Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:25 AM
I use Partition Magic 8.
If you copied the drive the system drive to a clean hard drive...it should have included all files necessary to boot the newer drive as a replacement for the old drive (and all programs, data files, etc.).
<<Then I restated my computer and unpluged the original operating system drive.>>
I guess that I don't understand this. To boot from the newer drive, just replace the older drive...don't add any other drives...and then boot to ensure that it truly is a replacement for your older drive. Since it's the only drive attached, it will automatically become C:, with your optical drive becoming the D: drive.
Once bootability is confirmed...you can add other drives, add the older drive as a secondary drive, create new partitions, etc. Drive letters assigned to these will follow the normal Windows pattern.