After CF upgrade, I get

September 19, 2011 at 11:21:47
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.5GHz / 1GB
After I have cloned my Laptop's Windows XP harddisk to a 16GB & 90MB/s Compact Flash, I get "virtual memory too low" error. If I adjust / increase the size of VM, then I get "no desktop screen" after Windows login; I have to press crtl-alt-del to get to the desktop.

That's the only problem about the CF upgrade, the CF (with CF to PATA adapter) works quite pleasantly. I cannot do these two as solution:

1- Instead of CF, use a real SSD. Because my Laptop is an IBM X41, its harddisk is a Parallel ATA and it's half the size of a normal 2.5". There's simply no SSD to fit in it.

2- Install Windows from scratch. I do not have the Laptop's original Windows CD and the Laptop doesn't have a CD-ROM slot anyway.

Looking forward to suggestions. Thanks.

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September 19, 2011 at 18:04:53
Can't say if your clone is good or not.

Can't say if your CF is good or not.

Can't say if your CF to ATA is good or not.

Yes they do make SSD's for that. Not sure it is worth it.

I'd do a clean install to see if it works.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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September 20, 2011 at 07:16:00
Well the cloning is done by Acronis True Image, almost the best for the job, and the CF is Transcend. CF to ATA is a simple connector with no electronics because CF already has ATA support in it.

That problem is actually that under C:\ there's no Paging File page***.sys and Windows can't create one. That kind of problem is reported to happen when an external USB harddisk is used as boot drive. Mine is primary and the only boot drive and has the same problem.

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September 20, 2011 at 12:36:51
You could have done a NTbackup with system state and used anyone's xp disk to then reload. That is the best way.

You can always try dd or tar or partimage or such to recover from a live cd or use g4u or clonezilla.

I use g4u a lot.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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September 20, 2011 at 14:21:27
Frankly speaking, I'm not so experienced in harddisk cloning & backup. But still I have done these three clonings so far:
1- Mac OS X Harddisk --> cloned to a 120GB SSD using SuperDuper (works perfectly, no problem whatsoever)
2- Windows XP Harddisk --> cloned to a 120GB Harddisk using Acronis True Image (works perfectly, no problem whatsoever)
3- Windows XP Harddisk --> cloned to a 16GB CompactFlash using Acronis True Image (works almost perfectly, with just one or two glitches as I 've decribed above)

My 2nd Harddisk cloning experience makes me think that it's the presence of Compact Flash which causes that kind of problem.

Btw, among dd, tar and partimage I guess we're talking about Linux apps? I know "dd" and "tar" from my Linux experience.

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December 29, 2011 at 15:27:25
Hello jefro and thank you very much for the suggestions and thoughts.

I've finally determined the cause of all those troubles : Windows operating systems (that is XP up to the Win 7) do not perform some tasks such as Recycle Bin and Virtual Memory if the disk drive is labelled as "removable" and the Compact Flash on which I've installed the Windows was detected as "removable" (I could confirm that in Device Management >> Drives) so, because of that Windows just didn't do any recycle bin operations properly.

I've installed a new Disk Drive Driver, which made Windows detect the Compact Flash as a "Fixed Drive" and finally all those problems have gone! Now it works 5x faster than a mechanical hd and all Windows tasks are working, too.

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