Restore windows new hard drive and the system does not boot
Posted on 2010-08-12
I've done a backup of a user's system using acronis, I then restored the system to a new hard drive and now when the system goes to startup it restarts the whole machine. The only thing changed is the hard drive. A little background - the user was on a raid, it was the windows install on the raid that I did a backup of, and I'm restoring to a brand new WD velociraptor 10,000 600gb hard drive. The backup went smoothly, the restore went smoothly, but now with only the WD drive in the system the system simply restarts itself when I try to load windows. I did an alternative method to try to recover it and I'm getting the same result - I renamed all the essential windows folders (users, windows, programdata, program files, program files x86) and then installed windows fresh, renamed the new folders to something else and renamed the old folders to their original names - this should have taken care of any initial boot issues or ECD issues. The drive is readable if I plug it into a new computer to read the contents of the drive. When i boot windows i do get the windows logo on the screen and it looks like its loading like normal but then the system just turns off. Reinstalling windows and all apps is not an option for this system. I can use acrons' feature to restore to dissimilar hardware with the original backup file I have, I just don't know what drives would be different aside from the HDD, but windows should be able to pick this up.
Another option would be to disable the raid, but I'm not very familiar with raid setups, so I'm afraid to mess with it too much as I don't want to lose any data. I'm fairly certain that if I disable the raid controller I cannot boot to either of the original drives the system has been using as the data would be unusable. Is this right? What is the best method I should take to get this guy off of the raid, onto the WD velociraptor drive and up and running WITHOUT doing a fresh install and having to reinstall all his programs? Like I said, reinstallation of everything is not an option.