April 16, 2012

Problem with Windows update after replacing disc with clone

The past days I been struggling with replacing the hard drive on my laptop. At first everything seemed to work fine. But soon I discovered that Windows update wasn't working. The computer is Fujitsu ESPRIMO Mobile U9200 with Vista x86 (32-bit).

So why did Windows update fail to work? My conclusion is that in this case it because the new drive is a Advanced Format drive that the Windows device driver has problems with.

What is Advanced Format? Short explanation is that the physical sector size are different. To read more here:


Old disc: 120 GB OEM

This guide describes how I solved with Windows update failing after replacing the disc.
(This worked for my system. I will not take any responsibility if this fails for you.)

1) Prepare the system before cloning.
Make sure that you have all updates including SP2 installed.

Download and Install (Not sure that these are need but many forums suggest this. I did not try without them.):

2) Clone the disc with a clone tool. I used a Sandberg Hard Disk Cloner. It copies the disc without a computer. The process took less than an hour. Read more here:

3) Install the new drive in the computer.

4) Align data (if your clone tool didn't do it for you. This tool will tell you if it is needed.)
Download WD Align Windows(AcronisAlignTool_s_e_2_0_111.exe) from http://wdc.com. Please note that you will need to create a login and provide the model number of your drive to download it.

5) Updating the Windows device driver.

Download the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver. From intel.com (iata_cd_10.8.0.1003.exe)

My disc Controller chip (Intel 82801/HEM) was listed as supported but not included in the automated installation package so try to install iata_cd_10.8.0.1003.exe. If it is not working replace the driver manually. With these steps:

Take owner ship and rights for the file. Open a cmd window as administrator and type:

takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\drivers\iaStor.sys

cacls C:\Windows\System32\drivers\iaStor.sys /G MyUserName:F

Extract driver files:
iata_cd_10.8.0.1003.exe -a -a -p c:\Drvtmp

copy and replace c:\Drvtmp\Drivers\x32\iaStor.sys to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\

6) Reboot

7) Check that windows update is working.