THANKS, Andy. I assumed it was just something written into the boot
record or such, but I didn't know how to fix it.
The command didn't work exactly as you mentioned, but close enough
that I got there.
First I tried running the command off a USB drive (seen as C: when I
plugged it in) in COMMAND PROMPT but it failed, likely as the
temporary iexplore desktop wasn't in ADMIN. Then I went back to it,
right-clicked, and selected RUN AS ADMIN. That got me working, but the
command didn't work. I wouldn't except /Signature=0, saying it needed
8 digit HEX number. So I then put in /Signature=00000000 and it
It probably hosed something up we didn't plan because I had to boot
off the Vista DVD and do a repair but that went quickly and now
Windows Vista booted with all icons and applications running as
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Thanks to YOU too Peter as you took the time to
reply with good suggestions.
Btw, it looks like some applications are a bit hosed because, as Peter
suggested, I had both the original boot drive and the clone drive in
at the same time when I booted after the cloning. I'll just have to
work through them and do re-installs where necessary.
Any last thoughts about how I re-introduce the OLD boot drive back
into the system? As its boot record now knows it as G: can I simply
plug it back in? I'd like to re-format it and use it for backups and
THANKS so much for the help, guys!
On Feb 26, 11:33*am, TimB <tim.b...@newsgroup> wrote:
> Hi Peter -- I now have only the clone drive attached and Vista REPAIR
> says that nothing it wrong but it still shows as drive H: I'm going to
> try Andy's solution now.
> Thanks for the link and command, Andy. I'm going to try that now.
> I assume that with MBRWizard only going to XP won't be a problem on
> Vista as I'm only dealing with the raw disk and command line. Seems
> that running it off a USB thumb drive or CD will work. Accessing it
> through the TASK MANAGER interface to start up a new TASK should be
> OK. Sound right?
> Thanks again, guys!
> On Feb 26, 11:09*am, andy <bogusaddr...@newsgroup> wrote:
> > Connect only the clone drive to the motherboard. Then use MBRWizard
> > command <http://mbrwizard.com/reference.php>
> > mbrwizd /disk=0 /signature=0
> > to zero the disk signature on the clone drive.
> > Boot from the clone drive.
> > On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:30:20 -0800 (PST), TimB <tim.b...@newsgroup>
> > wrote:
> > >I have a Windows Vista Ultimate system with 4 SATA hard drives
> > >configured to look like IDE drives through an ASUS motherboard.
> > >I had the boot drive set as drive C: with a variety of applications
> > >installed on it. Two days ago I 'cloned' that drive to a new larger
> > >drive with the most recent version of Norton Ghost. That drive showed
> > >as drive H:.
> > >I've been trying to get the new drive to show as drive c:, as all my
> > >applications want to read data or write settings to drive C:. I've
> > >used the disk manager in Vista to change the drive letter assignments,
> > >even swapped the SATA cables between the two and probably some other
> > >settings in BIOS, etc. -- The original boot drive now shows as drive
> > >G: and the 'new' drives shows as H:.
> > >The system is now SO screwed up that although I can “boot” into
> > >Windows it will not bring up any of my applications and simply shows a
> > >light blue background with no toolbars or icons. I can use Ctrl-Alt-
> > >Del to get into the task manager and try to start a management program
> > >but it always shows 'Path Not Found' and references drive H:.
> > >Can anyone make a suggestion on how I get one of the 'boot' drives
> > >seen as drive C: again and boot into Vista? Maybe even to the point
> > >where I can use the Vista DVD to repair one of them?
> > >Thanks for helping an idiot!
> > >Tim