Posted 23 April 2009 - 12:18 AM
hi guys, i'm hoping for some help
1st i'm new to this forum, but not new to forums themselves. i'm a mod on several sites.
i checked the stickys and did a search with no luck.
here is my situation. i have a dell inspiron 2200 laptop. its about 4 years old. about 3 months ago i upgraded the hard drive for more space. i had a 60 GB hard drive with 1GB left. i put in a new 160Gb WD hard drive. i used acronis true image to make an exact copy of my old hard drive and have used it 3 months w/o a problem so i know its not a failed drive. i'm pretty computer saavy so i was trying to fix a dell desktop for a friend by doing a dell restore. he said he wanted it wiped clean. so i tried the ctrl F11 to get it to work. no luck. so i figured since i have a dell laptop i can try it on mine just to see if i can get one to start (figuring maybe my timing was off on his computer) when i hit CTRL F11 i got an error saying restore failed. it wouldn't even launch the restore. so i restarted my laptop and it says
loading PBR 3 ......... done
and won't boot. not even in safe mode. i did a f12 for boot menu and ran a diagnostic. no errors found. all the info i find on this error everyone says bad drive, but since my drive is only 3 months old i doubt it. plus i have had no issues with it before this. i seen some sites say possible a bad mother board. so i went ahead an took out that drive and put back in my old 60GB hard drive and it booted right back up. no problem. so i don't think its any hardware. something happened when i attempted a dell restore on my new drive and it could have something to do with the fact its a cloned drive. IDK. but i can't get taht new drive to boot. does anyone have any ideas? i'm willing to be risky becuase i can always wipe the drive clean and re-copy my old one to it and all i'll have lost in the last 3 months is some emails in my outlook and some music. but i can hook up the drive and get that out 1st. i'd prefer to fix teh boot problem though. any thoughts?
thanks in advance