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Windows won't boot.. what am I missing???

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newbienerd

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Lethbridge, AB
I have a secondary disk that I GHOST (clone) to as a backup copy of my system. It is a 6G disk divided into 3 Gigs each. I did a partition to partition copy of my windows onto each partition. Now, my problem is when I try to boot from this 6G HD, I cant boot. It displays a message "Press A to Reboot". Why is that?? I have also tried resetting the MBR on it with the 'fdisk /mbr' command. And even did a sys c: on it... and yet it still won't boot. Why is that?? What am I missing??? Does it have something to do with the fact that it is partitioned? I know that when I have a problem with my main 3 gig disk... I just partition to partition copy from either one of the backup copies that I have made and it is just fine and dandy... lol!!!!... I have even tried the Maxtor HD when I got sick of using my noisy WD HD. What is it that I don't know?? I know that when I do disk to disk clones there is also no problem... so what is it that I am missing??? GRRRRR!!! please help before I go insane!!!

PS.. i know that the disk is just fine... because, like I said, I have tried it with 2 good working condition HDs. Thanks!!!! There is something else that I don't know about here... and I know one of you geniuses out there will tell me and I will say, "Ahhhh.... I get it now! Gee I'm such a moron!!" LOL!!!!

Thanks!!!
 

David

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When you used ghost, did you make an image of your drive onto the partition? Or did you actually copy everything across?

Try ghosting it back over to another drive and see if it works?
 
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newbienerd

newbienerd

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When I do a ghost partition to partition back to the original 3 gig HD. It boots. It is not a mere image it is a partition clone (exact copy or supposed to be) of the original. I just think there is something about partitioned drives and partition clones that I am unaware of. As far as I know the primary is active. I will check to make sure. thanks
 
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newbienerd

newbienerd

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LOL!!!! I forgot to set it to active!!!!! arrgggghhh I'm such a moron... see... i knew there was something stupid like that that I was missing... errrrrr... I thought that when i made it primary that it was already active... grrrr... hehehe (blush)