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I've restored a windows 2000 image, and I got these errors - but after restarting twice it worked - why?

I loaded the hard drive image to a new hard drive - it's a windows 2000 image.

The first time I booted, I got: Operating system not found.

The next time, I got the message: Missing Operating System.

The third time I booted, it worked just fine.

I restored the image to the new unformatted hard drive by using DD in Linux.

The image of the entire hard drive was also created by using DD in Linux.

Why would rebooting 3 times work?

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It could be a bad hard drive cable or motherboard issue.
was this image from the same hardware? if not, it has looked for drivers (disk), and found the first one,  - and on restart the rest. the 3rd time all was installed, so it booted fine
Next time use DriveSnapShot to make an image. It's so much more user friendly.

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