Acronis OS Selector - BIG PROBLEM

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  1. Nedwob

    Nedwob Registered Member

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    I had set up a new PC with 3 primary partitions, P1, P2 and P3, and an extended partition with several logicals.

    I use Acronis True Image and Acronis Disk Director to handle disks and images, and rate them very highly.

    I had put Vista into P1, Xp Pro into P3, and P2 was left for testing. I was using BootMagic as the bootmanager, with no problems, but Bootmagic needs a FAT32 partition, so I thought I would try Acronis OS Selector.

    I installed it, but didn't like it at all. I (tried to) uninstalled it - but had to search the web to get a full(ish) solution to removing it.

    After this, Vista wouldn't boot. The Vista DVD would hang up part way into the install - so I couldn't do an install or repair.

    Suspecting some corruption on track 0 or the MBR, I used the Acronis Edit function to set track 0 to all zeroes (except for the first sector, which wasn't available in the editor).

    This didn't help.

    Further research suggested that I replace the Boot Sector more aggressively (http://neosmart.net/blog/2005/repairing-a-fubard-master-boot-record/)

    but this didn't help either.

    I was able to install Xp Pro OK, so I did this and tried a Vista install from within Xp - but the Vista install still 'hung'.

    I began to wonder if the BIOS had somehow got corrupted, or perhaps a memory fault had occured by coincidence, but as a last resort, before testing the hardware, or flashing the BIOS, I made the following alteration -

    As I had two hard disks on the machine, the second one being all logical partitions, I swapped the drives and created a primary on the (new) first drive.

    Vista then installed without a problem!!

    So the Acronis OS Selector has done something really nasty to my original first hard disk.

    Can Acronis suggest what has gone wrong and how I can get it to work properly again please.

    Nedwob
     
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    Nedwob Registered Member

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    Since posting the first comments, I have made a discovery that may be the reason that restored Vista Images and the Vista DVD wouldn't work, so I may have been unfair to OS Selector, although I still feel that the problems only arose when I tried it and then tried to remove it.

    After swapping the drives, and successfully installing Vista to the swapped drive, I shut down as it was late. Next day I opened 'Explorer' in Vista, to examine the drives on the machine, and I found that an extra partition of about 60Gb had appeared on the (original second - now the first) drive. I couldn't access this partition and attempts to access it produced an error message (can't remember exactly what it was - 'bad sector' I think).

    I certainly didn't create this partition. When I added this drive to the PC as a second drive a few weeks ago I created just two partitions on the it, of 5 Gb (for the PageFile) and the second one being the remainder of the disk.

    Maybe Acronis OS Selector created it o_O. Maybe Vista was trying to access it during the non successful installs and image restores. But this still doesn't explain how Vista installed OK when I made this drive the first drive, before I discovered this extra partition.

    I deleted this partition and then restored the drives to their original order.

    I can now work with the original first drive as it was before I tried OS Selector.

    But I still blame Acronis OS selector for causing problems in the first place!

    Nedwob
     
  3. zygtar

    zygtar Registered Member

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    same problems here. I'm loosing my mind. bad thing there is no help at all in those forums from Acronis people. Partition magic is way to go.
     
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