My SSD died. Fortunately, before the crash, I made a System Image backup (to a USB hard disk) using Windows 7's built-in backup tool. The SSD has been replaced (with exactly the same model and capacity), and now I'm ready to restore my system!
However, the Windows Recovery tool tells me that it won't be possible to restore from the System Image. It appears that because I'm trying to restore to a different SSD, Windows thinks that I'm breaking the rules. Again, this is the same model SSD -- everything about the computer is the same, except the SSD's serial number (and probably volume identifier).
Here's what's happening. When I boot from the Windows 7 installation disc and choose "Repair your computer," then "Restore using a system image," then I choose the most recent backup. I click next, and I get an error message that states that Windows cannot restore from this image. The only explanation I have is that the SSD isn't the same SSD as the one that died.
I'm confused. I thought the whole point of a System Image backup was to restore to a new (and necessarily different) hard drive in the event of a total meltdown. So why is this so hard?
Has anyone successfully restored to a different/new disk from a Windows System Image backup?