Everything was going great and then the dreaded "CHECKDISK" showed up when I was booting up yesterday.
So I took that HDD out of the system and put in another one and started building Win7 again.
After I got everything off the old drive that I needed, I reinstalled it alone and restarted the system.
Checkdisk came on and fixed a lot of bad sectors and some startup files. Then Windows started.
It seemed to run okay. Shut down PC. Restarted Checkdisk again. More bad sectors, etc.....
So that HDD is toasted. I am out of HDD's now.
I bought 10 WD 500GB Green drives from a dealer sale for $28 a piece. They were brand new OEM's.
The drive that went toast the other day was an old Seagate that I was using to rebuild Win7 from the first
disaster. So I have 2 of the WD's in the PC now.
This time I was able to install Win7 without the System Reserved Partition. If anyone wants to know how I did it,
just ask me. It wasn't that hard. The internet is full of crap about that partition and how to get around it, I just did it
the old fashioned way, trial and error. Took about 20 minutes.
That SRP plays havoc with cloning the drive for a back up. Without it, it's a snap.