I am not much of a techey person, but I recently attempted to be one. I bought a NAS, mirroring 2TB drives for a central location for important stuff so my laptop, my wife's laptop, and my desktop can all point to when we need to get to documents. I set up all of our computers to backup to the NAS, which they do on a weekly basis. They all have full images on the NAS. I didn't want to have to spend hours reinstalling software when drives would fail.
The day came when my OCZ 60GB Agility SSD crashed. I received a new one (exactly the same model and size) and I was feeling good that a full image backup was created only about a week before it crashed. I installed the new drive, and put in the restore disc. No hard drive was found. OK, so I took the drive to my desktop and put it on the SATA doc and did a quick format. I returned it back into my laptop, inserted the restore CD, and I attempted to restore from the network. I entered my NAS IP, and folder that the WindowsImageBackup folder was located on, but it wanted credentials for a drive that did not require any. I tried a few things, but nothing worked. I copied the entire folder to a NTFS USB drive. I tried again, but it did not see an image even though it can be seen by installing drivers and opening up my computer in the re image GUI. I then tried to put in on my desktop in a shared folder. I tried the network again, entered the user/password, but nothing. The image is 39GB and contains no documents, only software such as Office 2007, Web Expressions Studio, Anti-Virus, Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010, plus many updates, mapped drives, settings, and other software that takes a very long time to install. I have spent the past 7 hours researching and trying different ways to reimage, but it will not acknowledge an image. I tried to reintsll Windows 7 and go from the control panal, but that did not make a difference. Am I missing something?