External boot drive cloning problem

Microsoft Windows xp home edition
February 11, 2010 at 08:27:39
Specs: Windows XP
Recently my old laptop died. Right now I can't justify buying a new one for the limited use I put it to, but I have a work laptop (A Fujitsu Lifebook S6400). This is nailed down tight with policies but I figured I could just build an external boot drive and use the laptop's hardware to create a new personal machine.

So here's what I did:

Bought a USB caddy, mounted the drive from my old machine in it to check that it's still good (it is)
Used my old backup drive (a 125GB WDC16 IDE type in a USB caddy) to build the boot disk (XP Home edition created using ngine.de's method).
Copy the data from my old drive onto the boot disk to create a bootable volume with all my old apps and data on.
Buy a new drive to go in the new caddy (a 320GB WDC32 SATA type).
Once I was happy that XP is running smoothly on the WDC16 boot disk I cloned the partition onto the new drive using EASEUS.

I want to use the new caddy since the old one needs a mains power supply while the new one is powered from the USB socket, so I can still surf in the garden. Plus I want to use the larger drive as may main volume.

So it all went well until I cloned the boot drive. When I try to boot off the new 320GB drive, I get the windows splash screen but at the point when the desktop should first appear, the machine reboots. If I start in safe mode I get the inevitable hang on mup.sys.

I suspect (hope) that I'm missing something obvious. Does anyone know what it might be please?

Thanks,

Matt.


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#1
February 11, 2010 at 17:30:01
MS didn't want you to boot from external device. There are web pages on how to do it.

Might be a lot easier to make a linux system. See pendrive linux for usb flash but will work with actual hard drives also.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
February 12, 2010 at 07:43:06
Thanks but like I say I already have XP working fine on the USB IDE drive. What I can't work out is why it won't work when I clone the working partition onto the new SATA drive.

Thanks,

Matt.


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#3
February 12, 2010 at 08:26:09
IDE not equal to SATA

Requires different drivers. Do a repair install of xp on the clone and add the sata driver then


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