I really would like to submit a BUG report to Microsoft, or speak to them for free. However my product ID has expired, so here I am.
There is something drastically wrong when I do an "Image Restore" in Windows 7 Ultimate Edition in my environment. It took over 11 hours to restore a SSD of only 50 GB. The Image Save only took 2 or 3 minutes.
This is a Sager Laptop and I'm Restoring from the Seagate drive to the SSD both on the same SATA ACHI controller.
What I noticed:
1. The HD activity light flashed very shortly every 50 to 60 seconds during the Restore. Whereas the HD activity light flashed very rapidly and staying lit continuously for brief periods of time during the Image Save. Obviously the data transfer was slower during the Restore.
2. When installing the Intel ACHI drivers for the Restore, it would only accept Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID Controller drivers from iaStor.inf.
During a W7 install and after booting into W7, the drivers chosen by W7 were Intel(R) 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller from iaAHCI.inf.
These were obtained from Intel's site "f6flpy96x64.zip Version 184.108.40.206.1014" Don't know why there isn't a consistent selection. By the way, the Restore was extremely slow without trying to install the Intel drivers too.
3. HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
IDE ControllerIntel(R) 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller
Disk Drive OCZ-VERTEX2 SSD (46 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive Seagate-ST9320423AS (298 GB, IDE)
Optical DriveTSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C
Computer Manufacturer CLEVO CO.
Computer Model Clevo W870CU (Sager NP8760)
Operating System (O/S) Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit
Version Genuine Intel(R) CPU i7-620M
External Clock 133 MHz
Maximum Clock 3200 MHz
Current Clock 2660 MHz
Chipset Intel PM55
Motherboard Bios Phoenix Bios 1.01.12S.LS1
RAM 4GB DDR3 at 1066Mhz
What's up with this?????