No pagefile after cloning - won't start

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by 02befree, Oct 25, 2006.

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  1. 02befree

    02befree Registered Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    Running Win2000 1.6Ghz Intel Promise ATA 100 card
    My 200GB drive is failing so I used Acronis True Image 8 to clone the
    drive's two partitions C and D (there are actually 5 partitions on the
    drive) to a new drive of the same size. My original runs fine and will
    restart and boot fine, but there are 2 partitions with bad clusters, E and
    After the cloning process, while booting, I get the error Your system has
    no pagefile or the pagingfile is too small with instructions on how to
    increase it, and then the Loading Personal Settings box shows for a few
    seconds and then the error appears until you click OK. Cycles over and
    over. I rebooted the old drive fine, redid the clone, same thing. I've
    read numerous posts about this error but wondering if someone can see an
    obvious fix for my application. When cloning, I have the old drive as
    master and the new as Cable Select on the second IDE connection. When I try
    the new drive, I put it on the end connector by itself still set as Cable
    select. I did try to change Drive letters in Disk Mgmt after the process
    before I put the drive on by itself. I'm all ears.
  2. bodgy

    bodgy Registered Member

    Sep 22, 2005
    With cable select, both drives should be set as CS. If your PC is a brand name HP, Dell etc then the BIOS will be expecting CS enabled drives and the cable will be CS compatible.

    You might just as well set your slave drive to S and XP should behave.

    XP should automatically make a pagefile file - so the only thing I can think of is that somehow (maybe because you have one drive as M and the others as CS) that it is not assinging drive letters correctly and therefore the path to the pagefile in registry is causing an error.

  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    Cloning is the most error prone aspect of imaging applications mainly due to users not obeying the WinXP rules.

    Are you able to try this? Install your new HD in the middle position on the same cable as your old HD. Cable select. Make sure there are no Auto entries in your BIOS for HDs that don't exist. Turn them OFF for the present exercise. Delete the partitions on the new HD and then create two partitions. The first for your future C: drive, the second is a temporary partition for a backup image. Don't worry about special drive letters as Windows will change them later. Using TI from Windows, make an image of your current OS, writing the image to the second partition just created.

    Remove the old HD and put the new HD on the end connector. Again, make sure there are no Auto entries in your BIOS for HDs that don't exist. Using your TI CD, restore the image to the first partition. Assuming the OS boots OK you can now go about sorting out the other partitions. You can now safely add your old HD to the middle connector on the cable. You may have to turn on Auto in the BIOS for this HD.
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