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Windows 7: unable to boot cloned hdd

04 May 2011   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

That doesn't sound encouraging.

I always use a previous version Gparted 3.9.4 .iso

GParted - Browse /gparted-live-stable/OldFiles/0.3.9-4 at

You could just try booting Partition Wizard - see if it finds anything.

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04 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 32 bit

alright I made an 11gb partition then used partition wizard to restore one of the 4mb partitons (there were 3 that were exactly the same and I just chose one of them although the cloned partition was not there) then I used the recovery disk to try and repair it(the recovery disk didn't see my drive) did it anyways said it repaired something and yet on the next boot I still get the flashing underscore -.-
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04 May 2011   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Unless you are able to recover the actual windows partition - the one you cloned - you aren't going to get anywhere.

Leaving aside the faint possibilty of drive corruption - your cloning doesn't seem to have worked.

Can you still acces the original drive ok - the one that is in danger of failing?

If so - I would forget about cloning per se and make an image - using an app. with a good track record.

The image can then be restored to your new drive.

Macrium free and Paragon backup and recovery free are pretty popular.

Macrium can go quicker if that's important to you.
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04 May 2011   #14

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Does that mean the old version of Gparted (3.9.4 ) could see and partition the Hd - when the new one couldn't?
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04 May 2011   #15

Windows 7 32 bit

yes the new one did not work while the old one worked fine and I'm wary of backing up the failing disk because last I checked half of my desktop icons disappeared and I think that means that I've lost a good amount of data
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04 May 2011   #16

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

A small "unaccounted" region at the end of a disk can be the signs of a dynamic disk. Dynamic disk use it for disk management.

If the original HDD is still working it could be useful to reinstall it, take a disk management screen shot and make an image.
Post the screen shot and if the disk looks ok then repeat the cloning process.
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11 May 2011   #17

Windows 7 32 bit

Hey guys sorry I havent replied in almost a week just crazy things happening (OS's failing, clones destroying other partitions, partitions becoming corrupt, etc.) but today by magic and such I got my main partition to boot and created a disk image and booted it (I'm currently typing this from it) everything works and I just wanted to thank you guys for all of your help ^^
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