Restore Win 7 from clone after wiping hard drive (without Win 7 disc)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Mr9758, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Mr9758 macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2007
    I recently had to wipe my entire hard drive. I made a clone of my Windows 7 partition before doing so, but am now unsure about how to restore it. Is it possible to restore without first installing Win 7 from scratch, i.e., is there any chance I could partition the drive using the Boot Camp utility then simply copy the entire file system over? Any other ideas?
  2. sup3r1or macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    What did you clone it with? Is the clone bootable? I would recommend some software like Acronis or Paragon (these companies) makes software that can make bootable clones.

    IF your copy is bootable then just set it as a device to boot from. Also depends what windows it is, if it is 7 you will not be able to format it into NTFS from Disk utility.

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