Windows XP=no boot after Ghost 2003 imaging
This is a very unusual and specific problem. I've been using Ghost 2003 to image various new and old computers with Win98se, XP sp1 and sp2 with great success for the past three years. But a new laptop will not take an image properly.
Here's the details:
HP Compaq nx6125 laptop
Installed WinXP sp2 and other software used by our Agency
Removed the laptop hard drive and placed it into a desktop
Made a Ghost image onto an IDE hard drive (which has other images)
Reassembled the original laptop and set it aside
Unpacked a fresh laptop
Remove its hard drive and installed it into the desktop
Imaged the laptop hard drive from the newly made image
Re-installed the laptop hard drive
Attempted to boot
The laptop gets past the BIOS but then stops. I even heard the HD spin down. The screen is black with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner.
To remedy this problem here's what I've tried:
1) Using Windows XP repair console to replace the MBR = no change in booting
2) Using Windows XP CD to repair the installed OS = no change in booting
The only way to fix the imaged drive is to perform a complete re-installation of Windows XP and all the software. This takes a full day of my time per laptop. I'd really like to just crank out the imaged drives.
So, has anyone encountered this very unusual situation before?
Like I said, it's only on this make and model laptop that I'm having trouble. All other systems, desktop and laptop, work great with Ghost imaging. I contacted HP about the problem and they said to contact Symantec. :(
Thanks in advance,
Child & Family Agency