Brien Posey's Windows Blog

Feb 20 2009   5:33AM GMT

More Backup and Restore Fun!

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After replacing the hard drives in my laptop, I thought that I would have some fun and replace my desktop machine’s hard drive. I don’t keep any real data on my desktop machine, but even so, I was starting to run a little low on space. The Outlook offline cache, and Dragon Naturally Speaking accumulate a lot of data, and can consume a considerable amount of disk space over time.

What made this particular machine interesting though, was that it had a single 300 GB hard drive that was divided into two volumes. One was the system volume, and the other was a volume that I use as a temporary repository for various projects that I work on.

As you may recall from my previous posts, if you perform a bare metal restore using Vista, Vista will partition your new hard drives the same way as the old ones were done. I replaced my 300 GB hard drive with a 750 GB drive. I wanted to continue to use two partitions, but I wanted to enlarge them both.

Initially, I performed the restore, and told Vista not to restore my D: drive. To my surprise though, Vista recreated the D: volume, formatted it, and just left it empty. I had hoped that by not restoring the volume, that the volume would not be created.

Fixing the problem was easy enough though. I simply used the Disk Management Console to delete the D: volume. I converted the drive to a dynamic disk and then enlarged my system partition. Then I created the D: volume, and formatted it.

As you might remember from my post two days ago, Vista won’t recognize the full computer backup if you try to access it from within Vista. Performing a full system restore wasn’t an option either, because Vista would have just resized my volumes to what they were before my hard drive upgrade.

To get the data back onto my D: drive, I simply plugged my old hard drive into the system, and did a direct copy from the old drive to the D: volume on the new drive.

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