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  1. #1


    retired fire Guest

    Complete PC Restore

    Installed Vista Business..

    Did a Complete PC Backup.. to my Data Drive..

    Question: Should the system hard drive crash, and has to be replaced with a
    new Hard Drive.... How do you Restore the Complete PC Backup to the new
    system hard drive..

    I cannot find any info on this.. any help out there?

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  3. #2


    Robert Firth Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    If the hard drive goes bad, you probably will not be able to get anything
    off the drive. You should probably backup to dvd or the like.

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    "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:CECFA06E-BA1D-4D77-9128-CD44F2EB16CD@microsoft.com...
    > Installed Vista Business..
    >
    > Did a Complete PC Backup.. to my Data Drive..
    >
    > Question: Should the system hard drive crash, and has to be replaced with
    > a
    > new Hard Drive.... How do you Restore the Complete PC Backup to the new
    > system hard drive..
    >
    > I cannot find any info on this.. any help out there?



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  4. #3


    retired fire Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    My backup is to a separate hard drive (Data drive).....

    "Robert Firth" wrote:

    > If the hard drive goes bad, you probably will not be able to get anything
    > off the drive. You should probably backup to dvd or the like.
    >
    > --
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    > * Robert Firth *
    > * Windows Vista x86 RTM *
    > * http://www.WinVistaInfo.org *
    > * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * */
    >
    > "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:CECFA06E-BA1D-4D77-9128-CD44F2EB16CD@microsoft.com...
    > > Installed Vista Business..
    > >
    > > Did a Complete PC Backup.. to my Data Drive..
    > >
    > > Question: Should the system hard drive crash, and has to be replaced with
    > > a
    > > new Hard Drive.... How do you Restore the Complete PC Backup to the new
    > > system hard drive..
    > >
    > > I cannot find any info on this.. any help out there?

    >


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  5. #4


    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    Hello,

    If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.

    If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to press
    F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the Advanced
    Boot Options menu.

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    - JB
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

    Windows Vista Support Faq
    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/


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  6. #5


    retired fire Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    I have tried that and the process tells me that there is no hard drive or the
    hard drive is too small...... and the process fails..... I know 160 gig
    drive is plenty....

    I have submitted a support e-mail to Microsoft, so, short of any answers
    here, hopefully they will provide the solution...... I have researched this
    issue extensively, and have found no info to resolve this issue......

    "Jimmy Brush" wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    > repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.
    >
    > If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to press
    > F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the Advanced
    > Boot Options menu.
    >
    > --
    > - JB
    > Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >
    > Windows Vista Support Faq
    > http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    >


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  7. #6


    Jill Zoeller [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    Can you describe the problem you're having? Maybe support will get back to
    you, but I can take a look at this as well.

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    team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.



    "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:590DB1F4-CC2D-4631-B6B4-ED1AF8178320@microsoft.com...
    >I have tried that and the process tells me that there is no hard drive or
    >the
    > hard drive is too small...... and the process fails..... I know 160
    > gig
    > drive is plenty....
    >
    > I have submitted a support e-mail to Microsoft, so, short of any answers
    > here, hopefully they will provide the solution...... I have researched
    > this
    > issue extensively, and have found no info to resolve this issue......
    >
    > "Jimmy Brush" wrote:
    >
    >> Hello,
    >>
    >> If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    >> repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.
    >>
    >> If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to
    >> press
    >> F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the
    >> Advanced
    >> Boot Options menu.
    >>
    >> --
    >> - JB
    >> Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> Windows Vista Support Faq
    >> http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    >>




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  8. #7


    retired fire Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    Thanks, I will try to explain it in detail:

    After installing Vista Business on a Sata 160 gig (clean install), I did a
    Complete PC Backup to a second hard drive (100 gig PATA drive). All went
    great, and the backup saved to the second hard drive....

    I then removed the Sata System Drive, and replaced it with another Sata 160
    gig hard drive. I then booted from the Vista Business DVD and attempted to
    use the Repair (restore Complete PC Backup) feature on the DVD...

