Acronis and full clone problem. Won't boot

  Diemmess 11:37 24 Aug 2012

A new thread about an outstanding problem [(Earlier thread])1 Acronis TI v 10 has been used where necessary for years purely to re-set Drive C: from a backup of that drive – XP Pro

Last week having a spare HD I decided to make a clone which could be plugged in if the main SATA HD really died.

Tried every which way to produce the thing including instead of backup/restore I cloned the whole HD (all drives). Whatever the method, the PC refused to load Windows. The clone went as far as the black screen with bar graph and then rebooted The backups froze at the Windows trademark as when shutting down but without any message.

The fault must be mine, what have I done or not done?

  Diemmess 11:43 24 Aug 2012

Even the link was too long winded! Try this.earlier thread

  rdave13 12:18 24 Aug 2012

I'm not familiar with Acronis but does it have a feature to check the old hard drive for bad sectors or errors? Or you could use Windows' own disc check.

  Diemmess 12:28 24 Aug 2012

The current HD is not misbehaving, normal daily use. The target (spare) HD is a very little used 160 Gb Western digital

Verification is the only check available in Acronis and Safe Mode won't boot either.

Can I run chkdisk with the problem disc as an external disc? I ask this because I'm up to here with moving things around trying every possibility

  lotvic 12:36 24 Aug 2012

I agree it looks like it must be the hard drive if you tried all ways: backup/restore, clone. Do you have another spare Drive you could try it on?

I'm waiting delivery of a couple Drives to do exactly same procedure for my W7.

  lotvic 12:41 24 Aug 2012

"run chkdisk with the problem disc as an external disc" yes, you should be able to rightclick the disc, Properties, Tools and choose error checking.

  Diemmess 17:28 26 Aug 2012

I must be missing a vital point somewhere. CHKDISK no effect. Tried preparation for cloning (Partition Magic) to clear the target HD and the clone result - no change

Tried the MBR restore both before and after a fresh file backed and restored.

At least the boot failure is becoming reliable!! Stops at choices like F8 does.

Whether safe or normal mode is chosen, the black wallpaper with the large Windows logo, loops into reboot. Just before it reboots a flash of blue screen very very briefly and all I have managed to read is in block capitals CONFIG FAILED. There' lots more info. but the notice lasts for only a blink.

To recap.

Normal Recovery for drive C: (containing OS and Major Apps) was and I hope still is, OK.

Now for the first time, I want a clone on a separate HD against the fear that one day the HD might not spin. Both resident and target HDs are SATA and the target though smaller has ample space. That Blue Screen. If I can pause the computer I might be able to read and learn.

Which key can I press to pause the screen? It is just before the Welcome screen, but though the screen looks like DOS, Windows has almost loaded

  woodchip 18:57 26 Aug 2012

did you unplug the old drive, and the new drive would need to be connected direct not usb

  ams4127 19:47 26 Aug 2012

I agree with woodchip

I cloned my "C" drive to another HDD. Shut down the machine, unplugged the original drive and plugged the drive with the cloned image on it into the vacant socket and the machine booted first time. I'm still using it.

  Diemmess 19:59 26 Aug 2012

Yes. ----- I simply disconnected the resident drive and used the same leads for the target dive perched on a mat of Scotchbrite.

Obviously I had to use an external drive for the source (Restore) or target when cloneing.

Have you an idea how I can pause to read the BSOD type flash message?

  woodchip 20:26 26 Aug 2012

That will be a driver Problem, most likely as you Cloned to the USB drive instead of fitting the Drive in a spare bay then cloning it. will it boot from the usb drive with it in the enclosure

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