Thanks, again for your help.
1. Yes, I am able to explore the contents.
2. I am utilizing the image option instead of cloning in order to fit the image partitions into a slightly smaller physical partition. Otherwise, I would have to move a huge amount of files from an existing 3rd partition to another drive and then back again (and yes, I have a backup copy of those files). Like I said, this has worked fine before both with this machine and others I have had. Further, I want to "survive" if anything ever happens to the original drive that was imaged. (By the way, the original drive was originally installed to this machine.)
3. This machine BIOS does not show anything about the disk, other than the boot order. I am able to use List Disk and List Partition in Diskpart to confirm detection of the drive.
Here is the story so far...trial and error at its best:
4. After image is created and verified, Macrium says that it created successfully and verified successfully.
5. After image is restored onto 2 primary partitions that I created and formatted, Macrium says image was restored successfully.
6. When booting with restored image, it says "Operating system not found".
7. When I boot with the Windows repair CD and choose Repair, it says "Attempting Repairs".
8. When finished, it has a place to show "Details". There it says the Tests that it performed, and at the end says:
"Root cause found
The partition table does not have a valid system partition.
Repair Action: Partition table repair".
9. Upon rebooting, the Windows 7 logo appears, but then a black and white screen statement appears and says:
"Autochk program not found-Stopping Autocheck."
10. After a couple seconds, a blue screen appears and says:
"c000021a Fatal System Error
The session manager initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000003a (0x00000000 0x00000000) The system has been shut down"
11. If I reboot to the repair CD again and choose Repair again, it says:
"Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically. [Send/Don't send]"
12 Under the above message (#11), there is a place to show Problem Details, which says:
"Problem signature 01 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature 02 6.1.7600.16385
Problem signature 03 Unknown
Problem signature 04 7 **(see note below)
Problem signature 05 External media.
Problem signature 06 1
Problem signature 07 No root cause"
**(Note: I have repeated this whole procedure x2--3 total--with the same results thus confirmed. The first time, I did not notice this extra information. The 3rd time, all was the same except the 04 line said 8 and instead of 7.)
14. At this time, I notice that the Repair created an additional 100mb partition in some empty unallocated space (now there are 2 100mb partitions, including the one I created).
15. Next, I delete that extra partition, and reformat the 2 partitions that I previously created and restored to.
16. I restore the partitions again.
17. On boot, it works.
18. If I skip the repair CD steps (7-14) and only reformat and restore, it will still say "Operating system not found".
Obviously, I would like to reduce the above to one step/one boot as it should be. Any ideas?
(Given the above, I am not sure if you still need the screen shot--let me know.)
Edited by ray5450, 20 January 2016 - 04:20 AM.