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Copying boot partition with Robocopy, making it bootable.


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#1 captainsiberia

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

Well, after several failed attempts to clone my boot partition the right way, I broke down and used RoboCopy. Now, I know that you're not supposed to do this. I know it's bad joojoo. But I've done it now. It is done. Now I want to work with the partition I have and make it bootable. I have a sense that I will need to recreate the junctures that were on the original disk. And maybe something with securities as well? There were some "Error 5"s. Other than that, what do I need to do? The files themselves are copied. Now it's a matter of the hidden stuff, I think. Surely you guys know the secret glue that holds an OS together.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:33 PM

Do you have a dual or multi-boot system (e.g. Windows XP and Windows 7 installed on same PC) ? or do you have only one version of Windows installed ?



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:08 PM

Only one version of Windows 7, although I have multiple installations. I'm on a lite version of Windows 7 right now. The partition I've copied has the full version. It's all Windows 7, though. Only one OS per partition.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:40 PM

Robocopy does not support Volume Shadow Copy, which means any files-in-use will not be copied. So if you are trying to robocopy the boot partition while still using Windows, then some system files will be skipped.

 

However, if you have robocopied files from different installation, then they might all get copied.

 

This is very unusual way, but you can try booting with Windows 7 DVD or Windows 7 Recovery Disk and proceed with Startup Repair.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:38 PM

Robocopy does not support Volume Shadow Copy, which means any files-in-use will not be copied. So if you are trying to robocopy the boot partition while still using Windows, then some system files will be skipped.

 

However, if you have robocopied files from different installation, then they might all get copied.

 

This is very unusual way, but you can try booting with Windows 7 DVD or Windows 7 Recovery Disk and proceed with Startup Repair.

I didn't do the copy from within the installation I was trying to fix, naturally. So, if I do this, and run the Startup Repair routine, will it restore junctions in all the important places and make the OS usable?  All the files got copied, it seems. I'm keeping a log of any errors. Can I expect any hitches, immediately or down the line? Or might this all go smoothly?


Edited by captainsiberia, 15 November 2013 - 11:39 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 01:23 AM

There may be the problem of setting the partition active before you use system repair, which you may do from Computer Management . Right-click on Computer in Windows Explorer and choose Manage). Select Storage->Disk Management. Right-click on partition and choose Mark Partition as Active.

 

That's all I can think of right now, but there may be other issues.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 03:30 PM

Well, I ran chkdsk /v /r on the old drive, and it became stable enough to read without problems. So then I copied the boot partition with Partition Wizard. After all that hassle with Acronis, it was a free program I already had that did the job. I'm using the copied partition now instead of the copy job Robocopy did. Everything seems to be working fine, so let's call it solved.


Edited by captainsiberia, 16 November 2013 - 03:31 PM.





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