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Windows 7: unable to boot cloned hdd


03 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
unable to boot cloned hdd

recently my 1Tb seagate decided that it's S.M.A.R.T. would fail so I went out and bought a 500gb to back up my data using HDClone as I've only used about 390gb on the TB and now I can't get the cloned HDD to boot at first when I booted it the screen would just stay at the flashing underscore which I recognized as an OS issue and I booted it with the recovery disk that did not recognize there was even an OS to fix. I can view all of the files if I use it as a removable disk so I know the clone worked I just can't get it to boot

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03 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Do you have any other hard drives connected?
If so, disconnect them and then use the Windows DVD to do a startup repair.
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04 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I did what you said and now the disk is seeing three 0mb partitions O.o
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04 May 2011   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

How many partitions did you have?

Did you leave unallocated space at the end of the drive?
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04 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

only one, and yes there was
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04 May 2011   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Boot Gparted cd.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gpar...d-live-stable/

Create a small partition - a few gb is fine - at the right edge of the drive. That should be inside the unallocated space.

(You might not see that when you boot Gparted - the whole drive may appear raw/unallocated. )

Don't forget to Apply so it actually creates the partition.

You should then be able to run a partition undelete utility and recover your main single partition.

Partition Wizard boot disc is good for that.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/parti...otable-cd.html

Boot it up, do a quick scan of the whole drive.

Tick the partition (s) you wish to keep - don't forget to yes, Apply.

Lastly, you will likely need to boot win 7 repair disc/dvd and do a startup repair to correct the bcd entry.
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04 May 2011   #7

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Ominous silence follows . LOL.
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04 May 2011   #8
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Do you have a backup image from earlier than the clone of the failing/failed HD?

When you can see the partitions, make sure the 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred - if you have it) or the Windows 7 partition itself are marked Active to run the Repairs.

Si- can you explain what the small partition in right-end Unallocated space is for, so we can learn? How does Unalloc space cause the clone to be lost?
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04 May 2011   #9

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Gparted should get it's info directly from the drive controller.

It should at least be able to see the drive - tho. not necesssarily the filesystem.

Creating a partition will rerwrite the partition table correctly - so it will be seen by windows apps. - e.g. pw - which can then with a bit of luck resurrect the original partition (s)

Unallocated space didn't cause the problem - it is handy it is there - OP can make the new small partition inside it.



Greg,

Did you see THIS - seems to be the same PW bug .
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04 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I can't quite get Gparted to work after I choose the "mode" it just displays a series of diagonal lines where I can move my mouse
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