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Windows 7: System Image Restore Failed (0x80070490) - Tried Everything!!

01 Jul 2011   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I am glad you could recover your files. A clean install is probably the easiest solution - although reinstalling from an imaged VHD would have been more geeky.

mjf: Thanks for chipping in.

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01 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

As a general note I think it is best to make sure that the (system active) used by Windows 7 is on the same physical disk as the OS. If you are multi booting use a separate system reserved partition (200MB rather than the usual 100MB is better).
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30 Jun 2017   #13

System Image Restore Failed (0x80070490)

I know this thread is old but I had the exact same issue when restoring an image using the Windows 7 backup.

This particular job was to restore from the backup image stored on another drive attached to SATA port 2.
Initially it would not allow me to restore from the image as there were other files on the same drive and also the system was a dual boot Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 10.

I first received the message “The system image is on a hard disk but Windows needs to format that disk to restore your computer. Choose a different image to restore”.

I resolved this by copying the image files to another spare drive I had lying around. I figured the original destination drive had permissions and compression as once the drive was copied it went from 99GB to 376GB on disk. This also prompted me to advise the client they would require a larger drive to restore to.

I tested the restore to a spare 1TB drive and then came across the error the OP had which was "The system image restore failed Element not found error 80070490".

To resolve this I just reconnected the 500GB drive that contained the original backup image and the restore completed successfully.
Hope this helps others having similar issues but best avoid it and use 3rd party backup software.
I use Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Workstation Edition.
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