Unable to login to newly ghosted hard drive

November 11, 2010 at 14:55:11
Specs: Windows XP
Hello,

I used ghost 15 to copy an existing windows XP SP3 HD (160GB) to a HD of the same size and when I boot up to the new HD in the same machine, I get the login screen. When I enter my credentials, It looks like it's going to log me in but, it immediately logs me off the system. I've tried a second HD and got the same results. HELP!!!!


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#1
November 11, 2010 at 16:07:52
I assume that you have replaced the old HDD with the new HDD and set it to be the bootable device in BIOS?

Have you also set the new HDD boot partition as active?
Did ghost 15 copy the old HDD including the MBR? ie was it a true clone?

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#2
November 11, 2010 at 19:03:13
Well, since you get to the login screen we can assume you did copy mbr.

Might need to disable smart sector.

ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/products/ghost/15/manuals/ngh_15_user_guide.pdf
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#3
November 12, 2010 at 11:55:59
No luck. Here's what I did. I booted up to source disk and went into disk manager and deleted the partition and created a new partition so that it would be recognized by ghost as a target drive. Went in the copy disk wizard and selected the source drive (C:\) and als the target drive (E:\). I then selected the following:
Set drive (Active)
Disable SmartSector copying
Copy MBR

The copying part took about 30 min. for a 6GB image. After it was done, I shutdown the machine and disconnected the source drive and plugged the target drive with the cable I used for the source drive. When I turn on the machine, it comes to the login screen. I login to the machine and it immediately logs me off. I don't even see the windows screen with icons. I've tried a few scenarios and no luck. Any other ideas? Thanks for taking time out to help me out everyone.

Rob


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#4
November 12, 2010 at 13:06:10
30 minutes for 6GB seems very long

Did you run chkdsk and defrag on the original HDD before cloning?
It is usually advised to do that first before cloning.

Something to try
Can you log into safe mode?
If you can try chkdsk /f /r

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#5
November 12, 2010 at 13:14:30
There is no point in creating partitions on a drive you are going to put an image on.

The distination drive should be raw [raw=unpartitioned unformatted]

You should just do a disk to disk image. It's the partitioning that is causing windows fail to load. The resulting disk layout isn't matching which means drive letters are off so windows can't load stuff via the registry.

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#6
November 12, 2010 at 14:49:36
mosaddique, it took this long when I used the Disable SmartSector copying option. Before I used that, it only took 5 minutes. I did a defrag before I started this whole process. Thanks for the response

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#7
November 12, 2010 at 14:53:13
Wanderer, What is the trick to be able to see the target drive when I start the copy from the source?

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#8
November 12, 2010 at 15:43:35
There shouldn't be any trick required. Both drives are seen in the system by the bios right? Imaging software goes straight to the hardware. If you can't see the drive in ghost you have misconfigured the drive.

ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/products/ghost/15/manuals/ngh_15_user_guide.pdf

chapter15
Copying one hard drive to another hard drive
"The new hard drive does not need to be formatted."
"If the hard drive that you want to copy contains more than one partition, you
must copy each partition, one at a time, to the new hard drive."

The original drive, one or more partitions?

"To copy one hard drive to another hard drive
1 On the Tools page, click CopyMyHard Drive.
2 Complete the steps in the wizard to copy the drive."


I would use smart sectoring which speeds up the copy along with the make the drive active. Distination partition type primary. IMPORTANT: match the current drive letter with the ghost drive letter selection.

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#9
November 12, 2010 at 16:33:54
The reason I suggested to disable it was because of the problem.

It is either not copying correctly for some reason or some issue with authentication. Basically the sam database can't authenticate you as a user.

Guess you could try in safe mode or even try repair.

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#10
November 13, 2010 at 07:05:33
Thanks everyone for your help. I'll try these out on Monday. Thanks again.

Rob


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#11
November 15, 2010 at 13:02:44
Hey Guys,

The suggestion that wanderer sent worked. I don't know what I was looking at when I started this thread. Again, thanks for helping out. I won't forget this fix.


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