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Posted 31 March 2010 - 02:29 AM
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 12:54 AM
Thank you MrBruce1959 for your reply. I have considered it but I wont do it because my 160 drive is so bloated with junk. My system has become sluggish so it's time for a fresh Windows install on a new drive to get my puter running fast again. If I cloned, I'd have the same sluggish issues all over again.
Have you considered using a cloning program, one that clones one hard drive to the other?
It is NTFS. I dropped to DOS and did a chkdsk to make sure. I would think it'd see the whole drive too.
Installed as NTFS has less drive size limitations and should see the whole 500 GB drive.
Why would that window pop up telling me to repair my Master Boot Record when this is a brand new drive? The command you said to type (mbrinst /activate 1) I don't understand. Just for kicks, I dropped to DOS, typed mbrinst /? <enter> (hoping to see a list of options similar to the error window I got before), but got no result back....and then in Windows, I typed mbrinst in the Start > Run box but again got no results. So when and from where do I type that command? What does the "/activate 1" parameter do? Thanx again for your help.
The utility you showed in your post has an option to repair the MBR, try using that option and see if it fixes the MBR type: mbrinst /activate 1
Posted 01 April 2010 - 11:19 AM
Edited by hamluis, 01 April 2010 - 11:21 AM.
Posted 03 April 2010 - 02:16 AM
Hi Louis, Thanx for your reply. That was a really informative article at ehow.com and I learned a few things from it. This computer I bought brand new at the Best Buy store (3-1/2 years ago) came with a Recovery Disk. When you mention the disk being dependent of an existing "support partition" on the system drive. What exactly does that mean....an existing support partition?? I've never partitioned a drive before in my life so I don't know how that process goes from start to finish so I'm at a loss there..
I've had a couple of eMachines systems...I didn't know that they provide recovery/restore CDs. My experience is that such have to be made by the owner at first use.
Generally, a restore/recovery disk may also be dependent upon the existence of a support partition on the system hard drive. See http://www.ehow.com/how_2337743_do-emachin...-recovery-.html.
Attempting to restore XP to a different hard drive, without this support partition...using the recovery/restore CD...will probably be unsuccessful, IMO.
I'm glad you gave me that link....that thread has some great info about eMachines and using the Recovery Disk on a new drive. And that's a really great idea to clone the old drive to the new one, then do the recovery. I might just try that....that is when I figure out how to clone a hard drive as I've never done that before.
My suggestion...clone the entire old drive to new drive...then do the restore/recovery. That will accomplish your stated aims, I believe.
Posted 03 April 2010 - 07:16 AM
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:38 AM
Hi Chewy, thanx for your reply. Your saying the drive might not have been initialized has made me ask...what exactly does that mean? I always thought that new hard drives bought at a retail store (like Best Buy in my case) came all ready to go. Meaning nothing had to be done to them except connect the cable, power, install the OS on them, and go forward from there. Please elaborate and enlighten me...I'm dying to know what you meant by that. Thanx!
I wonder if the problem was the new drive was not initialized.
If I use another setup/computer to partition and format a drive then use an xp disk to load the OS but don't initialize the drive in disk management I will get a similar error of drive not found.
Posted 07 April 2010 - 01:20 AM
Hi Louis, just thought to drop a line with a quick update. I finally made it to the store and exchanged the old drive for another one. I have yet to connect it and try installing the OS (via recovery disk) but hopefully will do that tomorrow evening. I've just recently learned that since my eMachine computer is only 3-1/2 years old, the BIOS will support a 500Gb hard drive...and that these drives are sold already formatted, then there should be no partitioning or formatting required beforehand. I'm crossing my fingers and hopes this other drive will actually work for me. Will be back in a day or two to let you know how it went. Thanx for your patience!
I also tend to shy away from formatting a partition first, using another system, and then trying to install XP from the CD. My conclusion was that the XP disk likes to do it all, since it's built that way...and may have trouble with a pre-formatted/partitioned hard drive.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:37 PM
Thank you Louis, you've confirmed that cloning makes an exact copy. I was seriously misinformed by the WD tech-support guy who told me yesterday that Acronis wont copy the operating system over to the new drive. It just didn't sound right and I didn't want to believe him. I can't imagine why he told me that but obviously he didn't know what he was talking about. I can't wait to reply to the email survey they sent me about thier phone service.
When using a 3d-party cloning program...I've always obtained exact copies of the partition or drive which I have cloned. I've not used Acronis software, so I can't comment on the procedure linked to...others here are familiar with Acronis and I have no reason to doubt the procedures to be employed when using software supplied by WDC for that purpose.
Posted 08 April 2010 - 04:49 PM
Thanx for your reply YHB318. I appreciate your vote of confidence about Acronis. If my first attempt at cloning a drive doesn't work or if I mess up somehow, then I'm definitely gonna take my system over to my Geek Squad friend with some Jagermeister and get him to do it for me. I'm sure you're right, he probably could get it done real quick. Thanx again.
Acronis makes great disc imaging software - it will do everything you need to get a new drive going. I've used the Seagate version for years (different in name only). That step by step on Western Digital's page show's you exactly how to do it.
Sounds like this project is giving you a hard time - that Geek Squad friend of yours might be your best shot. Buy him some beer (unless he's underage! - then again, maybe especially if he's underage!) and it should get done really quick. Good luck!
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