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I am trying to clone my hdd but it wont boot

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March 1, 2013 5:30:42 PM

Hello,
I trying to upgrade my laptop hdd. the old drive is finr, a WD 230 gb, the new drive is a toshiba 1 tb. every time, no matter what program i use, i keep getting errors that won't allow me to clone the drive. I've used pcdisk clone x, norton ghost, and a few others. initially there were no partitions on the new drive, but after my first attempt there is now a 39 mb partition that i cant get rid of, its labeled as a mbr partition, several times i've completed the clone but then drive wont boot. Any ideas? PLease help.

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a b G Storage
March 1, 2013 5:45:18 PM

when say it won't let you clone, whats it's doing, what does it say? Just saying it won't doesn't give us much details into what it's not doing.
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March 2, 2013 3:51:34 AM

Ok so stats are:
dell studio 1537
4 gb memory
230 GB WD sata HDD
2.3 Ghz intel dual core

on first attempt to clone it appeared to clone but would not boot, had the blinking _ in the top corner.
on subsequent arrempts, i kept getting various drive errors, pc disk clone x kept saying drive wasnt empty, and norton just gave me drive errors, nothing specific, or at least that i can remember. I consulted a local repair guy for advice but he wasnt too optimistic on cloning, said i might have to just do a fresh install. Any other info you guys might need just ask, i'd rather not waste time doing a fresh install if i can clone.

going to attempt what cin19 suggests right now.
March 2, 2013 4:08:52 AM

OK, used easeus to remove all partitions and then used the wipe utility to wipe everything off the drive.
left the drive as unallocated.
then i used nortons ghost to clone and get the error
-error ec8f17b3: cannot complete copying of os (c:\) drive.
--cannot copy source to drive destination location.
---at end of something.
---cannot copy source drive to destination location.
----at end of something.

am i missing something?

one more thing, its a 1 tb drive but all the utilities i've uded say its only 936 gb. why's that?
a b G Storage
March 2, 2013 1:55:53 PM

936 is probably the formatted capacity. Drives never equal exactly what they are.

I just cloned by drive a little while ago using the Easeus Backup free version and had no issues.

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