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Restoring a windows backup on a different PC.

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Ok, way back before I blew up my previous setup I made a windows backup for an occasion like this but now I've switched hardware it wont let me restore (invalid something or rather, away from my computer so I can't give you an exact error but its to do with having a different hard drives/controller that are both new, the partition is of identical size though). Now, instead of screwing around with that straight away I installed windows again so I had something to work with (its perfect) but I still need to restore my backup (it has all my games, music, videos ect. On it). How do I go about this? I'd much rather have it put everything back to how it was before (yes, I know, drivers... I know how to get around that) but I can live without it.

Ocn, what do I do?

Hopefully that is understandable, I typed all this out on my phone
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One partial solution would be to find a way to browse the backups you already made and recover the files manually: game saves, videos, music, etc; then just reinstall the games and go on from there. Dunno what software you're using for the backups, but most support some form of browsing thru the files, maybe an aditional utility you should be able to download. Google is your friend.

My guess is you can't restore from that backup unless you find a motherboard with the same chipset. You could probably borrow one or get one from a store, use it for what you need and return it a couple of hours later.
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How exactly are you restoring you're system? Through windows Backup and Restore or through the Start Recovery Console?

I'm just gonna throw my ideas out:

If you are having driver issues, the startup recovery console gives you the option of installing additional drivers (Example: restoring you're system from non-raid to raid). You can pop your MB disc and load drivers easily from the dialog windows.

When you're restoring from the console, do you have you're backup on an external hdd with a folder "WindowsImageBackup" with your backup files inside? Backup won't work (wont be recognized by the recovery console) if that condition isn't satisfied.

Edit: Here's a guide http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-recovery.html
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One partial solution would be to find a way to browse the backups you already made and recover the files manually: game saves, videos, music, etc; then just reinstall the games and go on from there. Dunno what software you're using for the backups, but most support some form of browsing thru the files, maybe an aditional utility you should be able to download. Google is your friend.

My guess is you can't restore from that backup unless you find a motherboard with the same chipset. You could probably borrow one or get one from a store, use it for what you need and return it a couple of hours later.
I'd used the plain jane windows backup and restore thingy built into windows... as far as I can see I can't browse through the files at all. I'll wait until I get home and have a play, maybe I can get some stuff back.

And no, getting something with the same chipset isn't an option due to many many things

EDIT

I'm trying to restore by doing this, I've installed the raid drivers (yes, it recognises it) but it still throws up the error (The volume ID could not be found). And yeah, its in a folder named that (well, similar) I think. So how exactly do I restore from the command prompt because thats what you seem to be talking about....
Edited by jackeyjoe - 6/7/11 at 11:40pm
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I'm gonna take a guess here,was your old OS installed using RAID or AHCI?There is a MS hotfix that when run allows you to change your HDD drivers,without re-installing Windows.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
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I'm gonna take a guess here,was your old OS installed using RAID or AHCI?There is a MS hotfix that when run allows you to change your HDD drivers,without re-installing Windows.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
I'll get home and install that... see if it does anything new. They were both installed using RAID though, should that make a difference?
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Wow... How did my comment end up in this thread...? Please delete this post.
Edited by ComradeNF - 6/7/11 at 11:51pm
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Yeah, I'm guessing a 750W PSU will be enough. Are you planning on getting another GTX 580 sometime soon?

Also, why don't you upgrade your CPU? From where I see it that could be bottlenecking your system.
Firstly, its a 850w PSU, a GTX570 and the CPU is far from a bottleneck. Secondly, how does this help me in any way shape or form
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Originally Posted by jackeyjoe View Post
Firstly, its a 850w PSU, a GTX570 and the CPU is far from a bottleneck. Secondly, how does this help me in any way shape or form
See the above post. I posted this in the wrong thread... With no idea how. I don't even remember clicking on this thread!! Please delete this comment and the other one.

Again, sorry for the milk inconvenience.
post #10 of 12
Are you able to browse the files within it?

Just grab the files from it if possible.

Next time don't use windows backup, do it manually. Windows backup is terrible
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