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Create System Image of an external hard drive

Question: Create System Image of an external hard drive

The Background:
Yesterday a computer in our office started misbehaving. Over the weekend, several Windows updates were installed. On Monday the user would open windows explorer and within 30 seconds or so he was prompted with a message saying something to the effect of, "windows encountered an error and had to close". All the windows including software such as Outlook and AutoCad would then close. There was no restart or shut down, just everything closing. This happened repeatedly.

I instructed him to find a restore point. He later told me the only restore points available were from Friday and then over the weekend, so he chose the latest one, that being Friday. After the restore was complete, the machine began to run through the normal boot process. However, once the windows symbol fully displayed, it would go to the black screen that normally briefly appears before your desktop appears, but the desktop never appears. The machine beeps and then re-boots. After the re-boot, you get the normal screen that prompts you with two choices, launch a repair or start normally. In either case, you get the same result as I just mentioned.


The Question:
Unfortunately, a system image of the troubled machine was never created. I pulled the hard drive and with a SATA adapter I connected it to a working machine and was able to read the drive with no problems. Can I create a system image of the now "external hard drive"? I would then use that system image (which would be saved on our network) to try an restore the ailing machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks,
Rob

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Preferred Solution: Create System Image of an external hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Create System Image of an external hard drive

Try this: Imaging with free Macrium

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Hi, im having a problem trying to create a system image and store it in my external hdd.
This isnt the first time i use the windows backup to create a system image, ive done it before using this external hdd with no problems at all.
But now, for some reason it wont detect this hard drive, it only gives me the option to store the image on a dvd, i dont know why?, i tested the hard drive on a different computer and IT WORKS, i tried to create an image and it does work.

Heres a picture so you guys can see the problem:


sorry the image is kinda big, but as you can see on the left, windows DOES detect the hard drive, BUT when i try to create the image, it simply doesnt, it only gives me the dvd option.
i hope you guys can help me here, thanks a lot

Answer:Create system image won't detect external hard disk

You have not stated the App you are using to create the sysrem image. Please tell us.

I have experienced the same thing once in a way with Acronis but the issue always gets resolved by restarting Acronis. You may try to restart your imaging App to see if the matter gets resolved. But I suspect that you may have already done that to no effect.

The next thing to do would be to change your image back-up App. This might succeed. Please try it out and let us have the results.

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I'm 90% sure that it shouldn't make a difference, that it doesn't has to be a SATA / SAS internal slave drive for you to create that drive image. But I never create a win 7 disk image on a USB Ext. hard drive before. Has any1 done it? Any difference than creating on a SATA internal drive?
 

Answer:Can you create your disk image on an external USB hard drive?

No difference.

I've done it with Clonezilla and imaged my laptop's hard drive to an external 2TB hard drive. I booted up into Clonezilla Live at bootup, restored the image to the laptop's hard drive, restarted and booted into the OS without issue.

Probably only difference I have to say is noticeable is the transfer speeds. Internal SATA hard drive probably would have done it faster than a USB2.0 connection to the external hard drive.
 

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Hi,
Since my PC (XPS 9100) was often freezing, I reinstall Windows.
I am now trying to create a System Image but I can't.
I am getting the following error messages.







Can someone help me resolve this issue?

Thanks in advance

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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

The windows system image backed up on my external hard drive (2TB WD USB3) is not showing while restoring the PC from an image.

The only option available is my hard drive partition on which i also had saved a system image.

What is the reason?
Though windows recommends External hard drive for backing up image when backing up the system.

Answer:System image on External hard drive is not accesible while restoring PC from image

Your system may not be able to see usb devices at boot. Check in bios for a setting that enables USB at boot. If there isn't such a setting, and if your system is fairly old and can't see the device, you'll have to copy the image to a separate partition on the hd.

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Hi I am running a new latitude e6510 64-bit and I am trying to create system image to a new hard drive I purchased when I bought the new computer for back up. The new drive is WD Blue Scorpio. I loaded win7 pro on the new drive and did create system image. When I tried to restore system image it says restore failed. I called WD and they said I had to remove win 7 pro and only do a format then create system image. I tried that and now it will do the system image but when I load it in to my computer it can not find (bootmgr is missing) and I have to shut down.
I am doing the system image through my USB port onto my new hard drive.
I have done this before with no problems, now I have been trying for over a week and it still won’t work. Can you tell me where I can find information on creating a system Image and Restore on a New hard drive?
TIA
harriet

Answer:create system image and restore New hard drive

Can you clarify
1) You have a PC with Windows 7 Pro installed?
2) You bought a new HDD as a "cold" standby / backup drive in case the normal drive fails?
3) You don't plan to have both HDDs installed together?
4) What is the size of existing and new HDDs?

5) What's the partition structure of your existing HDD
Partition descriptions, Sizes
screen shot from disk management would help but don't worry at this stage if you don't know how to do it.

Suggest you delete your personal email address from the post. Communicate through the forum.

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Despite the great help I received yesterday, I am still in the same boat. I am trying to "clean up" my Dell Inspiron 1012 (Dell Mini). It does not have a CD drive...only USB ports. I have an external hard drive connected to one of the USB ports. The computer has the Windows 7 Professional OS (although the computer came from the factory with 7 Basic; I used Windows anytime upgrade). Anyway, I want to use the Windows "create system image" option to backup, wipe clean, and restore. Will the computer boot from the USB? Any pointers on this process? I really appreciate the forum help!!!!

Patrick

Answer:Restoring via system image using external hard drive

The ISO can be downloaded from Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River . You can put on usb flash stick by doing Windows USB/DVD Download Tool - Microsoft Store

Does the machine boot from that stick? If so... with that stick you can "wipe clean" and do the win7 built-in restore. Use USB2 ports .... most likely usb3 doesn't work.

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I have read similar problems I am having now but NONE have so far as i have read, with a solution.

> Firstly, my situation is this, I HAVE RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY restored my pc from a previously created system image using default windows 8.1 (i have no question regarding the process/procedure on file recovery/system image etc.. fyi)

> My only concern now is that the system image i used to restore my pc is located on my old 500GB WD External Hard Drive.
Today i found out, that my External Hard Drive Health is only at 60% with alot of weak sectors (again i have no question on process/procedure on correcting the weak sectors fyi)

> I have a new 1TB WD External Hard Drive, and I want to move the system image from the old 500GB External Hard Drive to this new 1TB External Hard Drive. (I do not want to create a new system image at this time right now by any other method, I am satistfied with the default windows system image file/recovery)

>> Can anyone PLEASE EXPLAIN, how to i move the system image from my old 500GB External Hard Drive to my new 1TB External Hard Drive?
>> Can this be done by the simple COPY/PASTE, CUT/PASTE, or how to MOVE the system image CORRECTLY.

A hearty thanks to everyone..

Answer:How to Move System Image to Another External Hard Drive

On something so large and so very important, you should use Robocopy in command prompt.(sorry I've never need to use it, so I personally have no experience, but maybe someone else can.

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Hey guys..
I am new to this forum.. Recently i upgraded my system to windows 8..N after clean install i backed up the copy of my C drive (Includes System Image) to my external 2TB Hard Drive.. It took around 250GB of hard drive space..Now since i am running out of space i decided to delete the back up copy from My hard drive.. I deleted WindowsImageBackup and all associated files using control panel..But around 150GB space is missing(not visible) from my external Hard Drive.. Plz tell me what to do??

As You can see from attached pic that 125 GB free out of 1.81TB..But size of all files including hidden files is 1.53TB..Plz guys help me..

Answer:Not Able to delete system image from External Hard Drive

Hello Fireboy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of the root of your external HDD showing what folders is on it?

In addition, please post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) showing the full layout of the external HDD.

For now, using the free program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics on the external HDD should be able to help ID what is using the space.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Ok massive tale of woe here. I was using my computer last week, when it shut down unexpectedly. I couldn't get it too boot back up properly, and when I tried to access system recovery and startup repair I couldn't use them either. I worked out that I had an unmountable boot volume problem. I fixed it by reseting the computer back to factory default and planned to load back my last system image once I could get into Windows. Unfortunately I didn't realise that my last system image wasn't complete and I don't have any earlier ones. This basically means that Windows doesn't recognise is as a full image and I can't restore it. I have a vhd file that is a copy of my C drive and another partial vhd of the boot partition. I need to get some files of my C drive vhd file but when I mount it in Win7 it just says that it is a RAW drive and I can't access it. I've tried mounting it in Parted Magic to no avail. Does anyone know any way I can either access the image or just restore the whole think to where my C drive is now? I've already tried to recover lost files but that just left me with over 10,000 misplaced files what I would have to traverse through trying to find what I need. I'm at my wits end, can someone please help me!

Answer:Partial system Image access on external hard drive

A long shot:

I assume that for a valid system image, it needs to be in the original folder (WindowsImageBackup) on the ORIGINAL drive it was on AND the associated shadow storage entry ("vssadmin list shadows" command) must be around.

