cloning XP from desktop to laptop

December 17, 2009 at 15:28:27
Specs: Windows XP
hey how are ya,
i've been up for like 2 days straight trying to figure this out, lol, so if anyone can hlep me that would be AMAZING....

I just bought a laptop and im trying to clone my desktop hard drive on the laptop so I can just open my laptop up and run all my programs without having to re-install....

After some research I've been able to figure out how to install XP on my laptop, that works fine.

I've also cloned my desktop hardrive on to the laptop without any problems.

However when I stick the HD into the laptop and try to run a repair install, the only option I get is clean install... the XP cd does not recognize the cloned version of windows for some reason...

whats weird is if I was to clean install, I can still go into my documents and settings folder and see all the files from the cloning. So all the files for transfered over, but no software is functional. I see all my old folders with data, but thats it....

I'm going to try and clone again using Norton this time, I've been using seagates cloning software thus far...

i've already looked at this thred

apparently the person figured it out, but he didn't post the answer....

if anyone can help me out with this, I'd really appreciate it,

thank you!!!

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December 17, 2009 at 16:04:29
You could have re-installed the programs in a fraction of the time you have already spent.

Is the desktop clone from an OEM computer that had Windows pre-installed?

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December 17, 2009 at 16:18:25
lol, yeah, i guess, that would be last resort, I have like a good 60 progs I would have to find the cds for and stuff....

but no, the windows didn't come preinstalled, i actually bought and put all the components together myself for the desktop....

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December 17, 2009 at 19:36:35
ok so, i just tried cloning with Norton Ghost, and its the same thing....

I boot from the XP Cd it'll see the drive but it doesnt recognize that windows is already on the HD, so it doesn't give me an option to run a repair install....

theres gotta be a way to get this to work, has anyone gotten this to work before?


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December 17, 2009 at 20:03:13
Use any available utility to check the laptop drive. The WinXP partition needs to be marked as active. fdisk can do that as can many other utilities.

Did you also wipe the hidden partition on the laptop drive?

BTW, did you bother to make the restore disks for the original OS so you can restore back at some point in time when you want to?

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December 17, 2009 at 20:09:19
yeah i've done that, that was the first thing I did, because I was told I wouldn't be able to return the comp without the original softawre,

so you're saying that I have to make the drive active? would you be able to show me how to do that?
The Xp cd does see the partition when Im trying to install, but for some reason it doesn't realize that windows is already on it, so I guess making it active would change that, hopefully,

I was thinking of using the laptop HD to boot up on my desktop and then disable the chipset and other drives just so they don't interfere, i don't know if that'll help but its something I haven't tried yet...

but yeah, so would you be able to show me to make it active? I'm assuming I'd have to do this while the drive is plugged in to the desktop? cause i really can't do anything to it while its in the laptop....

thanks once again for the help....

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December 17, 2009 at 22:13:01
ok just an update,

i tried to check to see if the new HD is set to active, it is....

I right clicked my devies...

my desktop HD is C in brackets it says system...

my laptop HD is G: its set to active.....

so what would that mean?


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December 17, 2009 at 22:59:55
just some more info,

i tried to see if XP would give me an option to do a repair install on just my desktop hardrive, and it doesn't even do that either, it should at least give me that option right?

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December 18, 2009 at 13:36:06
Hey ricky,

I've already tried everything you suggested....

I cloned my HD 2 ways, one with seagates free software and then with Ghost....

with seagate i was able to boot up from the cloned harddrive but with Norton it only got to welcome screen on XP and then it just sits there....

If i put those clones in my laptop, the would get to the initial XP screen where the beads roll across the screen and then 2 seconds later they crash to a blue screen for like a half second and then the comp restarts...

As i'f said I've tried running a repair install on the clone once in the laptop, but for some reason when the XP cd scans for windows on the hard drive it can't find it... all it shows is that there is a partition and then it says if i want to install windows on it, I'd have t first delet that partition....

would i be able to install windows on a new partiion and then join the two partions together somehow?

I know I'm getting close to getting this to work, i just need somone whose done it before to let me know what worked for them.....


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December 19, 2009 at 09:20:42
just hoping someone else might have some more ideas....


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December 19, 2009 at 09:31:38
What version including the build of Ghost did you use?

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December 20, 2009 at 13:17:58
im using
version of Ghost

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December 21, 2009 at 04:09:59
any other suggestions ?


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December 21, 2009 at 05:53:00
Give it up and just install the updates and programs.

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December 21, 2009 at 21:09:06
lol, shoot,

yeah i guess its coming down to that now....
but damn, it should've worked...

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December 23, 2009 at 17:49:08
Hey how is everybody,

ok, so I don't know if you guys recall my last post...

