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 Post subject: Laptop HDD clicking
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:58 pm 
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Hi Scott,

The hdd in my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop is making clicking noises and it takes a while to boot-up. I think the hdd is on the way out.

Now, I thought that I will make an image of the original drive on a new hdd (2.5" ) using Acronis TrueImage 10 and install this new drive on my laptop.

Well, I did replace the hdd with the new one with a backed-up image, but it does not boot-up. I get the message to press F2 to enter setup or F12 to enter recovery or something like that (not sure of the exact message)

I pressed F2 and it comes up with a "no hdd" message and press F1 to continue.

My question is how can I replace the backed-up hdd on my laptop before I lose the original hdd?

Would appreciate any help.

Simba


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I suspect you don't have a valid MBR on the drive, or that the boot partition is not marked active (bootable).

Try using the Recovery Console to restore the MBR and VBR by using the FixMBR and FixBOOT commands:

Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Other options include using the partitioning and MBR tools on one of the following bootable discs:

Ultimate Boot CD: http://ultimatebootcd.com
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows: http://www.ubcd4win.com

If none of this helps, then try installing Windows on the drive as a clean install. This will insure that you have a proper MBR, and that the first partition is marked active (bootable). After you are certain that a clean install works, then you can try restoring the Acronis backup. Scott.


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