Bootable ISO not working on new formatted drive

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1mccormick

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I have about 10 tablets (Motion Computing M1400s) at my office that use 2.5 IDE/ATA drives running Windows XP Pro. Several of my units needed larger hard drives so I purchased a bunch of wiped 80GB drives. I created an ISO of my existing drive using DriveImage XML and found something odd happening occassionally:

If I re-image a drive that already had an OS on it then everything works perfectly and the tablet loads up windows without a problem; however, if I re-image a drive that has been wiped clean and needs to be formatted then the image files transfer but the drive doesn't boot...

When I get a drive that is wiped I do a slow simple volume format first NTFS - no multiple partitions or anything like that. Once the drive is formatted and recognized by my computer I then launch DriveImage XML, select Restore Image, select the same Windows ISO that worked on drives that aren't wiped, install the image, put the drive into a tablet and go to bios to make sure everything is recognized properly, but then when I restart the computer it doesn't recognize the hard drive as containing system information to boot.

The same files are there on either a drive that works or doesn't the only difference is if the drive was wiped and needed to be formatted before re-imaging the drive vs. just re-imaging a drive that has proper format already in place and/or has files that I'm re-imaging over anyway.

Any ideas?

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