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Background: Hard drive on Vista laptop developed fault but still works and boots. All important user data recovered and new HD purchased.

Don't want to go through hassle of re-installing/ re-configuring/ downloading all the software so googled and decided to create an .img file usind Ddrescue. So far so good.

Now all I want to do is to transfer it to the new drive and "mount" that drive so that Windows can boot directly from it.

Ive looked at countless threads but nothing seems (or seems to me) to do what I need. they all seem to focus on recovering just specific data or are Linux specific. I looked up the NTFS configuration tool and have tried to understand the sudo syntax but don't want to get it wrong. I've found a Windows tool that sort of does it but again just to get at the data contained within the image.

I sure it is simple and would really appreciate a simple command string to use in Parted Magic or something similar.

many thanks in anticipation.

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You seem to be misusing the word "mount". It means to open a filesystem and attach it somewhere in the filesystem namespace. It sounds like you want to dd the image to the new disk. Assuming the new disk is /dev/sdb, then that would just be dd if=foo.img of=/dev/sdb. If the new drive is larger than the old one then you will want to fire up gparted and expand the partitions to use the new space.

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Hi, Many thanks for your input. Sorry for my misunderstanding of terms. I've now managed to dd the image to a new disk and tried booting but it was not recognised by the bios. – Bryn Apr 22 '13 at 18:28
I should point out that the replacement disk is a SSD in case that has a relevance. I'm guessing that it is something relating to the partition size or offset but dont really understand how to check this. I know this is a bit off topic for this forum (as its Windows) but would appreciate any advice even if it is just a recommendation to another forum to post to. @psusi – Bryn Apr 22 '13 at 18:50
Somehow part of my message got deleted. After not booting I used diskpart to activate it. This time I just got a cursor and no boot. I tried Windows repair which recognised the OS and attempted a repair but again just the cursor. Next time I ran windows repair said there was no problem. Thats where I get to the partition size/offset query. @psusi Thanks Bryn – Bryn Apr 22 '13 at 18:55

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