Here's what you could try. Save the C: vhd somewhere safe. If you have a working version/image of Windows, take another system image (reserved/boot partition and C). Do a TAKEOWN of the WindowsImageBackup file and delete the larger of the 2 .vhd files (in \Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folder) which will be your C partition image. Then copy your older C .vhd file into that same \Backup directory.

This is probably unlikely to work as there may be stuff in those xml files or the \Catalog folder that won't let things be missing or switched. Or something within the Shadow entry information that is used to double-check that all the pieces are there. But it's worth a shot.

I've never tried mounting a .vhd via Disk Management, but they're supposed to mount just fine from what I've read.

It looks like the GUID-thingy in the .vhd file name is the same for a drive every time a system image is taken.

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I know there are posts about this, and I've tried using their suggestions, but i still can't get the system image restore to see my external hard drive or the image file. when i'm in windows itself, i can see the files, but when i try to restore the image,
neither is being recognized.  I don't want to lose what i have on there. is there anything anyone can do?

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

Answer:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.

James

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I've ordered a new hard drive for my laptop to replace the current 160 GB it has. It should arrive very soon so I've just tried to create a system image of my C:/ drive but when choosing where to save the image I am not able to select my external hard drive, instead it blanks it out the on hard disk option and goes straight to the DVD or Network option.

The hard drive works fine in Windows 7 for normal operation, it is a IOMEGA 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive. It does however have files already on it, it's free space is 195 GB.

Does it need more free space, or am I missing something?

Thanks,

James

Answer:Unable to select external hard drive to save a system image

I don't know what I did, but after messing around with drive letters and paths I managed to get my external hard drive to appear in the list and it is currently saving a system image of my C:/ drive right now. Fingers crossed.

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My Win7 computer fails to create a System Image to my new Samsung M3 500GB external hard drive which is connected via a USB3.0 cable to a USB3.0 port on my computer. My PC reports that "The backup failed" and "The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)". My system has 8GB RAM and the Samsung external drive (NTFS file system) is recognised by the PC and I can manually read & write from/to it so it is working fine. I believe one cause can be an Nvidia USB EHCI chipset but my PC does not have this chipset. It is an Intel chipset. Microsoft support pages http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979281 and 976972 are not applicable to my problem. Any suggestions as to how I can copy a System Image to my external hard drive via USB 3.0 cable? Could it be that I need an external drive which uses an ATA cable interface? If so then I have wasted £48 on the Samsung USB device.
Thanks

Answer:Can't create a "System Image" to external USB drive

Go get yourself a copy of Acronis and just do a clone of your disc, simples and easy.

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I am trying to create an image of W7 onto a new 3T USB hdd.
The USB hdd is mounted and I can manually create files/folders on it.
The attached shows the "on a hard disk" is blank
I should expect to see the USB hdd there, yes?
This is a USB 2.0 hdd.
thanks

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I recently purchased a new laptop (Sony Vaio EB11) and want to be able to create both a backup image and a clone of the hard drive (They may be, but I'm going with the impression that they are not one-and-the-same thing?) using DVDs and an external usb-driven hard drive -- separate backups.

What are some suggested free or low-cost easy-to-use software programs that will allow me to do this for the C-drive (as well as possibly the hidden recovery partition?), in the event the hard drive eventually fails? My new machine is running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit.

This may seem obvious, but would the program(s) allow me to restore directly back onto the [new] hard drive or would it have to be done via some sort of external method?

In the past, I had used Norton Ghost 2003 to create Windows XP images. But since this is a new computer that I'm still trying to figure out, I haven't yet found where to change the boot order [which Function key] so that it looks for an external usb floppy drive first. Another thing is that I'm not sure if Ghost 2003 can create an image on an external usb hard drive?

Thanks for your help!
 

Answer:Create Image and Clone of Hard Drive

Hi

Yes they are called both Image and Clone same thing.

Software I would suggest is either Acronis True Image (retail paid software, but one I use on my main PC) or EASEUS Todo (which is free and I use on my laptops) both are feature rich and will backup to DVD and ext HDD, you can also schedule etc

Both applications work with Windows 7 x64

Guide to using EASEUS ToDo is under Resources in Orange HERE






This may seem obvious, but would the program(s) allow me to restore directly back onto the [new] hard drive or would it have to be done via some sort of external method?Click to expand...

Yes, all you need is the bootup CD that both applications need in the event of a full software issue, the bootup CD allows you to boot to the application and thus allows you to start the recovery process off, this will recover the Image/clone off whatever media you have used and will once finished be jsut like you never had an issue with the PC, all Windows, updates and applicatiosn back to normal (caveate to this is the Image/Clone is only as good as your backup regime as to the date of the backup so if you backup once a month you will only have Image files of your full HDD that are 1 month old, so weekly backups are good so you are not too out of date)

Ghost I cannot help you with as I dont use that app, sorry.
 

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i would like to replace my main hard drive that my os is on im running windows xp sp3

what is the easiest software to use to create an image of my hard drive so my files and programs are all good to go on the new drive

also i dont know much about hard drive images but is there a way to compress them i would like it to take as little space as possible the image file that is

any input and info on this would be great thanks

Answer:Easiest Way To Create Hard Drive Image

what exactly are you trying to do?

you could use ghost to make a backup file of your entire drive. if you're trying to replace the hard drive, this would require you to reinstall windows on the new drive and then extract the data you need to access from the ghost image.

you could use acronis to make an exact copy of your current drive to a larger drive. this would make it so that everything would run exactly like it is now, the only difference being that you would have more space.

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I have a 1TB drive that partioned with 120gb system and rest is a non primary/non boot data partition volumn..

I've never used windows 7 create system image, but want to . When I try to create a system image it insist on backing up both drives. I don't see how to deselect the data drive. Is this because I have installed something system related. on the data drive?

And Finally, how will recovely of a system image works if I get a blue screen, do I need to install window 7 again first or have a repair CD? I noticed when I started a create system image it asked me for the destination drive, no exact path on the drive, does the image have be created on the root of the destination drive?

Answer:Windows 7 pro - Create system image only system c: drive

Hello Cyberpine,

Please go ahead and post back with a screenshot showing all of your HDD's full layout in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to help ID what the issue may be.

If you moved anything like your page file, user folders, user profile folder, etc.... to any other partition than the default C, then they will also be considered "System" partitions and will be included in the system image by default. You will not be able to uncheck them since they are required for the operation of Windows 7. If you did, then you would need to move all of it back to C to not have the other partition included.

You could use a retail Windows 7 installation DVD/USB or a Windows 7 system repair disc at boot to do a system image recovery with.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have an old PC with a fairly small (and almost full) SSD C drive and a couple of HDDs. When running a "Create a system image" backup, both the C and D drives are flagged as "system" and are automatically marked as being included in the backup. That was not the case on another PC.

I see nothing on the D drive that looks like system stuff. Things like the users, hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys, etc. directories are all on the C drive, and only the C drive is flagged with the Windows icon.

Any idea why the system image create function thinks D is a system disk?

Answer:Create system image - what constitues a system drive?

Please complete this tutorial so members can take a look.

By Golden:

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have had problems creating restore discs in the past. What is a good web site for creating a system image for Windows 7?

Answer:How to create a system image of Windows 7 Drive C

Windows Backup allows you to make a back up of your personal files and settings.Windows Backup allows you to make an image of a partition or an entire drive.Windows Repair Disk is bootable and has the tools to reimage a drive from a stored image made from Windows Backup.I am not sure how your system is set up but I recommend at least two partitions, one for Windows and your programs and one for your data. This way you can more easily define your back up and much more easily (and faster) make the important image of your C drive with your operating system and programs. Doing it this way you have a two step process if catastrophe happens and you need to replace the hard drive or wipe it and start over. The process would be to delete the partition (using the Windows 7 install disk) or replace the drive, pop in the Repair Disk and reload the disk image. Then if needed, recover your back up, run Windows Update, and you are done.Other programs are not needed but there are a few that also can do this, just make sure that you have or create their recovery disks as well if you go this route.External hard drives are very good for storing back ups and system images but if you always leave them plugged in you might just want to add another internal hard drive for this since the SATA connection is more direct and much faster than USB2.0 (nearly the same as USB3.0 though).You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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I recently installed W10 on a new HDD, and also got a new USB flash drive for back up purposes. Both drives are 128GB in size, and the HDD has 37GB of its space used up for the W10 OS, and a few other bits and pieces. The USB drive is empty, and has been formatted for NTFS.

If I go to W10's create a system image section, it tells me that my USB drive is - "The drive is not a valid backup location". Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything more than that, so I don't understand why it doesn't like it.

Any help on this issue would be gratefully received - thanks a lot.

Answer:Create a system image not working for USB drive

I posted the same question a while ago.
I was told that the system is looking for "hard drive" to do the backup.
Flash drive is not hard drive, I gather.
If I can find my thread, I'll return with it.

