Windows 7 System Image Recovery, can't find external HD (I have been through the tutorial several times, I learned a lot but still have not solved this issue)
Win 7 x64 on a HP 9340f, HDD is failing so I created system image and Win 7 Recvovery Disk.
I used Win 7 to create system image on 1 TB external HP Personal Media Drive, using another computer I can see the system image on the external drive.
Installed the new WD Cav black 2 TB HDD, fire up the PC using the Windows 7 system recovery disk. Hit F10 to go into set up menu check to see what is seen by system using mountvol.
Only X: DVD drive and C: (new 2TB WD drive) visable even though external drive HP 1TB Personal Media Drive is hooked up via usb port ( or built in HD expansion bay) at power up.
Run the Windows recovery, no operating system listed, click load drivers
and the install drivers for your HD.
I have found and installed intel drivers both Vista x64 Intel Matrix Storage Manager and Win 7 Intel Rapid Storage Manager driver
sets. Windows cannot find a system image on the computer.
Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry.
Alternatively, close this dialog for more options.
"Windows cannot find a system image on the computer. Attach the backup hard disk or insert the final DVD from a backup set & check retry. Alternatively, close this dialog for more options."
I keep hitting "Refresh"..same error. I choose "Advanced" and a get the following 2 choices:
"Search for a system image on the network" or "Install a driver"
Windows can't to find the external USB drive & the image is sitting on the drive named as Windows named it when it was created "WindowsImageBackup".
Checking External HD for contents of WindowsBackupImage
Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
contents of folders
Backup 2012-12-21 040152\
First.VHD 47,119 KB
Second.VHD 746,018,256 KB
BackupGlobalCataolg 6 KB
GlobalCatalog 6 KB
MediaId 1 KB
While working through the explorer in the load driver dialogue I can navigate to the External HD.
Looking at Set Up Menu:
1st Boot Floopy Group not enabled
2nd Boot CD-ROM enabled
3rd Boot HD Group enabled
4th Boot N/W Group not enabled
When in Recovery Center, Go to DOS, use MOUNTVOL, then DIR H: I can see the Windows Image Backup
Any other clues ??? Is it truely a driver hunt and load? Neither HP nor WD supply drivers for their HDD in Win 7, you just use the ones that come with Win 7.
I have all my data backed up to another HDD, and have install disks so could rebuild the image, but I want to solve this puzzle.
Thanks in advance, if you would prefere I move this to a more appropriate thread please let me know.