First post, by maximus
Hi, all. Been using Clonezilla to save and restore disk images for years. Has saved me tons of time over manual Windows 98 and Windows XP installs.
Recently I installed Windows XP SP3 on the following hardware (everything known good and working fine):
Compaq Presario SR1215CB
1 GB DDR
60 GB HDD
Decided to create a new disk image before installing drivers and whatnot. Used the "savedisk" option with default settings as usual, and everything seemed to work fine (saved image checked OK). I did, however, use a newer version of Clonezilla that I had not tested before: clonezilla-live-20200302-eoan-amd64. This appears to have been a mistake.
Today I tried to restore that image and now the system will not boot. After POST it displays the following message:
Error loading operating system
Here's what I've tried so far:
1) Booted a Linux live CD and checked the hard drive. GParted showed a single NTFS partition with the boot flag set, which is what I expected.
2) Booted from the Windows XP installation CD, started the recovery console, and ran the following commands:
No change. The output from fixmbr did report that the MBR was borked, but apparently it did not fix it.
3) Tried restoring the image again with a slightly newer version of Clonezilla (clonezilla-live-20200428-focal-amd64). Clonezilla reported that the image was successfully restored, but it still won't boot.
Not really in the mood for another manual Windows XP install, so I figured I'd ask around here first. Anyone else run into this issue before?