Brian K wrote:
> That explains it. When restoring to HD2 select this Option. Restore Disk Signature.
> But don't have both HDs in the computer at the same time as they will both have the
> same Disk Signature.
I don't think I want to try that as once a month I do have both HDs connected at the same time. This because I backup all my data from all partitions on HD1 (with the exception of C: - which I manage via IFL) to the equivalent partitions on HD2. Again, just do this as if ever HD1 goes Bang! then I can get to a fully functioning system by disconnecting HD1, connecting HD2 and then that becomes my day-to-working drive from then on. (And then I get a new HD to replace the faulty HD1 and that HD becomes my backup - and so on.)
Actually I very recently restored the image of C: on HD1 to C: of HD2 but I just clicked the "Automatic" option that IFL offered (I have never used that option before.) What happened was I then booted into HD1, my day-to-day working drive, but with HD2 also connected. Then I found in Windows Disk Manager that HD2 hadn't been mounted, being marked as "Offline". There was some other information which was to do with a "conflict" and that was why HD2 hadn't been mounted. All of that at my tech level just seemed cryptic to me. What I then did was force Windows to mount HD2, so it came "Online". It did, I backed up my files from HD1 to the equivalent partitions on HD2, which was why I had both HDs mounted. Then I shutdown the machine disconnected HD1 and tried to reboot with only HD2 connected. (I always do this after backing-up data from HD1 to HD2 - it's the only way I can test that my HD2 is a fully functioning system ready for use when HD1 starts to fail.) HD2 wouldn't boot. Got an error from Windows saying something about it couldn't find some boot file - insert your Windows install disk and repair. Damn! What I did then was just restore my HD1 image to HD2 but this time not using the "Automatic " option in IFL. After that HD2 booted fine.
Coming out of that, and taking account of what you are saying about Disk Signatures (and I'm not entirely clear what they are) my guess is that when I choose "Automatic" to do the restore that IFW looked at the HD, decided it was the same original HD that the image was created from (partition sizes etc. on HD2 are exactly the same as on HD1 and both HDs are identical in all other ways, same manufacturer, same model, same drive size etc.) and then "automatically" did a Restore Disk Signature to the HD2. Which is why, I now suspect, I had the difficultly with HD2 not being mounted by Windows because there was a "conflict" - Windows saw both drives as being the same drive. Should say that in all of that I am only guessing - it's a bit above my tech level.
In any case, I think that will be the last time I do an "Automatic" restore. As you warn, it seems to do something that causes severe difficulties if both drives are connected at the same time after the restore. And if the user, irrespective of the "conflict" message, forces Windows to mount the HD2 then, in the process, it borks it as far as booting from it goes.