Cannot boot from Norton Ghost Copy Disk

Posted on 2005-03-10
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have just used Norton Ghost 9.0 to copy my 80Gb drive to a new 200Gb drive, to replace the smaller HD. Before the copy process I did not assign a drive letter to my new HD. I wanted to be able to retain the C Drive letter. I have set the jumper to cable select as I have another drive. I now cannot boot from this drive as it apparently is not active. Can you advise on how I may assign drive letter C to this new drive as I am not given the option anyware to change it to C: in either Norton Ghost or Partition Magic. Regards.
Question by:tabitha1
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ID: 13512322

How did you do the ghosting - disk to disk or partition to partition?

Have you attempted the new 200Gb in the pc by itself and see if it boots? If it does then add the other drive setting the jumpers as Master and Slave - does this work?

Theoretically if you done a disk to disk ghost copy the your original hdd then the new should be an identical copy that should boot as if nothing has changed.

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ID: 13512437
I used the copy drive feature of Ghost. That is copy my main c drive to my new 200gb drive. I was given the option of selecting a drive letter, but I wanted it to be C, not any of the other letters that were available. Also I ticked on the option of copying the mbr and making this new drive active.
I have tried the new drive but the message that I got was...  boot from CD
Also don't forget that there was no drive letter assigned to this drive

Accepted Solution

mhambridge earned 1500 total points
ID: 13512584

Set drive active (for starting OS) Make the destination drive the active partition (the drive the computer starts from). Only one drive can be active at a time. To start the computer, it must be on the first drive, and it must contain an operating system. When the computer starts, it reads the partition table of the first drive to find out which drive is active and starts from that location. If the drive is not bootable or you are not certain that it is, have a boot disk ready.
Set drive active is valid for basic disks only (not dynamic disks).

Did you do this when you copied the ghost copy?

Here is a link from symantec on how to do a disk to disk copy;


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