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No OS found after cloning disk with PowerQuest V2i

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The computer has Windows 2000 Svr SP4, configured as a member server in an Windows 2003 SBS std domain.
It has a single SCSI hard disk.

I recently had to upgrade the hard disk to a larger capacity one. Decided to use PowerQuest v2i server edition which we had for a while, but not with any hard experience in restoring using it. On this occasion, I

- Disconnected (physically) the computer from the network
- Added the new (larger) hard disk with SCSI ID=1 (the existing hard disk has ID=0)
- Logon locally as administrator
- Via disk managment, added new second HDD as basic disk volume, and formatted with single NTFS partition
- Started V2i and selected to make a disk copy from existing HDD to new HDD
- Options for copy include MBR, make destination disk active, ignore bad sector, smart sector copying enabled
- Cloning appeared successful - no error messages
- Shutdown computer, removed first HDD, set new HDD to ID=0
- Restarted computer, SCSI configuration detected new HDD correctly
- Then bad news.......
- System failed to boot - message = no OS found in HDD 0!

I have not attempted to do a repair with the Windows 2000 Svr CD yet. But should I need to? Where have I gone wrong?
If you have had a similar experience and somehow found a way to resolve, I would be very happy to hear from you. Thanks in the meantime.
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Are you sure that the correct partition has been marked active?

That message is saying there isn't a bootable partition that the BIOS knows about. I don't know powerquest, but most of these tools come with a bootable CD that you can use to do basic checking of your partition tables.

You should also check that the BIOS is set to boot from the SCSI device you use. That may have been lost in the move, though usually they self-heal, especially as you have effectively not changed anything as far as the BIOS knows.


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Thanks for the feedbackl, harleyjd.

There is only 1 primary partition on the new hard disk. The utility which comes with the PowerQuest software found the partition marked active!
During the boot process, the SCSI BIOS found the new hard disk on ID=0, the boot disk by default. The error message refers to HDD 0!
Should I attempt to write over the MBR?
The OS is Windows 2000 Server. How do I do that - something similar to fdisk /nbr ?
Thanks
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Ok, can you give me the exact wording of the error message, and at what point do you get it?
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Thanks again for your help, harleyjd.
 
Contrary to what I thought, the PowerQuest software did not mark the new hard disk as active. This must be because only one partition could be marked active at a time. The utilities that came with the software could only run in Windows - not too useful if you cannot boot up.
I finally had to fdisk and active the new hard disk. Who says DOS is dead!
Booting up this time was okay - then a new problem.
I had overlooked forcing a sector to sector copying during the cloning. As a result, although booted up okay, I could not log into the system. The error message was that there was either nil or too small paging file.
Frustrating......
I then tried a repair with OS CD..... it did not change the situation.
Finally, in desperation, I did a re-install over the existing installation.
Everything was okay after that - including installed applications, settings and configuration.
What a relief - but a lesson well learnt. Faith in Windows 2000 restored.

I have given a blow by blow account in case someone out there has had to face a similar situation.

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