Imaged drive won't boot


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Stang

I have a Dell 4700 with XP SP3 and a SATA drive that I am trying to reimage as a back up for this unit. It boots fine from the original drive. I used Drive Image XML to do a disk to disk copy of the drive after I created a partition on the drive. Both drives are 160g, old is a Maxtor, new is a WD. Unit knew the drive was there as I could see it in the BiOS, but all it would do is black screen with blinking cursor. I then ran FixMbr on it to make sure the master boot record was good, but no change.I also cleared the registry keys for mounted devices.No success. I then zeroed the drive and tried again utilizing the the same disk to disk and the raw data transfer option. I did all of the items mentioned above and it still won't boot. I then double checked the partition, which appeared OK, and made it the 'active' partition. After doing that, the computer gave a black screen error that it could not do anything with the drive as it was an unknown format.
Now I am totally confused. I have done the same thing before without any problems. I talked with another tech who said to try it as a back up and not as a copy.
So I created the back up and then restored it to the drive, no luck. I did all of the items mentioned above, create partition, reboot, restore, reboot, fix registry, FixMbr, reboot, still not recoginizing the OS. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thank you!


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So I created the back up and then restored it to the drive, no luck. I did
all of the items mentioned above, create partition, reboot, restore, reboot,
fix registry, FixMbr, reboot, still not recoginizing the OS. Does anyone
have any other suggestions?

Put you Xp Rom disk in <<< if you do not have one you need to get one!
You Have your Admit User Name and Password
to reboot your system
Or
need to used your new WD Boot Disk software that come with the Hard Drive!
1. Turn off your computer
2. Insert the Boot Disk in drive A
3. Turn on your computer
4. Follow the setup instructions
First you will see on top Western Digital Date Lifeguard Tools (? Help X
Exit)
you will see I Agree button click on it
a popup will came you saying A version of Windows may be present on your
system.
Click on OK
Click on Set up Your Hard Drive
you will see two Hard Drive in Drive Information ,,One is SATA and one is WD
Click on WD only
WD Only
WD Only
Click Next
look a top of page it say Selected Drive: WD
if it say SATA go back
and pick WD
if top of page it say Selected Drive: WD
check <-Continue with selected option and erase existing date.
Click Next
Select Windows Xp
check w/ SP! or greater
Click Next
Select Install drive as additional storage
Click Next
Choose an installation method
if you have more then one Partitions on SATA drive do the Advanced if not
do EASY
Click Next
Erase
Click Next

Click Done
Click Utilities
Select
Copy a partition
Click Next
Source
select SATA
Destination
select WD
Click Next
check <-Continue even though date on destination will be overwritten?
Click Next
it will take some time to copy Source to Destination
Click Done
Turn off your computer
Remove SATA
Put you Xp Rom disk in <<< if you do not have one you need to get one!
Turn on your computer
You Have your Admit User Name and Password
to reboot your system
 
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Stang said:
I have a Dell 4700 with XP SP3 and a SATA drive that I am trying to reimage as a back up for this unit. It boots fine from the original drive. I used Drive Image XML to do a disk to disk copy of the drive after I created a partition on the drive. Both drives are 160g, old is a Maxtor, new is a WD.Unit knew the drive was there as I could see it in the BiOS, but all it would do is black screen with blinking cursor. I then ran FixMbr on it to make sure the master boot record was good, but no change.I also cleared the registry keys for mounted devices.No success. I then zeroed the drive and tried again utilizing the the same disk to disk and the raw data transfer option. I did all of the items mentioned above and it still won't boot. I thendouble checked the partition, which appeared OK, and made it the 'active' partition. After doing that, the computer gave a black screen error that itcould not do anything with the drive as it was an unknown format.
Now I am totally confused. I have done the same thing before without any problems. I talked with another tech who said to try it as a back up and not as a copy.
So I created the back up and then restored it to the drive, no luck. I did all of the items mentioned above, create partition, reboot, restore, reboot, fix registry, FixMbr, reboot, still not recoginizing the OS. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thank you!

I'm not an expert, but can you verify that the replacement disk is
able to boot at all? You could try installing either XP or Linux from
scratch - Ubuntu is probably good for such an experiment.
SystemRescueCD has some interesting disk tools although not for
sissies, and a mode that lets you boot from CD and then from hard disk
- but, maybe coincidentally, my PC has been acting funny, see next
message, since I tried out SRCD's latest version.

Support for SATA and/or emulation of PATA during boot could be a
difference between your disk drives. Maybe there is a BIOS option
that can help with that.

Also, at least one of my PCs doesn't boot if the external USB DVD
writer is plugged in, because it tries to boot from that drive
instead.

Maybe partition location, and emulated disk geometry, are part of your
problem. Hard disks today are quite different to when some primitive
aspects of PC design were laid down, and they often have to emulate
primitive behaviour at boot time. So without going into it too much,
you may be successful by creating an XP partition on your new disk by
a fresh install, making it at least larger than on your old disk, and
then tipping the old disk data into the new space.

Taking advantage of SRCD, I have been applying an approach to system
backups on several computers of sizing partition C to 15 gigabytes
plus the size of the hibernation file (turned off before backup),
because then C can be quite reliably backed up with the Partimage tool
into one DVD's worth of gzip archive files around 650 MB each in the
FAT32 partition or partitions that are the rest of the hard disk
(which probably only Linux can do - XP doesn't let you make a large
FAT32 volume), which also contain a 4000 megabytes page file. I read
a lot of speculative advice on how to configure the page file, then I
calculated the cost of giving up 4000 megabytes, which is nearly
FAT32's limit on file size and more than enough for most people, so I
did it. It's not on C but it's near. Maybe a separate partition just
for swap /before/ the system volume would be a little zippier.

If cloning that system disk (which I haven't had to do yet) with the
tools I'm using calls for making its destination slightly larger, that
isn't a serious restriction.
 
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look you need to used the new WD Boot Disk software or old is a Maxtor Boot
Disk software, that come with the Hard Drives!
If you do not have go to there websites and and get the software there!
For the software will help you to setup and created a partitions on the
drive and copy drive to drive ...
But Only and windows XP disk can boot the drive and it will ask for Name and
Password before it will recover system
and boot the drive!

And as for Ubuntu Linux after get Xp work
in Stall it You can have both world with Ubuntu Linux and XP>>>>>>>

Just Remember Only and windows XP disk can boot the drive and it will ask
for Name and Password before it will recover system
out all you say this you are not doing!

And for the Dell 4700 Go to Setup, by key ((( Ctrl Delete ))))) and embed
that USB........




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