Migrated installation won't boot

March 31, 2009 at 13:44:27
Specs: Windows NT4.0, Celeron 700, 384MB.
I have cloned the NT installation I was using in an old Pentium Pro machine and installed the cloned drive in a Celeron 700MHz system. I tested the clone drive in the Pentium Pro to check it was working. It booted up to a desktop perfectly, so I know the boot sector has been set up in the cloned copy. Unfortunately it will not boot in the Celeron computer. I have just done a repair install from the NT CD, but the system still doesn't boot. At the moment the BIOS screen has stopped at "Verifying DMI Pool Data ..........". I have tried the repair-install twice, but still no boot. Is there a system file that needs to be updated or altered to allow the drive to boot on this PC?

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April 3, 2009 at 15:11:38
disk controllers were not standard in that vintage and as such drive geometry isn't always the same. You might be better off with a new nt install and a restore from backup.

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April 3, 2009 at 15:27:17
OK thanks. I made another clone from the same source drive, and this one booted as far as the blue screen, but then it stopped with a HALL.DLL error. I have since discovered this means my NT installation won't boot on a single CPU system as it was meant for my old dual CPU Pentium Pro computer. I'll try it sometime soon on a dual Pentium III.

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