Can see files on hdd with usb but won't boot

March 16, 2011 at 15:13:34
Specs: Windows XP, 1.7/1.5GB
Cloned drive with Acronis true image home 2009 and see the files that were copied. When installed bios recognizes drive on start up but will not boot up. The HDD light flashes 2-3 times and stops. Drive seems fine as a usb drive but not as master HDD.

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#1
March 16, 2011 at 16:56:54
what is the error messege coming up when you try to boot.
bios recognizes drive on start up but will not boot up. there must has to be something which make you think its not booting what is that ?

Also theOS version you r trying to boot ?

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#2
March 16, 2011 at 17:04:17
You can't boot xp to a usb.

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#3
March 16, 2011 at 17:47:33
@Jefro, I m not sure why you think "You can't boot xp to a usb."

I booted mini windows xp (Pe) many times from my USB stick (Transcend 8 Gig).

You cannot install XP on a USB using normal windows setup installer,But i beleive you can boot up XP from USB you all the boot files are copied correctly and bootsector is patch according to WindowsXP boot code.

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#4
March 16, 2011 at 19:00:20
You may need to change settings in the bios Setup in order to boot from the correct hard drive if you have more than one hard drive connected.
Either
- there is a list of hard drives, often near the Boot Order or similar settings - the hard drive model you want to boot from must be listed first
- or - less likely - there is no list of hard drives but there is more than one hard drive listed in the Boot Order or similar settings - the hard drive you want to boot from must be listed first. If the hard drives are not listed by their model numbers they're listed generically - e.g. HDD0, HDD1- according to the order in which the bios detects them and according to which headers they are connected to and/or how they are jumpered
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subhash shandra

"@Jefro, I m not sure why you think "You can't boot xp to a usb."

I booted mini windows xp (Pe) many times from my USB stick (Transcend 8 Gig)."

You may be able to boot that from a USB flash drive, but I know for sure you can't boot an installation of regular 2000 or XP from an external hard drive - all you get is an error message - "unmountable_boot_volume" - I looked it up and it's due to Microsoft not wanting you booting Windows 2000 or higher from an external drive.

You probably can't install 2000 or XP from a regular Windows CD in a USB optical drive because the contents of the CD cannot recognize most if not all USB optical drive models - the CD boots but all you get is a blue screen. In that case, even if you load the initial files with the set of floppies intended for computers that can't boot from a CD, you still the blue screen.



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#5
March 16, 2011 at 19:23:24
I am running win xp SP3. When I install the new HDD in the laptop It never displays an error msg. I get a few blinks of the HDD light then nothing. I have checked the Bios and it shows the new samsung drive.
I am at a loss for the Toshiba M55-S325 should be able to handle 160GB. It was running with 100GB in the old drive.

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#6
March 16, 2011 at 19:35:10
Did you clone the hdd or the XP partition ?

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#7
March 16, 2011 at 19:38:23
I have a laptop w/one drive bay and have cloned the new drive using the usb port. Clone completes with out problem. In fact I used sector by sector copy to clone.
I am not trying to boot from the usb postion I have run the HDD check after install
I am still at a loss.
Won't boot.

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#8
March 16, 2011 at 19:39:12
hi, I agree with your terms here.

You probably can't install 2000 or XP from an USB optical.. I feel we can do that but its not a matter of argument as I do agree with rest of the line about the driver probelm.It happens quite often.

Also, what you said about "unmountable_boot_volume" is true..Actully it comes due to the Storage controller drivers but can be fixed by putting some efforts.

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#9
March 16, 2011 at 19:42:07
by looking closly are you able to see a Small Cursur at top left corner of the screen ?

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#10
March 16, 2011 at 21:26:39
"Also, what you said about "unmountable_boot_volume" is true..Actully it comes due to the Storage controller drivers but can be fixed by putting some efforts."

I doubt that very much. I looked all over and read a lot when I got that error, and I found no such thing.

There's no problem booting older Microsoft Windows installations or other operating system installations from an external hard drive.


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#11
March 17, 2011 at 07:25:47
Boot with the old hdd installed and the new one connected to the USB. Get into disk managment and post a screen shot showing how the new hdd is partitioned and list what each partition has.

Do you have a XP sp3 cd ?

(In fact I used sector by sector copy to clone.) the whole hdd or partition ('s) ?


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#12
March 17, 2011 at 07:38:10
There is nothing on screen. When HDD light stops blinking

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#13
March 17, 2011 at 12:56:25
You can't get XP (and I don't mean PE) on a usb enclosure.


There are ways to get it to work by by design Microsoft doesn't want you to move XP like that.

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