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Windows 7: windows won't start after cloning hard drive

05 Feb 2011   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Tut tut Acronis.

Try this:

boot the 7 dvd - go to command prompt, type


lis vol

find drive letter for 200mb partition ( use it instead of z below)

find drive letter for windows partition ( use it instead of y below)


bcdboot y:\windows /s z:

bootsect /nt60 all /mbr

Don't have any other drives, cards, etc connected.

( When resizing proportionately, Paragon does not resize the msr.)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2012   #12

WIndows 7 Pro 32bit

I had a similar issues when cloning with Acronis. I cloned a 80 GB drive to a 160 GB drive with adjusted partition sizes. Somewhere along the way there was confusion about the new (160) drives geometry. Using TestDisk 6.13b (found on Hiren's boot cd 15), it told me the BIOS was reading the drive to have 240 heads when in actuality it had 255. I changed it in TestDisk, but I also had to change it in the BIOS. I had to switch it from auto-detect to static and change the heads from 240 to 255, then everything worked swimmingly. I hope that helps the next person.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Oct 2012   #13

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit and 32 bit
Final solution requested

Hello all,

Having exact same issue, did anyone find a fix for this?


The 1st partition, the system partition is set as active same as the source disk.

My System SpecsSystem Spec


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