Image/Cloning for Windows 7

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Image/Cloning for Windows 7
Jun 22, 2012

Hello,

As this subject has turned up before, I know different conclusions have been drawn.

My objective is to clone an installation of Windows 7 Home Premium on a new system of mine, but I did run into problems. I used two cloning programs: Drive Image XML and Clonezilla v1.2.12-60.

I was able to clone both the C: drive and the "System Reserved" partition, but upon a test restoration, I got a "BootMGR missing" error.

I used the Windows 7 install DVD and chose the "Fix" Windows option, and it did boot me back into Windows. Now, although the CloneZilla image did work...I needed the Windows install disk to complete the restoration (not good!).

Also! I did notice when Windows did fix the "BootMGR" issue, the "System Reserved" partition was given a drive letter assigned to Windows, and was NOT 100 MB in size (it was 35MB???) like a proper Windows 7 installation!

I also used the same cloning method in DriveImage XML, but got virtually the same results. I realize that both these bootable CD carry Linux distros (Knoppix), BUT............Is there any ...I mean ANY cloning program out there that can in a disaster situation such as a non-bootable computer system, be able to restore a Windows 7 installation back to a perfect - 100MB "System Reserved" and C:\system without having to tweek the restore with a Windows installation DVD???

I have experimented with other cloning software, but got the same results. Has anyone been able to master the cloning of Windows with a cloning software within a DOS environment or Windows for that matter?

Thank you all,

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