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Not exactly sure how to explain or even exactly what im looking for but basically I had an older laptop running windows 7 home premium that allowed me from the boot menu to re install windows & home premium w/o key or anything. It was placed on a partition of my hard drive. I would like to do this again but im not sure what exactly im looking for or how to search for it in shorter terms. It was an MSI Intel duel core laptop. I would like to put it on my toshiba quad core. Im familiar with partitioning software and image restoration but not sure what exactly i should be looking for to do this. Just a clean Reinstallation of my OS without needing keys i dont care to back up any information except my os which is a clean install.
Update Toshiba has this HDD recovery but i am not sure if this is what i need/want. MSI had a MSI recovery which did what i want. Is this the same/similar?

Answer:Create OS image only for re installation from Partitioned Hard drive

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management for the laptop in question.

The old laptop presumably had a "recovery' partition, which allows restoration to factory specifications---not to be confused with a clean install of Windows. As far as I know, the use of a recovery partition does not require the user to enter a Product Key.

If the laptop in question does not have such a partition and you do not have burned or purchased recovery disks, you may be forced to do a true clean install. You can easily download and burn a clean installation disc.

Why is your Product Key not available?

You can of course make an image of any current installation and later restore it, but I assume you are looking for some other method? An image restoration from an image file is not a clean installation either.

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trying to create system image of Windows 10 with USB flash drive. get an error "the drive is not a valid backup location". How do I fix this error?

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Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

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I have a 1 TB hard drive that is being used a lot. The format is NTFS or FATS, (sorry if those are not spelt correctly) windows hard drive. Anyways - there is like 400 gig spare. Can I simply go in and use gparted or something similiar and make a partition for a linux backup (which is ext4)

(I know this is a windows forum but u guys are the best! You are all v informed)

So basically from your experience if I do this is there a strong chance that the data on the drive will be hosed if I introduce a linux partition?

Thanks a lot

Answer:Can I create a partition in a (used) external hard drive?

Yes indeed. If you don't have an internal hard drive portable case, just power off your computer, hold the power button in for a minute to discharge all electricity, open the case, plug the older hard drive into the IDE or SATA cable for a secondary hard drive, (keep the case open to watch all fans), plug in the power cable, press the power button. The system will see the old hard drive and assign it a driver and may want to reboot; that's OK. Now after reboot, go to Windows Manager (Right click computer, choose Manage). Choose Disk Management, point at the older hard drive, right click your mouse and choose Format. When prompted, choose NTFS and format the entire disk. When it's done.....voila! You now have a second internal hard drive that you can use for backing up an Image of your C: Drive (Highly Recommended) and for storing all kinds of files like music, videos etc. rather than keeping them on the C: Drive and filling it up. (see image)

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Hello.

I'm trying to create a system image (Control Panel\System and Security\Backup and Restore (Windows 7) -> Create a system image), however my storage spaces drive is not listed in the available selection to save the image to.
Why is that and what can do about that?

Thank you.

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I want to create a system image and store it on my NAS but Windows doesn't find it in the list for network locations when i browse for it.

My NAS is fully available from My Computer so it should work.

Im using Win 7 Ultimate SP1. I have tried to restart both the NAS and my computer serveral times.

Is there some setting or something i should fix first?

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First of, i want to apologize if this post or the title isn't understandable or logic, my first language isn't English and the Spanish forum's aren't responding.Anyway, i have an WD Elements 1048 with 2 TB since almost 2 years (with an USB 3.0) , it worked perfectly until on a vacation trip i connected it on a TV and it didn't show up. Back at home i tried to connect it to my computer (ACER Aspire X3990 with Windows 7, with Intel Core i3 2100, @ 3.10 GHz, 4GB Memory (RAM), using Avast and Malwarebytes) and it also didn't appear (2-3 weeks ago).Here are something's that i already tried and observed while trying:-When i plug it in it make's the sound that it has been connected and also the light on the HD goes on. It also appear's on the eject list but when i try to eject it, it only tell's me that it isn't able to do so. -It also doesn't appear's on disk management or Device Manager. I think at one point it did appear on devmgmt and i uninstalled it (because i still couldn't access it. Whenever i clicked on it, it just opened very slowly until it told me that there was an error), but it didn't re-appear since then. I also did a troubleshooting on safe mode and i restore my computer and it still didn't work. I did notice that my memory does disappear like crazy when i connect it, and i guess that's happening because of the computer creating new restore point's every time that i connect it?... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive don't show up and also create's other malfunctions

Hola Amigo,Let me try to help you. If you don't know the exact English word, go ahead and stick in the Spanish word that make sense to you some of us here are bilingual and we will try to understand.Now in your case it would seem that the hard drive has been damaged when you tried to use it on a TV set.If you have important data on the hard drive, you will have to send it to a special company that knows how to recover data from a damaged hard drive.I think the hard drive is taking too much power from your computer and causing your computer cannot work reliably.Perhaps you know somebody that has a USB hub with power. A USB hub with power can be used to power a device that's taking too much power from the computer.However, I don't think that will cure your problem. I think the hard drive has been damaged to the extent that you will not be able to read the data off of it. The mechanical part of the hard drive, the disc and the motor, probably will work okay. But it's the electronic assembly that has been damaged. It is possible to get a replacement for the electronic assembly and replace it yourself. But this may be more than what you are accustomed to do.By the way, in what part of the world do you live? In some areas the cost of repair is actually lower than it would be here in the United States. Here in the United States is more economical to just buy a new portable hard drive.Of course, you may have data on the hard drive that you wish to recover. That ma... Read more

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Hello everyone,
I have lot of media files on my external hard drive so I decided to tidy up by creating folders Suddenly I run into this error

This is a new laptop
Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 Tablet PC | Dell Canada

Im running windows 8.1 I have full permissions and I don't know what to do

Please advise.

Answer:Unable to create new folders on external hard drive

To clarify, you are creating folders on the external hard drive, not the laptop's drive? I know that's what your title says, but still want to make sure. Since you are doing such a simple task and receiving a catastrophic failure, it could be that the external drive is having hardware issues. You can check it's sector health with Hard Disk Sentinel: Download Hard Disk Sentinel

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First of, i want to apologize if this post or the title isn't understandable or logic, my first language isn't English and the Spanish forum's aren't responding.Anyway, i have an WD Elements 1048 with 2 TB since almost 2 years (with an USB 3.0) , it worked perfectly until on a vacation trip i connected it on a TV and it didn't show up. Back at home i tried to connect it to my computer (ACER Aspire X3990 with Windows 7, with Intel Core i3 2100, @ 3.10 GHz, 4GB Memory (RAM), using Avast and Malwarebytes) and it also didn't appear (2-3 weeks ago).Here are something's that i already tried and observed while trying:-When i plug it in it make's the sound that it has been connected and also the light on the HD goes on. It also appear's on the eject list but when i try to eject it, it only tell's me that it isn't able to do so. -It also doesn't appear's on disk management or Device Manager. I think at one point it did appear on devmgmt and i uninstalled it (because i still couldn't access it. Whenever i clicked on it, it just opened very slowly until it told me that there was an error), but it didn't re-appear since then. I also did a troubleshooting on safe mode and i restore my computer and it still didn't work. I did notice that my memory does disappear like crazy when i connect it, and i guess that's happening because of the computer creating new restore point's every time that i connect it?... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive don't show up and also create's other malfunctions

Hola Amigo,Let me try to help you. If you don't know the exact English word, go ahead and stick in the Spanish word that make sense to you some of us here are bilingual and we will try to understand.Now in your case it would seem that the hard drive has been damaged when you tried to use it on a TV set.If you have important data on the hard drive, you will have to send it to a special company that knows how to recover data from a damaged hard drive.I think the hard drive is taking too much power from your computer and causing your computer cannot work reliably.Perhaps you know somebody that has a USB hub with power. A USB hub with power can be used to power a device that's taking too much power from the computer.However, I don't think that will cure your problem. I think the hard drive has been damaged to the extent that you will not be able to read the data off of it. The mechanical part of the hard drive, the disc and the motor, probably will work okay. But it's the electronic assembly that has been damaged. It is possible to get a replacement for the electronic assembly and replace it yourself. But this may be more than what you are accustomed to do.By the way, in what part of the world do you live? In some areas the cost of repair is actually lower than it would be here in the United States. Here in the United States is more economical to just buy a new portable hard drive.Of course, you may have data on the hard drive that you wish to recover. That ma... Read more

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I recently got an 2TB external hard drive and realized that I wasn't using over half of it. So, I tried to use some of that space as virtual memory because sometimes my computer would freeze while playing games due to little memory left. When I tried it, however, it didn't work. I was wondering how I would get a paging file on the external hard drive.
 

Answer:How do you create paging file on external hard drive?

Page file must always be available, even before the USB disk is ready for use. Not sure why you need a page file on external drive, though.

Also reading and writing to external hard disk will be much slower that on the internal bus. You may have to keep the external HDD connected while turning system on every time which negates the point of having an external HDD.
 

