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I'm running 32-bit Win 7. I just finished a clean install, with Windows Update patches and service packs. In order to save time in the future, I made an image of the C: partition using Clonezilla. I only imaged the main C: partition. I did not image the hidden 100MB Win 7 partition or my "Data" partition (D:). I'll backup the D: partition separately.

*Question:*Will I be able to recover the system without an image of that 100MB partition?

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Cloning the MBR in the hidden partition is not necessary. The partition can be restored using the repair options from the Windows installation CD as suggested from these sites:

But this still leaves me a little uneasy. I believe I'll try restoring the image to verify.

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Yes that will work, clone without the hidden partition, then do a startup repair after the hard drive is installed as the boot drive.. Some times you may have to do more than one startup repair to get it booting again, but works. Or use a more powerful clone software to include all partitions and MBR. – Moab Apr 14 '11 at 15:10
@Moab can clonezilla not clone one partition then the other partition? i'm sure partition magic can and partition magic is ancient. – barlop Dec 27 '12 at 15:46

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