I use Backup Exec System Recovery to migrate to larger hard drives, to new PCs, etc.
I have painted myself into a new corner, and am looking for the way out.
Situation: I migrated to a new hard drive, but the new drive is GPT, and won't boot up. diskpart.exe does not let me manage the GPT drive (e.g. to set a partition as active), so I am stuck.
This system is a Dell XPS 8500, which we believe is UEFI capable, running the latest BIOS available for this system.
Steps I took:
- Plugged the new drive into box running Win 7 x64 (the box I am migrating). This is a standard MBR Windows 7 setup on a Dell desktop.
- Windows asked me to init the drive. I chose GPT (perhaps stupidly)
- I used Backup Exec System Recovery to migrate all partitions from my old drive to new drive (e.g. the hidden Windows partition and the C: partition)
- Disconnect old drive, plug in new drive... won't boot.
- Boot the backup exec CD, run diskpart, try to set the appro partition on the new drive to active.... diskpart says no thank you, it is not an MBR disk
- Ack, plug the old drive back in so I can boot up and get to work.
The preferred path is to understand the magic needed so I get the new drive to boot (via some unknown to me utility).
How is this done?
(I already know I can clean the target drive and redo it as MBR, but would prefer to be able to stay on the path I am on)