09-19-2009 01:16 PM
I'm posting this because I had a most annoying problem with DiskWizard and found a solution through this forum. I hope that this helps the next person who suffers. I bought a Seagate drive to upgrade the 40GB unit in my Lenovo/IBM R50e.
I installed it in a USB enclosure and plugged it in to my laptop. I ran the Windows disk tools to initialise the disk then ran DiskWizard. It couldn't see the drive and shut down, insisting I had to have a Seagate drive. Fix no 1 is to ignore the warning and press Alt + t + o, for 'technical overide'. Pressing 'ok' then lets you run DiskWizard.
Next I tried to run DiskWizard to clone the drive. Everything worked during the manual installation until I had to reboot. Then my laptop hung on the splash screen. I forced a hard reboot and the machine hung on the Windows screen (before the password). I eventually managed to get it to boot using the 'last good settings' option. I tried all of the options (auto, pro-rata'd, or whatever Seagate calls it) but nothing worked. I tried removing the USB drive before I rebooted but to no avail. I think DiskWizard was messing with Windows and stopping it from doing the right thing on boot.
With a bit of research, I surmised that DiskWizard has problems. I'm very annoyed as a major reason for buying a Seagate drive (apart from liking them!) was the DiskWizard software. Finally, I've sorted a workround, based on this solution, elsewhere on the forum (http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=7
Essentially, it goes like this.
1 - Using another USB drive (this is the weak link and the bit that's most annoying), make a complete disk image of the entire drive.
2 - Make a bootable disk of DiskWizard
3 - Install the new drive
4 - Boot from the DiskWizard CD
5 - Restore the entire Drive from the disk image on the USB drive
6 - Use the free EASEUS Partition Master software to resize the partitions (http://www.partition-tool.com/download.htm) and build a new data partition (drive E
Everything hunky dory!
I believe it would have been possible to do it directly from the DiskWizard CD by installing one partition at a time, but I didn't pick up on that option before I did it.
I believe that it's ok as I've booted everything up a few times, de-fragged the drive to great effect, and am writing this with the new disk installed.
The spare (original) disk is going into the USB enclosure as a music server in my car - so now I'm happy.
I hope this helps someone get through what I suffered! A simple drive swap took best part of a day. It would have been cheaper and less stressful to buy a new laptop!