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#1 shawnvw

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:08 PM

As I mentioned on another topic, I want to clone my old drive to my new one. However, MaxBlast software won't let me.

I think it's because the destination drive is the drive on which I installed MaxBlast. I can see how it would be hard or impossible to use they active drive as the destination.

The logical thing would be to boot from the old drive, but I can't. The new drive is a SATA drive, and the old one IDE, which means that the SATA will always be the primary drive. Any ideas?

I have another option. I can use DriveImageXML to copy the old disk to a new partition on the new disk. But in that case, this new partition will be the one I want to boot from. How would I do that?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:49 PM

I guess that I don't know what you mean when you say you can't boot from the old drive.

Why not? BIOS boot options change, can be changed by user.

I don't think I would use MaxBlast for cloning a drive. MaxBlast is overlay software and XP has been known to have problems with such.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=X...+drive+overlays

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 03:03 PM

Hi,

I just finished a clone project using MaxBlast 5. The clone process took 52 hrs! The only thing that didn't work was anything associated with booting up. I first tried running all the repair commands in the Recovery Console. Nothing worked. Then, I did a repair install. That did it! My clone now works very well.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 03:08 PM

Generally speaking, I do repair installs anytime that I use a cloned copy of my systems. I've always thought it was necessary, for various reasons.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 07:15 PM

Drive cloning works, to a limited extent, depending on the hardware involved. The more similar the hardware is, the more likely it is to work. Windows has some ability to self-correct errors like this, but enough errors will make Windows throw a fit and refuse to boot.

The most commonly recommended method for this type of move is to:
1) Uninstall all devices that will change from Device Manager before the final shutdown
2) Install the hardware
3) Boot directly into a repair install of Windows and repair the installation.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 09:21 PM

I guess that I don't know what you mean when you say you can't boot from the old drive.

Why not? BIOS boot options change, can be changed by user.


Tech Support told me that the new drive must be the boot drive if its used at all. If I boot from the old drive, I can't access the old drive.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 09:32 PM

1) Uninstall all devices that will change from Device Manager before the final shutdown


Could you clarify this step?

How does your method this solve the problems mentioned in my original post?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 10:20 PM

<<Tech Support told me that the new drive must be the boot drive if its used at all. If I boot from the old drive, I can't access the old drive.>>

Hmmm, I guess I thought that this group was Tech Support...

In any case, whoever told you what you think you heard...there was some mixup.

Any hard drive which is properly formatted and partitioned can be seen by a working XP O/S. XP cannot see drives which are not formatted (except in Disk Management).

So, I've lost the train of thought in this particular thread...just what are you trying to do, right now, as you see it?

What is it that you need directions (from this group) on how to do?

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:37 PM

What is it that you need directions (from this group) on how to do?


1. I need to make a new partition on my C: drive. Call it the D: drive.

2. I need to set the computer to boot to the D: drive instead of the C: drive.

3. I need to clone my old disk to the D: drive.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:10 PM

To clone any partition/drive...to another drive/partition, you need software.

What software do you intend to use to do this? There is no way that I know of...to clone a partition without either a RAID or disk-imaging software.

As for how to use that software, instructions should be available.

You need to tell us what software you are going to use...or just follow the instructions said hardware gives for cloning a partition/drive.

There is no need to create a partition before cloning, in my experience.

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