Problem re-locating XP partition

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I recently upgraded my home systems from NT4 SP6a to XP Pro SP2 - so I'm
new here :-)

My NT system had two SCSI disks - drives C: (NT) and D: (software) on
ID0 and drive E: (data) on ID1. To install XP, I added a disk at ID2,
set the host adapter to boot from ID2, and booted from the XP CD.

I now have XP set up the way I like and don't need to retain the ability
to boot NT, so I backed up ID0 to DVD using Drive Image 7.0 and deleted
the disk partitions, leaving me with:

ID0: Unallocated
ID1: drive E:
ID2: drive C: (XP) and D: (software)

Now I'd like to move C: and D: to ID0, so I used Drive Image 7.0 to copy
the partitions and set the host adapter to boot from ID0.

XP boots normally from ID0, I log in, everything looks fine - but after
a minute or so a dialog pops up telling me svchost.exe has encountered a
problem and needs to close. After that the system is unresponsive -
mouse cursor still moves but there's no visible response to clicks or
keyboard input - not even CTRL ALT DEL. If I hit the reset button, XP
boots again but I can't log in - the login dialog re-appears about a
minute later each time I enter my credentials.

I've used Drive Image many times in the past to relocate my NT partition
without problems, and also successfully tested restoring my XP partition
from an image file, so I'm not sure why moving XP causes svchost.exe to
crash.

Any suggestions?

TIA

Sunny
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    With xp on a RAID0 configuration useing SATA drives,xp is unable to use
    XCOPY,it just wont work.SCSI drives as youre set up with probably fall
    into the same catagory.

    "Sunny" wrote:

    > I recently upgraded my home systems from NT4 SP6a to XP Pro SP2 - so I'm
    > new here :-)
    >
    > My NT system had two SCSI disks - drives C: (NT) and D: (software) on
    > ID0 and drive E: (data) on ID1. To install XP, I added a disk at ID2,
    > set the host adapter to boot from ID2, and booted from the XP CD.
    >
    > I now have XP set up the way I like and don't need to retain the ability
    > to boot NT, so I backed up ID0 to DVD using Drive Image 7.0 and deleted
    > the disk partitions, leaving me with:
    >
    > ID0: Unallocated
    > ID1: drive E:
    > ID2: drive C: (XP) and D: (software)
    >
    > Now I'd like to move C: and D: to ID0, so I used Drive Image 7.0 to copy
    > the partitions and set the host adapter to boot from ID0.
    >
    > XP boots normally from ID0, I log in, everything looks fine - but after
    > a minute or so a dialog pops up telling me svchost.exe has encountered a
    > problem and needs to close. After that the system is unresponsive -
    > mouse cursor still moves but there's no visible response to clicks or
    > keyboard input - not even CTRL ALT DEL. If I hit the reset button, XP
    > boots again but I can't log in - the login dialog re-appears about a
    > minute later each time I enter my credentials.
    >
    > I've used Drive Image many times in the past to relocate my NT partition
    > without problems, and also successfully tested restoring my XP partition
    > from an image file, so I'm not sure why moving XP causes svchost.exe to
    > crash.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Sunny
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Sunny wrote:

    >I now have XP set up the way I like and don't need to retain the ability
    >to boot NT, so I backed up ID0 to DVD using Drive Image 7.0 and deleted
    >the disk partitions, leaving me with:
    >
    >ID0: Unallocated
    >ID1: drive E:
    >ID2: drive C: (XP) and D: (software)
    >
    >Now I'd like to move C: and D: to ID0, so I used Drive Image 7.0 to copy
    >the partitions and set the host adapter to boot from ID0.

    XP has the 'slot number' of the partition it is on recorded in boot.ini
    (presumably correctly as it boots) and also in registry. If you move
    the partition to another slot you need to let that re-enumerate. Use
    regedit.exe, open to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Mounted devices
    and in the right pane delete the lines DosDevices\x:
    close. powering down and reboot


    --
    Alex Nichol MS MVP (Windows Technologies)
    Bournemouth, U.K. Alexn@mvps.D8E8L.org (remove the D8 bit)
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Andrew E. wrote:
    > With xp on a RAID0 configuration useing SATA drives,xp is unable to use
    > XCOPY,it just wont work.SCSI drives as youre set up with probably fall
    > into the same catagory.

