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System image restore on empty external drive

By wktintemann ·
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 crah or when buying a new SSD ).

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 disk. But then I get an error message, which tells me that the
restoration misses a disk.

So is there a way to restore the
image to a disk other than the current disk ?

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External drive.

by seanferd In reply to System image restore on e ...

It is possible that the system doesn't have the drivers loaded for the external drive. If there are any drivers for this, put them on a disk, have them handy when booting into Recovery, and press F6 to load them when prompted.

it is quite possible, however, that if this is set up as a system backup, it may only restore to the primary partition of the boot drive.

Since it says you are missing the disk, though, start with the first bit and see what happens.

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System backup restore on empty drive

by wktintemann In reply to External drive.

Well, I created the recovery DVD before I
added the external drive to my computer.
Do I have to recreate this DVD because of
mising drivers ? My running system had no problems with handling the drive, I already
made partitions on it.

I do not know where to find the drivers though. And on what disk shall I put them ?

I agree with you that the restoration may only be possible to the boot drive. Is this
the drive which shows up first in the BIOS
settings ? When I build in a new SSD, do I have to adjust the BIOS boot order to this SSD ? You see I have fundamental problems...

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Instead of messing around with Windows Utilities

by OH Smeg In reply to System image restore on e ...

I suggest that you use Clonezilla, it's free and it works without problems.

http://clonezilla.org/download/sourceforge/

Col

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System image restore on empty external drive

by wktintemann In reply to Instead of messing around ...

Thanks for this proposal, but I want to know how the Microsoft Utility works for my problem.
I got an answer in another forum, that it
doesn't work with external disks, only
internal ones ( SATA ).
But I'm still unsure whether in case of complete disk crash I have to buy exactly
the same disk as I have now (manufacturer,
size, model).
And then I don't know whether the recovery
program always uses the SATA1 disk.

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doesn't work with External drives? who said that

by CG IT In reply to System image restore on e ...

and what Microsoft article are they using as reference?

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System image restore on empty external drive

by wktintemann In reply to doesn't work with Externa ...

I don't know that Microsoft publishes information about their software/utilities.
Would be interesting. Have you a link ?

I at least tried the Microsoft restore from
one external drive to another empty one and
didn't succeed with the recovery DVD I burnt.

The restore stubbornly wants to restore to my current internal disk with the C:-partition and there is no choice offered for the external target disk.

I also made test with an active NTFS-partition on the target disk, but this also failed.

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MS publishes a ton of information about their software.

by Ron K. In reply to System image restore on e ...

They just don't make their code available. They want you to know how to use their stuff so that you're hooked on their products.<br>
If you're dealing with Microsoft's products you really owe it to yourself to check out their website and/or the products built-in help files.

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humm

by CG IT In reply to System image restore on e ...

not sure why it would pick an IDE or SATA controller to restore to though 99.9% of desktops use SATA and/or IDE [maybe 1% to IDE].

I did a cursory review of the W7 backup and restore capabilities and your supposed to be able to restore the comp or even a to a new PC but it does not state must be to internal drives.

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Restore it to an empty internal drive.

by Ron K. In reply to System image restore on e ...

If it doesn't want to restore to an external drive simply pull the wires from the internal drive and connect the blank external drive changing it to an internal for a few minutes. You don't even have to put it in the case, just having it connected will do the trick. After restoring it'll be easy to check if that drive will boot. An OS partition backup that won't boot isn't much of a backup so you'll have to verify it anyway to know if you're good to go in case of a disaster.<br>
I'm running XP Pro. I use Acronis PC Backup and Recovery and store my backup image on a secondary drive. It's a simple matter to restore my OS partition and the MBR with Acronis' boot disk. I can store the image on an external USB drive if I want to and use that to restore my computer.<br>
Acronis PCB&R is about $32.00 from Amazon. In the great scheme of things that's basically just chump change.

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From my experience with Windows Backup Utility

by OH Smeg In reply to System image restore on e ...

You can restore to any Internal HDD of the same size or bigger though with the bigger drives it only restores tot he same size as the original. The Make & Model are not important at all but the size is.

While you can save to an External Drive I have only ever been able to restore to the Boot Drive if the Image was off the Boot Drive or if it was a slave drive you can only restore to a similar position.

With the Windows Backup Utility if you needed to restore to a larger Drive/Partition you needed to use something like GParted to increase the size of the partition after the restore. OH and some times the restore didn't work all that well if at all.

From my experience it's not a very good option to use what M$ supplies with their OS's as there are much better free options available that tend to work when they are needed unlike M$ Backup.

Edited to add, Though if memory serves me correctly you need to Format the Drive before trying to restore to it.

Col

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