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No operating system on boot up - unable to fix MBR - refuse to believe hardware issue

Firstly, I made a clone using Acronis Home True Image 11 to an external USB hard drive (Maxtor 3200). After cloning completed (unattended) came back to machine with message "No operating system".
In short, local drive visible in bios, but with no partitions. Have attempted care and repair version 4 but as drive not visible, cannot fix MBR. Likewise cannot recover system and/or files as not local drive not being discovered correctly. I am running the utility rescue and recovery from the newly cloned external USB drive.
Have also downloaded Vista recovery image which uses Startup Repair ver 2 and run from this CD but get as shown below:
Problem Sig. 01  Startup Repair V2
            02  External Media
            03  6.0.6000.16386.
            04  65537
            05  unknown
            06  CorruptPartitionTable
            07  0
            08  1
            09  FixPartitionTable
            10  1168
OS version       6.0.6000.
I have raised a request with Lenovo, but cannot find a telephone contact number.
In addition, but not quite sure of impact, ny gathered system information states that I am running as a user which doesn't have administrator rights, but cannot fathom how I get the Rescue and Recovery to run as administrator.

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I think your system has crashed so you need to do fresh operating system installation.You have mentioned that there is no partitions, it is sign of system's crash.

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