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Inaccessible Memory on Cloned Hard Drive

Q: Inaccessible Memory on Cloned Hard Drive

I cloned my failing hard drive (a 160gb) to a new one (500gb). The installation seemed to go smoothly enough (it was my first time though) as it just required me to stay grounded and remove about 4-5 screws. When I loaded the PC up it wouldnt start the first time so I had to a Windows repair, which didn't seem to do anything except now it worked (it said it failed or something). I then had an issue with Windows 7 claiming to not be genuine although for one reason or another that stopped. Now my issue is that I am unable to access the additional memory of my new hard drive, I am able to access the cloned portion but not the rest (about 316gb). Any help would be appreciated, my PC is a Dell Latitude E6400 if that helps.

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A: Inaccessible Memory on Cloned Hard Drive

Hello there,

It is absolutely normal not to see the rest of the free space in the moment. When you clone a drive you create the exact same image of old drive on the new one. This includes the size of the original HDD. However if you go to Disk Management ( type diskmgmt.msc in the search in the start menu and hit enter) you will see that you have one partition of 160GB and the rest of the space will be listed as unallocated. To use it you have two options ? you can create a second partition or you can extend the original one to take all the available space.

To create a new second partition just right-click on the unallocated space and select ?New Simple Volume?. This will starts a wizard to guide you through the rest of the process. First it will ask about the size of the partition. To use all the remaining space just type in the same value you have for Maximum disk space. Click Next.

Then you will get to choose and available drive letter to assign to this partition. Choose one and click Next.

Then you get to the Format partition window. You should choose ?Format volume with the following settings: ?. For the file system is best to leave NTFS. Allocation unit size as default. You can also put a label for the volume here. Then tick the box for ?Perform a Quick Format. ? Click Next. Then Click Finish. And you're done.

If at any point Windows pops up with the following message ?The operation selected will convert the disk to dynamic... are you sure you want to continue? ? click NO as this will most probably make your Windows unbootable and you will have to reinstall it.

If you want to extend the existing partition right-click on 160GB partition and select ?Extend Volume?. It will start the wizard and will only ask about how much space to add. Just select the maximum available space here and click Next, then click Finish. Once done your existing partition will be bigger and you'll be able to use all the space on your new HDD.

Hope that helps.
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A:Cloned Hard Drive

To add to the matter, I put the hard drive in my laptop to see how it would boot up.
I get test diagnostics that appear. Nothing else...

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A:Cloned my hard drive

Maybe you simply cloned your 80GB partition onto a 120GB drive so you now have unused disk space. You may just need to resize your partition

You can use EASUS Partition Manager freeware to easily manage the partitions on the drive (including a resize if needed)
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Can this be done?

A:Cloned hard drive


Apart from some very simple programs such as Solitaire and freecell. This will not work.

The host computer would need the programs installed to have all the correct registry settings and files to run the program(s)

Things would also be very slow.


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A:Hard Drive Inaccessible

Didi you set the jumpers on the drives appropriately?

Does it boot into Windows on the master drive and have you made sure there are no viruses anywhere in both drives?
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A:Inaccessible Hard Drive

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A:Hard Drive inaccessible

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A:Hard drive inaccessible on new PC

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A:2TB hard drive becomes inaccessible,

First if possible back up all data on the HDD.

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A:Hard drive inaccessible after upgrade - (apps stored on drive run)

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A:Cloned Hard Drive Bad Blocks

OK, it is a mistake to partition or format the destination drive when using acronis. This will cause drive letter problems. Here is what I would do;

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A:Cloned Hard Drive will not boot.

ofladrt-have you got another machine you could hook the drive into as a slave?If you can do that to save documents to disk,save them there.It kinda sounds it's the long road but it may mean full reset(format) with xp and then upgrade to vista.
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A:Inaccessible hard drive & Ophcrack

The access denied error is a permissions issue, not a password issue. Good thing, or the Forum Rules. wouldn't allow me to help.

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A:Virus: hard drive inaccessible


Welcome to TSF.

I'm K27 and I will be assisting with your malware issues.

Please DO NOT run any scans/tools/fixes on your own as this will conflict with the tools we are going to use.

