restoring a system image unto a newly created

Ultimate Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
May 28, 2010 at 04:24:00
Specs: Windows 7, 8 GB DDR3
What a bloody exercise in frustration.. Linux is looking mighty good right now.. anways..enough venting. This is what I did: I create backup images using Ghost, Acronis and windows own backup image making app. and moved them all over onto a 1 TB drive used strictly for that. Windows would refuse to restore image, and Acronis had other issues I won't go into.

Okay... here is where I am at so far: Norton Ghost would insist on renaming my newly created Raid 0 array as something other than "C". It installed to the array, so I was happy with that, but I knew having the OS called drive "H" was going to be problematical booting up.. the curser would just stare at me blinking.. nadda.. I went on a hunch: under the assumption that if there were no other hard drives, or DVD Roms there..just those two Raptors in Raid array 0.. Windows would have no choice but to boot from it. (Assuming the MBR was well and no other issues came into play).
And guess what, It did! However.. my other 4 drives were not installed yet, and that's were my apps, Games and backups were located. The OS was fully functional, but the links to the other apps, games, etc.. were broken as the HD's were not installed yet. Now this is where I am stumped.. When I hot plug them in, (ie., restore the power to those drives while the system is up and running, Windows 7 will see them, map them, apply the right drive letter to them, and I can run everything normally...EXCEPT, when I re-boot: I get the bloody blinking curser again! POST sees the arrays, sees the other drives, but the system will not boot! But if I disable all the drives, except the two drives that are in raid array prior to booting, it will boot Windows 7. Can someone tell me what the heck is going on here?! Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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May 29, 2010 at 07:31:37
sounds like you have multiple MBR's, try running the win 7 setup and choose repair at the install screen, this should rewrite the mbr.
or boot to win 7 command, and type fixmbr enter, fixboot enter;
should resolve this issue

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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