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HDD problems after cloning

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June 27, 2013 6:32:27 PM

I have 2 HDD's and I cloned my 1st (320GB) one to the 2nd one (2TB), the cloning was successful, I rebooted the system, went to the BIOS (Asus Sabertooth P67) and chose "Boot option 1: HDD 2TB" and "Boot option 2: none", saved and rebooted again, however the system won't start up, like if it doesn't recognize my new 2TB HDD and it just keeps rebooting itself over and over with the same screen coming up saying there's no HDD or something like that.

Only thing that worked for me was to go into the BIOS again and choose the Boot option 1 for my old HDD and then it booted successfully.

Another thing is, under My Computer, only 1 HDD appears (the current one that I booted the PC with) and the new HDD doesn't appear, however when I go to the Device Manager under Storage, both HDD's are listed and it says they're both fully functional.

Could it be a driver issue?, bad HDD?, wrong BIOS settings? or it simply just didn't clone anything into my new HDD?, even though the cloning was successfully completed, or so the program said.

Any help is appreciated... I've ran out of ideas, thanks in advance.

-Hitachi 320GB
-Hitachi 2TB

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a c 75 G Storage
June 27, 2013 7:34:18 PM

What do you see if you go to the Disk Management console (Right-click Computer -> Manage -> Disk Management)?

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June 27, 2013 8:20:37 PM

SchizTech said:
What do you see if you go to the Disk Management console (Right-click Computer -> Manage -> Disk Management)?



This is what I see

It says "Disk 1" (the one I cloned my stuff to) is offline
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a c 75 G Storage
June 27, 2013 8:25:05 PM

It looks like Windows can't initialize it because it has an identical signature to Disk 0.

Does the cloned drive boot if you disconnect the old drive entirely?
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June 27, 2013 8:32:06 PM

SchizTech said:
It looks like Windows can't initialize it because it has an identical signature to Disk 0.

Does the cloned drive boot if you disconnect the old drive entirely?


And by having an identical signature means...?

I didn't try booting without disconnecting the old drive entirely, just booted with the new drive chosen as my boot option 1 in the BIOS. Might have to try that..

Note: I right clicked on the offline Disk 1 and there's an "Online" option, should I click it to see if it brings it online? - Haven't done it because I don't know if bringing it online would interfere or cause problems
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a c 75 G Storage
June 27, 2013 8:38:31 PM

Identical signature happens because it's an exact copy of the disk. The signature is a code stored in the Master Boot Record in the first sector of the drive.
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June 27, 2013 8:44:13 PM

SchizTech said:
Identical signature happens because it's an exact copy of the disk. The signature is a code stored in the Master Boot Record in the first sector of the drive.


I see. Well, since I am trying to use the new HDD as my main one but it is having a signature collision and it appears offline, should I:

1-Bring it online on Disk Management
2-Remove old HDD, reboot PC, enter BIOS and select my new HDD as my Reboot option 1, save and Reboot

Think that'd help me? I'll post results

If it is of any help: I used Ghost 4 Linux to do the cloning.
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a c 75 G Storage
June 27, 2013 8:45:54 PM

Bringing it online in disk manager won't work unless the signature is changed (the PC automatically tried to bring it online already)

Try # 2
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