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How to copy/transfer MBR and Hidden Partition "ibm Access" to new HD

Discussion in 'IBM Thinkpad' started by science2003, Apr 29, 2007.

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    science2003 Guest

    Hi there,
    thanks to look at my case:
    Lenovo Thinkpad X40 (no longer under warranty, apparently because the
    dealer bankarupt!) had problems with the 1.8" Hitachi HD: bad sectors.
    And did no longer boot WinXP.

    I bought another HD. I was able to clone the hidden partition to an
    USB Drive. But now I face two problems.
    1. I need to copy it back in the new HD: What format does it uses, and
    should I copy it as a hidden partition or not? Is there a chance to
    make from that USB partition the Recovery CDs without copy it back to
    the new HD? How?
    2. In any case if I want now to make the PC bootable with "ibm
    access" botton, I understood that the MBR should be the original one.
    How can I copy and transfer from the old HD to the new 1.8" one the
    MBR as well. Is there a quick utility that I can use under a bootable
    CD of WinXP that I am using to access the PC when there is the broken
    HD installed?
    Many thanks for your help.
    science2003, Apr 29, 2007
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    News Guest

    Acronis 8.0 or better.
    News, Apr 29, 2007
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    science2003 Guest

    Acronis 8.0 or better.- Hide quoted text -

    Thank you for your answer. I do have it. But the software does ask the
    questions (copy partition Hidden/notHidden? Format?), it does not give
    me the answers.
    I did not mention: I cannot clone the bad disk with Ghost or Acronis:
    there are too many bad sectors in the main partition. I could clone
    bit-to-bit the IBM access partition. But now I am stucked to the above
    questions. Thank you
    science2003, Apr 29, 2007
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    News Guest


    A proper service partition works whether hidden or not.

    Your choice as to how to proceed.
    News, Apr 29, 2007
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    science2003 Guest

    Many thanks, what will be helpful is to find someone with the right
    tip to change (trough a copy or whatever) the MBR of the new HD, so as
    to make working "IBM Access" botton.
    science2003, Apr 30, 2007
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    Phil Sherman Guest

    You can get a MBR repair diskette from Lenovo's website. If you don't
    have a diskette drive, you can convert it to a bootable CD to reinstall
    the MBR.

    Phil Sherman


    the new HD? How?
    Phil Sherman, May 1, 2007
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    science2003 Guest

    Many thanks I shall look at it. ThinkPad x40, does not have the floppy
    in fact.

    I hope to find the right web-address.
    science2003, May 2, 2007
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    John Doue Guest

    I am under the impression that this MBR repair diskette will not do more
    than Fdisk /mbr would and I very much doubt it will restore your MBR the
    way you expect. Hopefully, you will prove me wrong, it has been quite
    some time since I looked into this.
    John Doue, May 2, 2007
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