I'm using Windows XP pro and I have 2 hard drives on my comp ( CD-ROM aswell) Windows is on the smaller capacity HD which has about 1GB of free space. My other HD has almost 300G of free space. So I cloned my C drive (with EASEUS) onto my F drive. All worked out just fine but my computer was still booting from the smaller C drive.....Well, that's where I come in, to mess it all up
So I kept fiddling with things hoping it would boot up from F or F would turn into C somehow. I followed EASEUS instructions to unload the source drive before boot up, but I got the blank screen" no drive found...blah...blah...I swapped the ribbon harness from C to F (leaving C disconnected) but received same message. My computer would only boot up with C connected. After messing around for many hours near midnight, I played around with the registry files using REGEDIT. I think somewhere under "MOUNTED DEVICES" I found a list with all the drives and letters. So I had this great idea to change the letter C in that sentence to F....by then my mindset was like" make this cloned drive work or bust!!" After the next boot attempt, Windows would make it to the logon screen but without the box where you put in the password. The screen doesn't seem to be frozen, I can move the mouse but it won't respond to ALT,CTRL,DEL. I've tried all F8 options e.g safemode,etc...and ended up with the same result. Oh and before I forget it, before I messed it all up, I converted my C drive into a NTFS to match the F drive (with EASEUS)...good 1 huh? I don't have a recovery disk, WindowsXP and I turned off the back up function to save space. So basically, I should have a perfect version of Windows sitting on my cloned F drive and if I could figure out a way to somehow get into windows or boot up from F, I might be ok.
I downloaded a few "boot CD's" but they didn't work either. Is there any hope? Thanks for all the input.