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  • Hi all,

    I'm facing the following issue with a load of machines which have been created with XP and two or three partitions. The ultimate goal is to get to a single partition Windows 7 installation while retaining the users data.

    I capture the userstate using hard linking which gives me a UserState folder on each partition as expected.  I then need to;

    1. get all the userstate hardlinks onto the drive I'm going to keep (the biggest drive)
    2. destroy the small partitions while in XP using diskpart - I've scripted this bit and it works.
    3. install Win 7
    4. extend the single remaining partition to fill the disk - I've scripted this bit and it should work. ;-)
    5. partition for bitlocker
    6. restore the data to the single Windows 7 C: partition.

    So the questions are really around 1 and 6.  How do I consololidate the hardlinks folder from multiple disks (accepting that when they move disks, it will actually be the data that moves).  And also, how do I go about restoring the data afterwards.

    Hope I've explained that.

    Any thoughts anyone?

    Thanks
    Simon

    Friday, September 7, 2012 1:47 PM

Answers

  • Hey Simon,

    what's the use in creating hardlink USMT store (scanstate) on a partition you will delete when you run the restore task loadstate?

    i suggest doing all changes to file system before running scanstate and creating the hardlinks state store,

    it will look like this:

    1. Copy data to the biggest drive

    2. destroy the small partitions while in XP using diskpart - I've scripted this bit and it works.

    3. extend the single remaining partition to fill the disk - I've scripted this bit and it should work. ;-)

    4. get all the userstate hardlinks onto the drive I'm going to keep (the biggest drive)
    5. install Win 7 (TS includes USMT capture and restore steps)
    6. restore the data to the single Windows 7 C: partition.

    i excluded this step "partition for bitlocker" because i'm not familiar with bitlocker deployment during OSD.


    • Edited by 'Avi' Monday, September 10, 2012 2:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:56 AM
    Monday, September 10, 2012 2:20 PM