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MBR ERROR 1

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I currently have an MBR ERROR 1 after I cloned a SSD to HDD and everything was wokring fine and all of sudden this all happened.... I searched all over the net and keep coming up with boot WIN 7 CD and repair but when I do that it says this version of windows is not compaitable so I'm lost and would like not to have to do a fresh install of WIN 7.

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Do you have a full disk backup (of the entire disk, not just some partitions)? Try restoring that to the desired system disk.

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If you don't have a full disk backup you can still fix this problem. The "MBR ERROR #" messages are from the Acronis-modified MBR which results from enabling the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager (ASRM), or F11, function. All you need to do is to replace the MBR with a fresh copy from a Windows 7 repair CD.

Boot from the repair CD and go to a command prompt window. Type the following: Bootrec /FixMbr

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I can't boot the system repair disk it says this verison of windows isn't compatiable and its the same real windows 7 64bit cd I used to install the os with. I can boot using partimage and i can use this to mount my HDD that has the cloned OS and veiw the MBR I think but idk if this can help me anyway and I tried getting to a cmd port but with out being able to boot the system recovory I can't run Bootrec/fixmbr

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Is the repair disk from the original Windows 7, but your system is now updated to SP-1? I don't know for sure if that makes a difference, but it might. Perhaps someone who knows for certain can comment?

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Kyle:

Does your PC have more than one disk drive? If so, it's possible that the system repair disk is looking at and detecting a different version of Windows on another disk. Disconnect the other disk(s) and try again with only the desired destination disk connected.

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I only have the HDD that has the cloned OS on it and only one DVD-ROM drive hooked up. My windows 7 64bit disc only came with one disc and its the install disc.

I will download a system recovery disc and burn it and see what happens with that.

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I downloaded a win 7 repair disc and that said not combaitable with this verison of windows

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Kyle,

The Windows recovery error points at a modified setup during/after the clone operation: RAID vs. AHCI, GPT disk vs. MBR disk
For Windows recovery to work you need a match at several level:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/5…

Check out this post:
http://www.arenddeboer.com/windows7-system-recovery/

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I'm sorry Pat but those posts didn't make a whole of sense to me! I think this whole True Image software screwed with my OS and some reason it thinks the OS is compatible with my genuine windows cd that I used to install the OS with so....basically its looking like I will have to due a fresh install of everything and then I will be calling true image to get my money back!

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Kyle:

Before you do that could you answer a question to satisfy my curiousity? On the SSD that you cloned from, did you have Acronis True Image installed? And if so, was the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager (ASRM) activated?

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I used Acronis True Image to clone the ssd to my hdd and never activeted the Acronic Startup Recovery Manager untill I got the MBR error. I first got an MBR Error 3 and MBR Error 1 then rebooted to Acronis Stratup Recovery and activated that and then only got the MBR Error 1 and thats where I'm stuck at now.....

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I had a similar issue when trying to do a startup repair recently. For me the issue was related to having to select the non UEFI marked DVD drive to run the windows DVD. This might be the case if you have a EFI bios. If the UEFI DVD drive is selected the incompatibility message came up when trying to run repair. Might be worth checking bios.

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@Kyle,

Have you also had a Secure Zone in place or OS Selector? Anyway, the trick that might work is to now disable the ASRM and if the MBR 1 error still appears now try remaking the MBR from Windows command line.

The MBR1 and 3 errors are non fatal, just an annoyance at boot time.

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Martin Greshoff,
When I boot the CD's from the BIOS I always select the none UEFI DVD rom. The UEFI DVD is somthing new to me that just popped up when all this started happening....

Colin B,
I have tried to get to a windows command line but have no way to get there since I cant boot the windows dvd. I can't click on the cmd line button.
If there is some way to just be able to boot to a cmd line then it would be great but I hear that after XP there is no longer way to boot to a cmd line

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Kyle:

Can you boot from the Acronis Bootable Media CD (or flash drive) and de-activate the ASRM?

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Kyle,

To be clear, the links I reposted in post #8 of this thread pertain to the error you have when you try to use your Windows recovery CD to repair your windows installation.

This "recovery" process error is independent of the "MBR Error 1" error you have. That one is typically linked to ATI ASRM and could be fixed (see other posts).

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Alright idk know what happend but some how after unplugging the power to my hdd and plugging it back in i was able to boot the windows 7 dvd and got to a cmd line and was able to fix the MBR! Thanks for all the help!

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I had the same problem, MBR Error 1 and MBR Error 2 on a HP Machine with SSD harddrive (cloned from the original HP OEM Installation)
(as a result of save energy in sleepmode, NOT as a result of cloning with Acronis)
Starting the PC with DVD selected as UEFI drive, the software was not able to repair the bootrecord.
Starting the PC with DVD selected as Standard drive, "Windows" was able to fix the problem via repair boot option and the MBR was repared within some seconds.