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how to make hard disk bootable

Made a backup using Acrronis.

Then did a restore on to a new harddrive.
Could get the directory and all the files restored.

However not able to boot from the CD.
I reckon the boot sector files are missing.

How could I get the harddisk to boot.

Any pointers will appreciated.

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rindiCommented:
Use an fdisk-like utility to make the partition "Active". There are a couple such tools on the UBCD (if acronis doesn't have such an option itself).

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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Michael-BestCommented:
You need to set hard drive to be an "active primary partition".
Use a disc tool such as "Paragon Partition Manager" http://www.paragon-software.com/business/hdm-server/ this is 30 day free trial (after that it's $599)  to set drive as "active primary partition".
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asiduAuthor Commented:
thanks rindi and michael,

Acronis created  the primary and boot partition.
do i need to make the primary or the boot partition as active.

Any pointers ?

Thanks



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rindiCommented:
Only a primary partition can be bootable. I'm not sure what you mean with primary and boot partition though. Anyway, as setting the active flag is something simple that doesn't change any data on the disk, you can just try the first partition, and if it doesn't work, repeat the procedure for the next.
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asiduAuthor Commented:
rinid, i have the UBCD running.
I have been looking around the program how to set the active partion with
out any success.
Could you gie me some pointers.

Thnaks

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asiduAuthor Commented:
Managed to set the primary partition of the new hard drive  as active.
But still cannot boot.
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rindiCommented:
Some mainboards need the bootable HD to be the primary disk on the first IDE channel. Make sure you setup the disk that way (proper jumpers set, etc).
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asiduAuthor Commented:
K, will read about that.

Also I should have mention  specifically that I am trying to boot from a SATA hard disk
which is connected to a PCI card. The back up was done from a IDE disk.

I am working on a Compaq Deskpro.
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dbruntonCommented:
>> Also I should have mention  specifically that I am trying to boot from a SATA hard disk which is connected to a PCI card. The back up was done from a IDE disk.

Which is probably not going to work.  The hard disk will have IDE drivers for a SATA interface.  Incompatible setups.
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rindiCommented:
It also depends on the SATA PCI card. You can't boot from all SATA PCI cards. It is probably better to use an adapter which you can connect between your IDE port and the SATA HD.
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asiduAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for the inputs.

So far the test Agree with dbrunton logic.
Unable to boot from the SATA HD on PCI. although all the system partition
has been copied over.

Tried installing XP on with outs success as I need drivers at installation
time. The HD is not recognised so unable to install at the boot time.

I am planning to make a clone of the IDE to SATA HD not sure if that will be able to
boot.

Will try to do the necessary coming weekend.




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rindiCommented:
Do you have a Link to the PCI SATA card so I can download it's manual? As mentioned it may not be possible to boot from devices attached to that card. Also if it is a RAID card, you may first have to setup an array before you can use an HD attached to it.
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asiduAuthor Commented:
rindi

Its  SATA + ULtra ATA  RAid Controller card made by VIA Technologies Inc.

I checked this link no mention of bootup http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/peripherals/serial-ata_raid/vt6421a/

Card name VIA VT6421 RAID PCI Card.

Thank you.
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rindiCommented:
As it supports RAID there should be a utility you can use to configure the card. To get into that utility you probably have to press a key combination after you turn on the PC. Check the manual on what that combination is, Once you have entered the controller's BIOS you should be able to configure the HD and how it should boot.

Also, this card doesn't support SATA modes above 1. Most modern HD's use SATA-II. Although they will be backwards compatible, on some HD's you need to set a jumper so they will run at the lower rate, and for others you have to set the mode via a software utility which you can get from the disk manufacturer. You may have to first connect the HD to a SATA-II controller to set the disk to the lower SATA-I speed.
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Michael-BestCommented:
This may help.
change the settings on the IDE configuration screen in the bios to:
SATA#1 configuration - Enabled
SATA#2 configuration - Disabled
(originally they were both set to enabled)
This has worked for some.
Take a look at this string:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/148171-30-bios-configuration-sata-drive

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asiduAuthor Commented:
Thank you all guys for the pointers. Need to close this question as I have lost the stamina to get this sata hard disk to boot via the PCI card. I have also seek help from the manufacture of the chips. They could not give any guidance. Sadly I don't have the company who made the card. Nothing is mentioned in their manual, only thing the is marked as made in China.
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