Macrium Image Won't Boot Solved

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  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Macrium Image Won't Boot


    Lenovo Thinkpad E531, legacy BIOS mode, Win 10 Pro.
    Objective: To image entire current 300GB HD to a 500GB HD.

    • Used Diskpart to wipe the 500GB drive first, then formatted it as GPT/NTFS/no drive letter.
    • Imaged the 300GB to the 500GB with Macrium Reflect 7.2.
    • No errors after imaging.
    • Could not boot from the 500GB disk after selecting it from the BIOS boot list. The BIOS screen simply jumps back to the selection list to allow me to choose again, each time. Fortunately I was able to boot again with the 300GB disk.

    https://i.imgur.com/tcwDdIV.jpg
    (the 500GB imaged disk is offline because it has a signature collision with the 300GB boot disk that's online)
    The partitions on the 500GB disk appear to have been copied correctly from the 300GB disk. The rest of the 500GB is unallocated.

    Would the GPT/NTFS disk with legacy BIOS mode be an issue? Or would Macrium Reflect have overwritten the partition specs during the imaging process anyway? Any troubleshooting assistance regarding the 500GB booting issue will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    I dont see why you formated the drive with diskpart you should have left it as a blank drive with no paritionsthen clone it as MR will write all the paritions correctly. Is the cloned drive set as active or it wont boot
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Thanks for your reply Samuria. I formatted the drive but didn't partition it. I didn't think that would make a difference if I was going to let Macrium overwrite it anyway. I would also think that Macrium would take care of setting the drive to Active if needed. And since Windows Disk Management took the Macrium disk offline due to it conflicting with the boot disk, I'd say that the Macrium image is correctly configured for booting. I just want to get a handle on why my configuration isn't allowing the Macrium image to boot.
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       1 Week Ago #4

    I'm just chiming in, mel2000 -

    You might wish to quickly register and submit a trouble ticket here:

    Submit a ticket : Macrium Software

    They will respond in a timely fashion.

    Hope this helps.

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  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Do you still have both disks connected both containing an active partition since this may confuse the boot process?

    I would disconnect the second 300GB drive then boot from the new 500GB drive ensuring you set this as the new boot drive in the BIOS. When you reconnect the old 300GB drive ensure there are no active partitions - set any to inactive using MiniTool Partition Wizard
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    Thanks Compumind. Macrium only supports paid users, and I'm not one. So I've resorted to using discussion groups related to Macrium issues.
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  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    Do you still have both disks connected both containing an active partition since this may confuse the boot process?

    ..I would disconnect the second 300GB drive then boot from the new 500GB drive ensuring you set this as the new boot drive in the BIOS.
    I removed the original 300GB boot disk and physically replaced it with the imaged 500GB Macrium disk, then booted. So there was no confusion of boot disks. The screenshot displaying both drives was taken after I reinstalled and rebooted into the original 300GB disk in Win 10.

    I later booted into a bootable Win 8.1 WinPE USB and used a tool that showed that the 300GB disk and the 500GB disk are configured the same, and both have MBR partitioning.

    https://i.imgur.com/ol4rjGe.jpg (C: drive HD)
    https://i.imgur.com/YwzFeCC.jpg (imaged drive)

    Thanks for your reply Steve C.
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  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    mel2000 said: View Post
    I removed the original 300GB boot disk and physically replaced it with the imaged 500GB Macrium disk, then booted. So there was no confusion of boot disks. The screenshot displaying both drives was taken after I reinstalled and rebooted into the original 300GB disk in Win 10.

    I later booted into a bootable Win 8.1 WinPE USB and used a tool that showed that the 300GB disk and the 500GB disk are configured the same, and both have MBR partitioning.

    https://i.imgur.com/ol4rjGe.jpg (C: drive HD)
    https://i.imgur.com/YwzFeCC.jpg (imaged drive)

    Thanks for your reply Steve C.
    In that case you could boot to the Reflect repair disk and run the Fix Boot problems tool.
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    The bit which confusing is you say you formatted the drive but didn't create partitions that isn't possible. On some cloning software it doesn't write the boot sector unless you tick it first
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  10. Compumind's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #10

    mel2000 said: View Post
    Thanks Compumind. Macrium only supports paid users, and I'm not one. So I've resorted to using discussion groups related to Macrium issues.
    I tend to agree with Steve C's comments in post #8.

    BTW - You could register as a Trial User or email: support@macrium.com

    They will respond.

    FWIW.
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