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Hard Drive Mess,Appreciate Help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by HaroRider, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. HaroRider

    HaroRider Thread Starter

    Aug 9, 2006
    I just recently tried to copy over everything from one hard drive to another. I just purchased Acronis True Image 2011 and copied my 70 gig hard drive to my empty 640 gig hard drive. The 640 gig is a SATA drive and I think the 70 gig is both if that makes sense. I am not really sure, but it has 4 thick pins in the back of it. This is connected with SATA as well. The computer is custom built and has an ASUS mother board running Windows 7. 2 gigs of ram and a SATA CD rom,.

    On to the problem, I succefully copied over the small harddrive to the other accordin to the Acronis program. Once tried booting off the 640 gig haddrive it says boot manager error..so I figured whatever Il just throwmy old one back in. Which I did but then I got a Reeboot and select proper boot device error. I removed the BIOS battery and tried different cables in different SATA slots, it detects the hard drive by name so I know it sees the hard drive. I dont know what I sould do. Any help would be great as now I dont have any computer except my slow laptop that I am currently using.

    Thanks, Tom
  2. pip22


    Nov 21, 2004
    What may have happenned is that on your original Windows installation, the boot files are on a small, hidden partition that has no drive-letter. Windows is installed on drive C:, but without the boot files.

    I've found that TrueImage is not compatible with systems that have that type of installation because the small boot partition must be marked as 'Active', with the main Windows partition (C) marked as 'Inactive'.

    TrueImage Recovery gets it the wrong way round, so the system can't find the boot manager which is on the small partition.

    You need to either make the C: partition 'Inactive' & the small partition 'Active', or use a different disk-imaging application which doesn't have the same flaw that TrueImage has.
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