I've had good results with SSDs in my Desktop PCs (both Win XP) so decided to fit one in my U500 laptop which has Win 7/64. The original HDD still works fine so I saved an image to a big USB drive and burnt a recovery DVD.
With the SSD installed and the USB drive connected, the image is found on the USB drive OK. I get to the Re-image prompt and select 'yes', then I get the message 'The system image restore failed. No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.'. From here it's downhill as at the next prompt the computer re-starts.
If I go back through the process and check the list of excluded discs, the SSD is shown there, but is un-checked (so not excluded).
Only problem I could think of is the new SSD is 240GB and the orginal HDD is 320GB though it's nowhere near full.
Wait a moment.
Can you install recovery image using recovery DVD? I presume you have created one in the past.
Few years ago I had U500 and, as far as I know it has optical disc drive that can be used for “regular” OS or recovery image installation. Do you have Microsoft installation disc? When you start OS installation has set-up access to the SSD?
"Only problem I could think of is the new SSD is 240GB and the orginal HDD is 320GB though it's nowhere near full."
You've diagnosed the problem if you. A disk image holds storage locations and their contents and if they are all put back in their correct relative positions there is no problem but where there are too few locations then the imaging software won't work. That's a simplistic view of the situation and being a NTFS file system doesn't help in any way.
Thanks for that. The original drive is 100% fit and the data is not important so I'm not in a difficult position. I only use the laptop when I'm travelling and sync it up as I leave. I really just need to install Win7 on the new drive. I don't even mind re-installing the programs. Shame that Microsoft have made this so difficult/impossible.
Plan at the mo is to mount the original drive in an external USB case and clone it with 3rd party software. We'll see....