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

Answer:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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When trying to create a System Image in the "Backup and Restore" facility built into Windows 10, my External 2TB Hard Drive wasn't displayed as a viable location. After doing some digging, it was found in the same utility that the Hard Drive in question was labelled as "SYSTEM", and the drive would be required to be included as part of the image, and that the image couldn't be located on that drive, which, as the [external] hard drive already has around 450GiB+ on it, makes the total size of the backups around 600GiB, which won't fit on any other hard drive I have.

Sidenote:
The 2TB Hard Drive is partitioned to include a 100GiB partition of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the GRUB 2 Bootloader but as the partition isn't recognised by Windows, surely this can't be affecting the Partition Type.

Is there anything that I could do in order to remove the label from the Hard Drive, as I'm trying to create a System Image as a S.M.A.R.T. test on Ubuntu 16.04 suggested that there may be anywhere up to 190 Failing Sectors on my Internal 320GB Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Toshiba Drive Labelled as 'System' when making System Image

Use any free imaging software and it should work fine

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When trying to create a System Image in the "Backup and Restore" facility built into Windows 10, my External 2TB Hard Drive wasn't displayed as a viable location. After doing some digging, it was found in the same utility that the Hard Drive in question was labelled as "SYSTEM", and the drive would be required to be included as part of the image, and that the image couldn't be located on that drive, which, as the [external] hard drive already has around 450GiB+ on it, makes the total size of the backups around 600GiB, which won't fit on any other hard drive I have.

Sidenote:
The 2TB Hard Drive is partitioned to include a 100GiB partition of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the GRUB 2 Bootloader but as the partition isn't recognised by Windows, surely this can't be affecting the Partition Type.

Is there anything that I could do in order to remove the label from the Hard Drive, as I'm trying to create a System Image as a S.M.A.R.T. test on Ubuntu 16.04 suggested that there may be anywhere up to 190 Failing Sectors on my Internal 320GB Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance.

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hi, I was trying to create recovery image using HP recovery Manager. I was seeing an option to write into USB FALSH drive or DVD.  When I had inserted external HARD drive, HP recovery manager was not detecting . After that I had inserted PEN DRIVE which was detected by recovery manager. Does it mean I should use either PEN DRIVE or DVD to get the image ?I understand it meant for PEN DRIVE , but I dont why I can not export it to exteranl hard drive ? Product numberX3C61PAProduct nameHP Notebook - 15-ay083tu 













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Answer:Create recovery media - not detecting external hard drive

>>> Does it mean I should use either PEN DRIVE or DVD to get the image ? Hi, It supports USB pen drive or DVD only and external HDD is not a pen drive. Regards.

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"How to Create a System Image in Windows 8 and 8.1" at System Image - Create in Windows 8

includes the following approach for create multiple system images on a single external drive. Will this approach work in Windows 10?
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METHOD TWO:

1. Navigate to the backup location above for where you saved a system image that you want to keep before creating a new system image.

2. Right click, or press and hold, on the WindowsImageBackup folder, and click/tap on Rename.

3. Rename it to something like WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1, press Enter, and click//tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.
NOTE: This way you can just easily change the 1 an the end of the name to 2, 3, 4, etc... for each new system image that you make a copy of.

4. You now have a different system image version that you can leave at this location to be able to keep multiple versions.
NOTE: When you want to restore a system image in a renamed WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder in the future, then you must rename the current WindowsImageBackup folder first, then rename the WindowsImageBackup-Copy-1 folder back to WindowsImageBackup in order to be able to restore it. The WindowsImageBackup folder must be in the root directory of the drive, and not within another folder.

Answer:Can I create multiple system images on a single external drive?

Hello Robert,

Yes, you can use the same method in Windows 10 to create and save multiple system images on the same drive.

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A mod moved a similar thread of mine to Hardware forum, but I receive no response.
So, I am posting here with more up-to-date infos.

I am running Win 8 in VMware in my Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1.

I have a 1 TB external hard drive connected to my Win 7 laptop.
I use it to do System Image backup and I also backup a lot of files to it.

But, Win 8 does not see the external hard drive at all.
I did go to Settings > More PC Settings > Devices > Add a device > it went to look for devises and said No devices found.

So, what is the next move ?

Thank you.
t-4-2

Answer:Can't do Image backup on external hard drive.

With VMware's Player 4.02 recommended at this time by the way you look at the icons found at the bottom right corner to find any external usb HDs or flash drives plugged in and click on that to disconnect from host first. That will mount the external drive on the VM.

You won't be able to create a full system image backup of the CP from any VM player regardless of which program is used. You are running 8 on a Virtual Machine which makes that option unavailable automatically. Here I will be waiting for the Release Preview due out next month to test the backup features from the second physical drive's replacement of the CP there.

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I have installed Acronis Tru Image to do a full system backup. I have a Freecom 500 GB external hard drive as well and since I tried to create Acronis Secure Zone Windows Explorer does not show the external drive. The drive is working as I've accessed it on another laptop and the USB port works as I have plugged my iPhone in and used it.What has the creation of the Secure Zone done, I was prompted to reboot as part of the operation but when I tried to backup up the Acronis Secure Zone it says it is not available.What has happened and what is the best way to use this software for backing up my system?Many thanks in desperation.PC

Answer:Acronis Tru Image 10.0 / External Hard Drive

The whole point of secure zone is that it is a hidden partition which is not available for normal use. This prevents it from being corrupted. Disc images stored in the secure zone can only be accessed using the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager.MArv

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I have XP and recently purchased a AcomData USB external hard drive. I can make backups to the external drive but (contrary to what I was told) I cannot clone my C: or image it to the external drive. I have used Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image and Power Quest. Any help? Thanks.
 

Answer:Clone/Image to External Hard Drive

You could always try to save the image to another internal HD, then after reboot move it to the external HD.
USB is not active when those image programs run (under some sort of DOS or Linux).
 

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Hi, I have two internal 500Gb SATA drives and one external 500Gb ESATA drive.
I wanted to have 2 backups images of my drive as a safety measure. One on the internal and one on the external ESATA drive.
The backup image on the internal drive took about 25 minutues and seems OK. The image size is about 75Gb.
I then tried a second backup on my external drive. ESATA is supposed to be faster than USB. After about three and a half hours the backup stopped and said that it had failed. Any ideas please?
Thanks in advance!
Graham

Answer:External hard drive image failed

What did the error say? and i assume you create your image using the "Backup and Restore"

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I have windows 7 system volume information in external hard drive, but I have no windows operating system in my pc. I have tried to download iso using my product key, but I got the message "The product key you've entered appears to be for software which was pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options.". at the moment I have Ubuntu only in my pc. Is there any way I can run system recovery from external hard drive. Thanks

Answer:run windows 7 image from external hard drive

I can't help with running anything from the ext drive, but you may find this useful:

pre-installed by the device manufacturer

means it is OEM Windows 7 and would prob be pre-activated at factory. What is the Make of your pc? Dell, HP ? The product key you tried for the d/load, was that the key on the sticker on your pc?
If the pc still has the orginal hard drive in then there will be a Hidden Partition that contains the factory image.
If your pc is Dell (or HP) you can d/load the oem iso from the repository on click here (be aware that for any other software on the site you need to already have your own product key to be able to activate)

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Hi All,Has anybody seen this problem at all, please?I'm using XP Home on a laptop with Drive Image 2002. I've partitioned its disk so I can save an image file to what is the D:drive.I also have a Maxtor One Touch external hard drive and would ideally like to save the image file to it as well as D: - extra security if you like. However, I can't save the image directly to the external drive as Drive Image won't me. I think it can't "see" the drive as it's USB connected.I also can copy the image file(s) from the D: partition to the Maxtor either.The error message says to contact Powerquest about this, but they've been swallowed by Symantec and I can't see any info about this on their site.Any ideas?Many thanksDumfy

Answer:Drive Image & External Hard Disk

Get Acronis True Image 8 Personal, that will. As I have done it with Free version of a Mag CD

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I have a Dell Latitude laptop, 4 gb hard drive, 128 mb memory, I have no back up disks to restore the laptop. Can anyone tell me how to copy a drive image of the hard drive laptop to my external 40gb hard drive please?

Answer:copy drive image to external hard drive?

You need software that can create a snapshot image of your laptop hard drive.Acronis "True Image", Norton "Ghost" are betterknown ones. Try EBay or Amazon for deals.

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I am using an external 160 gig western digital drive and want to know if there is a way to create a backup image of my C drive using Drive Image 2002 on the USB drive. When the system reboots it can only see the IDE drives and I want to know if there is a way to add USB recognition. Support is non existant now that Symantec took over power quest. I'm running XP Pro on a Dell 8100 system. Thanks.

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hi all,
i hope someone can help me out, i am a newbie to all this so bare with me.
my hard drive failed over a month ago but i managed to do a system image with win7 to my new 2tb internal hard drive. i cannot get the image recovery to work as i says "no image can be found on hard disk". i am at a loss from there. I have tried and cried over this as its driving me mad as i have no pc.

