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DriveImage XML Restore Problem

Posted on 2012-03-19
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Hello,

I have a laptop on the bench and I'm trying to restore an image of the current hard drive to a new 2.5" sata drive as the existing hard drive is starting to fail.  I have created an image of the existing hard drive with DriveImage XML and have saved it to an external 3.5" USB drive.  

Here is the current setup:
Drive C: Disk0 - holds the operating system and the DriveImage XML software.  This is the drive I have created an image of.
Drive E: Disk2 - the external 3.5" USB drive that holds the image (XML) file of the C: drive
Drive G: Disk1 - This is the new 2.5" SATA drive where I'd like to restore the image to

The steps I'm taking to attempt the restore are as follows:

1. Right-click the DriveImageXML icon and select [b]Run As Administrator[/b]

2. Click the [b]Restore[/b] button on the left-hand navigation menu

3. Click [b]Next[/b]

4. Select the XML file I want to restore from Drive E: and click [b]Next[/b]

5. This is where I get stuck. DISK1 doesn't appear in the list of drives to restore to


The strange thing is that I can read and write to DISK1 (G:) without issue.  It appears in the windows Disk Management control panel as "New Volume (G:)" with the following properties:

Layout: Simple
Type: Basic
File System: NTFS
Status: Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)

When I am at the main Restore page in DriveImageXML, I notice that when I select DISK1 from the list of Disks and partitions:, there is no Associated logical drive: box in the bottom Partition details: section of that screen.

This is making me crazy! :P  I did this to try to save some time - heh!  

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Maybe the disk you want to restore to has to be empty (no partition). So first try using diskmanagement to remove any partition on that drive, then try restoring. If that doesn't work, and if you have a standard (non OEM) Windows XP installation CD at your disposal, make yourself a UBCD4Windows and during the building process make sure you have selected the DriveImage XML plugin. Then replace the old HD in the PC with the new one, boot the PC from the CD you just built, and run the DriveImage XML on that CD and try restoring using that.

http://ubcd4win.com

If that doesn't work either, get yourself a copy of the PartedMagic LiveCD, create a CD from the iso (or use the unetbootin utility to create a booting USB stick from that iso), boot the PC with that CD or USB stick, and then use the CloneZilla utility on that LiveCD to clone the old HD to the new one:

http://partemagic.com
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
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Thanks for this.  I went ahead and used the partedmagic CD and gave up trying to restore the DriveImageXML backup.  

Thanks again.
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