|Why are you trying to perform a restore? |
Reboot after clicking on “Start Windows Normally” and the computer settles into Windows 7. Shutdown and restart. I think you will see the system start normally then.
Seagate shipped out another 1TB hard drive the other day to me (the old one was failing and that was my C drive). I had a good image backup stored on the FreeAgent. I put in the System Repair Disc created a few weeks ago to start the process of restoring the OS and all apps. The image I stored on the FreeAgent was created with Windows 7's built-in Image Backup utility. The date of the image backup was January 5, 2013.
On Friday, when the replacement drive arrived, I used the diskpart utility from the "CMD" screen. I made a partition first with the primary switch. I followed up with making the partition active. Lastly, I used the format fs-ntfs quick statement. After all that was accomplished, I booted into the Recovery Environment using the same System Repair Disc to do the image restore).
I watched it complete the image restoration on the replacement hard drive from seagate right to the end; that's when that message comes up about the backup failed to extend or mount the file system, etc. etc. When the machine reboots, Windows starts normally as if nothing happened. All apps and files are restored normally.