Hi all, I am facing a peculiar problem.
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Lemme start with the background first. I had a 500 gb Seagate HD which was giving warnings about an impending crash for a long time. I being out of town could not guide my family to a replacement mechanism.
Finally, when I returned, I bought a 1tb WD HD, and decided to do a HD cloning. In the process of cloning( I was using norton Ghost) the HD crashed. Actually, first norton gave errors for being unable to clone and after that after a reboot the HD failed to come up. So I set up windows 7 on the new WD HD. The old seagate had XP and Win 7 on dual boot and 3 more partitions that had large amounts of data.
After getting the new one up, I decided to give data recovery from the old HD another shot. So I started using Spinrite. I ran it on the entire Seagate disc(all paritions). It completed for 2 of the data partitions but failed for 1 data and also didn't complete on the Win 7 partition. Nevertheless, the disc or partitions of the old HD were still not accessible from inside Win 7 of the new disk(Bios was detecting both discs just fine).
So I decided to use another software for data cloning the partitions seemingly "recovered" by spinrite, CloneZilla.
Clonezilla was detecting all partitions just fine and I decided to run it on all partitions sequentally so I started with the Windows XP partition(not a good idea in hindsight. should have gone for the data first). While attempting this cloning, I used all the default parameters of clonezilla and selected one additional parameter of ignoring unreadable sectors. The option to copy the boot sector records was also enabled and I let it be as I assumed since it was going to have 2 OS just like before, the boot record should also be copied. Within 2 minutes of starting, it Errorred out saying "Device reported invalid CHS sector 0"
So I went for a reboot, and ever since my computer isn't coming up.
It's stuck on the intel splash screen(pre-BIOS/POST).
This is especially weird, coz its happening only with the new WD HD. If I disconnect the HD it gives the same error it gave with the old HD(of being unable to boot) and also lets me boot with other devices(PE CD and a bootable USB). If I connect just my new WD HD, then it doesnt move past the intel screen and doesnt even let me choose the Boot device or even go to BIOS settings.
I have no clue what to do and what could be wrong.
I am guessing the MBR of the new disc got messed up, but even then it should give me some error and I should be able to format/reinstall Windows on the drive, but its just not getting past the splash screen and I don't know what to do.
Please let me know if you require any (additional) information about my system.
(PS: Sorry for the extremely lengthy post,but I didn't want to leave out any details)
The boot priority was already optical devices first, then HDD. Still not booting!
Another thing I noticed is that I had enabled "Display POST codes" in the BIOS...During a normal boot(without any HDs) it alternates between 98 and EB(a couple of times) and finally just before the Intel Splash screen goes, it displays what seems like 90, but when I have my HD connected, it is static on 98.
Finally managed to fix it.
Had to connect the HD to a friend's PC and boot with his machine as normal(don't know why he could boot and I couldn't...probably coz of the master slave combination, but still dont understand why it wont boot from CD/DVD), formatted and recreated the partition and now works on my box again.
Reinstalled win 7 once again.
@ Mods: Kindly close this post/mark it solved.