Trouble with clean reinstall - new SSD in Sony Vaio

Hi there.

We have a Sony Vaio Z1390x where the SSD died. We got a new SSD (LIF - RAID SSD's) and the RAID 0 is set up and ready. But there trouble begins. I made several backups of the SSD a while ago (MaxBlast) to an external harddrive of all partitions on the old SSD - that is a recovery partition and the partition with the Windows 7 installation. I made a bootable CD from MaxBlast, but it doesn't work. It keeps on bugging me that there's no operating system on the computer. As if I didn't know that! :-) I thought the boot CD would give me the option to access the external harddrive with the images and to move them.
Any idea what I can do to at least move the recovery partition from the external harddrive (Maxtor drive) to the new SSD on the laptop and perform the recovery?

Best regards

Ulrich
ullenulleAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What is the full name of this tool and where can I download it? Is this the one from seagate?
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
It's MaxBlast 5 from Seagate and can be found here:

http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/support/downloads/item/maxblast-master-dl/
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Ok, this is a very limited edition of Acronis True Image.
When you boot the machine from created CD - does it get to the selection between MaxBlast and Windows? Like the one on my screen shot. If yes - then you need to select the first option because the second one is to boot from a Windows installed on a local drive.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
I tried that as well, but it says: Unable to load Linux kernel. Press <Enter> to reboot...
and then it goes back to the Maxblast 5 menu with the 2 choices.
I tried a trial version from Acronis,  but that ends up the same way.
Any more suggestions?  :-)
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, you need to buy full version of Acronis True Image, create with it a WinPE Recovery media and perform the restore from it. The problem you have is in linux version of recovery media. And winpe you get with full version of True Image. This is business :)
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
So if I buy that, then I can restore from the external hard drive with the backup images?
With the trial edition I could select a drive to clone, but there the lif ssd's were all listed (as 4 drives) . I expected to see the created raid 0 drive that is made of the 4 ssd's.  Will the purchased Acronis be able to see the raid drive?
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
I messed with raid install before,  and I know that a special driver is needed to install on a raid drive.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, if default Windows requires drivers for the RAID controller then you can add the drivers during WinPE based media creation steps.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
But I wanted to move the recovery partition from the external  hard drive to the raid on the laptop, but what if the Acronis can't  see the raid??
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As I said - you need to add the driver for your RAID.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
I just want to make a clean factory restore via the recovery partition...
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
Sorry if I don't  ask a precise questions. :-) I run the Acronis from a USB disk. Can I add a raid driver there to make Acronis see the raid drive on the computer?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
For this you need first to restore that partition to your newly configured RAID.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Nope. As far as I know the drivers are added during this USB stick creation. And the it must be ADK/WinPE environment.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
Yes... so here we're back to the Acronis that can't  see the created raid drive.  That's  where I'm  lost now.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
Ok. Thanks for your patience.  I'll  try that Acronis  software...
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Looks like everything is not so easy with Acronis. To add drivers you have to play with wim: https://forum.acronis.com/forum/35238?page=1#comment-129245
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Look this one as well: https://kb.acronis.com/content/15791
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
News: I found a place to get a Win 7 ISO image (http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/windows-7-ultimate-free-download-iso-32-64-bit/) I put it on a USB-disk and installed Win 7. So far so good. No problems recognizing the raid drive.
Then I installed the MaxBlast and could access all backup partitions on the external harddisk. I go through the guide to restore the entire computer with all partitions (Windows partition, recovery partition and Mboot Record) and started it... It did all the usual stuff locking and so on and asked for a reboot to continue. After starting up, the Linux kernel error came up Again and nothing was done... :-(
Can you come up with a good suggestion based in this experience? I felt soooooo close to succeed...
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nobusCommented:
you could use the free paragon software to make the image as well :http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

and don't forget to make the boot cd
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Well, so close and still you were sniffing at the same dead end where you were with boot media. :)
BTW, as I understand this is a laptop, right? Then how do you put into it 4 SSD drives?

You should create a WinPE based Recovery CD for Acronis. By selecting this poor designed limited version of software which came with Seagate drive you put yourself into the trap. And the only key out of this trap is WinPE Recovery Media for Acronis True Image.
Once you create the full version of Recovery Media with ADK - it must see the RAID because your Windows installation saw it (without need to add any drivers).
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
It is a laptop with lif ssd. That is 2 ssd cards with 2 drives each. Combined it makes 4 drives. A very fast raid array and unique for this Sony Vaio z1390x laptop.
I'll surrender and buy that Acronis thing. You think it can use the stored images from MaxBlast?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What format do these images have? TIB?
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nobusCommented:
no interest in paragon soft ?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
#nobus, he has made already backup with Acronis limited edition and now needs to restore from this backup. Once this is done I would also suggest using Paragon because its WinPE builder allows adding the drivers to the recovery media on the fly. But restore from .tib image has prio 1 for him now.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
Yes. It is .tib files.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Then True Image will restore them.
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ullenulleAuthor Commented:
Ok. Case solved. :-) Seagate DiscWizard did the job with a boot disk made in the software. That is also based on Acronis, but obviously newer aaaaand all free, because we have a Seagate external  hard  drive.
Thanks for your suggestions.

best regards

Ulrich
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