Drive won't boot after restore

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  1. cake1

    cake1 Registered Member

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    Sorry for the new thread but I searched and couldn't find a similar thread.

    Here's the problem: I used TI 8.0 to create an image of ancient HP Pavilion c: partition (i.e. I didn't backup their restore partition) with XP Home on it. The hard drive crashed (40 GB Western Digital) and I picked up a used 40 GB Maxtor, formatted it and restored my image by booting from the rescue CDs I created. So far so good! I boot and it doesn't seem to recognize the hard disk (I get a message with something about the hardware configuration and the hard disk). I see in the BIOS that it knows it's a Maxtor. I messed with the jumper to see what would happen if it wasn't set to "Master" and I get "Operating System Not Found".

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Chuck
     
  2. cake1

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    Did I not word my question correctly or something? With all the weird stuff I've read in this forum it seems like this should be a pretty simple thing to answer based on the knowledge level here!

    I did email Acronis last week but have yet to receive a reply.

    Thanks,
    Chuck
     
  3. jonyjoe81

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    I would rule out a "drive letter change" problem first.

    You can use the "savepart" utility, it is now available as a standalone ISO file. It no longer requires a bartpe. Just download the file that says "spartiso.zip" and use nero or imgburn to burn the ISO to a CD.

    1.)bootup with the savepart cd, type savepart at command prompt.
    2.)next choose "update windows2000/xp/vista registry" doubleclick on it.
    3.)next doubleclick on the "disk number 0" this is usually the hard drive that has your partitions.
    4.)next click on the partition that has your system (make a note of the drive letter, this is your mounted device drive letter) most default installations it will be "c".
    5.)the next screen is blue and has directorys, here choose the "WINDOWS" directory and doubleclick on it.
    6.)On next screen just double click on the partition shown.
    7.)It'll take you back to the screen on step 4, doubleclick on the "C" partition.
    8.)Finally your in the "drive letter to affect this partition" box. This is where it will show you the "partition ID drive letter" it should be the same as the "mounted device drive letter".

    If these 2 drive letters don't match, then you hard drive will not boot.

    http://www.partition-saving.com/

    That's the advice I give to everyone who has problems getting a windows xp restored drive from booting. The drive letters are the easiest thing to check and rule out.
     
  4. norrisg

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    This sounds as though you did not backup the partition table, and therefore did not restore it.

    When you decided not to backup the restore partition, did you de-select it, having first selected the whole drive to backup, or, did you simply select the C: partition to backup?

    Oh, and starting to complain about no-one responding after just 16 minutes is a bit unreasonable, don't you think?
     
  5. cake1

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    Sorry!!! I don't know what happened, I posted my first question from work this afternoon. I'm not sure why it shows up as 9:02! Based on all the activity here, I thought it was odd that nobody replied!

    Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely try the drive letter stuff. I can't remember if I first selected both partitions and then deselected because it's been a while since I did it. It certainly sounds like something I might have done.

    Thanks again for the replies and I'm sorry if I offended anyone!

    Chuck
     
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    1st post 9:02 AM
    2nd post 9:18 PM :argh:

    Mike
     
  7. cake1

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    Nice catch! I didn't even realize how early today I posted it!
     
  8. Xpilot

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    Your problem started because you changed the partition structure by not including the HP restore partition.
    The consequence is that the Boot INI is now pointing to the wrong partition when trying to boot.

    The fix is easy if you have an XP CD.
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairbootini.htm

    Xpilot
     
  9. cake1

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    Thanks for all your help. I'm trying to get a XP CD, hopefully tomorrow (thanks to HP not providing one).
     
  10. cake1

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    Thanks Xpilot, that did it!
     
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    I gotta admire your persistence but this is another example that clearly demonstrates that not every computer problem is caused by drive letter changes.
     
  12. Xpilot

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    Glad to have helped :thumb: .

    BTW if you have any problems in future you do not have to apologise for starting a new thread. Tacking on to an existing thread with similar problems can make the finding and presentation of solutions far more difficult if there is too much "noise" on the subject.

    The way you set out your problem was ideal with just enough detail to to enable the cause to be found.

    Xpilot
     
  13. jmk94903

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    Smoooth! :argh:
     
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