Cloned W2000 Drive: Login attempt = loop, No apparent escape
Posted on 2004-03-22
I recently started getting the dreaded "bad sector/block" report from my W2000 logs so I decided to upgrade to a new drive. Since I'm a multimedia developer, I have a lot of software on my computer that would take days to reinstall and configure. I'm in the middle of two development projects so I don't have the time to commit to a clean install. I decided to clone my existing 10 Gig, Maxtor, C: (Windows 2000) drive and it's F: (applications) drive partition to a new 80 Gig, Seagate, disk. I purchased Acronis True Image 7.0 to accomplish this task.
I installed the new 80 Gig drive as a slave and followed the True Image 7 directions for cloning my HD. After the cloning process completed, without a hitch, I connected the new drive as the master and the old drive as slave. When I rebooted the computer it still recognized the OLD 10 Gig drive as the C: drive... I went into the Computer management console and changed the drive letter assignments to the following:
New Seagate 80 Gig drive - 2 partitions
partition 1 (Windows OS) - C:
partition 2 (Applications) - F:
Old Maxtor 10 Gig drive
partition 1 (Windows OS) - M: (Previously C:)
partition 2 (Applications) - N: (Previously F:)
After designating the new drive letter assignments my plan was to restart the computer, wait for successful boot and then zero fill, erase and repartition the old 10 Gig drive for storage. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned. When I restarted the computer it repeats a login loop, I can't log in. I decided to try the Seagate boot utillity, the disk that came with the new drive, to access troubleshooting tools but it the prog freezes, upon booting from CDROM, and sometimes shuts the computer down spontaneously.
Is this a common problem?
Why didn't this procedure work?
The seagate tools disk worked fine previously, now it doesn't, why?
Is there a work around or solution to the W2000 login loop?
Is this a hardware issue?