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Replaced Defective Disk, Cloned Recovery Partition, Bootmgr is Missing

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#1 reknoZ


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:01 PM


Someone gave me a Toshiba laptop (Windows 7, I think. Maybe Vista) they had dropped while it was on. Disk diagnostics show the disk (320 GB) is damaged.

I replaced the bad disk with a new one. I started Clonezilla and tried to clone all three partitions (1.5 GB, 147 GB, 147 GB). The first partition (recovery?) cloned fine, the second and third partition failed the cloning procedure.

OK, so I have cloned the recovery partition, but when I boot, I see:

"BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart"

I've googled this many times before and I've never found the perfect answer. I've tried the Repair Disks - no luck. I've tried MBR Tools found on Hiren's CD - no luck. I tried bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, etc.

In the past, I've thrown in the towel and just used a fresh copy of Windows and then loaded the drivers from the manufacturer's website. But, I would much rather access the recovery partition......

It *feels* like this should be really simple: boot from the recovery partition and let the system reinstall back to factory fresh. But, I can't figure out how to do it. I even installed a copy of Windows Vista on the new disk (leaving the recovery partition intact, of course), to see if that would help the MBR Tools.

Please, how can I force the system to boot from the recovery partition?

Edited by reknoZ, 04 September 2012 - 01:03 PM.

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