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Acronis and full clone problem. Won't boot


Diemmess
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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?

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Diemmess

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Good point woodchip.

I'm not sure I can boot from USB in the BIOS anyway, but it is worth trying what you suggest (even if it makes me show some effort) and connect the target as a secondary drive.

Experiments will have to wait 'till tomorrow now. What I want is a plug-in replacement HD if the resident fails to run at all.

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rdave13

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Cloning to a usb drive should make no difference. If you disconnected the original drive then connected the 'cloned' drive to your PC it should boot and act exactly as your original drive. If not then it is duff.

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Diemmess

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Managed to stop rebooting on error.

A screenful of code plus non-specific mention of a hardware change (obviously the HD) is all headed with - CONFIGLISTFAILED

rdave13 I dont think the target HD is duff. I ran chkdisk on it and when mounted as a USB drive all expected files and folders are there.

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rdave13

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That look as if the target drive hasn't enough space for the cloning, doubt if ram problem as original drive boot up ok.

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Diemmess

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rdave13 Many thanks.

"There's none so blind as those who will not see!"

I've come back online to say the same thing. Having checked the "new drive" it has enough space in data and backup drives but C:(OS and major apps.) has, I'm ashamed to say just 4Kb free space.

Hope to report problem solved, but first a lot of copying as well as a final clone. I have a 320GB HD which I should have used, but was my data backup, that has to be copied across to the 160GB disk first.

What started as a luxury backup has now taken far too much of everyone's time to shelve now.

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Diemmess

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The dust has settled.

Problem 1. Cloned drive would not boot

Answer: Target drive too small. Though the total drive free space available was plenty, Acronis halved all partitions regardless of need, strangling a deliberately small C: left with only 4Kb to operate!

Problem, 2. Couldn't read flashed error message

Answer: set BIOS to halt on error. The message so typical was when I read it - irrelevant.

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T0SH

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If you boot to the (F8) safemode choices menu you can choose "Disable automatic restart" to view the bluescreen error report

Cheers HC

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