Leroy

Answer:hard drive failed, system image not found on hard drive

just to add really that the system image is on my new hard drive (2tb internal). i use the boot dvd and i get a far as "repair my computer" click on it, sometimes i get message saying not compatable with this version of windows other times it lets me on to next bit, then says no image can be found on hard drive. if i go through the load drivers i can see my hard drive with items on it. ie windowsbackup and others. again i am at a loss with this, any help would be greatful.

Leroy

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Hello.... trying to Ghost an image from a USB HD to the T470's internal HD.  It is not seeing the USB HD in the menu of choices to pull the image from.  The ghost program works on other mahcines fine.  The USB HD also works on all other machines.  If I boot all the way into windows, windows also sees this USB HD on the exact machine that I am having issues with. Also if I select alternate StartUp devices at the initial boot, it does see the USB HD.  WEIRD!  Any suggestions on how to get this to work?  The ghost portion is fine.  

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Hello, Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer. I will do my best to describe what I find to be a confusing scenario. Our Windows 7 laptop became infected with a virus last August. It prevented me from booting the computer. We back up to a 930 gb "My Book" external hard drive. It appears we use WD Smartdrive as a back up facilitator. (Not sure what the program does, but without any effort on our part we have a lot of data, including VHD images, backed up on the external hard drive.) I finally had to re format and reload Windows thinking it would be easy to restore from the back up hard drive. When I reloaded windows I must have named the computer "homeofficelaptop". The previous name must have been "officelaptop". After reloading windows I tried to restore using the backup hard drive, it was not as user friendly as I thought it would be. I ended up just copying and pasting files from the external to the c: drive. Now I want to do it right and restore from a VHD image on the backup drive. Windows is not seeing the backup image I need to use. It only sees an image that was created since I restored. The backup drive has a "WindowsImagebackup" folder containing subfolders "homeofficelaptop" and "officelaptop". The VHD file I want to restore is in "officelaptop". Windows only recognizes "homeofficelaptop". I've tried changing the name of the computer back to "officelaptop" but it is ... Read more

Answer:cannot find way to restore from VHD image on external hard drive

Hello Nelly, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to restore the System Image VHD using the method in the tutorial below.

System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Ok hopefully someone smarter than me can help me out:

Problem: I have a game image file I want to transfer to my external hard drive. When I try to transfer it it says my external drive is full. I have about 70 gigs of free space on the drive and the image file is 5 gigs.

I've tried to transfer them to 2 different external drives and both say the same thing, "Drive is full... blah blah blah." My friend has the same image file on his comp so I tried to transfer it to my external drive from HIS computer and same problem.

This leads me to believe the problem lies in the image file. .MDS files and .ISO files won't transfer for some reason. I've tried transferring other files of the same size (about 6 gigs) and they transfer fine.

All drives have been defragmented and error checked. Any ideas??

Thanks for your help!! If you solve my problem I'll take you out for a big steak dinner if you come to Canada. Thanks!!!!

AlexW
 

Answer:Can't move my image files to external hard drive!!!

I'm going to guess the hard disk is formatted FAT32 and not NTFS. This limits file sizes to 4gigs, anything larger will result in such an error. You need to convert the drive to NTFS for this to work.

Start, Run, CMD

CONVERT x: /FS/NTFS /X

where x: is the drive letter of the external drive.
 

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I just recently backed up my desktop PC hard drive to a disk image on a second hdd using Macrium Reflect software. However, since I've never tried restoring this data, I really have no idea whether it will work should it be necessary. Would it be practical to do a 'test' restore to an external hdd (I know these are relatively slow, but it's just a test). I only have about 70gb total including WinXP Pro SP2. I simply want to confirm that the restore will actually work. The external hdd's ultimate use would be to simply host disk images.

Historically, I've only backed up what I considered critical data to a second hard drive. I was willing to reinstall OS and programs on a new drive if it ever became necessary. However, since getting a notebook, I was faced with the prospect of having to restore from a set of OEM recovery disks (WinVista disk not included separately) which would take forever as it installed tons of factory bloatware and other crappy stuff that I would end up having to remove.

I finally decided the time was right to back up both computers to disk images on an external hdd since this seemed a viable solution to avoiding the notebook recovery scenario. The entire purpose of this drive would be to archive disk images from both computers, with my desktop PC's second hdd used to backup the external drive.

This seems like a logical game plan, but am I missing any potential pitfalls? Opinions welcome!
 

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Since upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 on HP desktop, I find one of my external drive to be now labled "Factory Image" even though Drive D is also labled "Factory Image". What should I do? The system is running fine, but I get a message that my Windows bachups "failed'.

Answer:Extra factory image on external hard drive

Can you run disk management and post a screenshot of your OS and external disks.
Use the windows snipping tool and the little paperclip on the seven forums toolbar.

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Ok, here is the deal, and I don't know why it happened. If someone can explain why this happens, I'd be grateful.

For some reason the system hung/froze at the Windows flag logo during start-up. I know what caused it, but I don't know why, and would like to understand why.

I made a backup of the system image, and backed it up on an external hard disk. I restarted the computer, and it hung at the Windows flag log. The flag animation froze and the system become completely unresponsive. The only way to shut the power down was pushing the power button to force computer to do a hard shut down. Ie started the computer back up and it booted into the Windows Error Recovery screen.

I first chose the ?Start Windows Normally? option, and it froze at the Windows flag logo again. I forced the system to shut down by pushing the power button, and chose the ?Launch Startup Repair? option when the computer booted back up. Windows was unable to repair the computer after two attempts, and the computer recommended that I use a Restore Point to fix the error. I chose the most recent restore point that I created earlier. I rebooted the computer and loaded into Windows just fine. But to make sure everything was O.K., I restarted the computer again, and it froze again at the Windows flag logo. I shut the computer down and restarted it, and the Windows Error Recovery screen appeared again. The computer failed to repair the program, chose my restore point again, and when the comput... Read more

Answer:System Image on External Hard Disk Forces Freeze at Startup?

Anyone have any ideas what would cause this?

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Is it possible to create recovery disc files on an external hard drive?  I tried using the Lenovo Recovery System from the Start menu (Windows 7) but it says it requires 30 DVDs.  My external hard drive is connected, but it doesn't display in the drive drop-down.  (I'm not a hard drive person...) Thanks.

Answer:Create Recovery Disc Files on External Hard Drive? IdeaCentre K 330B (Desktop)

I don't recall if the original OKR that came with my K330B could back up to the external drives, but I did a clean install Win 7, and download the OneKey Recoery 7 from Lenono.  The 'new' OKR 7 does allow the external had drifve back up.

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Hi! I do not know when and why did this happen but whoever invented this paranoid (hidemysecretsfrommywife) control system of sharing and permissions should be declared as the Enemy of Mankind, or the Antichrist!
I can understand that one wants to protect C: from malwares. But have you seen a malware attacking an external drive???

I have Windows7, I have an external drive where I store all my pictures taken and my music files. I already tried everything advanced sharing and so on. Still: I can only create a new folder with a right click in the drive or inside existing folders but I can not do anything else. The disk is write protected, check write permissions.
In fact, the disk isn't write protected.

If I create a new folder, I can put in it and do whatever I want inside the new folder. But I have no permission to do anything outside a new folder, i.e. with my original media files!

Why? Who does benefit from this? What is this craziness???

Answer:[SOLVED] No permission to create/ move, copy, delete files in external hard drive

Hi akofalvi.

Try this:

1. Start > Run "cmd" (this opens a command prompt window)
2. type--> diskpart (this will open another command window in a few seconds)
3. type--> list volume (this will list all of the volumes currently recognized in your system)
4. type--> select volume # (this number is going to be your external drive)
5. type--> attributes disk clear readonly

I will say this: this procedure has been met with mixed results and your problem may return. Some have even had this issue and it turned out to be a setting in Windows Media Player of all things (whoda thunk?) One responder in a forum had this to say about this very problem: what i found to fix this was to remove the settings in media player allowing it to re-organize and rename files, after which i went to the tools/advanced/restore media library and allowed it to dump my current library and reset it. That's just an FYI.

I hope that'll help. Let me know.

Good day!

Mike

PS: As an afterthought, you may need to log in to the REAL administrator account (which needs to be activated manually) and set your permissions there for your regular user name. We'll go down that path if the above procedure doesn't net you anything positive.

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System image restore on empty external drive I made a system backup of my C:
system partition with Windows 7
backup and restore facility on an
external disk.

Now I bought another external disk
and wanted to restore my backup to it to test the restoration on
an empty disk ( for the case of disk crash or when buying a new SSD and
adding it to the computer ).

When I boot from the Recovery CD
and try to restore the image I can exclude my current system disk and keep only the external target disk. But then I get an error message, which tells me that the
restoration misses a disk. I suppose the excluded C:-system disk.

So is there a way to restore the
image to a disk other than the current disk with the running C:-system ?

