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Windows 7: W7 wont boot after ghost image restore on new harddisk

05 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 & XP
W7 wont boot after ghost image restore on new harddisk

I have installed Windows 7 on a 1st PC, included driver and other software.

I use GHOST to copy partition image of 1st computer. Partition that have backup,

>> 100MB System Reserve Partition
>> Drive C

Then, use Ghost to restore the 2 partition image to 2nd PC's harddisk.

After task complete, reboot.

The 2nd PC was unable to detect any OS.

How to resolve this problems?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64

Well, I am going to over look the fact your are trying to clone a Win 7 install, but did you try restoring to the original computer?

I have never been able to get Ghost to work correctly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


Boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools and select Startup Repair to run up to 3 separate times, as it will attempt to repair and might rewrite the MBR to Win7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 & XP

hey, guys, I solved the problems. Thanks for your answer.

I get the clue from gregrocker, as you have mentioned the word MBR.
Then, I search through the internet and found something about MBR, refers to Master Boot Record.
I'm thinking that maybe the MBR is needed to copy as well.
Ghost itself is not enough, because Ghost will not copy the MBR.

I decided to make a try.

I used Hiren's Boot CD. Inside the Hiren's Boot CD, 2 software is available for completing the task.
MBRWizard, Ghost32
about Hiren's Boot CD included tools >>
about MBRWizard >> MBRWizard! - The MBR Management Utility

Download Hiren's Boot CD iso and burn it into CD. >> Hiren's Boot CD 10.1 and All Other Versions - HTTP Download

Boot from Hiren's Boot CD and enter Mini Windows XP mode.
Browse for HBCD Menu, you'll the 2 software mentioned in this post.

Step 1, use MBRWizard to backup/copy the MBR on PC1
Step 2, use Ghost32 to backup/copy the 1st 100MB System Reserved Partition and 2nd Partition (Drive C)
Step 3, use Ghost32 to restore 100MB System Reserved from image to 2nd PC
Step 4, use MBRWizard to restore MBR to PC2
Step 5, use Ghost32 to restore 100MB System Reserved to 2nd PC 1st Partition again
Step 6, use Ghost32 to restore 2nd Partition image to PC2


If you wish to modify the partition, EASEUS Partition Master is 1 of the software that can do the task.

Thanks you and Good Luck.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP


Did you try booting the Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair 3 times?

Much easier way to rewrite the MBR to Win7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 & XP

to gregrocker,

yup, I've try that before and I knew that will work. It just that I didn't learn about the exist of MBR before until I read your post.

I going to restore Windows 7 in another 7 same computers. So I still have to keep using Ghost and MBRWizard which is much more faster in this case.

You have answered my question indirectly. Thanks for that. :)

Oh yes, by the way, we need EUSEUS Partition Master which is also available in Hiren's Boot CD to make the partition before Ghost can restore partition from GHO image files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP


Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is more compatible with Win7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 & XP

Thanks dude, I'm downloading and will try it out after the download finish.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP


If you would like advice on how to use Partition Wizard on your project there, please post back a screenshot of full Disk Management drive map. Use Snipping tool in start menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.

We can give you the steps if you will tell us exactly what you want to accomplish.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Easeus partition Master is a perfectly good partitioner - fully compatible with the Vista/7 partitioning rules ( recent versions, anyhow).

I have Easeus Partition Master Pro. Works very well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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