Trouble with Copied HD in Vista Ultimate 64-bit

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I have a new HP dv7-1451nr laptop. It has a 500gb HD, 5400 rpm. I have purchases a 320gb HD, 7200 rpm. The laptop has two bays, so I installed the new drive, formatted it and got it to be visible.

Because I was going to a smaller drive, I shrunk the OS partition of the old HD, made a new partition for Documents; there is also a RECOVERY partition. I partitioned the new drive to have partition of equal size as the OS partition and the RECOVERY partition, with the new Documents partition using the remaining space.

I then copied the OS partition to the new HD using HDClone. I was expecting it to run immediately [as such copies have worked in XP]. However, no go. Could not boot. Loaded in Safe Mode, but the files would only load to 'crcdisk.sys'

I have used the Recovery CD and done numerous repairs, but it will not boot.

Therefore, I reformatted the new drive without any partitions. I copied the OS partition to it, but problem persists. I then used the Recovery DVD's that I made when I bought the laptop. The load process seemed to go well. I restarted, and screen stated that there was not boot drive available. I used the Recovery CD, but it cannot find the operating system. I clicked load drivers, and see the C: drive, but it is not formatted.

From the Command Prompt, the default drive is X:\Sources. I try to change to C:\ and get this message: The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

Help is appreciated!
 

JustinW

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#2
Your recovery tool wiped the drives clean. You well need to re-install Windows either using it or a normal Windows DVD (so you can partition the drive the way you want it).