LOL
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18 Apr 2012   #357
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I can't boot into Windows, period. I was hoping I could restore the image on a new HDD and, well, windows would boot up and I could get on with work. Unfortunately that didn't happen. I'm still perusing Macrium for support. It seems that I have to install Windows, then overwrite the installation with the disk image for it to work ?

Have I given to much credit to Macrium Restore ?
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18 Apr 2012   #358
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Macrium works fine. I never had any trouble with it. Your problem is that you only did half of the job. If there are 2 systems partitions - one with the bootmgr and one with the OS, what made you think that imaging and restoring only one partition will work. That would only have worked if you first had moved the bootmgr to C.

Installing Win7 anew and then dumping the image of C into the C partition will work. But that is the longest procedure. Why don't you try the other suggestions first. They are a lot faster.
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18 Apr 2012   #359
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Install the old physical HDD back into the computer and back up the 100 MB MBR then restore that and then restore the image ? What if I don't have that physical HDD with my old windows ? How can I find where the 100MB boot manager partition was installed if I had access to the old boot Windows HDD ? And could I move the boot manager from whatever partition it is at, to C: without causing any damage then doing a back up ?

Depending on those questions, I may be able to restore the backup without installing Windows or I will have to re-install Windows first then the restored image, hoping that doesn't cause me grief.
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