Answer:System image restore on empty external drive

Not to a External Drive.

System Image Recovery

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I did a windows system image back up on our windows 8 PC before we had to send our HP All-In-One to HP to replace a broken hard drive (we have only had the computer for less than 6 months, arghh!). They also told me to wipe the computer prior to sending it so no personal information was on the computer.

The computer was just returned to us and I am not able to find a command or windows program to Restore my computer from the USB System Image backup that I made. Also, when I plug my USB external HD into the computer, I see the file for the system image backup, but the drive and files columns say that it is empty.

Can someone please help?

Answer:System Image Restore from USB External Drive ??, Windows 8

-- FYI: I am using a Seagate 2.0 1TB HD.

Since posting this thread this am, I have been able to boot to the advanced options settings and got to the System Image restore wizard (from the windows 8 blue screen - weird format - Iam use to Windows XP).

Anyway, when I select restore pc from system image backup there are two options. I select the second option that states select system image from a different location. However, the pc is not reading my HD.

How do I make windows 8 see my hard drive with the system image backup on it in the advanced options system image restore wizard?

thanks!

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I have two Seagate 2TB external drives that I want to use for backup purposes (system image only). The older drive is USB 2.0 and it works fine, whether it's plugged into a 2.0 or 3.0 port.

My new drive is USB 3.0, and it is causing me problems. It will store data files, but not a system image. When I try to create a system image of my Win 7 Pro C: drive (and by default the EFI System Partition), it goes through the following steps:
- Windows is saving the backup
- Preparing to create the backup
- Preparing media
- Backing up EFI System Partition
At that point I get the Backup Failed screen shown in the attachment.

I am totally perplexed as to why one drive is successful and the other is not. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Creation of Win 7 System Image to External Drive Fails

Try to make the image with this command where "S" is the address of the disk to where the image is written. You may need to change that to reflect your setup.:

wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:S: -include:C: -AllCritical -quiet

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Hello, I have a Thinkpad X220 laptop.  I wish to format the entire hard drive and install Ubuntu.  As a precautionary step, I wish save the recovery media on to another source should I later decide to return my laptop to factory configuration.  I do not have a CD/DVD drive and do not wish to make CD/DVD bootable discs.   I have an external hard drive where I save important material and have about 50 gigs of free space remaining. I'm trying to do two things: 1 - Create a bootable USB (factory recovery disk) that will allow me to return my computer back to factory configurations 2 - Save an image of this USB onto my external hard drive so that I can use my USB for daily storage purposes and not have it be a dedicated recovery disk. Has anyone done something similar to this successfully? Thank you for your help.

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This is probably a real basic question. I want to make an image of my hard drive using Macrium Free. The MBR is 100 MB and the primary drive is 471 GB. Do I need at least 471.1 GB of free space on the external drive for the image or does the imaging software compress the size so that a lesser amount of space is needed?

Answer:How much space is needed to make an image on an external hard drive

It will apx. 60% of the SPACE USED, not the total size of the partition.

i.e. If you USE 100 GB of the 471 GB, the image will be apx. 60 GB

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I have an older hp media center pc, and am trying to get all my pictures and videos off of it and dump them into my external hard drive, so i can then put them in new macbook.
I have tried several times to backup to my ibook HDD, but to no avail.
Is there something I'm doing wrong, or a different way to go about this?

Thanks.
 

Answer:transferring media from image zone to usb external hard drive

When you say "Backup" are you using a program to do this, if so which one?

What I can find, the iBook does not run well on a PC.
 

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Hey guys, I restored my computer from the windows 7 CD that came with my computer and when I went to restore my computer to a backup that I had put on my external hard drive, windows will say that it cannot find any backups. Is there anyway I can fix this? I know my backup works because I first restored to my backup image and it worked fine, but I cancelled it half way thinking it was reversible.

Answer:Windows will not recognise my backup image on external hard drive?

please help!!!

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Hi Everyone, Before sending my Yoga3 for repair I saved the System partition (Assuming it is drive C) to an external hard drive. When the pc came from repair went through the restore procedure and got the message:"The program cannot restore the system partition because it's structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue". Appreciate any advice on how to recreate the system partition.Thanks  

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I purchased a 1 TB external hard drive for my backups. If I use it to make an full image backup, can I also use it for daily backups on Win10 computer?

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If I need to replace my hard drive & I have an image which includes:
OEM Win 7 OS
Office 2007
Photoshop
Sibelius (expensive music software)
Compiler
McAfee...etc

What are the chances that I can transfer the image to the new drive and all the software will run without reactivation? Or the software sees a new drive as a new computer?

Answer:System image on new hard drive

You should be able to transfer the image just fine as long as the new drive is larger than the previous drive. If you have trouble, try partitioning the drive to the exact size of the old one. Also, if you don't have your original installation disk you'll need system restore disks.

Also, if the old drive is still working, you may want to create an alternative system image via a third party backup software as a last resort. Macrium Reflect is a good choice. You'll need a boot cd that you can make through the program.

Take at look at this thread:
Restoring system image to a different harddrive?

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My X60 came with Vista pre-installed and no installation disks! My hard disk is nearly filling up so I bought a bigger one to install. I know how to physically install it and I have been advised not to use ghost or other cloning software on a disk that is a different size - that its best to freshly install the operating system and then copy the data over afterward. How can I get the vista operating system off my current installed drive? Is there a way to create install disks? How? Thanks

Answer:Upgradng my hard drive myself - how can I create operating system install disks from my X60?

I should add that this is my second HD upgrade. I created one set of recover disks that time (which I can no longer find). I don't see a "create installation or recovery disks" link in thinkvantage manager now.. i've looked!

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Ignore...sorry, figured out what I needed to!

Answer:System image to bigger hard drive

See how good these guys are ? ?......

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I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore. I believe I did a restore on my computer running 8.1 pro 64bit where I went from 1 tb to a 250 gb ssd.

So on my other computer being on Windows 7 64bit. I have a restore on an external HD and the size of the drive as the source was 1tb and the target is 500gb. It comes back to inform me the target ssd size is too small.

Any suggestions to make the restore onto the new ssd?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Answer:Restore system image to new hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by David from Az


I have been reading articles online that indicate if the target hard drive size is smaller than the source hard drive you cannot perform a restore.


This is true for Windows inbuilt imaging. I suggest you try (free) Macrium Reflect or pay a small amount and buy Paragon Migrate. Paragon is a simple turnkey approach. Macrium requires a little more effort:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
I think with Macrium 5 the "drag & drop" transfer takes care of the smaller destination partition and the alignment.

If you can't make a new image and "must" use an old Windows image then you can try to attach/mount the old image vhd then use Macrium. This tutorial describes the basic process.
System Image - Recover a Broken Windows 7 System Image

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Hi all,
can you good people explain the difference between a Image and a Clone,when making a copy/back up of the system/hard drive. When to clone when to Image. I can never seem to get my head around the subject!.

Answer:Image or Clone? your system/hard drive.

click here

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I have a Dell 17R. I sent it for repairs because it wasn't booting up. They replaced the motherboard and installed a new hard drive. I had a Samsung 840 SSD and now it's a regular hard drive. I'm trying to do a system image restore to get all of applications back, many of which I've had on there for years.

I had repair discs from the original hard drive and when I installed the SSD so I tried using both, making sure the Legacy Boot was pulling from the DVD. I received messages on both that there was no boot disc.

I tried creating a recovery USB drive, changed the boot settings to pull from the USB. I got all the way to the final screen and got a message:

"Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has a different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using EFI and this computer is using BIOS."

I also have the old hard drive, but I don't know whether the drive is faulty or not because I didn't receive any information from the repair facility.

I called the repair company to assist with the system image restore and they said they couldn't help. They only had my laptop for 3 weeks trying to fix it!!!!!! I've also tried setups per recommendations from other threads, but nothing is working. Can you please help?

Zukini98

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Hi All,
My hard drive recently died but before that I made a System Image on my Iomega external hard drive. (Windows 7)

I have just had a new hard drive installed with Windows 7. I located the System Image backup on my external hard drive but can't find a way to install it. On the hard drive there is no way apparent to start the recovery.

I tried Control Panel/Recovery/ Advanced etc but all that comes up is LizPC (which was an extra backup for my Docs and Pics) It does not list the System Image which has my Keepass Password Manager on (hopefully)
which I need to set up my Windows Live Email account.

If anyone can help I would be enormously grateful as I am completely lost and have no passwords.
 

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Hey guys I'm kinda annoyed because in the backup and restore panel it says that my system image is using 110.30 GB in my hard drive. How can I minimize the space it uses? And does it affect the performance of my laptop? Thanks a lot.

Answer:System Image file is using 100 GB of my hard drive

It's a good practice to back up to an external drive. If you have the system backup on the same drive that gets hit with a virus or has a failure, there's a good chance the restore image will be inaccessible or corrupted.

