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Dual Hard Drive Boot Problems


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#1 mrb455

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 10:25 AM

I recently installed a new HD and am having some boot issues. When I try to boot a screen comes up and ask which system I want to boot, both say Windows default, I have figured out that the top one is the new drive. The problem is that after selecting the drive the system gets hung up in Windows logo screen where the bar is that shows the system is working and won't go any further until I reboot a couple of times then it starts. I tried removing the old HD, which is what I want to do anyway because it was having problems but then no HD is detected even though I have the new one set as master and the old one set as slave. The ribbon cable used to link the two drives used to link only one drive and the Zip drive together. I know that it's something simple but I canít seem to figure it out. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 12:17 PM

Switch Master/Slave. Did you reinstall windows when you installed the new drive?
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Posted 07 January 2006 - 04:40 PM

No, I just copyed the files from one to the other.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 06:44 PM

That's more than likely your problem. Since you have the hard drive just format the new and do a brand new installation of windows on it. Then transfer over the files that you want on the new drive from the old on.
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Posted 07 January 2006 - 08:12 PM

Thanks I'll try that.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 10:52 PM

You could always just ghost the old hard drive onto the new one, this is a bit more advanced to do. But this would copy EVERYTHING from your old hard drive so you may not want all the junk to come with it!

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 08:17 PM

While the new hard drive may contain the files that were on the old one, there are several important differences:

1) The boot files are located on a particular place on the drive - copying them won't preserve this location.

2) Windows has numerous settings that depend on knowing which piece of hardware was where when it starts. Since the new hard drive isn't in this "database" - the computer has no idea of what or how to deal with it.

3) Lastly, a copy will not move your Windows installation from one drive to another - there are too many variables involved. You'll have "clone" your hard drive to the new one (using a utility that's usually free from the hard drive manufacturer). Now, I'm guessing here, but I expect that XP would be able to start from this new hard drive without the need for a repair install. If it's unable to boot from the new drive once it's cloned (you'll see the Blue Screen of Death if it crashes), then you'll have to do a repair install. Instructions are here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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