Cloning clone partition partitions a window 7 OS hard drive moving to a bigger hard drive and having problems

Dell Inspiron 1720 running windows 7 with a small hard drive.  Want to move to a bigger hard drive.  Thought it would be easy, but problems so far

The original OEM drive has 4 partions 2 small ones, then the ntfs c drive then a 'mediarecovery' partition.

Using shadow protect ,I imaged each partition.

I restored all 4 partitions and when that didn't work restored just the c drive.  I'd get 0xc000225 error I think both times.  


Then I tried  drive image XML which took 9 hours to clone the one partition to the other (90gb data  on 100gb drive to a new 500gb hard drive.

Any advice what apps and settings I need to be able to clone the bootable portion and have it work?
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
This will cut through your problems. I've used it for different tasks like the one your in. It works great.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-personal/
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
You could use Paragon and refer to the link below for more freeware:

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml

Recently I used EaseUs and it does the job:

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/home-edition/
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
ShadowProtect is a paid product and driveimage xml is on that free list. any thoughts on why I can't get it to be bootable after 3 attempts? Should I skip the 3 utility / restore partitions and just focus on the 1 NTFS C partition? Or carry those partitions along?
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
By the way, I am running paragon on an XP box, but the drive I am copying is from win 7 64 bit os.

should that matter / affect the end result?
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I've never tried that process, check their support pages
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Try EaseUs
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nobusCommented:
The OS does not matter,  it simply copies partitions or drives
BUt what i do suggest is to make the bootable CD for Paragon; if you boot from it it is completely independent of the OS you want to clone, or image.
it will let you adapt ot bigger disk sizes, and even smaller ones (providing the space taken is smaller than the drive you copy to
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nobusCommented:
assuming you have a backup of your data :
you could try running a disk diag, and if that runs ok  - run chkdsk on it
you can also run HDDRegenerator :  http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html      
it fixed many drives for me - not free

WHY?  because it took 9 Hrs = seems to much, and points to disk problems
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
nobus: thanks.  I had wound up downloading paragon backup and restore trial, that took overnight to copy then wanted to reboot into its own OS and I got an error (think I might have bumped one of the drives.  Both are connected with sata to usb adapters externally (part of the cause of hours to do this?

I started again today on a test xp machine, connecting both via internal sata cables with the computer cover off.

still using backup and recovery 12 trial.  But people here and website talk of partition manager.  I downloaded trial of that.  it's running the backup and restore 12 trial (seems complete, just will stop working in 30 days?).  I would buy it or patition manager if this would do what I want.  and partition manager comes as 10 day use also.

but can't see what these 2 different trials will or won't do compared to paid version.
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terencinoCommented:
The EaseUS Partition Manager can clone disks, that is a free product. It can take some time, but not 9 hours!. Also Paragon Drive Copy does an awesome job for a disk I cloned recently (3 partitions with Windows 7, & 8.1, and Ubuntu). It costs $40. I am moving a lot of our HDDs to much smaller SSDs these days, Paragon Migrate OS to SSD works the best, to smaller or larger disks. $20 for that, great investment.

Now, as to the process you are using, can you tell us what the smaller partitions are for? Windows usually creates a small partition during installation, and maybe there is an old one from XP or something. If so then Paragon Migrate OS to SSD will take that as well, so you will have a working OS partition on the target disk. Before that it would be worthwhile increasing the free space on the disk, Windows tends to bloat disks dramatically. Easy targets are to remove the hibernation file, paging file, old system restore points, temp files, etc. Reducing the size of the migrated data will reduce the time taken for the migration. Have a look at this excellent tutorial:
Guide to Freeing up Disk Space under Windows 7
Then you should be able to copy the MediaRecovery partition separately using EaseUS.
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nobusCommented:
>>   Both are connected with sata to usb adapters externally   <<  you are really asking for problems. usb connections don't know how to handle errors, or problems; they're designed to run on hardware that's ok - and YES it runs 3-5 times as slow as a normal sata connection

so i suggest to connect the drives to a sata cable of a working PC, for running these programs
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