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Windows 7: System image recovery error 0x80042412

16 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
System image recovery error 0x80042412

No matter what I try I get error 0x80042412, no hard drive available to restore image to. I have an 80gb partition image created using Partition Wizard and Windows7 image backup; I have tried restoring it from the repair option on boot up on a formatted ssd and on one with Windows7 installed from the control panel recovery option (both ways on 2 different 128gb SSDs that show in the bios, still gave error 0x80042412). The format hardrives check box is grayed out and checked every time also right before it fails to restore the image.

All I have left to try is Acronis True Image which I just downloaded. Any suggestions?

The only thing I haven't tried (because I don't know how to use diskpart) is the below advice copied from:
Blog Archive Clone Windows 7 from HDD to SSD; How To

November 17th, 2009 at 7:08 pm
I finally succeeded!
In a different way. I used EASEUS disc copy application to:
1. copy the hidden partition to SSD.
2. copy the system partition to SSD right after it.
3. Removing the HDD>
4. changing the new system partitions’ in SSD letter to C via DISKPART from Windows 7 installation DVD.
5. Making the hidden partition in SSD to be active, again, using DISKPART.
6. It still didn’t work because of “boot failure”. I did restart, again, with the Windows 7 DVD and applied the automatic repair there – it fixed the trouble and it worked.
7. installed back the HDD – it didn’t do any problems and was just assigned different letters to its 1st 2 partitions(ie the hidden and system, the hidden is no more hidden now).
I hope the above can be helpful for people who failed doing so your way(even though it isn’t a step-by-step because I didn’t write how exactly to use DISKPART).

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