Solved: Can Win 7 Backup Utility Make Copy Drive BOOTABLE??

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zapp22

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Folks I'm new to Win7. I used the Windows 7 Backup utility to backup the entire primary drive to a new bigger drive [basically 'cloning', so I thought]. As I suspected, it put most of the files there, but its not bootable.
Error "BOOTMGR Not Found"

So two questions:
1. Do I need to use a third party utility? or can Windows 7 Utility make a bootable image?
2. Can the current image on the backup drive be fixed/added-to/bootable??? or do I wipe out and start over.

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zapp22

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well, for anyone searching and coming across this, I'm assuming for now the answer is a big fat "NO".
it makes a nice copy of a lot of data, but I can find no option, and no way, to make it bootable short of a lot of command line hacking. Using the Windows 7 RE to "Repair Startup Files" per knowledgebase at Microsoft does no good. Using "EasyBCD" to attempt to repair it did no good either, despite the "All Done!" message it returned on the execution.
 

zapp22

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Looks like I got it.
took a combination of steps.
[this is why people buy Apple...]
 
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The windows backup utility can not be used to clone a drive. You can backup a drive, then restore the backup, but can't directly clone to a new drive.

Click Start | Help and Support
Search on Restore your computer from a system image backup

This lists three different methods to use.
 

crjdriver

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If you are going to be cloning drives, I highly recommend you buy acronis true image. Acronis is like snap-on tools; it just flat works no problems.
 
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