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#1 systemsol

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:53 AM

I have a POS unit that I bought online used. The hard Drive was bad but it is the exact same model unit that I am currently using in my business. I purchased a new hard drive and removed the hard drive from one of the units Im currently using and used Macrium Reflect to clone the new drive. I installed the new drive in the used POS unit I bought and it will boot up fine the first time but after a restart I get the windows/config/system file notice. I have tried to repair it through recovery console using the command prompt but nothing fixes it. I can erase the disk re-clone it and it will boot once then I get error on restart. Any ideas as to what is causing this?



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:55 PM

A clone is an exact copy.

 

If you cloned a drive and have problems when you attempt to use it...I would suspect that the drive cloned was not in the best condition when clone was done.

 

It might be helpful if we knew the exact wording of the onscreen error message...and exactly when it appears.

 

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 04:26 PM

A clone is an exact copy.

 

If you cloned a drive and have problems when you attempt to use it...I would suspect that the drive cloned was not in the best condition when clone was done.

 

It might be helpful if we knew the exact wording of the onscreen error message...and exactly when it appears.

 

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The error is "Windows could not start because the following is missing or corrupt; C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

The drive I cloned from works perfectly. That is why this is baffling.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:50 AM

I misuncerstood your situation...on re-reading your post, it seems that you cloned a drive from System X and tried to use that in the recently purcased system...that won't work, should not work unless the system which provided the clone is exactly the same as the system trying to use the cloned drive.

 

That amounts to trying to use one valid license of Windows in 2 different systems...and the system settings/drivers are totally different.

 

Product Activation was implemented by Microsoft  to prevent such.  Combine that with the drivers and system files trying to load...and you get your situation.

 

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