Make new disk bootable

Microsoft Windows vista home premium sp1...
November 7, 2009 at 05:25:29
Specs: Windows Vista
I bought PC from Dell two year ago (I know now don't moan at me). My old HD is sounding a bit chuggy, so bought new HD. Copied old drive to new HD using Norton Ghost 14 and made settings as OS and master boot record. This all copied over fine, but when I started PC, after removing old drive, I changed the boot disk to the new disk and says it cannot find bootable disk. Checked disk management and new HD is active, but cannot make it say boot. When I look at the old drive this says boot, active etc etc.

How can i make new HD drive the boot drive.

Thanks.

Simon


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#1
November 7, 2009 at 08:00:13
... when you turn it "on" and it "fires up" ...boots-up

... tap the <F8> key .... do you see a "repair" option?


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#2
November 7, 2009 at 09:48:22
F8 key does not do anything, get a message saying no bootable device available

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#3
November 7, 2009 at 10:16:50
Does it make a difference that the original HD has a "Recovery" partition on it, as it appears that this has boot details on it?

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#4
November 7, 2009 at 12:27:39
What type of hard drive is installed, IDE or SATA that you bought?

When you copied the drive did you do a partition or whole disk copy?

Richard


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#5
November 7, 2009 at 12:50:15
Its a SATA HDD

I asked for whole disk copy, but the original disk I copied from is partitioned into 3. I asked Ghost for whole disk copy then selected drive C as the copy from drive.


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#6
November 7, 2009 at 13:46:52
Sorry, I did not select drive c, I selected partition c.

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#7
November 7, 2009 at 13:49:48
I don't know about Ghost, but in Acronis you have a selection for drive to tick(default), if you then click on the C partition to select it on a multi partitioned drive, the rest of the partitions are deselected and only the C partition will be imaged.

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#8
November 7, 2009 at 13:52:33
You posted while I was typing, if you still have the old drive working reimage the whole drive and try again.

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#9
November 7, 2009 at 14:33:24
As suggested do a new copy. This time do a disk to disk, not a partition. You are missing the boot sectors that allow the system to boot.

Are the disks the same size? If not let the drive expand to fill the new drive if larger. Before starting go to option and check ignore CRC errors and on another tab select force clone on errors.

Richard


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#10
November 7, 2009 at 20:42:26
When I select "copy my hard drive" the wizard takes me into a screen saying select source. This then lists the "drives", in my case, from the old HDD it says that c,d and j are the drives, (these are actually the seperate partitions I set up on the old HDD I talked about earlier). So it would appear I cannot copy/clone the whole drive, as each time I would be missing partitions d and j and as I mentioned above, I think that the d partition holds the boot details. The old HDD came in two partitions c and d, but I addd a third to seperate out the various uses of the drive.

With this in mind, I tried to set up partitions in new HDD, as d, c and j and disk copied each of the partitions from the old HDD in the same order, using Norton Ghost, to basically replicate the old drive, but this did not work either!! I think that this might be due to the bootmanager pointing to drive c, as the OS and not the new drive P, as the new OS, but cannot get into bootmanager to advise where the new OS is.

Is there any freeware out there that I could use to copy the whole of the drive in one hit, so that I have a perfect image of the whole drive rather than a perfect copy of the c partition only?


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#11
November 8, 2009 at 04:52:54
... I have never used this "clonezilla"

... do you have a Vista bootup DVD? ... if so boot to Command prompt

... then type: bcdedit /enum [press enter]

... and post back anything listed as "unknown" under its relevant {heading}

... it'll be just a case of altering the "unknown" by typing correct commands in the {bootmgr} ....etc


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#12
November 8, 2009 at 10:31:25
Don't have Visa bootup DVD was pre-installed on system. Only have recovery disk.

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#13
November 8, 2009 at 16:30:55
Did the drive come with software to be used for this purpose. If not go to the OEM's web and download it. For example seagate uses seatools.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#14
November 8, 2009 at 16:43:58
Thanks for all your help guys, I did in the end use BootIt NG to reconfigure the new HDD to be the boot drive and this has worked, old HDD binned and new HDD working fine.

Thanks again for your time.


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