Hard drive prices are high lately, but until recently storage was a bargain.
Also as a benefit you don't have an image file just sitting there as dead weight.

A way to save when buying more than one external drive is to buy ordinary internal hard drive and get a USB docking station. The drive slides in the slot in the dock.

Just to give you an idea what they look like if you're not familiar with them:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ations&x=0&y=0

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Hi there,

I am stack at certain process while trying to load a system image onto new hard drive using Windows 7 x64 image restore function from the windows 7 disk,
its kind of strange but let me explain whats happening,
I got my primary drive 500 gigs with windows 7 and all my files,
I made a system image onto another clean internal hard drive size 160 gigs and I was successful, now I disconnected my 500 gigs primary hard drive, attached a new 250 gig hard drive and I proceeded to load the system image, I boot to windows 7 cd,
I get the option to repair , click on restore from system image file , everything looks good computer finds the hard drive 160 gigs with the system image as source,
I press next look for the target drive and I see it there 250 gigs drive thats freshly formatted ..., I select the target press next it all looks good and then I get the screen that there is no target hard drive... I made sure that this hard drive is not being excluded from format and new process... I am lost ... what am I doing wrong here, I reformatted those 2 drives twice I tried this operation about 8 times , I get the error message each time I am attempting to create this new system image...,
can anyone help out...

thanks,

Drew

Answer:System Image - Hard Drive Clone

Have a look in the disk manager, sometimes disks have to be initialised before they can be seen by the system. Does it have a drive letter asigned ?

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I have two old physical Seagate hard drives set up in the following configuration

C: - 160Gb used for the OS and program files
E: - 240Gb used for data storage

I want to replace the drive with the OS on with a new Western Digital hard drive (of the same size) as it's starting to get noisy and taking a while to access. So I figured the easiest way would be to use the System Image tool in Windows 7 and restore it.

I created the image of my 'C drive' onto an external hard drive, created the recovery disk and managed to restore the image onto the new hard drive. All has worked well except for I can't see the second hard drive that has all my data on it.

Any ideas where I may be going wrong?

Answer:Can't see second Hard drive after using System Image Recovery

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
Screenshot tools.
A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
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Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
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Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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Hi
I've just spent a day taking System Image backup images of three different hard drives. Well ok I didn't just sit and watch the bar move across the screen although it did hold up my computer. Anyway, what a waste of a day from my PC because
when I try to restore using System Image backup from my USB drive, the USB drive cannot be found. I have followed the procedure on page 750 of Configuring Windows 7, 70-680 precisely.  I tried booting from an OS DVD and a Windows Repair
DVD, but no USB drive.  I tried using a blank usb stick and that can't be found either. The USB drive can be seen when I logon to Windows to get the images on it. Might this be more to do with hardware such as adjusting BIOS boot settings,
or updating BIOS firmware. There seems to be others with unresolved problems like this. Should I join them and buy Acronis instead?
Tx

Answer:System Image Restore can't see USB hard drive

Hi,

Could you please check the following newsgroup posts for your answer. The posts lists different scenarios that might work for you.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/9a082b90-bd7c-46f8-9eb3-9581f9d5efdd

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/11d8c552-a841-49ac-ab2e-445e6f95e704

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/9a082b90-bd7c-46f8-9eb3-9581f9d5efdd

Best Regards,
Kim Zhou

Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

Thanks for sending me these links and I will check them out. I think I came across most of the answer on the following link although doubts are raised: 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/windows-7-restore-from-image-wont-recognize/ce8e3d0a-236d-4eff-8370-c171d2dfa555?tm=1333929198413&page=1#footer
Basically, I should have had three files on the external drive as follows:
a.      A file named: MediaID.bin

b.      A file that has the same named as your computer name (this is where the .zip files are located).

c.      The 'System Image' folder named 'WindowsImageBackup'.
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I have a Dell 17R. I sent it for repairs because it wasn't booting up. They replaced the motherboard and installed a new hard drive. I had a Samsung 840 SSD and now it's a regular hard drive. I'm trying to do a system image restore to get all of applications back, many of which I've had on there for years.

I had repair discs from the original hard drive and when I installed the SSD so I tried using both, making sure the Legacy Boot was pulling from the DVD. I received messages on both that there was no boot disc.

I tried creating a recovery USB drive, changed the boot settings to pull from the USB. I got all the way to the final screen and got a message:

"Windows cannot restore a system image to a computer that has a different firmware. The system image was created on a computer using EFI and this computer is using BIOS."

I also have the old hard drive, but I don't know whether the drive is faulty or not because I didn't receive any information from the repair facility.

I called the repair company to assist with the system image restore and they said they couldn't help. They only had my laptop for 3 weeks trying to fix it!!!!!! I've also tried setups per recommendations from other threads, but nothing is working. Can you please help?

Zukini98

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Install and setup; Maxtor One Touch 4, 500GB External Hard Drive, and install; Acronis True Image Home Program

NOTE: See system specs below for my current setup.


I need advice and recommendations, and any pitfalls to avoid, to ensure that I end up with a trouble-free install and operating system.

I want to install and add both of the above to my current setup, but am uncertain about the best way to go about achieving a successful result.I intend to add the HD to take some pressure off my ACER C: Drive [12GB free of 52.1GB], by moving some programs that I have on it, to the Ext HD.Once the Ext HD is installed, is it possible to just do a 'drag and drop' of programs, from the C: Drive, across to the new ?: Drive? Am I able to designate or give the new Ext HD a name? eg. H: Drive.I'm also presuming that the new Ext HD will need to be 'hardlined' and powered on, only while I want to use the programs etc on it, and when doing updates via IE7. Does that sound right?I want to install the Acronis True Image program to the Ext HD, as 'insurance' to clone the content of my Notebook, its systems, functions, settings etc. Does this seem right?Some of the programs that I intend to move to the Ext HD include these and similar others; Family Tree Maker, Photo Shop, Irfan View, Real Player, Open Office etc. Do these appear to 'qualify' for movement to the Ext HD?Are there any issues that I should be aware of, that could affect operations with the Brother MFC-465CN printer/scanner etc.... Read more

Answer:Setup Maxtor One Touch 4, 500GB External Hard Drive and Acronis True Image 11 Home.

Yes you can give the HD a new name. Vista will assign a drive letter, but you can change that later if you wish.

No, you will not be able to 'drag and drop' most installed programs to the new drive. You may have to re-install them. The registry entries will be pointing to their old location and the apps won't start.

By hardlined, I assume you mean plugged in and switched on? Yes, it needs to be 'hardlined' to access the drive.

Using Acronis is a good idea.

Another thing you may want to do before using the external drive is format it as NTFS, to avoid any installation problems if the drive is formatted in Fat32 etc.

Your printer should be fine.

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I have Pavillion DV7T Quad with 1TB hard drive that has failed.  Failed hard drive only has ~140GB on it.   I have: 1) full system image on external WDC Passport.2) System Recovery DVD for Win 7 64-bit Disk 1 of 2 and Disk 2 0f 2 obtained from HP at time laptop acquired.3) Repair Disc for Windows 7 64-bit that I had created "way back when". I purchased a new 240 GB SSD to keep this laptop as backup.  Can I use 1, 2, or 3 to load files onto SSD (since mechanical drive won't operate)? bikerider1

Answer:restoring system image to failed hard drive

The Full System Image would restore all your settings and data just as they were when the image was created. The recovery process would depend on which program you used to create the image. Using the HP Recovery Disks will restore your system to a factory fresh state. You would then have to manually restore all your settings and data. The repair disk will only give you troubleshooting and repair tools.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.         If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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Hi. I have 2 1.5 TB internal hard drives for a Windows 7, 64 bit Pro system.

My second hard drive keeps getting filled up by huge (200-400 GB) files that are apparently generated by System Restore and System Image.

I'd like to keep the System Restore functionality, but is there a way to limit the size of this to something reasonable? (say less than 50 GB)

Currently have a 400 GB System Image file with .vhd extension. Is it safe to simply delete that? And can I limit the size of these files as well or simply prevent them from being generated?

Thanks

Answer:System restore and image filling hard drive

You can reduce disk space taken up by system restore and also clean up old points.

Make System Restore Use Less Drive Space in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

As for the backup image, just delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it will deletes all existing images. Next time you create an image, it'll be recreated. You can also save images externally.

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Hello!!!

I have 640GB WD hard disk and i created system image of Drive C and system reserved drive. Backup successfully completed and afterward i disconnected my 640GB HDD and connect new one which is 320GB and now i want to restore my system image to 320GB WD HDD. I tried it but it gave me error saying "element not found". Please tell me how can i restore system image that was created from 640GB HDD to 320GB HDD?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Restore Windows 7 System Image to another hard drive!!!

What drive did you create the backup image on? Do you have the win7 install DVD ?

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I used Macrium to make a system image of my existing drive onto a new hard drive and I made the system rescue boot disk too. (HP all-in-one desktop)

I'm not certain about the next step. Do I just replace the old drive with the new one and boot up? It is a system image, so why not? What is boot disk for?

