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How to Move System Image to Another External Hard Drive

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    How to Move System Image to Another External Hard Drive


    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..



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    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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    Honestly just make another system image of what you have right now. There are so many things that can go wrong. You successfully copy the system image only to find out it was corrupted. Now you have a copy of a corrupted system image. Copy & Paste is fine you may have try multiple times since it may not be able to get it the first time. SMART mainly reports large number of bad sectors, you could try Spinrite by Gibson. I haven't actually tried it myself, just heard a lot of good things about it. Spinrite specialize in dealing with bad sectors. His website has information on how to use it and how it does it's magic.

    Good luck !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    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.
    >>i am now searchin' for robocopy, thanks for the info, hopefully i am able to find this easy, coz i have just learned of this robocopy now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    Honestly just make another system image of what you have right now. There are so many things that can go wrong. You successfully copy the system image only to find out it was corrupted. Now you have a copy of a corrupted system image. Copy & Paste is fine you may have try multiple times since it may not be able to get it the first time. SMART mainly reports large number of bad sectors, you could try Spinrite by Gibson. I haven't actually tried it myself, just heard a lot of good things about it. Spinrite specialize in dealing with bad sectors. His website has information on how to use it and how it does it's magic.

    Good luck !
    >>I think you may have misunderstood my statement. I did not successfully copy the system image but rather successfully restored my pc from the previously created system image, my pc is working great now, no issues whatsoever, restored perfectly great from the system image on my external hard drive.
    >>my only worry now is that i received a notification that my external hard drive is only 60% on health coz of weak sectors. For this reason I want to transfer my system image from this old external hard drive to a new external hard drive.
    >>creating a new system image is only second in priority coz it is time consuming, so if there is a solution of easy way of just transferring the system image to a new external hard drive, then that would be great and highly appreciated for any info of advise.
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    You can take a look here: Copy all files and folders from one HDD to another HDD using Robocopy? - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums

    Just so we correctly understand one another; you want to copy an already made system image which are just files, non bootable, you have a recovery program/drive or use command prompt in recovery mode to extract and re-image, correct? I ask because with robocopy you can't create a bootable drive, it's only for files.
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    plug into your USB port - Old Ext 500GB HDD and New Ext 1TB HDD

    Let's say the old drive is assigned letter E and the new drive is assigned letter F - to copy everything from old to new

    Robocopy E:\ F:\ /e
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    You can take a look here: Copy all files and folders from one HDD to another HDD using Robocopy? - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums

    Just so we correctly understand one another; you want to copy an already made system image which are just files, non bootable, you have a recovery program/drive or use command prompt in recovery mode to extract and re-image, correct? I ask because with robocopy you can't create a bootable drive, it's only for files.
    >>yes, i only want to copy/move the already made system image from old to new external hard drive, btw my system image file size is only around 100GB, (created months ago, that i was able to restore successfully days ago via default windows8.1.
    >>i have read before that ALTERING/MOVING the created system image file created might result for it to be unusable the next time it is used to restore system image, is this true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    plug into your USB port - Old Ext 500GB HDD and New Ext 1TB HDD

    Let's say the old drive is assigned letter E and the new drive is assigned letter F - to copy everything from old to new

    Robocopy E:\ F:\ /e
    >>thanks for this, actually i am about to ask this on which is which drive letter designation after the command Robocopy.

    have a nice day.
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    i just marked this unsolved to make an additional querry:

    >i have read this on microsoft community "http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-system/can-i-move-system-image-backup-to-another/53e05591-6d55-4149-9272-028166785774,"

    >>anyone have an idea, that instead of the robocopy command, if this tends to be helpful and correct, alot will be benefited on the long question of moving a system image to another location.

    >>>will creating an ISO file of the created system image, be an easier faster way of moving the created system image without the worry of losing or damaging the created system image for future use of restoring the system image soon?

    thanks for any idea.
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