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Recovery on New HDD using Recovery Partition copy on USB

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    Recovery on New HDD using Recovery Partition copy on USB


    High Guys and Girls,

    I joined the forum for assistance with a botched recovery on a new HDD.B

    From the beginning, I created a Repair Disc. Then, I Xcopied the Recovery Partition files to an external HDD. Years later, tragedy struck, and the HDD stopped working. After a few attempts at recovering, I concluded the HDD was dead. Now I have a fresh HDD. I can not receover with the Repair Disc anymore so I searched and found this article which seemed promising since I did a file copy of the RecPartition.
    https://guyrleech.wordpress.com/2014...le-usb-storage

    It wouldn't boot from the USB so I came here to request help when I found this by searching.
    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
    The caveat at the top of the page fixed why the USB wasn't booting due to the Legacy setting in BIOS. So I tried again and it appeared to be working so I let it run and postponed starting this thread.

    After numerous Auto restarts and configuring "Restoration Incomplete",
    I get this message in CTOERROR.flg
    ChkErrBB.cmd : Detect some error during PININST_BBV
    error code 0x000000c8. The memory could not be read.


    When I check the BurnBootMergeBBV1 log file, this is what shows as failed:
    Everything checks out until the section for
    #Beginning of the EPSCT_bbv.CMD#
    The last line shows "CDC Checking: Failed"
    Result of Intel Smart Connect Technology Driver
    ERRORLEVEL=-1
    RESULT=FAILED

    Everything subsequent shows "Passed"

    I select retry and get the same thing.
    I've been up all day working on this so I'll have to start searching for the new ERR messages later. A glance at the directory structure of C: appears to have all of the Programs loaded in P-Files & P-Files(x86). Overall, the installation takes up 200GB.

    If you have tried this type of installation or have any tips on what the problem could be, I'm all ears ... err, eyes, fingers, screen and keyboard ... I guess

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    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    The process you are describing needs some information filled in. For instance, when you make a Recovery Drive the contents of the large Recovery partition are copied over to the USB drive. Because it is formatted as FAT32, the image itself is broken into smaller units.

    If you have a UEFI system the partition needs to be FAT32 so how did you copy over the files from the recovery partition and why was it necessary to use xCopy, assuming we are referring to the same recovery partition?

    If I am on the wrong track, describe your process in detail so we can see where exactly you are.
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    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 638
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    "...I Xcopied the Recovery Partition files to an external HDD..." -- BruceDavis. What meaneth this?
    Did you xcopy the contents of a manufacturer's recovery partition [which was on your original internal HD] onto an external HD? If yes, probably that xcopy will not work, I tried that and found out that only a proper process such as cloning partititon HDa to partition HDb will work. If not, then I will listen and learn from the techs here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    The process you are describing needs some information filled in. For instance, when you make a Recovery Drive the contents of the large Recovery partition are copied over to the USB drive. Because it is formatted as FAT32, the image itself is broken into smaller units.

    If you have a UEFI system the partition needs to be FAT32 so how did you copy over the files from the recovery partition and why was it necessary to use xCopy, assuming we are referring to the same recovery partition?

    If I am on the wrong track, describe your process in detail so we can see where exactly you are.
    I believe the error I was getting is that the "fresh/used" HDD I was trying to load on was in fact defunct. I just got a brand new HDD and will try and load it tonight.

    Xcopy is the only way I could get the entire contents to replicate, including hidden files and directory structure.

    Regarding the Xcopy process. The first step, I used an WD External formatted in NTFS. Then, when I copied the files to the USB, I formatted the USB to NTFS prior to Xcopying the contents over. I'll know in a few hours if this works and report back. I am not familiar with "partition cloning" but that HDD is history so it's not an option at this point. I'll look into that for future reference though, thanks.
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    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    Did you you ever get it to work?
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    I got it working. I wound up unable to work on it the other day and have been too busy until today.

    The short of it is, I installed the "new" HDD and went through the process and recieved the same error. I revisited the WD External HDD and compared file sizes and noticed a 700byte difference between it and the USB so I reformatted the USB, Xcopyed the contents, double checked the file sizes and skipped the bootsect command. I ran it again to a success.

    Now I have to pick through everything and make an image backup so perhaps next time this debacle can be easily fixed.

    This is very likely to rate the worst HDD failure of 2015 ... LOL
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    Posts : 138
    Windows 8 Pro


    Glad to hear you got it working. I did something similar recently using DISM. I made a backup of the oem partition to an external hard drive and used DISM to apply the image to the new ssd. The only problem I had was getting it to boot. Someone on another forum helped me out.

    When I first got the computer I made a backup with the Dell DataSafe software but when I tried to restore it, it gave me a error message saying my hard drive had to be 780GB. My new SSD was only 240GB.
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