    The only hard drive that it recognized was the 100 gig PATA drive, and tells
    me that the hard drive is not found or is too small and process fails....

    I have done a little more searching and thinking about what has occured, and
    I have an idea of what is happening... I will throw it at you for you
    thoughts...

    Let me regress a little..... when I first tried to install Vista, I had the
    SATA 160 gig drive and the second hard drive (100 gig PATA) in my computer...
    the install went fine, but when I removed the Vista DVD and rebooted the
    system would not boot unless the Vista DVD was in the DVD drive.....

    I then disconnected the second hard drive and reinstalled Vista Business
    with only the SATA drive installed... (important to note that no SATA driver
    was needed to install Vista, so the SATA drive was recognized by the
    installation process). All worked great at this point, so I then
    re-connected the second hard drive and it was recognized and all was well...
    It then booted great, with not one issue.

    With all that said, I suspect that when I try to restore the Complete PC
    Backup, the Sata drive is not being recognized, maybe because the process may
    not furnish the SATA driver as it does with a clean install???????

    I have searched high an low for a Vista driver for my ASUS motherboard, and
    have had no luck.....

    I think the solution may be "loading a driver" during the repair process
    (there is a point that this can be done), but minus a driver to use, I am at
    a loss to try it...
    Unless the driver that was furnished on the Vista Business DVD could be
    copied to a CD ( I have no idea where it is located or the name of it on the
    Vista DVD ).

    With all that said I hope this is enought info to assist you in your
    thoughts...

    Thanks and I await your word of wisdom.....

    "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" wrote:

    > Can you describe the problem you're having? Maybe support will get back to
    > you, but I can take a look at this as well.
    >
    > --
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    >
    > Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    > team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    >
    >
    >
    > "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:590DB1F4-CC2D-4631-B6B4-ED1AF8178320@microsoft.com...
    > >I have tried that and the process tells me that there is no hard drive or
    > >the
    > > hard drive is too small...... and the process fails..... I know 160
    > > gig
    > > drive is plenty....
    > >
    > > I have submitted a support e-mail to Microsoft, so, short of any answers
    > > here, hopefully they will provide the solution...... I have researched
    > > this
    > > issue extensively, and have found no info to resolve this issue......
    > >
    > > "Jimmy Brush" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hello,
    > >>
    > >> If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    > >> repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.
    > >>
    > >> If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to
    > >> press
    > >> F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the
    > >> Advanced
    > >> Boot Options menu.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> - JB
    > >> Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > >>
    > >> Windows Vista Support Faq
    > >> http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    > >>

    >
    >
    >


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  9. #8


    retired fire Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    UPDATE: Did a complete pc backup to an external PATA drive via USB, then
    disconnected second internal drive (PATA), restored backup from external
    drive without a hitch, no SATA drivers needed......

    "retired fire" wrote:

