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Error Loading Operating Systems after pulling an image of the hard drive via Symantec Ghost 11.5

Posted on 2012-04-11
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Hi Experts!!!  

I need your help.  I use the latest version of Symantec Ghost 11.5 and was pulling a new image from a machine that I wanted to clone onto another exact alike machine.  

The image session started successfully but at the end it failed and now the machine that was functioning with all the software that I was trying to get the image from is getting the following error when booting up

"Error Loading Operating System"  

I've done a system repair and system restore with no luck.  I really dont want to wipe and reinstall because there were a ton of programs on here and my web developer is currently not able to do any work unless her machine is back up and running with everything she had (which could take me a whole day to do).  

I'm honestly floored right now and not sure what happened here as I've used Ghost many times in the past.  I know I used PCDos as the option to clone and the driver for the NIC was also correct.  Bios settings are also all correct.  

Hope someone is able to help me out with this!

Thanks Experts!

-Dom
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by:ozzeczek
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First of all copy your files from hard disk. Disconnect it and connect in other computer, then copy files or use Linux LiveCD for exapmple Ubuntu, mount your disk and copy files to other disk.

Did you try fix your mbr?
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I tried fixing the MBR using the Windows 7 disk by using the command prompt during the repair.  No luck!  I ended up reinstalling windows without wiping the system so that I wouldnt loose any files and just re-installed the necessary applications.  Will eventually do a complete re-install of the OS and wipe the drive when I have some free time.

One more thing - I found a document that states that for Windows 7 cloning - you need to run the task in WinPE and not PCDos as thats the only way Windows 7 is supported.  I didnt know that since until now I've always cloned Windows XP machines.  You definitely learn something new everyday.
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