Cloning hard drive with Clonezilla failed, gave a bad sector error message and now the original hard drive will not boot

Original title: startup problem

I tried cloning from my hard drive with Clonezilla, and he gave me a bad sector error.  I have since run the hard drive test in bios and it passed.  Anyway, clone has failed, and now the original hard drive will not boot.  My dvd player won't turn when I try to load the Vista repair CD (Vista Home Premium 32 bit).  Clonezilla removes the start settings for the original disc?  And if so, how can I restore it?  The computer starts just a black screen with a cursor at the top left.  When I install the hard drive in a box and connect it to another computer, it shows the partitions and files all seem to be there.

Hi DougEisenmann,

Clonezilla is not supported by Microsoft.

If you are unable to boot from the Vista repair disk then you will need to go into the system BIOS and make sure that it is configured to boot from the DVD drive.

Check out the link:

Windows to boot from a CD or DVD

http://Windows.Microsoft.com/en-us/Windows-Vista/Start-Windows-from-a-CD-or-DVD

BIOS: Frequently asked questions

http://Windows.Microsoft.com/en-us/Windows-Vista/BIOS-frequently-asked-questions

Important: Change the BIOS (Basic input output system) / Semiconductor (CMOS) to complementary metal oxide settings can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from starting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the configuration of the BIOS/CMOS settings can be solved. Changes to settings are at your own risk.

See also the thread which has some troubleshooting steps for this same issue.

http://answers.Microsoft.com/en-us/Windows/Forum/windows_vista-system/Windows-Vista-crashedstartup-repair-wont-launch/49315171-1601-49DD-84fe-50bebd9ddbae

The above link contains third party links provided by other users.

Note: The use of third-party software, including hardware drivers can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from starting properly. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the use of third-party software can be solved. Software using third party is at your own risk.

Hope this information is useful.

Jeremy K
Microsoft Answers Support Engineer

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