Disk clone caused partition problems

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  1. etech1

    etech1 Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I recently upgraded my boot drive from an SATA 250GB to a 320GB. I run WXP and was dual booting Vista RC1, it was installed on my second 320GB drive however. Using Acronis v 9.0 build 2337 I cloned the 250GB and transfered the same size to the new drive leaving 60GB of free space for a future partition. After swaping the drive and attempting to boot I get a NTLDR missing error. I FDISK the drive, now it boots but the Vista bootloader is gone, Vista was timed out anyway - good riddance. I delete the Vista partition using the disk managment console and install Ubuntu 7.04 but I can't boot it. A linux disk utility reports my disk partitions are messed up, the output text is copied below.

    Is there a way to correct this?
    I use Acronis backup to do incremental backups to the secure zone located on the second 320GB disk but I don't think Acronis is cloning the disk correctly so I'm leary of wiping the C: drive and restoring from the secure zone.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 19929 160079661 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdb: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table

    Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 * 1 1595 12811806 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc2 1596 30515 232299900 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc3 30516 30758 1951897+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdd: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdd1 1275 20398 153600048 7 HPFS/NTFS
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdd2 20398 20398 3528 7 HPFS/NTFS
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdd3 20398 38914 148727345 5 Extended
    Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdd4 1 1274 10233373+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdd5 20398 38914 148727344+ bc Unknown

    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

    Thanks for any help with this!
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    TI 9 build 2,337 is old and buggy (from what I've read). You should update to at least build 3,677 (or the latest build 3,854). Perhaps that will help.

    If the new drive is messed up, you might want to wipe it (and clear the MBR) before trying the next install.

    Be aware that TI does change the partition table entry order depending on how an image is restored. Perhaps it's doing this during the cloning operation as well. I have used Unbuntu 7.04 (and earlier versions) without problems like that, though.
     
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello etech1,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please be aware that Acronis True Image 9.0 Home does not support Windows Vista (and the new partition format it uses). Therefore, if you use it to clone a Vista system the target will most likely be unbootable.
    We recommend you to download and install the free trial version of Acronis True Image 10.0 Home to see how the software works on your computer.

    Please visit our official website to learn more about Acronis True Image 10.0 Home.

    You can find the detailed instructions on how to use Acronis True Image 10.0 Home in the respective User's Guide.

    If you purchase an upgrade to Acronis True Image 10.0 Home before 20 July, 2007, you will be able to get the next released version of Acronis True Image for free.

    Thank you.
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    Marat Setdikov
     
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