    > Thanks, I will try to explain it in detail:
    >
    > After installing Vista Business on a Sata 160 gig (clean install), I did a
    > Complete PC Backup to a second hard drive (100 gig PATA drive). All went
    > great, and the backup saved to the second hard drive....
    >
    > I then removed the Sata System Drive, and replaced it with another Sata 160
    > gig hard drive. I then booted from the Vista Business DVD and attempted to
    > use the Repair (restore Complete PC Backup) feature on the DVD...
    >
    > The only hard drive that it recognized was the 100 gig PATA drive, and tells
    > me that the hard drive is not found or is too small and process fails....
    >
    > I have done a little more searching and thinking about what has occured, and
    > I have an idea of what is happening... I will throw it at you for you
    > thoughts...
    >
    > Let me regress a little..... when I first tried to install Vista, I had the
    > SATA 160 gig drive and the second hard drive (100 gig PATA) in my computer...
    > the install went fine, but when I removed the Vista DVD and rebooted the
    > system would not boot unless the Vista DVD was in the DVD drive.....
    >
    > I then disconnected the second hard drive and reinstalled Vista Business
    > with only the SATA drive installed... (important to note that no SATA driver
    > was needed to install Vista, so the SATA drive was recognized by the
    > installation process). All worked great at this point, so I then
    > re-connected the second hard drive and it was recognized and all was well...
    > It then booted great, with not one issue.
    >
    > With all that said, I suspect that when I try to restore the Complete PC
    > Backup, the Sata drive is not being recognized, maybe because the process may
    > not furnish the SATA driver as it does with a clean install???????
    >
    > I have searched high an low for a Vista driver for my ASUS motherboard, and
    > have had no luck.....
    >
    > I think the solution may be "loading a driver" during the repair process
    > (there is a point that this can be done), but minus a driver to use, I am at
    > a loss to try it...
    > Unless the driver that was furnished on the Vista Business DVD could be
    > copied to a CD ( I have no idea where it is located or the name of it on the
    > Vista DVD ).
    >
    > With all that said I hope this is enought info to assist you in your
    > thoughts...
    >
    > Thanks and I await your word of wisdom.....
    >
    > "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" wrote:
    >
    > > Can you describe the problem you're having? Maybe support will get back to
    > > you, but I can take a look at this as well.
    > >
    > > --
    > > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    > >
    > > Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    > > team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:590DB1F4-CC2D-4631-B6B4-ED1AF8178320@microsoft.com...
    > > >I have tried that and the process tells me that there is no hard drive or
    > > >the
    > > > hard drive is too small...... and the process fails..... I know 160
    > > > gig
    > > > drive is plenty....
    > > >
    > > > I have submitted a support e-mail to Microsoft, so, short of any answers
    > > > here, hopefully they will provide the solution...... I have researched
    > > > this
    > > > issue extensively, and have found no info to resolve this issue......
    > > >
    > > > "Jimmy Brush" wrote:
    > > >
    > > >> Hello,
    > > >>
    > > >> If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    > > >> repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.
    > > >>
    > > >> If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to
    > > >> press
    > > >> F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the
    > > >> Advanced
    > > >> Boot Options menu.
    > > >>
    > > >> --
    > > >> - JB
    > > >> Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > > >>
    > > >> Windows Vista Support Faq
    > > >> http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    > > >>

    > >
    > >
    > >


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  10. #9


    Dave D Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore



    "retired fire" wrote:

