Cloned C: drive will not boot.

April 29, 2011 at 06:25:53
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, 3GB

I have a IBM T60 ThinkPad with a 40GB SATA Hardrive running Windows XP Pro SP3 on C:

I have bought a new 150GB WD SATA internal drive and tested it and it works with a fresh copy of Windows installed, so I know my new HD is not faulty

I have used both Ghost 15.0 and XXclone to clone the C: Drive to the new 150GB drive conected via USB. I have copied over the MBR records also but the new drive, once replaced inside the laptop the new drive will not boot. All I have is a flashing '_' at the top left of the screen. I have changed the boot order of the BIOS and it is definitely the new drive that is causing the lack of boot.

I have been told that this has to do with the new cloned drive has to be seen as the C: drive. I understand why this might be the case but how on earth do I do this.

Norton is sold with the claim that you can upgrade your old hard drive with a bigger one, EXACTLY what i want to do. What I wasn't told is that, actually its not very straight forward.

Please could somebody help me with this booting issue?!

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April 29, 2011 at 07:36:51
I recently used Easus ToDo.

I installed it on the old c hard disk, then put the new disk in an enclosure.

Used the clone part of Todo, to the new disk via usb, Took it out of the enclosure, stuck it in the pc, & it just worked. No copying of MBR or anything.

You can resize partitions as you create the clone.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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April 29, 2011 at 07:40:35

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April 29, 2011 at 07:45:54
Back up data first!!!
Could be one of several 'problems'.
IF you have the Windows install CD, Boot it and select repair boot or FixMBR options. If in Safe mode command prompt (black screen) type help at the prompt to get a list of these commands. Type the command followed by a space and "/?" to get usage help on a command.

DATA Lifeguard (WDC's product) should do the cloning for you. I not a fan of WesternDigital. Your other drive's manufacturer should also have similar software to download, for installing a new drive. This is similar to the clone drive software you are using.

USB could have issues with the drive cloning process.

I have had issue with keeping the format of the destination drive while cloning. Allow the software to do everything - Automatic mode.


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