ghosting from an 80gig to a 400 gig Drive

August 29, 2010 at 17:19:58
Specs: Windows XP Prof., Intel 4 2.4GHz / 1.5 gb ram
I saw in another post that I might have problems ghosting to another drive that is significantly larger than the original drive. Was wondering what problems might occur and if there are any solutions for partaking in such a venture.

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August 29, 2010 at 19:48:48
The issue is weather your computer's BIOS can configure a hard drive of that capacity. Other than that you should be able to clone OK.

From your limited specs I would say your BIOS should be 48 bit LBA compliant. Just to be sure watch the POST screens at start up to verify the new drive is being identified by both the model number and the FULL drive capacity. Older 28 bit LBA compatible BIOSes can only configure 127/137GB.

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August 30, 2010 at 01:12:34
I did the cloning, and it recognized the drive. Pressed f1 to save changes but windows wont boot. It blue screens right after the windows splash screen then restarts. Can't seem to get it to stop at blue screen though. Workiing with a standard Compaq Evo D510 SFF with last known bios update.

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August 30, 2010 at 01:15:28
Also per post:

I used XXClone and went throught standard procedure for free version.

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August 30, 2010 at 05:42:34
Describe in detail all the steps you performed.

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August 30, 2010 at 08:41:36
I first setup the 400 Gb drive in an external enclosure. Then hooked it up to my pc and ran disk check. Checked both options "automatically fix file system errors" and "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". It came back clean so I opened XXClone and used the only option available to me: "Backup the entire volume by copying all the files from scratch. (/backup 1)". It gave me the "are you sure" window and I clicked start. After it was done its said to use the tools to set three files: write mbr, write boot sector, and write boot.ini. I did that and first tried the option to test boot - basically adding an alternate boot.ini to source instructing it to move from source to target drive for booting. Thats when it blue screens after windows spalsh and restarts. Also tried just hooking up drive directly to IDE and I get a flasing cursor in upper left corner of a black screen. Then it just sits there.

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August 30, 2010 at 09:47:01
Is this a laptop?

I have not used the software you used. That said, the commands you used may not have copied all files. I assume you read the instructions for that software and followed them?

I am not clear on where the 400GB drive is located when you are trying to boot from it.

I am guessing that you did not clone the drive but performed a backup. Not the same thing. You may not have had any other options because you were using an external drive.

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August 30, 2010 at 10:46:06
Nope not a laptop, its an actual workstation. The free version of the software can only clone. It is supposed to make the drive active as well, which it is set to active when I look in the Disk Management tool. The software did copy all files, I spent almost an hour verifying the files manually (even the hidden ones). It was something I considered. I even went as far as to recopy the Windows folder myself (including the hidden and system files). I did read through the help files before my first attempt, then through the tech support file during the process.

The target drive is located externally in an enclosure (usb) because the workstation doesnt allow for two HDD's. After the process is done, I tranfer the physical drive into the workstation to test boot up.

Bios checks out fine. It sees the drive completely, it even sees the 1TB drive I have hooked up as an external drive through usb connection.

As a side note: both drives can either be master or cable select. Both are cable select at the moment. (source and target)

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August 30, 2010 at 12:08:58
If you are using CS jumper setting is the hard drive connected to the end of the cable?

Once the 127GB barrier is passed the next one is 2TB. So there shouldn't be a problem.

If you perform a repair installation using a full version WinXP professional CD you should retain all installed programs but will need to re-install any service packs & updates. You will need at least SP1 on the CD in order to work with the 400GB drive.

Have you tried booting to Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 at start up?

Do you have any external hardware connected to the computer, other than monitor, mouse & keyboard? If so, try with just those items.

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August 30, 2010 at 13:21:23
I got it figured out. Thank you for the help. (drive was hooked up to cable)

What I did:

I went out to buy an 80 conductor cable to allow for two drives at the same time and hooked up both on the same IDE channel.

Then had target drive (in this case E:\) run chkdsk at startup. This repaired a few things on its own. there were some errors, so on my next startup had to let it run its course a second time. (to get to chkdsk, start>run>type "chkdsk /?" then set to scan on startup)

Went into "cool tools" from XXClone, and chose boot test. This wrote an alternate boot.ini to root directory to command the source drive to give control to the target drive. (drives still hooked up internally via two connector 80 conductor cable)

Then I went into bios to check HDD config. Had to set Translation mode to LBA Assisted. Saved and exited.

System successfully identified all drives and booted from the target drive. XXClone took over and succesfully swapped drive letters. (target drive now became C:\ and source drive became E:\)

Then removed old drive (source) completely and set new drive (target) in place of old. booted system successfully off of new drive with no change apparent to user, other than increased drive space. :)

Thank you to:

Microsoft Tech Support

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August 30, 2010 at 13:27:05
You are welcome.

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