Windows 7 Image Recovery Tool Bug

Hello anyone, I'm experiencing a bug with the Windows 7 Image Recovery Tool.

Yesterday I made a backup image of my Maxtor 250GB HDD to an external 1TB USB drive, and today I have to restore it back on the Maxtor disk. When I tried to recover the system from the image I received the message

The system image restore failed.

No disk that can be used for recovering the system disk can be found.
Searching the web I found this is an issue that pops up when you try to restore the image to a disk whose size is smaller than the original disk size. But this is not my case since I am recovering to the same disk the image comes from!

Any suggestion?

im pretty much in the same boat except my recover-to disk is twice the size of the system image.

Would really appreciate some advice, thx.

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