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ncsooner1
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USA
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Posted - October 25 2011 :  21:53:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have generated image of Win7 32bit physical machine.

+ Machine has 3 partitions on C: drive (utility, recovery, os).
+ Have successfully restored in single/simple/basic restore process to another physical machine using Recovery CD v5.0.
+ Have restored image to new VM instance (all 3 partitiions).

Problem with restore to VM:
+ Windows BSOD
+ Tried to fix with Recovery CD...all combinations of options to fix boot...no change.
+ Tried to fix with Win7 CD...can't find issue...no change.

Help - read article on Knowledgebase on Win7 recovery (http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50049.aspx) but can not seem to get recovered image to work.

What am I missing with Win7 recovery to VM...I have had nothing but success with Macrium recovery with other Win OS's to VM - love the product. But, here I am....what am I missing????

Your time and attention is appreciated.

Mark

alan9182
Advanced Member

United Kingdom
527 Posts

Posted - October 26 2011 :  11:26:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I gave up trying to use VMWare.
Their Forum never had any answers for my problems.

I now use Oracle VirtualBox.
I find their forums very responsive and helpful.
For me the simplest solution is to use Macrium's ability to create a *.VHD image
VirtualBox can either use that as a "foreign" Virtual Disc,
or you can use a VB tool to create a native *.VDI image for use as a virtual disc.

A new VB machine can install Windows from an installation DVD,
or can be configured to replace the default CD with :-
an installation disc ISO or
a VHD or a VDI Virtual disc.

Installing from a DVD is worse than watching paint dry.
You think it is done but then it starts the next phase.
Installing from an ISO may be a little faster, but just as many stages.
A virtual Disc needs no installation - it is ready to run just like your real Windows was when Macrium created the *.mrimg backup.

I think it took less than 4 minutes for Macrium to create the VHD,
and VB took a similar time converting from VHD to VDI.

I believe converting to VDI was needless, the VHD was adequate,
but after so many failed attempts with VM I was desperate for a "right first time",
and that is what I got.


O/S: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate *64 SP1
Graphics: HIS ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3
Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE AMD 790FX
Processor: AMD Phemom 9500 Quad Core 2206 Mhz
Hard Drive: Samsung HD103SJ, 931GB, MBR, 32MB Cache
Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black, 640GB, GPT, 32MB Cache
RAM: Corsair XMS 6400 4GB (2X2GB) 800mhz
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john.p
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Posted - October 26 2011 :  15:11:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,

If you are getting BSOD (error 7B?), it is likely due to the fact that you don't have the requisite installed / configured mass storage drivers. If you have a pro, server or additions license, use the redeploy feature to automatically resolve the driver issue.

Kind Regards
John - Macrium Support
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