cant boot to new drive, dont know whats wrong??

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  1. velox123

    velox123 Registered Member

    May 27, 2006
    I have an old ide drive that i copied to my new sata drive. I want to boot from my new sata drive now. The copy sucessfully finished, but i can not boot from it for some reason. i get the message"

    "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem
    Could not read from the selected boot disk
    Check boot path and disk hardware.
    Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

    i removed the old drive out, set up my bios so it boots from the correct drive, updated the mbr, reset my cmos, and still nothing works.

    When i boot from my old drive and have the new sata drive connected as additional drive, windows does reconize it, and i am able to use it normaly as additional storage. I checked the files copied to the new drive and all the files from old drive are present. But i want to be able to boot from my new drive and not have to do a fresh install of windows and lose all my current files and settings.

    I have already tried updating my bios, installing any necessary drivers.

    Amd athlon xp 3200+
    mobo: Asrock 939dual-sata2
    HD: Maxtor Diamondmax 10 sata 250gig
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello velox123,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are very sorry for the delay with the response.

    Please be aware that your newly cloned operating system might not boot because of a lack of the appropriate drivers for your SATA hard drive\controller.

    We therefore recommend that you try preparing Windows for transferring using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) as it is described in this FAQ article. This should allow you to load the appropriate drivers for your SATA hard drive\controller on Windows first boot.

    Please note that you should unplug one of the hard drives prior to booting into Windows for the first time as keeping two identical hard drives connected might cause different boot or drive letter assignment problems.

    We also recommend that you take a look at the respective Microsoft Knowledge Base Article explaining the possible reasons and resolutions for this sort of problems.

    Please be aware that even in case of using Sysprep we cannot guarantee the successful transferring of the operating system to a computer with the hardware configuration different from that of the original machine. The point is that Sysprep allows replacing drivers only for Plug-and-Play devices (sound cards, network adapters, video cards etc.). As for system HAL and boot device driver, they must be identical in the source and target computers (see Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 302577 and 216915).

    If you want to be completely sure that the restored operating system will boot and function normally then we recommend that you use Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation or Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows (depending on the operating system you use) in conjunction with Acronis Universal Restore for your purposes. Acronis Universal Restore technology provides an efficient solution for hardware-independent system restoration by replacing the crucial HAL and hard disk controller drivers. Please read more information on how to use Acronis Universal Restore in the respective Acronis True Image version User's Guide.

    We also recommend that you download and install the free trial version(s) of the product(s) you are interested in to see how the software works on your particular software\hardware configuration.

    If you want to obtain the free trial version of Acronis Universal Restore then please submit a request for technical support using Ask a question before you purchase Acronis software link. Explain your wish to obtain the free trial version of Acronis Universal and provide the link to this thread in your request.

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    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
    Alexey Popov
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