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Solved BIOS detects the HDD but can't doesn't detect while booting

April 16, 2012 at 06:16:53
Specs: Windows XP, 3.40GHz

Hi,
I have a strange issue. I use ghost image to install OS on the HDD.

1. I created a 80GB Basic partition on 500GB HDD with Windows Disk Management utility.
2. Installed Win XP with Ghost Image (whereas the partition of the master HDD was 100GB); The Ghost Installation was complected successfully.
3. After the completion of ghost, I tried to boot with newly installed HDD (500GB with 80GB OS partition) but computer doesn't detect any bootable disk. But it is detecting in BIOS. If I make newly installed HDD as slave in any other Windows, there also it detects. I can even see complete windows structure.
PC Model is HP DC5700SFF and both HDDs are SATA.

Can you please advise me what can be the reason and the solution?


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✔ Best Answer
April 16, 2012 at 11:24:05

If you did a partition to partition clone, then you did not clone the boot information. Your boot blocks are missing and windows will not boot.

You need to launch the recovery console from the windows CD and type.

fixmbr

fixboot

To write in new boot blocks



#1
April 16, 2012 at 06:56:21

Did the Ghost image you used originate from that same computer?

WinXP can't natively configure SATA controllers.

Ghost doesn't really work well with SATA hard drives either. Only some of the latest versions will work at all.

You should consider using a newer imaging program.


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#2
April 16, 2012 at 07:07:29

Hi,

Thank you so much for your reply!!!
I can't remember if the ghost image was originated from the same PC but I am sure.. it's from the same Model (DC5700). It was always working like this perfectly for 250GB and lesser capacity hdd.. .. this is the first time I did it for 500GB HDD and I have this issue..


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#3
April 16, 2012 at 08:06:54

I am a little confused, you state:
"If I make newly installed HDD as slave in any other Windows"
does this mean you tried it in a different PC?

"PC Model is HP DC5700SFF and both HDDs are SATA"

does the other drive have an OS installed? are you attempting a dual boot?

My first thought was the XP drive is not bootable. You could use an XP cd to "fixmb".
You would need an xp cd and this recomendation might change if you are attempting some type of dual boot.

larry


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#4
April 16, 2012 at 11:24:05
✔ Best Answer

If you did a partition to partition clone, then you did not clone the boot information. Your boot blocks are missing and windows will not boot.

You need to launch the recovery console from the windows CD and type.

fixmbr

fixboot

To write in new boot blocks


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#5
April 16, 2012 at 21:55:19

@Larry:
I am not trying to dual boot. I installed OS with ghost image (partition to partion). After the installation, when I try to boot the newly installed HDD, the boot process says no bootable drive found. But, If I put old Hdd as master and the newly installed HDD as slave in the same PC, it boots with old HDD(that's fine), and I can see new HDD in drive list with the complete structure of windows.

@Gretti:
I think you are right. BTW, the xp cd I have doesn't give me option to repair OS. Any suggestion, how can I get in to the recovery console?


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#6
April 16, 2012 at 22:05:58

Boot to the windows XP disc there will be an option to press R to repair. Choose the default keyboard option. Now choose your windows installation, should be "1" type in your admin password if you have one, if not just leave it blank.

Now follow post #4

This is from Microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...


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#7
April 16, 2012 at 22:18:23

@Gretti:
That's what I am saying, the XP CD which I have, I cant see repair option "R". There is no any other option except new installation.. :(

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#8
April 17, 2012 at 00:02:31

?????

Does your XP look like this

http://gur.in/reconsole.htm

I have never seen a disc without one.

Here is the recovery console

http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com...

Burn that to a CD and boot from it.


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#9
April 17, 2012 at 00:13:09

It doesn't look like this.. thats what I am saying.. :D it doesn't have that Repair option ('ll share you the screenshot) For me also, I am using the the CD which doesn't have repair option.. :D
Anyway.. thanks alot.. i'll try the given reconsole .. n post you the feedback.. appreciated!!!

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#10
April 17, 2012 at 03:07:37

Hey Gretti:

I ran the recovery console that you provided.. and tried the commands.. after that, it said NTLDF is missing :)
I found another XP CD which has recovery option.. I even tried that.. nothing worked.. and I GAVE UP.. :D

Now, I am doing the fresh Installation... but Yes, as you said.. the problem might be boot info were not written properly while doing ghost installation..

Anyway.. thanks alot..!!!!


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