Restore Help

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  1. itman

    itman Registered Member

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    I posted this on the Paragon forum and they seem not to quick to respond so maybe someone on this forum can help me.

    I am running Paragon's Drive Backup Pro 9.0.

    I am trying to restore to a larger 500GB HDD outside of the PC from an external HDD. The image I previously created was for an entire 160GB HDD with 3 partitions; one primary NTFS boot, one extended NTFS, and one primary FAT32.

    I wanted to expand the boot partition and leave the other partitions their existing sizes. Only way I know of doing that is to restore each partiton individually. The disk restore only has the proportional option - is that correct?

    I tired to restore the boot partiton first after expanding size. It failed with an error message saying "cross linked files?" I think I selected the wrong partiton howeve. I think I selected the archive of the extended partiton. However, the files it restored were indeed from the boot drive? The archive is strange in that the boot drive archive is shown after the extended partiton archive? But the second archive shown has an earlier time and is definitely the boot drive archive.

    Anyway my questions.

    1. Does restore has to done positionally in reference to the old drive - is this correct? In my case, the boot drive first, the extended partition second, and the FAT32 position last.

    Or should I be manually partitioning the new drive and then restoring the extended partition first, the primary FAT32 partition second, and last the primary boot partition. Will this eliminate the cross link errors when the primary partition is restored.

    2. Do I have to assign drive letters? I know the boot partiton was C: but I am not sure of the other two.

    3. Will the boot drive partiton be automatically marked in the MBR of the new drive as active?
     
  2. itman

    itman Registered Member

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    Well, I got tired of waiting for a reply so I just did a full disk restore using the proportional resize partitions option.

    The restore work! Well it restored with any errors. Won't know for sure until I install the HDD in the PC.

    This also confirms my assumptions about extended partitions. Would be nice if Paragon would provide details on how to do a multiple partition restore when one or more of the partitions is extended.

    I did have one issue with the full disk restore. The proportional resize map prior to restore showed that the three new partitons would be sized 200GB, 200GB, and 63GB. Well, after restore the first(boot) partition ended up sized its original 65GB size with 135GB of unallocated space behind it. Have no clue why it did that? Now I have to find a utility to resize that boot partiton .....
     
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    itman,

    Good luck. The HD should have been in the computer for the restore. It may work but if it doesn't you will know why.
     
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