Installed new HDD trouble starting PC

Toshiba TECRA
December 24, 2009 at 17:14:00
Specs: Windows XP
I'm trying to replace my 80gb drive with a 500gb. I used Norton Ghost and a Cavalry HDD dock to make a full copy of the old drive on the new. I installed the new HDD and booted. I get to Log In then it stops/hangs. After a long hang it will restart and I can log in but to the same end. I tryed booting in safe mode, and resetting to older setting and no change. I reinstalled the old drive and everything is fine. I'm thinking the drive letters are wrong on the copy/new drive. When I set up the new drive I had to call it "E". Is the boot looking for "C"? Now the new drive is in the dock, what should I look for?
Thanks for your help!

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December 24, 2009 at 18:49:32
Not sure about Ghost, but some backup mirror programs cause
XP to be registered as a new installation due to the hardware
change. There is no problem doing it with Microsoft, but you do
have to contact them and tell them that you are now using a
new hd.

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December 24, 2009 at 18:53:04
Have you tried installing the 500 hd as the secondary hd and
then ran Ghost from your old 80 hd to the new 500 hd?

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December 24, 2009 at 19:21:32
As response #2 but why use Norton when the HDD manufacturer supplies it's own cloning software?

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December 24, 2009 at 20:15:03
If the computer came with ONLY an 80GB hard drive then you may not be able to run a 500GB.

Watch the POST screens at start up to verify that the BIOS is properly identifying the drive by both the model and the FULL drive capacity.

If you don't SEE any POST screens then boot into the BIOS (setup0 and disable fast boot and any logos. If that doesn't work then try hitting the esc key at the start up to see the POST screens.

If the BIOS only sees about 127GB then your BIOS is NOT 48 bit LBA compliant. You will need to install a PCI based controller card.

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