Solved Bootmgr is missing... etc.

November 16, 2012 at 16:21:30
Specs: Windows 7/Dual XP, 3.6 GHz / 8173 MB
I want to create a bootable USB hard-drive and this is what I have done.

I used Acronis 10 to create an image of my OS (Win 7/64) and had it saved to an external USB harddrive. My external USB docking station houses two drives, one is the back-up storage drive and the other is the drive to which I wanted to restore the image.

I booted the PC using the Acronis Restore disk which creates a Linux window.

Using the interface I successfully transferred the image. I removed the back-up hard drive so that there would be no confusion when I instructed the BIOS to boot from the remaining hard-drive.

The boot process seemed to proceed to a point where the small LED access light stopped flashing and the message appeared on the screen:

"Bootmgr is missing. Press ctrl-alt-delete to restart"

Interestingly I repeated the experiment using Macrium Free which I have always used successfully in the past when my OS was Win 7/32. It worries me therefore that any rescue image I make in the future (and I do this once a week on Saturdays) will not restore my image in the event of a computer meltdown).


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November 17, 2012 at 16:30:00
My post #4
"You now need to go into the Boot section of the bios & make sure it is set to boot from the external USB harddrive"

Just to make really sure we are talking about the same thing, here are SS for you to check. Your bios may be different, this one is American Megatrends Inc ( AMI ) but it gives you the gist of things.
http://i.imgur.com/3KdFn.gif
http://i.imgur.com/tGmNq.gif



#1
November 16, 2012 at 17:01:18
"saved to an external USB harddrive'
Is that drive, IDE, Sata or other?

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#2
November 16, 2012 at 18:38:23
Sorry John... all drives are SATA

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#3
November 16, 2012 at 18:47:29
Doing a Google search on Acronis ver. 10 and Windows 7 looks like it has some issues. You may need to purchase a newer version to work on on Windows 7 NTFS partitions.

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#4
November 16, 2012 at 18:49:32
Ok Ewen, that eliminates a lot of issues.

You now need to go into the Boot section of the bios & make sure it is set to boot from the external USB harddrive.


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#5
November 16, 2012 at 19:22:39
You may need to repair your windows. If you have windows installation DVD or a USB drive, try repairing your windows.

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#6
November 16, 2012 at 20:09:42
Thank you John... I have done that and that aspect is OK.

gatepass007... thank you for your advice. I did a repair and the drive now boots to the black screen with the pulsing Windows logo and I get a sudden flash of a blue screen error (which is too quick to read).

THX 1138... if I can't resolve this I may very well have look at a programme update. Thanks for the response.


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#7
November 16, 2012 at 21:10:22
Ewen
I know you have tried to isolate the problem by trying Acronis & Macrium.

Lets try the one I use, make sure you make the drive bootable. We can then start looking at your bios & other settings.

What is your bios version please?

XXCLONE
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://xxclone.com/


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#8
November 16, 2012 at 23:26:31
Another thought Ewen, you don't say if you have a harddrive installed in the PC tower.

So I have a clear picture of everything, could I have screenshots ( SS ) of Disk Management please.
How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windo...


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#9
November 17, 2012 at 01:20:15
Thank you John... if you'll bear with me I'll search out the info and post back later... probably be tomorrow though.

Thank you for the handy links. Th programme looks good!


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#10
November 17, 2012 at 02:59:17
More thinking Ewen.

Best if I have the SS first, before you use XXCLONE.
Have all your drives connected, EXCEPT the back-up storage drive.

Then use this program.
Download and run ListParts64 by Farbar (for 64-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Click on the Scan button.
The scan results will open in Notepad.
Post those results in your next reply.

Once I have seen the above info, I can make a decision on when to run XXCLONE.


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#11
November 17, 2012 at 14:49:08
Here's the MB info John: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P and the address for my disk management SS is: http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/use...

Note though that Acronis also has the disc clone capability as doe EaseUS. Macrium is the free version and does a back-up and restore only provided it is to the original or "same size" disc.

