Clone HD, But is Dual-Boot(Slave)

Dell / Optiplex 160l
October 14, 2009 at 05:32:58
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.193 GHz / 2045 MB
I have two separate hardDrives,Dual-Boot.....Primary(c:) is on a 40 gig(Windows 2k Pro)..
Slave is on a 80gig(windows XP Home).. I want to Clone the Windows XP to a 320 gig .I have two programs that will Clone ,Copy Commander 7 and Acronis which is on the XP.What I want to end up with is .......cloned Primary(c:)320gig,.....take out 40gig and use as a extra(somewhere else)
.........put "old"80gig(with " old original XP" in drive bay and leave it unhooked from power and EIDE cable for a Clone backup. My reason for doing this is to clone my HardDrive because it is about full and I NEED to keep my information.I want a large HardDrive with only ONE usable drive don't need win2k (older windows) ...Another Question is there going to be a problem with XP being the Slave originally?
........................................... DELL2k(c:) partition basic NTFS Healthy(System)
..... DELLXP(d:)partition basic NTFS Healthy(Boot)
Comment, This is such a GREAT WEB SITE!
THANKS and have a great productive day....

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#1
October 14, 2009 at 13:02:57
"is there going to be a problem with XP being the Slave originally?"

Excellent question!!! Yes, there is going to be a problem.

An operating system drive cannot have its address changed, and still work. Your XP Home disk has probably been installed as D: (the 40gb is C:). If you shuffle your drives around like you intend, the XP Home will end up as the C: drive, which is not going to work. It will also not have the boot files, which are on the 40gb drive.

I think you should byte the bullet and do a fresh install on the new drive.


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#2
October 14, 2009 at 13:27:57
THANKS aegis1 for your Quick reply. I sure would not like to lose all my programs. I know I can reinstall the OS but I have programs that I have accumulated over the years that I don't have the exe files or programs that I downloaded from the WEB.
I will have to think about this hard before I try this. THANKS anyway. Have a good productive day.

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#3
October 14, 2009 at 14:12:50
You can do your clone then run a repair install to correct the registry entries. You will need to redo all of your service pacs and you may need to reinstall/regedit the apps path since its the drive letter change from d: to c: that messes this up.

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#4
October 14, 2009 at 14:33:31
I have never tried a repair on a disk that has a changed address. But I don't think a Repair Install will change 'all' the D: references in the Registry to C:. It might repair all the operating system references, but I don't think it will change all the references of the programs that you have installed.

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#5
October 14, 2009 at 14:48:50
THANKS wanderer, I am still thinking about it. Seems that I am between a rock and a hard place.THANKS anyway.....
Have a good productive day.

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#6
October 14, 2009 at 15:06:55
What I have done successfully is to run the repair and then do a regedit search on d: specifically and manually change the entries to c:

Bit of a pain but it works.


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#7
October 14, 2009 at 15:17:56
THANKS wanderer for that suggestion. I'm still thinking about it.

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#8
October 14, 2009 at 18:17:35
I have not tried but should work.
Make a very small boot partition 'C:'that contains the boot files. Then clone XP to a second partition 'D:'.

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