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Windows 7: Windows 7 corrupted after cloning

13 Aug 2010   #11
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZaLiTH View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dedew View Post
any place where i can get a free ghost?

I'm getting really stressed with all this, is there any way I can create an image of my old windows and restore on my new partition?
Ghost is included in Hiren's Boot CD, along with many other tools that you'll quite likely one day need. I posted this link in my first post: Hiren's BootCD 11.0 - www.hiren.info

For the record, my current Windows 7 installation has been moved to it's third harddrive now using Ghost (from a SATA 160GB to a 80GB, and lastly to a 250GB. drive has always had two partitions) and I've never had any issues. But, I suspect there's something different with the way you're diong it that's causing problems...

Got one very important question though; if you try boot off your old drive (your source for the cloning process attempt) does your original Windows installation still boot?

Also, when you copied the partitions, in your first post you said your Ubuntu partition went fine, but the Windows one is giving problems... Were these two partitions on the same drive? And if so, did you place them on the new drive in the same locations as they were on the old drive? If not, that may be one problem..

I would highly recommend trying again with Norton Ghost; instead of moving partitions individually, simply duplicate the entire disk. The partitions will be resized according to the destination drive size.
I hope you aren't saying that Norton Ghost is included on that disc. That would be highly illegal.


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13 Aug 2010   #12
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
I hope you aren't saying that Norton Ghost is included on that disc. That would be highly illegal.
In all honesty I hadn't thought of that; looking at the HBCD website now, it seems that Ghost has been removed and replaced with the following (description from website):

DriveImage XML 2.14
backup any drive/partition to an image file, even if the drive is currently in use, a very good freeware alternative to Ghost / Acronis



Despite that fact though, there are numerous drive and partition backup and restore tools on both Hiren's Boot CD and Ultimate Boot CD that are freeware.
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13 Aug 2010   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Si, I looked at the screenshot in OP and it didn't look like drive letter slippage which normally shows "Windows isn't genuine" on blue screen yet gives access via Task Manager.

What tells us that it is a slipped drive letter?

My thought was to copy with PW (hence without MBR) so GRUB could pick it up if GRUB is managing the boot, then if GRUB doesn't pick it up Mark 7 active and write the MBR using Startup Repair three times. Of course GRUB corruption can bollix everything anyway.

Paragon helped fix a slipped drive letter here yesterday when OP had bluescreen non-geniune fail after repartioning. It would be helpful to know how else to spot that condition. Thanks
The clues are here Greg :

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first when windows starts theres nothing on the screen, i have to ctrl+alt+del and create a explorer.exe...the startup repair didn't found any problem...

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"H:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe the specified path does not exist"

that's really weird, I shouldn't have a H: drive, and looks like I'm running a default login, my desktop and taskbar shortcuts aren't here
Elementary, my dear Watson.
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13 Aug 2010   #14
dedew

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Uh oh.

If you copied your original with PW and overwrote the clone - you may now have a different issue.

There was nothing wrong with the clone boot process - it was the os loading which was affected by win 7's habit of switching drive letters. It could have been fixed by Paragon in a minute.

What is the situation now?


Your best bet now is to use the free Macrium to make an image of your original 7 installation , then restore that image to the other HD.
well my status is SOLVED, it really was a drive letter problem, but I had to reformat the new partition because partition wizard ended up screwing even more the clone, while GParted did what it was supposed to do.

I thank you all who helped me
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13 Aug 2010   #15
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The clues are here Greg :

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first when windows starts theres nothing on the screen, i have to ctrl+alt+del and create a explorer.exe...the startup repair didn't found any problem...
Quote:
"H:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe the specified path does not exist"

that's really weird, I shouldn't have a H: drive, and looks like I'm running a default login, my desktop and taskbar shortcuts aren't here
Elementary, my dear Watson.
I agree that I missed the vital clues that it is a slipped drive letter since it wasn't like previous ones and I was looking elsewhere. I will learn from it.

However, there is nothing elementary about this. I doubt whether most any tech support in the world could handle this level of repair as it is surely one of the most advanced operations which exist.

Just like many of the others I have learned from you, Si! Thanks.
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