Another Unbootable after clone problem

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by emorej, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. emorej

    emorej Registered Member

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    Hi I have a laptop with a slow disk, yesterday I bought a fast disk
    a usb enclosure and bought the latest Acronis True Image via
    download.

    My laptop is a dual boot WinXP/Linux system and I use grub to boot.

    1) I installed True Image and made a standalone CD.
    2) I put the new disk into the usb enclosure.
    3) I booted the standalone CD and cloned the laptop disk
    to the new disk in the usb enclosure.
    4) I swapped the two drives and tried booting into linux and failed.
    I used a linux rescue disk and noticed that the linux partition number
    had changed. I edited grub.conf and did a grub-install.
    5) I was able to reboot into linux ok and the "noboot" dvd player
    software was able to play dvds.
    6) Choosing WinXP from the bootlist at boot time generates a
    disk read error immediately. I cannot boot WinXP.
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    I have compared the first thousand or so bytes of the old drive and
    new drive XP partitions and they appear to be identical.

    I have dd'ed 28GB from the WinXP drive to /dev/null and it got no
    errors ( the partition is about 48GB).

    I suspect the XP boot process is seeing something it does not like...
    Note the clone process did slightly increase the size of the XP
    partition.

    Is there any hope of recovery?

    Jerry
     
  2. Chutsman

    Chutsman Registered Member

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    Instead of doing a Clone, try Imaging the original drive temporarily to the new drive, then burn the image to CD or DVD. Next put the new drive in the laptop and Restore the Image from the CD or DVD, to it.

    A successful Cloning seems to be very dependent on the hardware in use. Some workarounds may or may not work.
     
  3. emorej

    emorej Registered Member

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    This worked for me!

    This evening I decided to try an "exact" copy, I read somewhere that
    XT kept infomation in such a way that plopping something into a bigger
    partition might be problematic...

    Anyway I put the old disk into the USB carrier and choose the "as is"
    option to do the clone to the new drive now in the laptop.

    After the clone, grub would not reboot so I rebooted with a linux
    rescue DVD and edited grub.conf to reflect the linux partition number
    (it changed from a 3 to a 4). Reinstalled grub by grub-install /dev/hda
    rebooted.

    This time the grub menu appeared (Yea!) I choose WinXT to boot
    and it worked!!!!,

    Rebooting linux also worked...

    I wish the "True Image" folks could figure out why there seems to
    be such a problem with cloning XP....

    Jerry
     
  4. Chutsman

    Chutsman Registered Member

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    Glad you got it worked out.

    I think part of the problem with TI is that it is trying to do too many things - you know, be all things to all people, so-to-speak.
     
  5. Dolfin the Mammal

    Dolfin the Mammal Registered Member

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    Could the problem be with XP being so controlled with respect to licencing that TI is bumping against a licensing permission issue?
     
  6. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

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    No, product activation is checked well after the boot process starts.

    Acronis indicated a while back that it isn't a simple problem given the variations that exist. I don't really know but it sure would be nice if the MBR was included in every image or full backup.
     
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