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HD Cloning Help of Windows XP-Carrying HD with Acronis


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#1 DrSatanDracula

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 02:58 AM

Okay, I've been having a week's load of problems. It is time to go to the "pros", aka you guys. :thumbsup:

Two weeks ago, my old computer failed on me. I knew it wasn't a HD problem, so I bought a new computer and was hoping to get everything set up. Save...I didn't eralize that the new computer had only SATA cables and not even the possibility of hooking up a ribbon cable (which would have made my life frickin' easier).

ANyway, so I buy a hard drive case so I can hook up the HD via USB and try a ton of solutions to clone it, but each cause one error or another. One did the cloning fine, but then couldn't find the partition. Another did the cloning fine, but then gave me errors on the image restoration. Finally, I tried Acronis Trial (which is fully functioning) and everything seemed to be okay...

Until I tried to boot Windows XP from the partition with it on it.

Windows XP won't start up but the data is there on the partition. All 200+ gigs of it.

So...what can I do to make my Windows XP work? This is getting tiresome.

The partition I am now (that is working perfectly) is running Windows Vista (which I really don't much care for).

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:20 AM

Sounds to me like you need to edit the boot.ini file...on the hard drive containing XP...no, that's wrong, if you are trying to boot the hard drive in question while it's in the USB enclosure.

If the old XP O/S is on a hard drive directly attached to the motherboard...then you may have to edit the boot.ini file on that hard drive (if the boot.ini file is damaged, for whatever reason).

I don't use Acronis but if you actually cloned the partition...the boot.ini file must be on that drive and we should assume that it's fucntional.

I would suggest removing any/all unnecessary drives (necessary = 1 boot drive, 1 optical drive) if you are attempting to boot XP via direct attachment/installation. If XP detects other drives or O/Ses...it might be confused when attempting a boot. All other drives can be installed normally...after you get XP to boot.

The fact that Vista and XP use different boot files may be pertinent here, I don't know (I don't use Vista, will pass on it and move to Windows 7).

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:20 AM

You want to clone the old drive including the OS onto the new drive??

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:24 AM

FWIW: I do know that the Vista bootloader files must be edited when XP is normally installed after Vista has been installed. I don't know if same applies when cloning an XP boot/system partition to an existing Vista install.

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