system image restore windows 8.1 failing with error 0x80042403

I have a system image of a laptop that had a 180GB SSD drive in it. Replacing that SSD drive with a 250GB SSD drive. running Troubleshoot/Advanced Options/System Image Recovery and it finds image on a USB 3.0 disk drive fine. Run the image restore and it fails with an 0x80042412 error. Diskpart shows the drive ("0") there. Disk detail shows it as a SATA drive, online, Path, Target and LUN all zeroes, Location path = unavailable. Boot disk=No, Read-only No and all other options = No. Diskpart also reports no volumes and no partitions. The recovery option says it will partition and format the drive---never does. Fails about 5 seconds into the recovery with the error noted above.
I have sucessfully used the Toshiba DVD recovery set to recover the system to its factoiry orginal state (W8 Pro) but the image is of a Windows 8.1 pro with all of the Windows apps, etc. on it. I do not want to go back to reinstalling all of the software again. Any thoughts?
C. M. "Mickey" MetcalfPresidentAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Try to format the drive first. Then perform restore to it.
I would recommend you using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD tool for this migration operation if the source disk is still intact.

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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

Diskpart reports no partitions or volumes on the new SSD? That's normal if you have not written to it and it's new out of the box. However it will be "raw" meaning it has no filesystem.

Remove the USB image drive to avoid catastrophe and use diskpart to wipe the new SSD:

select drive 0

Note clean is destructive and wipe the complete drive of everything, hence the precaution of detaching your backup drive. If there's only one drive attached you can't go wrong.

After you type Exit to quit diskpart try the restore again.

C. M. "Mickey" MetcalfPresidentAuthor Commented:
Ran this procedure already no change...
I'd stop worrying and use the free trial of drive snapshot (download its .exe (less than 400KB) for free, no need to install), create an Image and replay it. Done that so many times to switch to bigger drives...

With the new drive running, you can produce another image with windows backup and see whether it runs better.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Do the migration with the tool called migrate OS to SSD. It is very simple and does everything really straightforward.
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