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Boot Failure after HD Replacement


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Diedre

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I recently replaced my old failing hard drive with a new seagate baraccuda 1tb drive. I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre A58e 0841AEU. I used Macrium Reflect free to image the pc, using dvds which gave me an error they were corrupted. I then tried to clone the old hd info to the new one but the new hd won't boot into windows. When I turn on the pc, I get an error saying Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt. It lists File: \Windows\system32\config\system Status: 0x000014c.I have a Macrium Reflect Boot cd but it can't repair the boot issue. I didn't buy the pc new. The recovery cds I bought from Lenovo are for factory installed win7 pro and what was installed on the pc when I bought it was win7 ultimate. I didn't get cds or activation codes for the software with the pc when I bought it and really don't want to loose the Microsoft Office programs I have on the old hd. I don't have the win7 system recovery disk that I made previously and I might be wrong, but I don't remember it ever having the startup repair option listed on it. Help!
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Any Win 7 disc should work. The only difference in what version you see is what License key you enter. So I have two thoughts to this, both of which I will share with you. 1.) Googling the error code comes back with a lot of FIXMBR responses. Maybe it is just the Master Boot Record that needs to be fixed, which can be done from the recovery console on a win 7 disc. Try these directions http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 2.) I suppose the potential exists for a bad clone to have happened. I would try the FixMBR before I would consider wiping the new drive and cloning it again. It just sounds like the computer doesn't understand that its original drive has been replaced.
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I did not receive a Win 7 disc or a MS Office disc when I bought the pc. I didn't buy it new. I ordered a Lenovo recovery disc with Win 7 on it but it doesn't have repair options like the MS Win 7 version does. I did go to the website you listed and tried the recommendations there but I still can't boot the new hard drive. I also made a win 7 system repair disc and it does have a startup repair option but I was not able to get the new hard drive to boot.
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To my mind Diedre you bought the wrong disks from Lenovo, you bought 7 Pro when your machine had 7 Ultimate and anyway these are only recovery disks and not full operating system installation disks.

I reckon what you need is a copy of either Windows 7 Ultimate Retail or unbranded OEM (system builder).
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I finally got my new hard drive cloned and working. I had both drives connected and I then booted from the win 7 system repair disc. It did a start up repair of the old drive. I was trying to repair the new one which wasn't working. The old drive booted fine. I wasn't sure if trying to clone again with Macrium Reflect would work, but since I had a Seagate hard drive I decided to try Acronis Disc Wizard and it worked.
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That sound good mate, glad your issue is resolved. :thumbsup:
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