Answer:Does my system image to a new hard drive make it bootable?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by drezzle


I used Macrium to make a system image of my existing drive onto a new hard drive and I made the system rescue boot disk too. (HP all-in-one desktop)

I'm not certain about the next step. Do I just replace the old drive with the new one and boot up? It is a system image, so why not? What is boot disk for?


That should work fine.

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I just installed a new hard drive after my previous one failed to start up. I have a backup image stored on an external WD Passport. The install went well. I turn on my tower with the Windows 7 recovery disc in, start up System Image Restore and plug in my Passport. The system restore recognizes my Passport and when I go through the wizard to reformat and partition the disk to match the layout of the recovery image, I get an error message saying "The system image restore failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found. *hyperlink* Details."

Details states, "No disck that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found. Try the following: 1) A probable system disk may have been excluded by mistake. a. Review the list of disks that you have excluded from the recovery for a likely disk. b. Type LIST DISK command in the DISKPART command interpreter. The probable system disk is usually the first disk listed. c. If possible,, remove the disk from the exclusion list and then retry the recovery.

Tried that, my disk is not listed as an exclusion.

2) A USB disk may have been assigned as a system disk. a. Detach all USB disks from the computer. b. Reboot into Windows Recovery Environment then reattach USB disks and retry the recovery.

Tried that also, no luck

3) An invalid disk may have been assigned as system disk. a. Physically detach the disk from your computer. Then reboot in WinRE to retry the recovery.

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Answer:Installed a new hard drive but can't get System Image Restored

Any help please???

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I am seeking advice on how best to replace my existing main hard drive, which is partitioned into a C Drive and a D drive] as each half of this hard are nearly full. The C Drive is used for the Windows operating system and programmes – the D drive is used for my User files and documents. The existing hard drive is a 250GB hard drive, and partitioned into two 125 GB drives. I have now bought a 2TB hard drive and would like to partition it on same 50/50 basis, and use it for the same purposes.
I have used the Windows 7 System’s [Start Menu >> Control Panel >> System & Security >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Image] to create a System Image, and have stored this backup onto an external hard drive. Both C and D drives were included in this same backup.
How do I now burn the backup “System Image” onto my new 2TB hard drive?
Will I have to reactivate windows 7 as well as MS Office 2010 again as well as other programmes?
Any help in step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Burn System Image backup to new hard drive

I can't give you exact instructions because I don't use that particular imaging program.

But generally---you don't "burn the backup". You "restore" it, using the same program you used to make the backup.

You might have complicated things by putting C and D in the same image file. I'm not sure if they can be restored separately, but I doubt it.

You should not have to reactivate anything and all programs should operate with no issues.

If the restore process goes well--you cannot count on that.

Someone else will have detailed instructions, but there should be a tutorial on this site.

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Hi All,

It's time to format my hard drive. It hasn't been formatted since 2008 when it was bought and it's having some major issues.

I made a system image. when i was installing it, I couldn't check the option to "get rid of the partitions and format the hd". It requested the drivers, asked me to insert the disc, but I don't have any disc with the drivers.

Is there another way to install the same system image I've made and get the hard drive formatted too?
 

Answer:how to format my hard drive and reinstall the same system image

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When I replaced my hard drive to go from 160 GB to 500 GB, I restored a system image in Windows 7 from an external drive. Now the new drive works great, but windows still reports it as having approx 160 GB. In the BIOS setup it recognizes it as 500 GB. It there a way to have Windows recognize the whole thing, or is there another partition that I can't see?

Thanks

Answer:Restoring system image to larger hard drive

I believe you will find unallocated disk space. Please refer to the following:

Partition or Volume - Extend

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Hi,recently my PSU went down taking my motherboard with it. I replaced these components and re-registered the o/s XP Home SP2, with Microsoft. I am expecting that the old 40GB HDD will be my next problem, so I've bought an external USB 500GB HDD NFT.I would like to create 4 partitions on this external HDD, called: Images, Music,Data and MirrorOLD. Can anyone explain how to use Paragon's Drive Copy8 & Partition manager8.5 on issue 148's dvd to create a mirror image of the old 40GB HDD onto the external HDD, so that I can reinstall the: o/s, settings, programes and drives with little fuss later to a replacement internal 160GB HDD, when old dies? I had little luck getting the software to do more than recognise the internal & external drives.Any advice welcome

Answer:How to create a mirror HDD image on external HDD

I think your best bet is to use Acronis TI and clone the current drive and save this to the 160GB drive,then make this master as opposed to slave.Acronis TI 10 click here

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Is there a way i can change my external hard drive from NTFS to something that will support files larger than 4GB?
 

Answer:External hard drive system

NTFS already supports files above 4GB.
 

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I was trying to get rid of a persistent Vundo infection yesterday.

I turned the PC off to reboot when I though I was going into safe mode and went into regular mode instead. Now, it thinks one of my external drives is the C drive. On boot, I am getting a message that it cannot recognize find the system 32 windows config file (I'm paraphrasing).

I used the repair utility to get to the C prompt (which is pointed at the external drive) and checked the drive letters. I don't think the PC bios knows the hard drive is there.

I tried going into setup and reverting to factory installed configuration and that didn't change anything. I could not get it to recognize the hard drive.

The PC is a Dell Dimension 8400, about 5 years old.

Dell support (out of hardware warranty, but will provide phone support) said that I should reinstall windows but it will wipe out whatever is on the hard drive. They suggested finding a data extraction service.

I'm not against that, but I'd like to see what I can do to get at the REAL C drive beforehand.

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.

I also saw the material on windowsinstall.com about getting it to recognize the C drive, but that seems on the edge of my technical expertise.

Does anybody have any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot.
 

Answer:system thinks external drive is hard drive

I do have the factory Windows disk, although I am not sure of my product key.Click to expand...

There should be a sticker on your Dell somewhere .. that will tell you the Code for your OS.
Most likely .. you will not need this code to use your Dell recovery CDs

Using the Code finders will not work for the OEM installs in a Dell, HP or others.

I'd remove the drive (at 5 years old) and install a new one .. and recover it.
Then ... there's ways to read the old HD and extract your data from it.
Here's one way >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017
 

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I've decided to system restore to a very old system image (February 3rd, 2013). I'm doing this instead of a factory reset because I can't find my Microsoft Word/Excel/PPT licenses. Also I have a student version of MATLAB that I would not be able to reinstall.

This is the closest I can get to starting fresh before upgrading to Windows 10. There is so much crap on my computer. I've tried sifting through it to delete a bunch of stuff but many times it claims that a file is in use or open and can't be deleted. So I'm just reverting to an old system image when my laptop was only about 8 months old (I got it in June of 2012).

I made a new system image last night just incase I missed backing up something. This took about 8 hours for some reason. The system image was like 300gb. Today I went through the control panel to get to recovery and then started the process of restoring to a previous image. It's been going for about 1.5 hrs now. Should I expect it to take as long as the image I just took?

Here are some pics. I hope I am allowed to post links. I didn't see it in the rules. Note that I have control over the caps lock and num lock. Also that the hard drive light doesn't light up. My computer is not sleeping, or else the power button at the top right would be blinking. The display is not on. This is an ASUS laptop. I don't know of this everything is still OK. The hard drive light never blinking or anything is making me think my laptop isn't doing anything.

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Hi All,


This is where I am I have an Dell Inspiron 15 n5050 which came with 500GB Seagate Momentous 5400RPM hard drive....
now its gone and wont spin at all so I am replacing it with 750GB Seagate Momentous 5400RPM Hard Drive will the System Image still work on that....

or I have to Start fresh

Answer:Is the System Image of windows 7 compatible with Hard drive upgrade

Danny121222, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

Windows 7 image backup will restore to a larger hard disk, just not a smaller one. Making sure that you create the boot disk that
the image program has you create.

I have done it lots of times. When you restore the image to your larger disk, you might have extra space at the end which you will have to extend your C drive size to include that unused space..

Rich

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Can I store/employ a system image on the internal hard-drive under a letter different than C: ?

If so, how do I go about creating this new letter and how much space should I allocate ?

Thanks for reading.

Answer:Can I store/employ a system image on the internal hard-drive ?

Yes, it's possible.

Post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management using these instructions to show ALL info:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Some people consider a different partition on a single hard drive as a different drive than [C], some don't.

If you have only one physical drive and need to resize the [C] OS partition, it gets risky-er imho.
Backups (images) should also be saved to a different device for safety.

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Recently I did a System Image Recovery from an image created from a 320 GB HD. This old hard drive has problems. Buy a 1 TB new drive and did an Image Recovery on to the new drive. When I check directory of the new drive, W 7 only shows there is only 320 GB . How can I get the remaining capacity recognized?

Answer:system image recovery to a higher capacity hard drive

This is normal. You need to extend the partition to the right using Disk Management. Right click the partition in Disk Management and select Extend.
 
Edit: Fixed link.

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