Please Print or Save to Notepad all instructions and please follow them carefully and if there's something you don't understand or that will not work please let me know and we will go through it together.

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A:files inaccessible from hard drive

The virus version uses a capital > L < Lsasss.exe ( Sasser virus )

Probably slaving to another comp, running a virus check & copying the HD contents over, is the best way to go.

Slave it to another HD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) & copy your stuff onto the other HD.
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A:External Hard Drive: Inaccessible

When you disconnected/reconnected Drive L, did you try using a different USB port? Do you have another USB cable you can use? Any luck in recognizing the drive?

It's possible that something might have happened to remove the drive letter from Drive L. With the computer turned on and with Drive L connected, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management. It might give a clue as to why Drive L is no longer recognized. (Very important to follow the instructions in Step 5.)

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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If the hardware is different than the computer the drive was cloned from then it won't work. It needs to be formatted and installed with the hardware that the drive is currently in.
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Never use any "wipe" tools unless you plan to destroy the drive. Some have been unusable afterward. There is never a need to wipe a drive you plan to keep.

There is no reason to "safely remove" a drive whose contents you do not care about. Data loss is a non-issue. Just unplug it.

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If it is truly a clone, then it will have the same partitions and structure as the original. It will also be a system drive due to the presence of a page file. Use a bootable CD to remove the partitions and create new ones.
Parted Magic disk partitioning, PC repair, and file recovery tool (Bootable CD or USB image)
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I assume you have checked and the bios of your machine does support drives of that size.

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It is not the recovery partition that is the main issue. Your boot sectors are on the wrong drive.

This should sort it out,

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What to do if HAL is missingDid you ever get an error message that says "HAL.DLL is missing or corrupt"? HAL is the Hardware Abstraction Layer; this is the operating system component that XP uses to interact with the hardware. If this file is really missing or corrupt, you won't be able to boot into XP. Often, though, this message appears when the real problem is a misconfiguration of your BOOT.INI file (the file that tells XP's boot process where to find important files.) If you get this message, try the following before you resort to reinstalling XP: Boot from your XP installation CD. Press the R key when you're given the option. R=Repair. Press the number that designates the installation of XP that you want to repair (if you only have one instance of the operating system, this will be 1). Type bootcfg /list This shows you the entries in your BOOT.INI file. To repair the file, type bootcfg /rebuild Type Exit
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Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
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I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
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welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

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A:USB memory stick infected, files inaccessible [Moved]

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Maybe you can try to clone with Macrium free
Try loading defaults in BIOS
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Sorry to hear you are having issues Beaner...

Not sure how politically correct that name is either... LOL!

I messed up by making a cloned SATA drive instead of just doing an image back up.

What application did you use to make this "Clone"?

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Three things to do to find the cause
Update your anti virus, then run a full scan
Download, update and make a full scan with malwarebytes

If Negative

Take memtest
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

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You can connect the hard disk together and you find a standard cable has a spare plug too. There is a small jumper to connect two pins together for you to select

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Just remember, i could be wrong.
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A:Missing Hard drive Memory

If all else fails, reformat with Fdisk. Check your disk manager (start>control panel>administrative tools>computermanagement>disk Management), and do a print screen.
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A:Solved: Hard drive memory

What are the specs of the new system?
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Total Physical Memory: 64.00 MB
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Total Virtual Memory: 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory: 1.96 GB

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A:Upgrade memory and hard drive to ssd

Roozell Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Both are certainly doable. Here is the Maintenance and Service Guide for your laptop: Memory and drive information are on page 2. As to memory, there is only one slot, and it will hold a memory stick up to 8GB. As to SSD, any 2.5" SSD should work without problems. The Easiest way to migrate to an SSD is to use one with the same capacity as your hard drive, connect the SSD to the laptop using a USB-to-Hard-Drive cable, and use a "cloning" app to migrate the contents of the HDD to the SSD. When this is done, all you have to do is then swap the SDD for the HDD in the laptop. My personal recommendation is to use a third party tool known as Macrium Reflect to do the cloning. What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB drive adapter3) Follow the instructions in this link: Shutdown the PC when done5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC. You should boot from the new drive without any problems. Good Luck
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