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Windows 7: Win 7 cloned drive wont boot

16 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Win 7 cloned drive wont boot

Any suggestions on how to make my cloned drive boot? I installed Win 7 to a SataIII drive/port with the intention of doing a bootable clone to a SataII drive/port. However on completion of the first install I realised that my cloning software was not capable of cloning the SRP (system reserved partition) to my second drive.
Plan B Installed a second copy of Win 7 to the SataII drive/port on a single partition (no SRP) with the intention of cloning over the SataIII drive to eliminate the SRP.
Was hesitant to do this as the clone software wipes the SataIII drive so as a tester I cloned the SataII drive with the single partition to a spare SataII drive and it copied ok. Unfortunately when I disconnected the SataIII and SataII source drive the recently cloned spare SataII drive would not boot. The boot manager prompts the user to accept either of the two installed versions of Win 7 and whichever you nominate the spare SataII drive fails to boot. I installed the Win 7 repair disc to fix the start up but it displayed a message that it was unable to fix it.

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