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For my nightly backups, I created a custom image, primarily my data files. I backed up from a Windows 7 64-bit computer. I put these backups on an external USB hard drive -- Western Digital My Book 4 Tb.
I want to restore to a second WD My Book 4 Tb drive that I bought today. This would be so much quicker than browsing the image and then trying to copy the folders over one at a time.
I thought this would be simple, but when I tried to restore my image I got the error message
"Incompatible disk selected. The target disk has an incompatible sector size for this operation. Please choose a different disk"
In reading the help link, I see that the original C: drive was 512 bytes/sector, and the external drives are 4096 bytes/sector
Both external drives are formatted to NTFS, as was the original drive from which the image was made.
Had I any inkling that restoring the image would be an issue, I would have done file and folder backup or just clone the original C: drive. But, now I am stuck. The original C: drive from which I made the images died.
I don't want to restore the image to the new hard drive, because I want to pick and choose what goes on the new computer, with the rest archived on one of the external hard drives. I've been working on the new computer. The new computer is still Windows 7. In addition, from years of backups and copying over, I'm sure I have many, many duplicate files and would like to get them cleaned up on the external drives once and for all. But, I need to have all of the folders and files available before I can attack that problem.
I can see the folders and files with the "browse image" feature. The problem is that it takes hours to copy one folder at a time -- I feel like I will be here for weeks doing it that way.
I want to restore my data files from my old computer (saved as image) on an external hard drive
Then I will synch my current data folders with the backup data folders and eliminate duplicates
Then I want to choose which data files will go on my new, working computer and which I will archive on an external drive (photos, videos, etc)
Do I have any other options beside copying one folder at a time? Is there a workaround for the 512/4096 issue?
Many thanks in advance.