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Windows 7: New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e

22 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e

I have installed a new hard drive in my laptop. I placed the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. I then booted the notebook with EaseUS Todo Backup 4 from CD-ROM and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive and choose the option to resize the partitions. After over three hours, the cloning process was complete. However, after the re-start I get error 0xc000000e.

"Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have the disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

ENTER=Continue ESC=Exit"

Obviously, the disc cloning was not successful. I am not sure what is the best way to proceed from here. I tried to boot from recovery CD-ROMs in the hope to be able to repair the MBR but it seems that booting from CD currently fails. Hitting ENTER and ESC both restarted the notebook. Shortly afterwards, the same screen message was visible.

Thank you for helping me with this problem.

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23 Oct 2012   #2

W7, W8.1

Have quite some experience with the aesus tools, never failed here, but have no idea about what went wrong in your case, can be anything, software or hardware. One thing:
and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive
Your process should have worked, but I have mostly done it the other way around > copying from the pc to the external, and then do the switch. Maybe worth a try. First fit the original hd back into the laptop and check it's booting fine and programs etc work well, maybe do a chkdsk, defrag, ccleaner and sfc job, then do the cloning (will clone it without even leaving windows).

(btw, current Todo bu is 5.0. And posting this using a new hd, cloned 10 minutes ago :) happy when all goes well)
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23 Oct 2012   #3

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Boot up using the Startup disk CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
Startup Repair
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24 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

It worked for me with the Repair disc Windows 7 32-bit. However, during start-up it displays a message that this version of Windows 7 is not genuine. I guess this must be done to the new hard drive.
  • Do I need to re-activate it?
  • Where and how could I do that?
  • What information is required to do that?

A big thanks to theog and 4wd for your helpful advice! :)
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24 Oct 2012   #5

W7, W8.1

Nice to read that the cloning worked out fine. A very few times I've also come across the need to reactivate after some hd or ssd swapping\cloning\restore. Never figured out why some tasks needed reactivation and some not. Anyway (if I remember correctly, quite some time ago since there was any problem), all that was needed was to enter the key in control panel > system. Good luck.
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24 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

I discovered that the new hard drive is misaligned (512 byte instead of advanced format 4K) which negatively impacts the speed of the HDD.

If you know how to fix this issue, I would be glad to hear it.
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24 Oct 2012   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You may be able to do it with Partition Wizard bootable disk:

How to align SSD partition with a free partition manager?

Or you could try this:

Image your C partition with Macrium

Delete C partition with diskpart from Win 7 dvd.

Create new C partition with alignment you want, using Diskpart.

Restore the image you made to that new partition.

Or use Paragon Alignment tool.

Or do a clean install.
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24 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64

Partition Wizard failed for me on this task. After 'align all partitions' not even Windows startup repair disc could save the OS from sudden death.
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24 Oct 2012   #9

W7, W8.1

About alignment, easeus todo 5 got 'optimize for ssd' option, works on any hd as well. Tried Partition Wizard for alignment a few times, but did also experience some total failures (no boot, no os, no disc), had to let it go.

My current align process for any hd\ssd that for some reason may need 'postprocessing', using only easeus 5:

Do a partition (or disk) backup to a usb hd, then immediately restore it back to where it came from, ticking 'optimize for ssd' + 'set active' (for os partition, & no need for any cd or usb boot). Works great here (but takes it's time using usb2). Just some info that someone may find useful.

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