08-14-2011 07:11 AM - edited 08-14-2011 07:49 AM
I can see from a earlier post that you use Vista.
Below is a step by step to use the Image/Restore way to copy the source drive to the target drive.
1. The 500 gig target drive must be all unallocated space, delete it in Disk Management that will create the unallocated space.
2. Fit the new drive in the laptop (500 gig)
3. Connect the USB external drive with the Verified .v2i file.
4. Boot up with the G15 SRD
5. Select "Recover My Computer" then "Next" then click on the dropdown arrow (top L/H corner)
6. Choose file name and then "Browse"
7. Click on My Computer Icon and "Open" should see the USB drive and "Open"
8. Search for the file you want to use
9. Click on "Open" the file then "Next"
10. At this stage you may have to use the "Edit" button to delete any phantom Drive. ( I have lost the instruction from RedK for this)
11. Follow on and open the file and tick the following boxes,
1. verify the recovery point before restore.
2. check for file system errors.
3.spot in primary partition
4.set drive active
5. restore original disk signature
6. restore MRB
7. resize restored drive ( it will create a partition if you don't do this)
12. click "Next" click"Finish" click "Yes
That should copy the file to the target drive without any errors.
Like I said the only thing I am not sure about is the "Edit" function.
Hope this helps.
08-14-2011 01:23 PM - edited 08-14-2011 01:45 PM
Thanks for all your help and I appreciate that you are using language that I can understand. This is a steep upward learning curve for me, and I think that, with the help I am getting, I am beginning to get to grips with it.
I have done everything that you said but got that pesky error code that I had before at the beginning of restoring the files. It is interesting that the last time it allowed me to restore the files for 1 1/4 hours before getting it.
I will go through it again, but I might have to find a way of downloading a program to check the new hard drive to find out if it is faulty.
On reading more closely this is a different error message it says
Error EOBBOO87F: The on-disc layout of disc 0 doesn't match the OS information. I have no idea if that is better or worse.
I am beginning to wonder if I have deleted the wrong thing. I deleted the partition table but I am not sure if it is back again now.
08-14-2011 01:39 PM - edited 08-14-2011 01:44 PM
What about trying it on the other laptop, if it works it will prove a point but you won't be able to use it in the original laptop because of the hardware changes if you see what I mean.
The .v2i file you are using is ok, the external drive should be ok and to be honest your new drive should be ok so it is a mystery why you are getting the error.
Have you ran Vista's check disk on the new drive and did you use the edit function in the recovery mode?
Plenty of practice won't hurt but you have to carry out the instructions to the letter and don't miss a stage.
Edit, Yes you didn't delete the phantom drive, it will probably say "No Label" have a look at Red's edit screen that will show you what to delete.
08-14-2011 01:40 PM
You said your external USB drive has 2 USB connectors on it.
Would that be an "unpowered" drive?
It does not have a power connection or need to be pluged into the mains, it uses 2 USB plugs to try to get enough power?
Is that the only external drive you have?
08-14-2011 01:48 PM - edited 08-14-2011 01:55 PM
That is correct,. I have another external drive 640 gbs but it is the same type with 2 connections. I did try to copy the files from the other hard drive using "send to" but it failed.
08-14-2011 02:17 PM
This is new, on start up without the norton restore disc in, up comes windows boot manager. I cannot do anything with it as it wants me to use the windows installation disc which I do not have, as it was set up on the hard drive. Goodness knows where that has come from?
08-14-2011 02:33 PM
Did the image restore complete and you have booted up with the new drive, if so it is asking to insert the installation disk to run a repair.