I just went through a warranty hard drive replacement and used the Acronis True Image WD Edition to clone the defective drive. My system has two hard drives as follows:
HD1: Operating system drive, Seagate, ~ 300Gb, one partition, C:
HD2: Data drive, Western Digital, ~ 1.5 Tb, two partitions, D: and E:
I ran the Clone Disk utility in Acronis True Image WD Edition on my data drive (HD2) and installed the (new/replacement) cloned data drive (with two partitions). The replacement drive works fine, however, now my machine will not boot up to the C: drive (HD1) unless I manually select it during the boot process. During the boot process, after the BIOS check, the machine just shows a blinking cursor, and nothing else. I can manually select to boot to my C: drive and everything works fine, but, the system should be able to boot up automatically.
It’s acting like the computer wants to boot from HD2, which should not have any boot information, I just use is to store all my data, no operating system is on it. If there’s a boot mbr on HD2 can I remove it without loosing all my data?
My BIOS only allows me to prioritize boot order by:
I can not prioritize which hard drive the BIOS will boot from.
I thought I glimpsed a screen with “Acronis Boot Loader”, but, can’t swear that is true. The screen has not shown up again.
What do I need to do to allow my computer to boot normally?
Acronis has indicated that they do not provide support for this software and I will have to get support from Western Digital.
I look forward to any constructive response.