Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
What imaging app are you using now? Acronis always works for me.
I have been using Windows 7 and Server 2008 imaging almost daily since they came out. I have transferred installations between workstations and servers many times and have never had an problem. I am pretty sure the target drive 4k sector design is the issue since Genuine Windows validation failure happened with two target drives and two source images. (this never happen before with other image transfers)
At your recommendation, I tried the Seagate/Acronis utility, but I could not get Acronis to clone a 60G Partition on a 500G drive to a 320G drive. The rest of the source 500G drive was unallocated. Windows 7 imaging let you go to a smaller drive if the source partition fits on the smaller drive and the rest of the source drive is unallocated. I bought and downloaded the full version of Acronis but it also will not let me go to a smaller drive. Maybe Acronis partition backup / recovery could be used to get to a smaller driver but I haven't tried that yet.
So I used Windows 7 to transfer my source 60G partition to a 160G drive so I could then clone it using Acronis to the 320G drive. As I was cloning to my final 320G drive, the power supply for the USB/SATA adaptor went-nuts and destroyed my 320G drive. While trying to figure out what happened I detroyed a second hard drive with the USB/SATA adaptor.
So I never found out if if Acronis will get around the problem of imaging to the 4K sector hard drive. I will get back to this when I replace the USB/SATA adaptor.