Unable to boot after cloning

Microsoft Windows server 2008 standard -...
September 10, 2012 at 13:47:09
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Due
I am trying to repair a PC for someone and not sure the best way to get around this. I have cloned the old drive to the new one but upon bootup of the new drive im getting a vista boot type screen up saying it cant find \NTLDR. The machine originally had vista on it but the previous person that repaired installed XP over the top. But when you do an F8 on bootup you get Windows Vista listed as an OS option but it still boots to XP.

If i connect the old and new drive up the new one works and boots as it can see the old one but if i disconnect the old one i get the \ntldr message up.

phill


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#1
September 10, 2012 at 14:34:40
After cloning from one internal IDE hard drive to another internal IDE hard drive, you need to swap the drives over on the IDE ribbon cable (you may need to physically swap the drives over in the drive bays to accomplish this),

Additionally, you must swap over the "Master" & "Slave" configurations of each drive using the jumper on the drive's rear panel.


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#2
September 10, 2012 at 15:12:48

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#3
September 10, 2012 at 15:15:42
How to fix: NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart.
http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldris...
http://www.proposedsolution.com/sol...
Windows may not start and you may receive an "NTLDR is missing" error message if Windows is not up-to-date and there are too many files in the root folder
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320397
If too many files are copied to the root folder of a boot volume that uses the NTFS file system, you may receive the following error message the next time that you restart the computer:
NTLDR is missing Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
http://www.proposedsolution.com/sol...

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#4
September 10, 2012 at 23:23:07
Make sure the partition is marked "active"

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#5
September 11, 2012 at 03:17:52
are you booting with the correct drive.
you must boot the correct drive to be able to log on into windows

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#6
September 11, 2012 at 03:51:33
yes im booting with the correct drive, as i can hear it working away but it seems to need old drive to get the ntldr file from. if i unplug the old drive then try and boot thats when i get the error.

phill


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