03-27-2011 07:58 AM
Hi, When restoring to a new bare drive does Ghost 15 restore partitions to a new drive as saved in the restore points or does the new drive need to be partitioned first? Have the SRP partition, the system C and a D on a single drive and would like to know the best procedure to restore to a new bare drive. Just select all the drives at once and restore or would I need to do each separately? I do full image independent backups not incremental. A little unsure especially with the new hidden SRP in Win 7. Thanks...
03-27-2011 08:29 AM - edited 03-27-2011 08:34 AM
Ghost will initiate and format the drive for you. You just have to go through the restore wizard and get the settings correct. If you did the backups from within Windows, a .sv2i file should have been placed in the same folder as your .v2i files. This is a system layout file that will usually get the settings correct when you do a restore. Or you can add the .v2i files without using the .sv2i file. I would check to make sure though. Does THIS POST or THIS POST help?
Edit: HERE'S one more post to look at. Give those
two three posts a read then ask any questions you may have.
03-28-2011 10:13 AM
Again I have to thank you for your time and sharing your knowledge it is much appreciated. I believe you had answered my first post a week or so back. I wanted to ask this question BEFORE I needed to know how to do it. Don't want to be in the position of having a drive fail and not know how to restore my Win 7 Ghost image to a new bare drive. I am very cautious with my backups. Do complete images within Windows of my SRP, C and D partitions to an internal drive AND to an external USB. I value the peace of mind.
You have been helpful. So I would just select each drive (partition) and restore them. Ghost should then put my drive back in original order/size If I understand correctly and this can be done in one restore instance that is I wouldn't have to do each one separately. Hope I got this right. THANK YOU!
03-28-2011 11:11 AM
Oh yeah, I remember the post about the SRP dropping from the backup. Thank YOU for that post. It prompted me to eliminate the SRP on two of the computers around here. It was a good learning experience for me. I had a little trouble with the main PC booting. When I figured out what I did wrong, I eliminated the SRP on my daughters PC and it booted on the first try. When I say that I eliminated the SRP, I also got rid of the 100MB partition and moved the C: drive to the front. I did it all from the Ghost 15 SRD using Ghost and the command prompt. If you want to know how, let me know and I'll post how I did it.
03-28-2011 04:17 PM
Yeah I'd like to know. So still in my confused state; the SRP is not really needed? Then just restore C and go? Thanks again.
If you are just recovering a Ghost image because of a virus, messed up registry, malware, etc. then you do not have to overwrite the SRP. In other words just leave it alone. If you are restoring to a new drive, then you would have to restore it or end up not being able to boot (see below).
The SRP was created by default when Windows 7 was installed to unallocated space. It contains the boot files. These boot files can be recreated from the Recovery Environment on your C: drive if needed. It is only necessary to have the SRP if you have Ultimate or Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and use Bitlocker. If you don't use Bitlocker, it is nothing more than a nuisance for us to backup. It also takes up a partition slot. If you create the partitions before installing Windows 7, you do not get the SRP.
If you did not have a backup of the SRP, it wouldn't be the end of the world if you know how to handle it. You can either run a startup repair or do a couple of commands at a command prompt from the startup disc or Ghost SRD disc.
These are the commands..
X:\Windows\System32>CD /D C:\Windows\System32\
This is assuming the restored disk is assigned the letter C: in the recovery environment. This can be done from Diskpart if needed.
One thing that I learned is to NOT restore disk signatures if you are moving partitions around (removing SRP). If you do this WIndows will look for the wrong partition and not boot.
I'll do a whole writeup on how I removed my SRP.
03-29-2011 10:23 AM
HI, again I have to thank you for your reply, you have been so generous with your help. You did a great job with your documentation on removing the SRP. Didn't know what I started here with my original question. Using 7 Pro 64 so not using bitlocker. As I stated in my original post I was just looking to find the best way for a bare drive restore which I hope I will never need. I have no problem with a simple partition restore to an existing drive it was to a new drive with Win 7 that had me wondering with the SRP. Maybe I was just over thinking the whole thing. Sorry didn't get back to you sooner and thanks again.