    > UPDATE: Did a complete pc backup to an external PATA drive via USB, then
    > disconnected second internal drive (PATA), restored backup from external
    > drive without a hitch, no SATA drivers needed......
    >
    > "retired fire" wrote:
    >
    > > Thanks, I will try to explain it in detail:
    > >
    > > After installing Vista Business on a Sata 160 gig (clean install), I did a
    > > Complete PC Backup to a second hard drive (100 gig PATA drive). All went
    > > great, and the backup saved to the second hard drive....
    > >
    > > I then removed the Sata System Drive, and replaced it with another Sata 160
    > > gig hard drive. I then booted from the Vista Business DVD and attempted to
    > > use the Repair (restore Complete PC Backup) feature on the DVD...
    > >
    > > The only hard drive that it recognized was the 100 gig PATA drive, and tells
    > > me that the hard drive is not found or is too small and process fails....
    > >
    > > I have done a little more searching and thinking about what has occured, and
    > > I have an idea of what is happening... I will throw it at you for you
    > > thoughts...
    > >
    > > Let me regress a little..... when I first tried to install Vista, I had the
    > > SATA 160 gig drive and the second hard drive (100 gig PATA) in my computer...
    > > the install went fine, but when I removed the Vista DVD and rebooted the
    > > system would not boot unless the Vista DVD was in the DVD drive.....
    > >
    > > I then disconnected the second hard drive and reinstalled Vista Business
    > > with only the SATA drive installed... (important to note that no SATA driver
    > > was needed to install Vista, so the SATA drive was recognized by the
    > > installation process). All worked great at this point, so I then
    > > re-connected the second hard drive and it was recognized and all was well...
    > > It then booted great, with not one issue.
    > >
    > > With all that said, I suspect that when I try to restore the Complete PC
    > > Backup, the Sata drive is not being recognized, maybe because the process may
    > > not furnish the SATA driver as it does with a clean install???????
    > >
    > > I have searched high an low for a Vista driver for my ASUS motherboard, and
    > > have had no luck.....
    > >
    > > I think the solution may be "loading a driver" during the repair process
    > > (there is a point that this can be done), but minus a driver to use, I am at
    > > a loss to try it...
    > > Unless the driver that was furnished on the Vista Business DVD could be
    > > copied to a CD ( I have no idea where it is located or the name of it on the
    > > Vista DVD ).
    > >
    > > With all that said I hope this is enought info to assist you in your
    > > thoughts...
    > >
    > > Thanks and I await your word of wisdom.....
    > >
    > > "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Can you describe the problem you're having? Maybe support will get back to
    > > > you, but I can take a look at this as well.
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    > > >
    > > > Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    > > > team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "retired fire" <retiredfire@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:590DB1F4-CC2D-4631-B6B4-ED1AF8178320@microsoft.com...
    > > > >I have tried that and the process tells me that there is no hard drive or
    > > > >the
    > > > > hard drive is too small...... and the process fails..... I know 160
    > > > > gig
    > > > > drive is plenty....
    > > > >
    > > > > I have submitted a support e-mail to Microsoft, so, short of any answers
    > > > > here, hopefully they will provide the solution...... I have researched
    > > > > this
    > > > > issue extensively, and have found no info to resolve this issue......
    > > > >
    > > > > "Jimmy Brush" wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > >> Hello,
    > > > >>
    > > > >> If you have a retail Windows DVD, you can boot from it and then select
    > > > >> repair your computer. Complete PC Restore will be one of your options.
    > > > >>
    > > > >> If your computer came preinstalled with Vista, you should be able to
    > > > >> press
    > > > >> F8 as your computer starts and choose Repair your Computer from the
    > > > >> Advanced
    > > > >> Boot Options menu.
    > > > >>
    > > > >> --
    > > > >> - JB
    > > > >> Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Windows Vista Support Faq
    > > > >> http://www.jimmah.com/vista/
    > > > >>
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Hey, new to this group. Just upgrade to a bigger drive. Have a Vista backup on a USB drive. Needing info on how to restore to the new drive...Originally bought my laptop with XP, upgraded to Vista. The only CD I have is the Vista Upgrade CD. Will it give me the option to do a "restore"??


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  11. #10


    Rock Guest

    Re: Complete PC Restore

    "Dave D" wrote

    <snip>


    > Hey, new to this group. Just upgrade to a bigger drive. Have a Vista
    > backup on a USB drive.
    > Needing info on how to restore to the new drive...Originally bought my
    > laptop with XP,
    > upgraded to Vista. The only CD I have is the Vista Upgrade CD. Will it
    > give me the option to do a "restore"??



    By Vista backup do you mean an image created by Complete PC Backup? If so
    then yes, boot from the Vista DVD. Extracted in part from Vista's Help and
    Support of restoring from an Image backup

    Insert the installation disc, and then restart your computer

    If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, see Start
    Windows from a CD or DVD for instructions about how to do this.

    Press any key when prompted to do so.

    Choose your language settings, and then click Next.

    Click Repair your computer.

    Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.

    Note
    If you are restoring a 64-bit system using a 32-bit Complete PC backup or a
    32-bit system using a 64-bit Complete PC backup and have more than one
    operating system installed, you should not select an operating system. If an
    operating system is selected by default, clear the selection by clicking a
    blank area of the window, and then click Next.

    On the System Recovery Options menu, click Windows Complete PC Restore, and
    then follow the instructions.

    Note
    Insert the last CD or DVD of the backup set when prompted to do so.

    FYI, next time, don't post your new question as a reply to another thread.
    Create a new thread with your issue.

    --
    Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]


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