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Posted - April 23 2009 :  13:26:06  Show Profile

Goal: Replace Drive C with new one and retain old drive as storage after reformatting

System: Dell XPS420, Vista Home, 500GB drive (replacing with 650GB)

Steps Taken: Created 2 partitions on the new drive, sucessfully created disk image of drive C: in the second partition to be restored to the first (enough room for both tasks).

Problem: Created rescue CD, changed BIOS to boot from CD but it would not boot. All I get is ISOLINUX 3.07, date and copyright info line and a flashing cursor. Made another CD with Compatibility Mode checked, still would not boot. What to do?

Another question - can I leave my old boot drive in the computer after I have physically swapped it with the new drive so I can reformat it to use for storage? I read in a thread here that that would not work.



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Posted - April 23 2009 :  15:51:50  Show Profile

It may be the drivers in Linux and your hardware.

There are 3 types of disk you can create to recover your backups, either Linux, BartPE or Windows PE 2.0 (Vista).
The Windows PE 2.0 (Vista) version is the most hardware compatible recovery CD option.

BartPE Rescue CD is for Windows XP only.

If you purchase Macrium Reflect Full Edition you can download the Macrium Reflect Windows PE recovery CD. This version has the best recovery CD option.

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Booting a system with 2 identical drives can be a problem confusing Windows. Most drive manufacturers provide bootable software utilities to format their drives.

Hope this helps

Steve - Macrium Support
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Posted - April 23 2009 :  16:26:20  Show Profile
I would try a BartPE disk if the linux disk isn't working.
If you don't have an XP system to create one, your only other choice is the WinPE 2.0 disk with the licensed version.
I would remove the old disk while restoring to the new one and boot to that disk first.
Then shut down, and put the old disk in as a second drive.
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