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Trying to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
    If I image internal hd to external hd, can I boot to external hd to copy back to new internal replacement hd
    If you image your system, you can restore that image to the same system any time. However, you cannot 'boot' an image from an external drive. You have to first restore the image.

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    How do restore an image to a new hard drive from an external hardrive? You can't boot to a new empty hd can you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
    How do restore an image to a new hard drive from an external hardrive? You can't boot to a new empty hd can you?
    Here are all the instructions. You boot from a recovery CD/stick.
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    You wouldn't normally boot an image file itself directly.

    Usually you boot a wim file which contains the recovery program. You then browse to the image file and apply it to the target partition.

    That bootable wim can be on dvd or usb stick, or a hard drive. It can also be on the same drive as the image. So it is possible to do it that way too.
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    Hi there

    Depends on what you used to create the backup image. In the case of say Acronis you can make BOOTABLE media - this means a bootable version of the program will be written to a USB device or a DVD/CD (usually user choice). You the BOOT the program which gives you a graphical system - follow the on screen instructions to restore the backup image to the computers internal HDD.

    If you are REPLACING say an HDD on a laptop with an SSD - ensure that the OS is in it's own partition - usually the HDD is LARGER than an SSD - but a typical decent sized windows partition would easily fit into 60 GB -- plenty even for a 120 GB SSD. Use something like GPARTED to re-size the partition if the current one is too big. I'd always keep DATA and the OS+pgms separate.

    Create the backup image - write it to another partition on the existing HDD or even to another external HDD. Plug in your new SSD to a USB port via a SATA==>USB connector -- if it's a SAMSUNG SSD you'll probably have one of these connectors thrown in with the drive - but they are cheap enough.

    Restore your image to the SSD. Now open Laptop and swap HDD with the SSD -- usually very easy to change a laptop's HDD - even for the most hamfisted "engineer". No tools other than a Philips type screwdriver needed -- take the battery out first though usually.

    I use something like Acronis for this but any decent backup program should work.

    If you can use Linux then another FREE method would be to boot up the Linux system and run the DD command to copy the old HDD's partitions to the new one -- don't forget the Ms reserved system partition too if it exists -- whether you use Linux DD or an Imaging / Backup program you need to copy (and restore) the system partition as well as "C" if it exists.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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