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Restoring a windows partition - switching drive letters and

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MCKejml, Jul 6, 2018.

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  1. MCKejml

    MCKejml Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    due to a recent Windows 8.1 update, my boot partition C: was rendered unusable. Luckily, I had a backup from a month ago on an external drive. I tried restoring it by Easeus ToDo backup, but it got stuck at 68% several times. I managed to salvage all the data from the backup by partial restores, so I have the whole partition back on my hard drive.

    Meanwhile, I installed a fresh Windows 8.1 instance on my C drive. I had the restored backup of my old Windows on drive E. I was able to boot into it, but it did not let me use my profile I used before the crash - files there was mapped to a C: drive, including the users directory (when I moved the E:/users directory into C:/Users, I was able to sign under my profile, but everything else, it being mapped to the C:/ drive, didn't work).

    So, I was thinking about switching the drive letters. The C: letter can not be switched using diskmgmt, and I also tried to work with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. While I was able to switch some drive letters around on non-bootable partitions, changing the letter on my E:/ drive caused it to not boot anymore, serving me a "Critical device failure" error.

    I am at the end of my rope here. I was thinking about installing windows to a new partition, and forcefully copying the whole backup there, I dunno. Could someone help me out, please?
     
  2. dmccoy

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    Probably the easiest methods
    Would be to create another use and copy your files over to
    It.
     
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