So I had a hard disk crash last night. TOTALLY RUINED my Friday, been messing with it all day basically.
Got a new HD, SSD this time!
Couldn't restore to SSD, read lots of articles/threads about Windows 7 restore and SSD
Installed Windows 7 to SSD
Still couldn't restore, keeps saying couldn't find a system disk to restore to.
Tried to restore to a spare HDD, couldn't restore to that either.
Installed Windows 7 on that, tried to restore, still same error.
Finally booted into Windows 7 and mounted my backup image using vhdmount (installed via Virtual Server SP1 pkg, then attached via disk manager). I can now get my files off of it (had to mess with permissions first of course) but I would RATHER restore from this image vs. manually copy the files off onto my new C:\Windows install.
I'm wondering either how do I fix this issue so Windows 7 restore can restore the image to my new HDD or SSD, or else how can I manually copy all files to new C:\ and make it boot, just do it and run startup repair from DVD?
Also, the "backup image" is actually "C:\;I:\" - somehow it thought my I:\ was a system drive (common problem for Windows 7 Bkup) and so now it is both. I tried restoring and thought maybe I needed my I:\ in place. It's a SimpleDrive USB 500GB so I turned it on but that didn't help either, although it changed the drives it tried to restore to both. I tried to exclude I:\ no dice. I used diskpart all day and am now an expert I guess, and tried to change partitions and muck with mbr, no dice. Using compatibility mode in BIOS for SATA, no dice!! =\
Cliff notes: I either need to resolve restore process error due to not finding system disk (weird error) or else manually copy files out of back image (mounted with vhdmount and working) to my new C:\ and somehow "repair" windows to boot off that manually restored filesystem.