This is a strange one. I have an Acer Revo "Net-Top", originally Linux but I installed XP in it.
I have always been able to restore Acronis True Image backups until a few days ago. I was trying Macrium Reflect and tested restoring a backup which didn't work. I then tried Acronis as usual and that also failed, it just hung. I'm booting from the "bootable recovery media" (SD card for Acronis, CD for Macrium.)
I removed the existing partition and then clean installed XP SP3 to see if I could restore my Acronis backup, but it still just hangs. I'm at a loss to know what has changed to prevent either Acronis or Macrium from being able to restore a backup. It's almost as if the hard drive is somehow locked, although both programs do find it and the XP CD can reinstall Windows.
Thanks for the replies. I ran the Acronis Disk Cleanser on the "Bootable Recovery Media", which does a single pass zero fill but that hasn't made any difference. Worse still, I think Macrium has also messed up my Win 7 Desktop and Laptop. Just tried creating and restoring an Acronis backup in the Desktop and it won't restore either.