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Problem Cloning XP OS boot partition to new big drive

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June 29, 2010 5:04:22 AM

I HAD SUCCESS!
THANKS TO ALL FOR THE GREAT ADVICE! :-D

Last night I
1) used EASEUS Partition Master to successfully clone the entire source boot disk (NOT just the 'C' partition) to the new destination disk (leaving a lot of unallocated space left over, which I easily dealt with later).

2) DISCONNECTED the source disk's SATA cable and attached it to the new hdd BEFORE I REBOOTED!

Thought I tried this procedure before, but obviously not.
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HISTORY:
My goal: add space & speed to my computer.

1) I got a new 1TB Samsung hdd & installed it. My OS (XP Pro,SP3) recognized, partitioned & formatted it perfectly! :-D

2) I made a 20GB primary active partition on the Samsung for the OS plus 1 more primary for data. Then I cloned my reliable-working, identical-sized 20GB OS partition from the "old" 74GB Velociraptor I'm using. :-)

3) Changed the BIOS so that the Samsung = boot drive. :-)

4) Computer boots up fine UNTIL THE VERY END when I get an error message that says, "kernel32.dll" (or sometimes "ntoskrnl.exe") is unhappy and must close. When I close the message, the computer freezes, needing power-off to reboot. ;-(

5) Read online that this error means I must run FixBoot & maybe FixMBR from Recovery Console of my original M/S XP installation disk.

6) BUT, my original M/S disk is XP Home Ed (2001). I got a Microsoft package (2004) to upgrade from XP Home into XP Pro, but it is only software, not a boot-able disk. I then let M/S update my software to SP3.

7) Sadly, there is NO Recovery Console program on my XP Home Ed disk, nor in the XP Pro upgrade software. So no easy way to run FixBoot.

8) So, I used BartPE to run "WINNT.exe" (& later tried "WINNT32.exe") off my XP Home Ed disk, and launch FixBoot that way. BUT Fixboot warned, "the Windows version (= Pro) on this computer is NEWER than on this disk (= Home)." It then tried to connect to M/S website for some reason. I was off-line at the time, so I shut Fixboot down.

9) I then read online NEVER to let the old (= Home) version of Fixboot link to M/S because it will destroy up my Pro SP3 configuration. This information scared me away from using the Home version of Fixboot.

10) So, I used BartPE to run "bootsect.exe /nt52" off my original Vista disk (got in '07 before I learned Vista stinks). "bootsect.exe /nt52" is the Vista name for Fixboot.

11) Although "bootsect" says, "the boot sector (boot.ini) was updated correctly", now the computer only boots up to the blue screen "Installing Windows" and freezes, needing power-off to reboot. ;-(


What I have tried:

a) various cloning software: Macrium Reflect, DriveImage XML, EASEUS Partition Master, Seagate DiskWizard, WD's version of Acronis True Image, etc. No success. ;-(

b) swapping cables so Samsung uses the Velociraptor SATA cable. ;-(

c) read about Hardware Abstraction Layer archetecture issues to learn if the Samsung is incompatible HAL-wise with my 1.5 year old desktop, but this seems unlikely.


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Any ideas from better minds than mine?
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thanks :-)

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June 29, 2010 5:00:08 PM

Try booting to an XP recovery console, then run "fixboot" then "fixmbr", see if that works. There is an outside chance you may need to re-do things if this does not work as it could make your patition unaccessable.
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June 30, 2010 6:28:26 PM

hang-the-9 said:
Try booting to an XP recovery console, then run "fixboot" then "fixmbr", see if that works. There is an outside chance you may need to re-do things if this does not work as it could make your patition unaccessable.



Thanks hang-the-9 for your help!

Yes, I already tried Fixboot and FixMBR --please see my updated thread. Sadly, this did not work. ;-(

Do you know what happens when an XP Home version of Fixboot "fixes" a XP Pro upgrade configuration by connecting to M/S website?!?
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June 30, 2010 6:41:50 PM

starwisecom said:
Thanks hang-the-9 for your help!

Yes, I already tried Fixboot and FixMBR --please see my updated thread. Sadly, this did not work. ;-(

Do you know what happens when an XP Home version of Fixboot "fixes" a XP Pro upgrade configuration by connecting to M/S website?!?


Re-read your thread. Try just cloning the whole old drive and dumping it on the new one. Have the imaging software re-partition it as it goes. There should be options to "clone a partition" or "clone whole drive". So do the whole drive one.

You can then use a drive utility to expand the free space on the second partition to fill the rest of the drive. Don't mess with only cloning the 20 gig partition and restoring on the other 20 gig one. Only thing is that it will destroy any data on the drive, so make sure nothing is on there already.
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June 30, 2010 7:13:24 PM

Thanks again hang-the-9 for your quick reply!

Yes, I already did that twice but it did not work. ;-(

First, I used both Macrium Reflect (& then EASEUS later) to simply clone the boot partition, but when that did not work, I used each one separately to clone the whole drive. That did not work either. I have not yet tried the "whole drive clone" approach with other cloning programs yet, since "M.R." & EASEUS seem to be very powerful & state-of-the-art.

Do you know what happens when an XP Home version of Fixboot "fixes" a XP Pro upgrade configuration by connecting to M/S website?!?
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June 30, 2010 8:14:03 PM

starwisecom said:
Thanks again hang-the-9 for your quick reply!

Yes, I already did that twice but it did not work. ;-(

First, I used both Macrium Reflect (& then EASEUS later) to simply clone the boot partition, but when that did not work, I used each one separately to clone the whole drive. That did not work either. I have not yet tried the "whole drive clone" approach with other cloning programs yet, since "M.R." & EASEUS seem to be very powerful & state-of-the-art.

Do you know what happens when an XP Home version of Fixboot "fixes" a XP Pro upgrade configuration by connecting to M/S website?!?


Never tried using 2 different versions, so not sure.

How about if you just install Windows on the drive, no clone, does it finish OK and run? Just to rule out a bad drive.
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July 1, 2010 10:30:48 PM

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