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 Post subject: Copy my boot drive image
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:27 pm 
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I know you guys have the best answers.

I recently slipstreamed service pack 1 to my windows 7 install disc. I tested it on VMware just to make sure it works. Now I want to copy the image I made in VMware so I can use it as a back up or a fresh install.

What's the best way to do that?


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 Post subject: Re: Copy my boot drive image
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:05 am 
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flyup wrote:
I know you guys have the best answers.

I recently slipstreamed service pack 1 to my windows 7 install disc. I tested it on VMware just to make sure it works. Now I want to copy the image I made in VMware so I can use it as a back up or a fresh install.

What's the best way to do that?


Not entirely sure how to answer your question... If you have made a disk and tested it, and all things are working like they should with no bugs. I would say just back up your files, Magic Jelly Bean your product keys, and do a fresh install.

If you are going with an ISO that you made and haven't yet made a disk, I would burn it to one and repeat the above...

Or if you have a large USB drive you could make a bootable disk from that, Windows has a tool for this available HERE that can help you do this. If you need help with it go HERE.

*REQUIRES:

* USB Flash Drive (4GB+)
* Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)
* A computer running Vista / Windows 7

Step 1: Format the Drive
The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. (Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.)

1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”
3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
diskpart
list disk
The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
4. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
select disk 1
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=NTFS
assign
exit
When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:

1. Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
d:
cd d:\boot
3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
4. You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.

Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.

Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB
This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.

****MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP YOUR SOFTWARE KEYS AND FILES YOU WANT TO SAVE BEFOREHAND****

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I hope this helps you.
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 Post subject: Re: Copy my boot drive image
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:31 am 
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Thanks for your reply.

I did successfully write the slipstreamed win7 to a bootable DVD and installed it on a Virtual Machine to make sure it works.

Now I have a virtual machine that has all my primary software and outlook settings set just the way I want it.

I want to avoid doing a fresh install and instead image my VM environment to use as my "starting point"- Is this possible?

I hope I make sense. Thanks again for your input!


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 Post subject: Re: Copy my boot drive image
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:57 pm 
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I suppose you can always use acronis, ghost, or some sort of imaging tool on it...

Although I fear the hardware change may prove more time consuming then it's worth.


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 Post subject: Re: Copy my boot drive image
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:07 am 
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Yeah. You are probably right.

Thanks.


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