I was basically trying to clone my desktop HD to my new laptop. I was having problems cloning and then getting windows to show me a repair install option during bootup on the laptop.
I finally was able to get the repair install option (I made sure not to do it from the recovery console). I ran the repair install, and everything seems to have gone fine.

After installing the laptop rebooted, i saw the XP beads running across the screen and then 2 seconds later a blue screen flashes for about a second and then the laptop shuts down and reboots and repeats the steps over and over.....

I tried booting to last known good config and safe mode, but the same thing happens.... the blue screen flashes and then the computer reboots to fast for me to see what error code it is....

I was wondering if you guys might know what I can do to get this to work....

please let me know if you would need some more info...

thank you.....

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December 23, 2009 at 18:07:47
At boot time press F8
If a window appears headed Select Boot Device select the hard drive, press Enter then immediately press F8 again.

A startup menu should be displayed, select Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure press Enter and select to boot from the hard drive.

The above will not cure your problem but should allow the bsod to be displayed, you can then post the bsod error message.

Good luck.

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December 23, 2009 at 18:18:41
thanks for the info Wahine....

this is what it tells me.....

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.....

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your comp. If this screen appears again follow these steps:

check for viruses, remove newly installed HDs or HD controllers, Check your HD to make sure its properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK/F to check for HD corruption and then restart.....

tech info:

STOP: 0x0000007B (0xBACCF524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

i've already scanned the HD, I didnt get any problems with that....
i actually remeber getting this message before when I was trying to install XP on the laptop HD without cloning, just a fresh install. To fix it, I had to sliptream "ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller" into the XP cd and then it let me do a fresh install....

The cd that I used to run a repair install already the same controller slipstreamed into the XP cd so it should've automatically been installed right?


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December 23, 2009 at 18:31:56
It may be a different model of SATA controller.

Or the desktop drive might be running in an IDE compatibility mode, which doesn't require SATA drivers.

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December 24, 2009 at 00:25:42
Stop 7B is inaccessible boot device. I'm a latecomer to your thread so hope I'm not going over ground which has already been covered.

The cd that I used to run a repair install already the same controller slipstreamed into the XP cd so it should've automatically been installed right?

Not AFAIK. If the laptop has a sata drive the driver must be installed when Setup asks for it. This request appears at the bottom of the screen early in the Setup process something like "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.....". You must install the correct Sata driver for the laptop.

Does the install disk you are using include SP.1 SP.2 or SP.3?

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December 24, 2009 at 07:17:29

Are you positive the laptop and the desktop use the same SATA controller?


You are incorrect about the SATA controller drivers. IF, in fact, they are slip streamed into a WinXP install CD the installation will work fine. The OP is not installing from a slip streamed CD though.

In this case, the OP is assuming the SATA controller drivers are present because the image is from a computer running a SATA hard drive.

There are two fallacies to this reasoning. First is there are different SATA controllers on the market so one can't assume both computers are running the same series.

Second is that the SATA drive may be running in an IDE compatibility mode.

BTW, it is now a week later and you still are not up and running.

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December 24, 2009 at 12:56:40
thank you for the responses so far....

about the driver, it should've already been installed because of the fact that it was slipstreamed on to the CD, thats what I understand anyways...

only thing I can think of is that its conflicting with the desktop setup which was a different configuration....

I was thinking, if I was to reclone, and then startup my desktop using the clone and go into the registry and delete the folder that has information about the hardware and then run a repair install, do you guys think that would help me out?

also if I delete MBR information and disabled all the harddrives and devices from device manager and then put the HD into the laptop to run a rapair install, do you think that might get rid of any conflicting devices?

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December 25, 2009 at 00:20:26
OtheHill - thank you for correcting my misunderstanding. I understood that if the install disk is not SP.2 or above the drivers would not be installed.

I have been wrong before now and hope to live long enough to be wrong several more times.

Thanks again.

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December 25, 2009 at 07:45:02
First you should go into the bios and see if the HDD is running in ide or sata(ahci) mode.

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December 25, 2009 at 11:23:35

That might be the case if the controllers are Intel products. Not necessarily. Also, I think it is SP3.

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December 25, 2009 at 15:12:01
hey Kx5,

how would I do that?
I've been in the BIOS a couple of times already, I dont recall seeing any info about ide or sata....

where would I go to check that?

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December 25, 2009 at 15:45:39
It depends on you bios-try something like sata configuration in the main menu, but it might be hidden ina submenu.

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December 25, 2009 at 17:10:34
ok i'll take a look,
i noticed when my desktop stats up it performs a ide scan, but usually it says non detected, so im guessing its not setup in that way, but i'll take a look in the BIOS.....

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