Norton ghost, messed up a copy

Hewlett-packard / Hp pavilion tx2000 notebo...
March 9, 2010 at 05:15:56
Specs: 7 ultimate 32bit, 2 GHz / 1982 MB
Hi,
My primary IDE drive (C:) had only 6gb left, so I bought a nice new Sata 1.5Tb drive.
I "Actived" the drive in windows manager to allow it to be used, I didn't format it as Ghost said it wasn't neccesary.
I proceeded to do a drive copy (which was what ghost told me to do if I was transferring my windows to a new, bigger drive), And off it went. Ghost also said it would auto expand the copy to fill the new space.
Oh, I also checked the "make destination the primay disc" and "copy the MBR", all as instructed by ghost.
An hour later, i shut down, removed old drive, and switched on. What I was greeted with was nothing. I had to use task manager to run explorer, and I was left with a dud account, and a win 98 visual, with absolutly no access to anything, not even my computer.
So I have decided to format the drive and try again, so I used my original IDE to boot, and now i cannot format the drive because it says "It contains this windows op system and could damage windows".
What can do now? I already tried to re-copy the process but I'm blocked from doing that too.

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#1
March 9, 2010 at 10:55:34
Run an repair upgrade install of Windows 7, it should fix the mess.

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#2
March 9, 2010 at 11:07:34
Thanks Sabretooth. Well the thing corrupted my original IDE windows, so I ended up doing it the ancient way of a clean install, an rebuilding my windows environment from scratch.
Kinda feel cheated though that I paid out for ghost and it failed me. Many thanks again.

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#3
March 9, 2010 at 15:23:10
Your issues include more than simple ghost tasks. One is if you had drivers installed for sata. Simply setting the bios to ahci may have worked. You may have had to install the drivers for your motherboard before the clone. It may also be a bios boor order issue.

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#4
March 10, 2010 at 21:24:13
Most hard drive manufacturers offer free disk utilities either with the drives on CD or as downloads from their websites. These are both free and probably would have done a better job of cloning your drive as they know their drives better and they can be more specific to the drive particulars.
That said, as long as you do not loose data, a clean install is always better, it just takes a little more time generally.

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