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Windows 7 System Backup and Cloning

by RonMtb / March 29, 2018 12:59 AM PDT

I want to clone my Win 7 system to a larger drive. I First want to do a System Image Backup in case something goes really wrong. I have a Win 7 install DVD and would create a System Restore Disk after the backup.

The problem is that my system has a HD with Win XP as the first partition and Windows 7 as the second partition. I get a boot choice menu since the Windows 7 installation.

Systems Image Backup wants to save BOTH drives.

I imagine if I set the Win7 partition active or delete or format the XP partition, or otherwist mess up the bootloader which may be part of the first (XP) partition that everything will simply stop.

Here is a screenshot of my present config.

Any suggestions as how to proceed?


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by RonMtb / March 31, 2018 3:01 PM PDT

It got worse. Seems my C: drive is not only tied to the previous partition for boot purposes, but the problem with getting a system backup seems also to be affecting my ability to clone the drive, tried using both Clonezilla (clunky Linux based boot environment) and later tried (on two different drives) cloning with Macrium Reflect which appears to otherwise be fairly straightforward. I tried to get around the backup failure by shrinking the C: volume, then expanding again as someone suggested, but it won't shrink because there is not anything to shrink, having been quite full many times in the recent past...I keep a few Gigs of space by constantly purging caches etc. Looks like I may simply have to bite the bullet and do a fresh install on a new, larger drive. Fortunately I know how to move the Windows license over thanks to other posts I have found in the past. Thanks for your kind suggestion. Additional screenshots HERE.

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Re: cloning
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 29, 2018 2:05 AM PDT

Just proceed. Then, on the clone, delete the Windows XP partition and see if it still boots. If not, boot to your Windows 7 install disc and run Startup Repair. That should fix it. If not, you still have the original for a next try.

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