Restoring from system image

  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Restoring from system image

    Hi there,

    My hard disk(1Tb capacity) recently died and nothing was recoverable. It was replaced by a SSD (500 Gb) capacity. There was about 800Gb available on the old drive so space wasn't a problem. The old drive had a C: and D: partition.

    I supplied the technicians with a system image backup (Windows 10) on a USB drive which they could not recover onto the SSD.

    I then bought a 1Tb USB external hard drive and would like to try restoring the system image onto that external drive so I can boot up from it with my old system and data , as well as from the SSD with the new Windows installation.

    Is it possible to do this (I would prefer not using commercial software but will do it if there are no Windows options).

    Any advice appreciated.


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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)

    Hi, did you follow this (or at least the process described) in creating your system image?
    Create System Image in Windows 10

    You mention a D: partition.

    A system image is an exact copy of all system disks which can be used to restore your PC to the state it was in at the time the image was made. By default, a system image only includes the drives that Windows requires to run, including Windows 10 itself, your system settings, programs, and files. You may also include any other drive in the image if you wish.
    Did you include D: when you created ths image?

    Please note that Windows 7 (Backup and Restore) is retained for legacy only, and MS recommends people use 3rd party solutions. Time and again, Macrium Reflect is recommended here, although there are others of course.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hello, yes I included the D: drive as well, would this cause a problem ?
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 32,658
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)

    To use your system image to restore your PC, open up the new Windows 10 Settings menu and go to Update & recovery. Under Recovery, find the Advanced startup section, and click Restart now. When your PC restarts, go to Troubleshoot, Advanced Options, and then choose System image recovery.
    Assuming that fits with 1903 (I've not checked) how far do you get?
    I'd also expect you should be restoring to an internal disk... be careful as to what happens. I've not used it.

    There isn't a tutorial for restoring an image as far as I can see... few people use this as there are far better options.

    Your ambition of booting from an external disk may be stretching things. Win 10 can be installed to an external disk, but I have never tried what you're attempting.

    I was just checking you had included D:

    Hopefully someone who has used Win 10's system imaging will be along to advise.
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I did the above and it prompts me to create a recovery disk first. My fear is that is sees the C: drive and wants to recover to that and won't prompt to select the drive the system goes on to.

    What are the better backup options you mention ?
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 32,658
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)

    Create Recovery Drive in Windows 10

    That's what's on a recovery drive.

    What are the better backup options you mention ?
    Post #2 - italics

    This explanation for recovering a system image to a new drive may help:
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  7. Posts : 10
    Win 10 1909

    Confluence Mobile - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    The above from the Macrium Imaging Software I use for routine backups talks of Updated or New Drivers needed WHEN NEW HARDWARE is involved. I'm an amateur but maybe the info in this link will infer to you or your techs what different steps are required. My C:\ Drives have always had a Windows partition and Separate Partitions for (requd) Boot Mgr data , Day-1 Recovery, etc., and Sometimes people leave off the Boot Mgr Partition when Imaging & moving to New Hardware (Drives), so Win never loads. C: for me is an SDD with 4-Partitions and D:\ is a separate HDD for data storage. Not sure what your D: is.......

    As stated you Restore the Image to the New SDD and THEN Run Redeploy to Search/Install required Drivers. That's where it gets sticky for my expertise but it's done all the time. Hope this Helps.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I found this article very helpful. It doesn't do what I said I wanted in the original post, but it gets a lot of my data back.

    How to access a system image and restore individual files using Windows 10's native VHD support - TechRepublic

    So thanks to those who replied, I don't think I need any more advice on this one.
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