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05-03-2012 09:59 AM
For one thing, the HP restore media is not going to allow the use because the hardware has changed. Now for the Windows 7 not booting- that is more probably the fact that the boot manager cannot find the Windows 7 install. Not sure how to tell Windows about the new controller. If the bootmanger is told how to find the OS, then it should be OK. What does the manual say for the new controller?
I would start by making a Windows 7 Recovery Disk: http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-rep
If you have a retail Windows 7 install disk, it can do the same thing (or borrow one as this part will work OK for an OEM install) Just pick "repair" instead of install at the boot prompt. If that cannot fix the problem, the Bytecc people may be able to help.
05-03-2012 11:18 AM
I reviewed the manual for the SATA add-in card and I could not find any documentation stating that this card will support boot devices.
I also noticed that this card is marked "out of stock" and may be true but this statement is also used at times when the card has been superseded or pulled from the market.
Look for a card that supports boot devices.