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Restoring hard disk image on external drive to another partition

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November 15, 2012 4:20:50 PM

Can the hard disk image saved on an external USB drive with Macrium Reflect be restored to another partition on the same external drive?

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I am using Windows 8 and Macrium Reflect.

I have an image of one external disk on another external disk. Now the first external disk is not working so I am trying to restore its image onto a different partition on the second external drive.

Let's call the partition the images are stored in as G drive. The partition that I am trying to restore the image to is H drive. However, when I try to do this Macrium warns me that G drive will be overwritten. Does this mean that an image on one partition cannot be restored on another partition of the same drive?

Thanks!

JS

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a c 79 G Storage
November 18, 2012 8:47:22 PM

A hard drive image is actually a backup of one or more partitions, including the partition-size & type. Therefore, when it's restored it has to "replace" or overwrite the existing partition and data on the target partition.

You can't restore a backup image and still preserve the existing partition and data on the target.
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November 19, 2012 11:44:10 AM

phil22 said:
A hard drive image is actually a backup of one or more partitions, including the partition-size & type. Therefore, when it's restored it has to "replace" or overwrite the existing partition and data on the target partition.

You can't restore a backup image and still preserve the existing partition and data on the target.

Thanks for that clarification. On my old computer I had two partitions, C and D, each having XP Pro installed and using dual-boot option. However, I created separate disk images for each of the partitions

Is there any way to combine the Macrium disk images or would I be able to use XP with single boot by restoring the images separately?

From your explanation I surmise that if I restore the image to a new external drive, it should work. Is that true?

Thanks for your help.
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November 19, 2012 11:45:10 AM

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a c 79 G Storage
November 20, 2012 11:51:45 AM

Ideally the dual-boot setup would have been better on two partitions on the same physical hard drive, then you would only have one backup image for the whole setup. Restoring that dual-boot setup would then be a simple matter of restoring a single image.

As it is, your dual-boot setup is represented by two images. This will work fine as long you know which image represents which hard drive.
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November 21, 2012 12:28:05 AM

phil22 said:
Ideally the dual-boot setup would have been better on two partitions on the same physical hard drive, then you would only have one backup image for the whole setup. Restoring that dual-boot setup would then be a simple matter of restoring a single image.

As it is, your dual-boot setup is represented by two images. This will work fine as long you know which image represents which hard drive.

I restored the image of the older C drive to a new USB external disk. In the BIOS I placed external disk above the internal drive. Still when I restart the computer, the Windows 8 on the internal drive boots up instead of the XP Pro. Either I am missing something or the XP installation got messed up when my previous computer went bad (I created the disk image after that).
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