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Help changing drive letter afterloading image feck-up
show user profile  mrgrotey
Hey guys, got a problem here.

I am currently going through the process of reloading an image of my PC (im currently on my girlfriend's laptop). I've done this lots of times before but I did something stupid this time.

I went through the normal process of restoring it i.e. choose where the image file is, choose the drive you want to overwrite (C:\) and went ahead with it.

Being stupid I then decided to, whilst the image was restoring, sort out my PC desk and rearrange it by moving the PC box inside the legs of the desk .etc
This is when I moved the desk over a bit and accidentally pulled the plug out of the wall and the whole thing turned off mid-restore.

Now, I though ok not a problem, I'll just restore it again.
But this time when it came to choosing what partition to restore the image to they changed around. Now the original Dell restore 15gb partition is C and my previous C drive is now split between a few gig of FAT space and not selectable, and 150gb of unallocated space and labeled 'H'

I am currently restoring the image to the H drive because thats the only one I can do it on due to the size of the image, but I dont want windows to be run from H drive I want it to be run from the regular C drive.

I know I can change the letter of the other drives very easily in the disk management window for windows 7 but will I be able to change the main drive letter to C?

Also the original image was MADE from C drive so is putting it on the H drive going to cause confusion in the system? is it going to think its C but its really H?

not sure what to do here... :S

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9/1/2011 1:35:39 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:39:01 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
great the restore failed so now it looks like i have a start-from-scratch situation...

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9/1/2011 1:44:41 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:44:41 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
the simple solution is to wipe the drive, partition as required then restore as usual.

ensure everything you need is backed up off the drive first obviously.

at the very least you'll need to reformat the partiiton you just trashed.
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9/1/2011 1:45:20 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:47:52 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
He was restoring from the restore partition of that drive.
So, wipe the drive, and you lose the restore image.

EDIT: I wish you would stop editing your posts, AS. It's frustrating when my reply no longer applies. Grrr!

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9/1/2011 1:46:39 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:47:12 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
> He was restoring from the restore partition of that drive.
So, wipe the drive, and you lose the restore image.

ok, so scratch that idea for now. that said you could copy the restore partition onto another drive if you need to.

I never do this so will leave to others with more experience.

when my o/s goes down I just reinstall. I don't bother imaging the o/s partiion.

I just backup data to secondary drives/optical.
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9/1/2011 1:50:37 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:52:48 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
No im actually restoring from a usb drive.

can I wipe the drive without taking it out and putting it in someone elses?

Im restoring an image rather than doing a fresh install because I have years of customisations and many programs and settings that would take forever to get back to how I like them so doing an image is the clear winner. all my files are kept on a different drive so that's no problem.

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9/1/2011 1:53:10 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:54:39 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
sure. there's a couple of ways.

I usually do it from a linux live cd command prompt.

make sure there's nothing you need on that drive first.
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9/1/2011 1:55:06 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:55:06 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
>>Now the original Dell restore 15gb partition

Well, I'm confused then. I thought you were restoring from what you said!

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9/1/2011 1:55:26 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:55:26 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
If you want to wipe the drive, (be really sure you want to first)

from a linux command prompt window :

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512

* assumes you have a single sata drive in the machine. (that's the sda)

the use gparted or whatever the partition editior's called now to create an ntfs partition big enough to restore onto.

Another wipe option here :

(supposedly does the job but no experience using it as I'm fine using regular linux to wipe)
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9/1/2011 1:58:57 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:00:18 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
.. or just stick a Windows install disk in the drive, boot up and partition as necessary with the tools it provides.

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9/1/2011 1:59:53 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 1:59:53 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
before the trouble I had:

C: = windows 150gb
D: = Dell restore partition 15gb
K: = Personal files 200gb ...ish

now after the power-off I have

C: Dell restore partition 15gb (too small to choose)t
150gb unallocated space (choosing this assign letter H to it)
K: personal files 200gb ...ish

I am restoring from usb drive

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9/1/2011 2:00:34 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:00:34 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
would wipe the drive first after a fek up but might be overkill.

should only be the partition it was restoring that's corrupt so a reformat of that should be enough.

edit: sounds like the partition table's ferked.

I recently ran testdisk to fix a ferked partition table. did a fine job.

To be clear : the "Dell restore partition" is on the usb or on the main drive ?

also the "personal files" - on usb or main drive ?

make sure you've got everything you need off your main drive before messing about with low level disk tools & unplug your usb while experimenting to ensure you don't mess up the wrong drive.

you can boot into testdisk by burning one of these & booting from it.

I'm probably suggesting an overly complicated solution here but it's what I'd do.
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9/1/2011 2:00:52 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:15:09 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
well i looked at testdisk just then but I really dont understand what to do :) so im reinstalling windows to the unallocated space and will see if I can restore the partition from there.

The dell partition is on the main hard drive on a separate partition
so are the personal files but they have also been backed up to an external drive

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9/1/2011 2:10:05 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:10:05 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
> so im reinstalling windows to the unallocated space and will see if I can restore the partition from there.

that should work - will effectively fix the partiiton table by recreating the partition.

fyi: testdisk would have allowed you to get that partition back without having to reformat it.
doesn't sound like you need to do that so was overkill. good to know about for future mishaps.

as the restore partion is on the same drive (as nik said), don't wipe the whole drive.
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9/1/2011 2:12:21 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:14:20 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I'm a bit confused.

Are you using the Dell restore partition to restore from, or are you restoring a disk (multi-partition) image that also contains this Dell restore partition?

Anyway, good luck.

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9/1/2011 2:16:24 PM (last edit: 9/1/2011 2:16:24 PM)
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