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I am doing a school project where many modification to the OS have been customized. This is being done on an external drive in which we have to bring to class and continuously work on. Once all the required tasks are completed we have toe run a sysprep. I made a cloned copy of this drive using Arconis and it too won't boot. All the files are intact and accessible.

When the system starts all I get is a flashing underscore.

I have tried the system repair off the W7 disk, bootrec

What are my options??? (I don't have the time to invest in redoing the assignment)
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The cloned copy does not boot or neither copy boots?

If its the cloned copy, that just sounds like a failed copy (did not 100% complete the copy, and therefore there might be missing system files).
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Did you make sure the partition was flagged as bootable in Acronis? Fixing the MBR will do nothing if the drive isn't marked as a bootable drive.
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have you tried booting with a win xp disk and booted to repair command mode and ran a fixboot command to initialize the boot disk and then run a fixmbr to put it back into the mbr .
Edited by downlinx - 3/5/12 at 7:54am
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Your best option is to backup the whole thing to your rig, and re-install a fresh windows onto the external, then copy the modifications back into place one at a time. This will need you to research exactly which files each task had you actually modify. Exporting your registry mods is easy from a running machine, select the section you modified, and right click, select export, it will make it into a .reg file, which you can then merge back into the new, clean, fixed registry. See if a friend on the same course has a working copy to grab the registry keys from in a simple to install form.
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Originally Posted by downlinx View Post

have you tried booting with a win xp disk and booted to repair command mode and ran a fixboot command to initialize the boot disk and then run a fixmbr to put it back into the mbr .

He already said he used a Win7 repair disk and did bootrec (win7's fixboot command).
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win7 repair is crap when the disc can not be seen or initialized.
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The cloned copy does not boot or neither copy boots?
If its the cloned copy, that just sounds like a failed copy (did not 100% complete the copy, and therefore there might be missing system files).

This ^^

try image off the Arconis disk, ie; the boot copy of Arconis.

i had to do it 3 times to get a good copy, also is this an image or are you booting from the removable HDD
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The cloned copy does not boot or neither copy boots?
If its the cloned copy, that just sounds like a failed copy (did not 100% complete the copy, and therefore there might be missing system files).

I cloned the drive, as I have done many times b4, (1st time with the new CHV) and have had some issues with multiboot (usually with an XP, Vista\W7 mix) but a quick fix with BCD and its good to go.
When I started up the original drive it wouldn't boot, so I went to the clone copy and that wouldn't boot either. It did freeze, (Arconis) the first attempt to copy, but I wouldn't think that to fudge the source copy.The second attempt said it was successful.

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Originally Posted by allikat View Post

Your best option is to backup the whole thing to your rig, and re-install a fresh windows onto the external, then copy the modifications back into place one at a time. This will need you to research exactly which files each task had you actually modify. Exporting your registry mods is easy from a running machine, select the section you modified, and right click, select export, it will make it into a .reg file, which you can then merge back into the new, clean, fixed registry. See if a friend on the same course has a working copy to grab the registry keys from in a simple to install form.

I tried similar but not all the files would allow me to copy, even though the drive was static..even though I'm logged on as the administrator.! ..??
I even tried a complete cut and paste over a fresh install!!! ( yeah I'm getting that desperate!)

Reg mod... How do I access the reg files from the drive when its OS is not running? I wasn't aware you could actually do that!

I do still have the clone copy untouched, the initial drive wouldn't boot so I started messing with that one, not thinking my cloned copy would be fudged. No drive errors, I can access all the files just can't copy them all.
Edited by brewermoe - 3/5/12 at 4:56pm
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Did you make sure the partition was flagged as bootable in Acronis? Fixing the MBR will do nothing if the drive isn't marked as a bootable drive.

LOL, that a possibility!! doh.gif
But that shouldn't make my source copy not boot.
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