|For many years I ran two Win 7 installations on my computer, one was on a HDD installed in the tower and the other was in a HDD Enclosure also mounted in the tower. I did this so that I could experiment with new software on a system which I did not mind damaging and if I did I simply installed a fresh image of the "good" system.|
I have since updated to Win7/64bit (8gig RAM) and a new tower. I no longer have installed enclosures but I do have an external USB enclosure, I also have a spare 160gig IDE drive and I determined to do the same again and I have run into all sorts of problems. The first mistake I made was to install, using Acronis, an image of the old Win7/32bit (3gig RAM) to the disk and it failed monumentally (different drivers, different RAM... you name it).
This is my BIOS information:
BIOS Type Award Modular
BIOS Version F2
Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Award BIOS Message GA-78LMT-S2P F2
System BIOS Date 03/20/12
Video BIOS Date 03/06/12
Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Product Information http://www.phoenix.com/pages/products
The second path I took was to install an image, using Acronis, of the existing Win7/64bit bit system to the IDE drive. In the "Advanced BIOS Features" of the BIOS I changed the boot order so that the USB drive was the first one. The boot process went all the way to the Win7 splash screen and at this point there was a sudden flash of a blue screen and the boot process started again.
My local PC tech advised that I should go into "Integrated Peripherals" and change "OnChip SATA Type" from [Native IDE] to [AHCI]. I am not sure why but in any event the boot process failed in exactly the same way as I have described above, and Microsoft in their infinite wisdom will not allow a fresh install to a USB drive so it appears I am snookered.
Any advice on what I have done inocorrectly or that I have not done will be much appreciated.