Image hard drive will not boot

August 15, 2009 at 04:33:50
Specs: Windows XP
I am using Norton Ghost to make a hard disk image. I use the Disk to Disk function to make the Image. All files are there but I cannot get the hard drive to boot. Is there something in the Boot sector of that hard disk to keep it from booting and if so how do I fix it.

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#1
August 15, 2009 at 07:28:15
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Are either of the drives SATA type?


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#2
August 15, 2009 at 08:16:36
Both are IDE.

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#3
August 15, 2009 at 08:41:01
With Ghost 2003 the install disk is bootable, you then get into a
DOS like interface where you can select the target & source to
restore the disk.

Not sure about newer versions.

If you have cloned to a usb, make sure you have set the boot
order of the pc to boot from usb.

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#4
August 15, 2009 at 08:42:42
Another thought, if both are IDE, perhaps you need to set the
link on the other hard drive to master & not slave?

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#5
August 15, 2009 at 10:10:17
The drive needs to be set active in order to boot. Sometimes when you do a disk copy the active bit is copied and sometimes it's not. Generally if you already have one disk set active then the OS will not allow a second drive to be set active. So if you have both drives attached you need to disconnect the original. Setting the bit is OS-independent so it may be easiest to do it with a 98 bootdisk. Run FDISK and choose option 2.

If the problem is not due to the active bit, what error messages show when you attempt to boot from the cloned drive?


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#6
August 15, 2009 at 11:28:29
Are you SURE that you cloned the disk and not made an image of it?

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