I have a laptop with win7. The hard drive recently crashed. I cannot not recover to factory settings nor can I back it up, do a chkdsk, etc. I backed up my system up when I first got it using PowerBackup. It was not an image backup, but a file backup, apparently.
I purchased a new drive and restored my backup on it. Put the new drive in the laptop. It won't boot. I am assuming the boot files are not loaded. I have been trying for three days to make this disc bootable with no luck. Is there a simple way to make this darn disc bootable?
I expect it is because the system partition is missing or is not marked as active - probably both, when you say it was a file based backup did it include everything on the old hard drive, i.e. Windows, Program Files etc ... plus your own data.
If it wasn't an image backup, I'm guessing it didn't back up Windows, just data files. You'll have to borrow a 7 disc from a friend or download/burn one off MS site, reinstall Windows, install PowerBackup, then restore backup.