[QUOTE=bevills1;2588864]There’s nothing wrong with the hard drive I believe since BIOS recognizes it correctly, fresh install works with no problems, and the drive with all files from restored image are seen from boot to Bart PE CD.[/QUOTE]
Here’s the problem you correctly reinstalled the O/S but then you made the mistake of restoring images from a previous image that doesn’t have the right install for the new O/S install that will never work. You need to reinstall everything from ground up not just the O/S if you want to use it properly. Just putting images from prior doesn’t load or install all the right software in the correct location to make it work or function properly.
[QUOTE=bevills1;2588864]I believe the only problem is Windows setup not recognizing the install of restored image.[/QUOTE]
If you haven’t known that now you do. Windows doesn’t like restored image made from prior that doesn’t match the current windows install fail everytime. I done what you done before and it has caused more running issues then it helps. Proper install of the O/S and custom software is the only way to resolve or diagnosis the problem that happen. Restoring image made even if it was the same O/S is not the way to go about fixing problem rather your creating more problems that will show up at the most unlikely of times when your using the computer.
[QUOTE=bevills1;2588864]I’ve done these kinds of upgrades a number of times with never a problem on IDE systems, but I guess things are a bit more complex with SATA systems.[/QUOTE]
I done imaging on both IDE and Sata and if you don’t properly reinstall all the software you can expect trouble running or functioning properly.