A customer asked a VERY well respected local computer geek to upgrade a Lenovo t41 from a 30gb drive (call it OldHdd) to a 60gb seagate st96812a drive (call it NewHdd).
the geek said he would use Acronis to copy the partition, and all of the computer settings would be preserved.
The next day the geek said it was impossible to preserve the settings because the T41 cmos settings required the partition to be in exactly the right position and acronis couldn't do that. The geek recommended XP clean install followed by reinstalling every program.
So, I inherited the problem. I tried tons of stuff including t41 bios upgrades. Still no luck.
I hope someone has some suggestions.
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#1 I used ms disk management which showed the geek had really copied OldHdd to NewHdd.
28g + 2g drive =into=> 28g + 2g + 30g unused
#2 I tried sticking drive into t31, and it would not boot nor would it give normal messages about no operating systems.
#3 I tried a new xp installation into the 30g unused area. The install started ok, but after xp loaded most of its intial files, xp tried to reboot and things stopped in their tracks.
#4 I then reformated drive and tried acronis home 9.0 clone. Still no luck.
#5 I tried doing a repair of the 28g partition, again xp crapped out on first reboot
#6 I tried using xp recovery console and the fixboot and fixmbr commands. (fixmbr kept claiming that it fixed a problem every time I ran it. I don’t believe it is telling the truth). Still no luck.
#7 I deleted the partitions and tried a new xp installation into the 60g unused area. The geek was right, this worked fine and a clean xp was up and running. But the customer does not want to reinstall all his software.
#8 I then tried using bootng create image and restore image. Again the drive would not reboot.
The exact steps I followed have worked before and are laid out in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/Q_21640273.html
Look at steps 1 through 7.(i) in the 10:47AM PST posting from garycase.
Before creating the image, Bootit complained that the OldHdd had an “invalid head and spt values exist in the BPB. Fix it?”
I chose not to fix it because I did not want to update the customer’s olddrive which was clearly working fine.
#9 I even tried using the bootit options for STDMBR and Clear Sig.
Viewmbr of OldHdd shows
c h s c h s lba sector
mbr entry 0 Active 0 1 1 7h 1022 239 63 63 51090417
IBM-Service-1 1022 0 1 ch 1022 239 63 51090480 635040 (sloppy handwriting, I’m not sure of 635040 number)
Viewmbr of NewHdd shows
c h s c h s lba sector
mbr entry 0 Active 0 196 1 7h 1022 254 63 12348 51090417
Does anybody have any suggestions?