ListParts.txt
ListParts by Farbar Version: 30-10-2012
Ran by Computer (administrator) on 18-11-2012 at 09:46:57
Windows 7 (X64)
Running From: C:\Users\Computer\Desktop\Downloads
Language: 0409
************************************************************

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 22%
Total physical RAM: 8173.54 MB
Available physical RAM: 6343.62 MB
Total Pagefile: 16345.26 MB
Available Pagefile: 14286.79 MB
Total Virtual: 8192 MB
Available Virtual: 8191.89 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

1 Drive c: (Windows) (Fixed) (Total:465.66 GB) (Free:408.05 GB) NTFS
3 Drive e: (Movies) (Fixed) (Total:309.57 GB) (Free:207.71 GB) NTFS
4 Drive f: (Data) (Fixed) (Total:309.57 GB) (Free:252.59 GB) NTFS
5 Drive g: (Graphics - Tutorials) (Fixed) (Total:312.37 GB) (Free:275.69 GB) NTFS
9 Drive m: (Back-up) (Fixed) (Total:465.76 GB) (Free:296.11 GB) NTFS

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 465 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 931 GB 0 B
Disk 2 No Media 0 B 0 B
Disk 3 Online 465 GB 1024 KB
Disk 4 No Media 0 B 0 B
Disk 5 No Media 0 B 0 B

Partitions of Disk 0:
===============

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 100 MB 1024 KB
Partition 2 Primary 465 GB 101 MB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 1 System Rese NTFS Partition 100 MB Healthy System (partition with boot components)

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 2
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 2 C Windows NTFS Partition 465 GB Healthy Boot

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 1:
===============

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 309 GB 1024 KB
Partition 2 Primary 309 GB 309 GB
Partition 3 Primary 312 GB 619 GB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 3 E Movies NTFS Partition 309 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 2
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 4 F Data NTFS Partition 309 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 3
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 5 G Graphics - NTFS Partition 312 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 3:
===============

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 465 GB 1024 KB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 3
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 7 M Back-up NTFS Partition 465 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================

****** End Of Log ******


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#12
November 17, 2012 at 14:59:25
Thanks Ewen, will look at that info whilst waiting for the screenshots.

Edit:
Got the SS, did'nt show on my screen, until I copy & pasted the text into a text file.


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#13
November 17, 2012 at 15:07:56
What drive letter is your image on?

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#14
November 17, 2012 at 15:30:19
Image is on M

I'm not sure what you mean by this: Got the SS, didn't show on my screen, until I copy & pasted the text into a text file.


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#15
November 17, 2012 at 15:40:49
"Image is on M"
Double check your Install instructions, I'm pretty sure the image has to be on a drive on it's own. ( No partitions)

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#16
November 17, 2012 at 15:45:55
"I'm not sure what you mean by this: Got the SS, didn't show on my screen, until I copy & pasted the text into a text file"
http://i.imgur.com/Z5GQ4.gif

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#17
November 17, 2012 at 15:57:02
Hack to Remove 100 MB System Reserved Partition When Installing Windows 7
http://www.mydigitallife.info/hack-...
http://i.imgur.com/CIsCo.gif

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#18
November 17, 2012 at 16:16:34
"Image is on M"
Opp's, another reread & look at the SS, it appears to be on it's own, unless I've got it wrong again.

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#19
November 17, 2012 at 16:30:00
✔ Best Answer
My post #4
"You now need to go into the Boot section of the bios & make sure it is set to boot from the external USB harddrive"

Just to make really sure we are talking about the same thing, here are SS for you to check. Your bios may be different, this one is American Megatrends Inc ( AMI ) but it gives you the gist of things.
http://i.imgur.com/3KdFn.gif
http://i.imgur.com/tGmNq.gif


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#20
November 17, 2012 at 18:34:29
Just googled your MB & you have an Award bios.
http://www.manualowl.com/m/Gigabyte...

Here is a SS to show what to click.
http://i.imgur.com/4RWmi.gif


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#21
November 17, 2012 at 20:07:57
Thanks John... booting from the USB setting in the BIOS is under control. The setting procedure is similar to my old BIOS in the 32 Bit system.

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#22
November 17, 2012 at 21:58:04
Before trying XXCLONE, try this.

How can I check whether an ISO image is bootable?
http://superuser.com/questions/4400...


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#23
November 18, 2012 at 14:35:32
Plenty of info. here John... I'll have another go at this and come back later. My prime concern was the fact that whereas Macrium always worked for me on my 32 Bit system Macrium on the the new 64 Bit system would not even read the external USB. I have always stored my system images like this and it concerned me that I would be unable to restore an image in the event of a meltdown. Accordingly I started by experimenting with a boot-disk and that's how my problems began. Thanks for the last link... I do have MagicISO and that's a handy one.

Regards


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