Symantec Livestate 6.0

Hello,

I ddi a restore on a machine and noe the machine just keeps rebooting.  It doesn't even get to windows.  Any Ideas?


Wes
hmcnastyAsked:
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Livestate should only affect windows setup, not the boot sector.  Sounds like that is messed up.
Go into the BIOS and make sure the hard disk is recognized correctly by the BIOS.
WHile there, change to boot from CD rom.

Insert the windows CD, and boot from it, choose recovery console.
Type -- edit C:\boot.ini (or type C:\boot.ini)
you are just trying to find out if it is there, and is a valid file with 2 choices for boot.

If so, then type fixboot C:
Do you want to change C -- yes.
Now reboot, change BIOS back to booting from C.

You should boot OK now, if not, you will have to say exactly where it stops/freezes.
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danhill85Commented:
Also, change the system failure options:

Right-click "My Computer", choose "Properties", choose "Advanced", in 'Startup and Recovery', choose "Settings" and disable the 'automatically restart' option.  You may at least have the opportunity to examine any BSOD that appears.
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pgm554Commented:
Is the machine the same machine that the image was made from?
Or is it different(HW wise)?


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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
a little different...just the hardrive.  I think it went from a Maxtor to  a Seagate.

Wes

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scrathcyboyCommented:
did you try the bootsector refresh I described above?
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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
not yet....I will hope to do it tonight.

Thanks

W
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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
I went to use the recovery console but it asked for a floppy drive.  Did I do something wrong?
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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
I got to the recovery console.  It asked me which one I wanted to log into.  The only available was C:\WINNT  When I typed in C:\boot.ini it said that it was unreconized and to type help for assistance.

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scrathcyboyCommented:
you have to EDIT the boot.ini file
Type "help" at the prompt, and it will list all the commands available.  One should be edit.
Then you type " edit C:\boot.ini "
Type -- edit C:\boot.ini (or type C:\boot.ini)
you are just trying to find out if it is there, and is a valid file with 2 choices for boot.

If so, then type fixboot C:
Do you want to change C -- yes.
Now reboot, change BIOS back to booting from C.

You should boot OK now, if not, you will have to say exactly where it stops/freezes.
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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
ok ...I did it.  Now it goes through the starting windows line at the bottom of the screen (the white bar) then it reboots the machine from there.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
so making sure the boot.ini was good, and running fixboot, as I suggested, solved the problem?  Glad it worked.  If you are happy you can close the question by assigning points to the best answer (or answers -- split points link, near where you reply).  Good luck, remember fixboot C: in the future, it is a valuable command.
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hmcnastyAuthor Commented:
no..no wait it just goes to the white "starting windows" bar at the bottom of the screen then it reboots again.  

Wes
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pgm554Commented:
I seen this before with Ghost/PowerQuest from an image.
Sounds like the image is flakey.
You either have to recreate the image and restore or do a disk to disk copy.
Or if all else fails ,do a repair install over the image on the new disk.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Well, I think we can log this up to yet another failed "live state recovery".  As I have said in other threads, this software that purports to "CLONE" a hard disk so you can just plug it in and run -- this is all just a fraud.  Would you say that Wes?  So here is the basic solution for getting around useless software that does not do what claimed -
1. put main drive to clone as master, and disk to receive clone as slave, both on secondary controller of another system.
2.  do xcopy D:\*.* E:\ /r/h/k/s/e/c/d
3.  now take copied disk and put in original system, boot from windows CD, do fixboot C: as explained above.
4.  Now it will boot as long as the drive is set to a bootable disk.
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pgm554Commented:
The software works most of the time ,I get about a 3 to 5 % failure rate.

If I do a direct copy using the cloning software,it is aboout 100%.I have only had failures when a piece of garbage software like Go Back from Symantec caused issues.
Speaking of which,the next time you clone turn of Windows systen restore,I've seen it screw stuff up too.
But as for GoBack,once it does it's thing ,you're screwed in terms of cloning.

I don't think much of Symantec.
They buy good companies and ruin them.
I wonder how long it will be before Veritas becomes the next victem.
(And I am a Symantec dealer).
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scrathcyboyCommented:
pgm554 -- OK, now that you are here I need to ask someone who is critical of this software the doesnt work.  Ive found that none of this software, especially Symantec ghost or Acronis, actually does a real clone of disk, to where you can just plug it in, and in runs.  I sometimes think I am going crazy, there is no match between product CLAIMS and actual real-life recovery.  If you have found program that truly 100% reproduces HDD setup to remote disk and you can just plug this in, and run, would you PLEASE describe how you got it to work?  I have not been able so far!!
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