For the amount of time that I spent on this, it would have been quicker to have installed everything again on a new hard disk. Anyway…this is how I resolved things. I used my Windows 7 upgrade CD to do a new installation on a blank disk (the 30 day, no key required installation), no updates, etc…just the basic installation. I then tried to do a restore from the system image that I had made of the old hard drive; again, it could not find the drive and system file. I then created a system image of the 30 day installation that I just did, and tested to see if a restore would find it…it did (I had used the same hard drive for this 30 day image that I had used for the old system…it overwrote the first one (you learn the hard way)). I want back to the old system, and did a system image of it to the same disk (again it overwrote the 30 day one that I had just did). I then booted up the 30 day installation, tried to do a system image restore using the image from the old system, and, finally, it did find the old system disk and image!!! I did the restore of the old system to the new drive, overwriting the 30 day installation. I am up and running again! Something to note here; the Seagate DiskWizard clone software (a subset of the Acronis software), could not get past the error on the hard disk (it kept failing at 75% completed), the Microsoft Backup and Restore\Create a system image, was obviously able to get by the error (different ways of looking at the drive and data?). The point here is that it appears possible to clone a hard drive that has problems (to a new drive).