    Thanks for your response, but I'm not using RAID or XCOPY.

    > "Sunny" wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I recently upgraded my home systems from NT4 SP6a to XP Pro SP2 - so I'm
    >>new here :-)
    >>
    >>My NT system had two SCSI disks - drives C: (NT) and D: (software) on
    >>ID0 and drive E: (data) on ID1. To install XP, I added a disk at ID2,
    >>set the host adapter to boot from ID2, and booted from the XP CD.
    >>
    >>I now have XP set up the way I like and don't need to retain the ability
    >>to boot NT, so I backed up ID0 to DVD using Drive Image 7.0 and deleted
    >>the disk partitions, leaving me with:
    >>
    >>ID0: Unallocated
    >>ID1: drive E:
    >>ID2: drive C: (XP) and D: (software)
    >>
    >>Now I'd like to move C: and D: to ID0, so I used Drive Image 7.0 to copy
    >>the partitions and set the host adapter to boot from ID0.
    >>
    >>XP boots normally from ID0, I log in, everything looks fine - but after
    >>a minute or so a dialog pops up telling me svchost.exe has encountered a
    >>problem and needs to close. After that the system is unresponsive -
    >>mouse cursor still moves but there's no visible response to clicks or
    >>keyboard input - not even CTRL ALT DEL. If I hit the reset button, XP
    >>boots again but I can't log in - the login dialog re-appears about a
    >>minute later each time I enter my credentials.
    >>
    >>I've used Drive Image many times in the past to relocate my NT partition
    >>without problems, and also successfully tested restoring my XP partition
    >>from an image file, so I'm not sure why moving XP causes svchost.exe to
    >>crash.
    >>
    >>Any suggestions?
    >>
    >>TIA
    >>
    >>Sunny
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Alex Nichol wrote:

    > Sunny wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I now have XP set up the way I like and don't need to retain the ability
    >>to boot NT, so I backed up ID0 to DVD using Drive Image 7.0 and deleted
    >>the disk partitions, leaving me with:
    >>
    >>ID0: Unallocated
    >>ID1: drive E:
    >>ID2: drive C: (XP) and D: (software)
    >>
    >>Now I'd like to move C: and D: to ID0, so I used Drive Image 7.0 to copy
    >>the partitions and set the host adapter to boot from ID0.
    >
    >
    > XP has the 'slot number' of the partition it is on recorded in boot.ini
    > (presumably correctly as it boots) and also in registry. If you move
    > the partition to another slot you need to let that re-enumerate. Use
    > regedit.exe, open to
    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Mounted devices
    > and in the right pane delete the lines DosDevices\x:
    > close. powering down and reboot

    Thanks for your response.

    boot.ini has:

    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

    Since I change the boot SCSI ID in the adapter BIOS, 'slot number' is
    the first partition on the first disk regardless of which copy of the XP
    partition I boot.

    Would you still expect editing that registry key to solve the problem,
    even though the 'slot number' doesn't change?
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Sunny wrote:

    >Since I change the boot SCSI ID in the adapter BIOS, 'slot number' is
    >the first partition on the first disk regardless of which copy of the XP
    >partition I boot.
    >
    >Would you still expect editing that registry key to solve the problem,
    >even though the 'slot number' doesn't change?

    I was referring to the slot number in the partition table (partition(1))
    of the drive concerned, being under the impression you were moving the
    partition on the drive. And that is not necessarily the same as the
    physical position of the partition on the disk as seen by BIOS. So try
    the idea and see


    --
    Alex Nichol MS MVP (Windows Technologies)
    Bournemouth, U.K. Alexn@mvps.D8E8L.org (remove the D8 bit)
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