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How To Backup HD and restore to different partition.

Does anyone know a way to backup a drive and restore it to a different drive partition? I want to backup a C:\ and D:\ drive in a laptop and place them on a different laptop with one large disk partitioned as c: and D: respectively.
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AC_Hawk
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AC_Hawk
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Dejan VasiljevicSys Admin and ProgrammerCommented:
Hi AC_Hawk,

Here is the way to backup files on any windows 7/8 machine. - Windows Back Up so open Backup and restore, chose what to backup, and where. Follow those easy steps.

After that copy files for 1st drive to 2nd machine, and restore them. Do the same for 2nd drive, because you want to restore them respectively.

Here is the way to restore files from backup - Windows Restore Few easy, simple steps that are easy to follow.

Thanks,
D.
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AC_HawkAuthor Commented:
Dejan;

 I see your solution, but will that place an MBR and such onto the Partition HD?  What about installed program and registry settings?  Maybe below will help with question:

Laptop A: HD1 = C:\ bootable   HD2 = D:\ non bootable but programs linked to c:\

Laptop B:  HD = Partition 1 and Partition 2

Want to image/backup and place Laptop A: HD1 = c:\ bootable INTO Laptop B:  HD = Partition 1

Want to image/backup  and place Laptop A: HD2 = D:\ non bootable but linked to c:\  INTO Laptop B:  HD = Partition 2

Thanks!
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Dejan VasiljevicSys Admin and ProgrammerCommented:
AC_Hawk,

You can just go to backup and restore, as I said, and do as advised on link, follow steps. The windows backup and restore is smart and it will automatically detect linked drivers and will create backup for You. You can go to other device, run restore and restore it from that backup file, and it will recognize Your drives and move files where they belongs. Don't worry about it. Just do as I told You.

Thanks,
D.
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Josh RoweCommented:
If you have access to them or can obtain you can try third party tools. One I would recommend is Storage Craft's Shadow Protect. This will allow you to take a image of both c: and d: drive respectively and restore them to another machine. Shadow Protect uses HIR (Hardware independent restore) which means it's doesn't have to be the same type of system. There are heaps of products out there that will be the same thing, but personally I would use Shadow Protect.

Hope this helps :)
Josh
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nobusCommented:
Personally, i use the paragon free soft ware for this :  http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

however - remember that the OS is tied to the motherboard, so it is possible, that MS won't activate your OS if you transfer the boot partition to another hardware

windows 8 is still more restricted, since the OS key is tied to the bios
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AC_HawkAuthor Commented:
All three solutions are doable but in my case Windows Backup didn't work and I had to move on. Instead of one large drive with a partition of C:\ and D:\ as wanted, just purchased a second drive and used two small ones.
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Dejan VasiljevicSys Admin and ProgrammerCommented:
AC_Hawk,

Thanks for the reply, and points. All three, are nice, easy and simple. You've been just worried about it, because You've never done something like this, and You want to make sure that nothing goes wrong, it is normal. But at the end, it is simple and easy. Nothing to worry about.

Dejan.
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