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Join Date: Jul 2009
03-24-2010, 03:13 PM
I had a similar problem yesterday. I thought I wouldn't be able to use the drive again, but it was nothing that ghosting & using Vista's repair option didn't solve.
After formatting a Runcore 64GB SSD on my desktop computer (runs XP), nothing would install on it: not the default OS (Windows XP, like the desktop); not an old copy of Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 (UNR); not Windows Vista.... [I even tried partitioning the drive in UNR 9.04 & it didn't work.]
There were error messages with the Windows Installs I tried similar to what's in another post: Error message installing Windows 7
(The Windows installs would not "see" the drive, if it were installed in the Mini 9; Vista only saw the drive if it were hooked up via USB (enclosure or the drive itself) but would not install to it that way. UNR 9.04 saw the drive but couldn't install either.)
I was too beat to try any more ideas I had & went to sleep... (I still need more sleep! haha)
Today, I tried ghosting software called DriveImage XML (V2.13), which is currently free for home use.
If you will use the program, the drive you wish to restore an image to *MUST* be larger than the drive you made the backup of--even if the restore image itself is way less. (It's in the program's FAQ.)
(My desktop drive is 120gb & my SSD has less capacity, so it was no go.... even though the restore image itself of XP was only about 7 or so GB.)
Thus, I cracked out an empty extra 16GB SSD I had bought for emergencies , installed Windows Vista to that drive, did a backup with DriveImage XML, saved the image to an external hard drive, restored the backup to the Runcore 64GB, turn off the computer, remove the 16GB & put the 64GB back in the Mini 9.
Now, I thought I had it licked by this point but turned the computer back on to find that THERE WAS STILL A PROBLEM (something with the bootloader, I think). Since the image was of Vista, I was asked for the DVD & told to use the repair option.
I grab the DVD, turn on the USB DVD drive, use the Repair Computer option, it reboots automatically & Vista finally boots! Just to make sure I wasn't just lucky, I booted from the Vista DVD & the Install finally saw the drive! The XP Install saw the drive also.
(I erased the Master Boot Record & installed Vista from the DVD, just to make sure all was well. ~lol~)
I was finally in business. (I don't wanna do that again....)
There might be an easier way to do all of this, but it worked for me (as a non-tech person)....
Also, I came across Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download; The NeoSmart Files ; it was referenced in post #19 in a guide that Sumanji used in SSD Performance Boost by Partition Alignment? ...
Edit: An easier way I found was to use my Vista DVD's bootsect in the boot folder to put a boot sector on the drive. It can be done also with the Repair Option in Vista. While this is Vista related, I read that it can be done with XP also.
Interestingly enough, articles dealing with how to make a bootable USB drive to install Windows were helpful.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927391 Recovering the Boot Sector through the Recovery Console
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-create-b...windows-vista/ @ the bottom
Just do a search for the XP related info.
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