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Trying to clone new disk and make it bootable

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#1 1timcarter


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Posted 08 May 2009 - 03:47 PM

Haven't been here for quite awhile but couldn't think of a better place to get the best answers.

I'm running xp professional and my HD is about full. I have a new hard drive, installed it as a second drive, and I did a disk to disk copy. I think I got everything copied inculding the boot sector. Before I go on maybe someone to tell me how to make sure I got the boot sector..... I used XML to do the copy. Both drives have 2 partitions with the first one being NTFS and the second one FAT. Both of them have the first partition marked as "active". When I took the main drive out and changed the jumper on the second drive to indicate it was the only drive, it would not boot.

Some of the things I have thought about are:

1. Did I not really get the boot sector?
2. Does the first partition need to marked something more than "active"?
3. Does XP prevent you from using a "copy" of the OS?
4. Do I need to change something in the BIOS?

If I leave both drives in, could I try rebooting and set the boot disk to the second drive to determine if it will work?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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#2 rosiesdad


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Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:18 PM

If you did a disk to disk copy, all files should be there bit for bit.
Try flopping the drive cables so the new drive is plugged in the C drive on the MOBO and Let er rip.
I have cloned several drives via Acronis and had great success.

Edited by rosiesdad, 08 May 2009 - 08:21 PM.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:11 AM

Do the instructions for using XML...indicate that the boot sector is copied?

Actual substitution of the 2d drive for the current boot drive...should provide your answers.


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