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can't boot from cloned hdd


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HI

here is what the problum is.
copied HDD using norton ghost 15. befor copy started there was a list of options to select or deselect. I deselected (don't ask me why) the option to make hdd active and bootable. Now i have put it in my desktop computer and can't boot. Now plz guide me step by step how to make it workable. I want to use it as my primery HDD. So for nothing seem to fix the problum. the HDD has Vista Home premium.

Thanks in advance for the input

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Hi SAA and :)

The easiest way is to reclone the drive and mark it to be active and bootable.
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Thanks for the suggestion. But the Original is in miami :)
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someone plz guide me :)
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How to set active partition in Vista and XP
http://www.online-te...ition-vista-xp/

Scroll down to "Set active partition using command line".

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility
http://support.micro....com/kb/300415/
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Thnks for the tip. but didn,t work.
:)
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http://www.geekstogo...s...t&p=1773108
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Lets try and clarify something here.

But the Original is in miami

Are you trying to use a cloned drive in another completely different.computer?
If so, then its not going to work because the clone has drivers for the board and hardware you cloned. The other computer has drivers specific to its board.
Even if you had marked it "bootable and active" it would not work.

Its like taking a working drive from 1 computer and sticking it in another and expecting it to work (it won't).
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:) That probably is the case. Thanks for the input.

It will help for future ref. if there is a way to clone to work that arround.
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what about using any of those technics when changing MB without reinstalling the OS
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Upon installation, Windows determines the type of hardware that is in the computer and sets-up a compatible HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer).

If you later remove this hard drive and insert it in another PC, or install a new motherboard in original PC, the HAL installed on the hard drive may not match the hardware.

Wikipedia > Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
http://en.wikipedia....straction_layer

Microsoft > HAL options after Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Setup
http://support.micro....com/kb/309283/

Microsoft > How to force a Hardware Abstraction Layer during an upgrade or an installation of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299340
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If the hardware on the board is close enough, the computer might boot but with all types of problems.
Sometimes a How to repair Windows XP will work.

I also believe that we might be bordering on a license issue if you have it installed on 1 computer in Miami and are trying to do the same elsewhere.
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