Cloned Drive Won't Boot
Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:10 PM
Now I am totally confused. I have done the same thing before without any problems. I talked with another tech who said to try it as a back up and not as a copy.
So I created the back up and then restored it to the drive, no luck. I did all of the items mentioned above, create partition, reboot, restore, reboot, fix registry, FixMbr, reboot, still not recoginizing the OS. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:32 PM
Remove the floppy and let us know how it went.
Get AEFDISK here, and yes the trial version will work
Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:41 PM
Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:52 PM
Posted 29 December 2009 - 03:35 PM
Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:45 PM
I tried running AEFDisk on one drive from a Win98 boot disk (as it will not run inside an XP command window). After that, the computer responded that "Windows could not start because of a configuration issue and could not read from the selected boot disk". However, it boots fine from my boot floppy. I checked the MBR in MBRWiz which still shows Drive 0, type/name of 07-NTFS and the partition is active with the start sector at 63. I then have run MBRFix again and still the drive is not readable to boot.
KCarney, I ran your AEFdisk with no success. I also ran fdisk from the 98 boot disk as sometimes it will get rid of a 4 bit string that can cause issues.
RDSOK, I have made it the primary and active partition on 2 different drives and both drives are behaving the same way. Both had primary partitions created. One drive was made active after I restored the data and one was made active after I created the partition. Both will boot from the boot disk. Now one black screens and the one I ran aefdisk on now errors that the disk has a configuration issue.
Do either of you have any other thoughts?
What about anyone else?
I hate to have something like this defeat me so I wish to follow this through until I can find a solution!
Thank you for any assistance and thoughts!
Posted 29 December 2009 - 04:48 PM
Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:17 PM
The other drive states that fixboot can't find the system drive. I rechecked it with MBRWiz and verified that it shows the partition as active.
I am still at a loss!
Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:05 PM
Something's not right here. The bios doesn't look at the partition table to determine what drives are connected and doesn't even look to see which partition is set to active until the very last stage during POST.
Have you considered making a new image to make sure it's not corrupted or incomplete?
Posted 29 December 2009 - 10:50 PM
Any ideas as to what I am missing???
Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:07 PM
* The Default value in the [Boot Loader] section of the Boot.ini file is missing or invalid.
* Windows XP is not installed in the location specified in the Boot.ini file.
* The Ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or damaged.
* The partition path in the Boot.ini file is not set correctly.
* General hardware failure.
Read method #2 in that article about hot to use "bootcfg /rebuild" to rebuild your boot.ini file (after you backup the original one).
Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:45 AM
Many Dell PC's have a hidden diagnostic partition
so Boot partition C: is second partition not first
this affects boot.ini if hidden diagnostic partition is not replaced
sorry I can not get access to my real boot.ini to show example
but example of boot.ini from boot floppy to bypass corrupt NT / XP / 2K startup files follows
[boot loader] timeout=-1 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP, First harddisk, first partition" /sos no diagnostic partition multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="XP, First harddisk, second partition" /sos original with diagnostic partition multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="XP, First harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="XP, First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XP, Second harddisk, first partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="XP, Second harddisk, second partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="XP, Second harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="XP, Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"
Note /sos displays diagnostic information
This post has been edited by mbarnes: 30 December 2009 - 08:47 AM