Erratic MBR


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Rich B

I'm having a priblem bootong up consistently on a Win XP machine. I suspect
the problem is with the boot sector.

The hard disk in question was a replacement for a smaller one. It was
replaced several months ago. Therefore, there are more and newer files on it.

Currently, I have the old hard disk set up as the master and the newer hard
disk as the slave. The old one boots up without a problem and the newer one
comes up without a problem.

My question is can I just copy the MBR off of the older HD to the newer?
Would I also have to do something with the registry?

Or does it make more sense to copy the newer files from the new to the old?
Would I also have to copy over the registry. I'd have to be careful not to
copy the MBR though.
 
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Pegasus [MVP]

Rich B said:
I'm having a priblem bootong up consistently on a Win XP machine. I
suspect
the problem is with the boot sector.

The hard disk in question was a replacement for a smaller one. It was
replaced several months ago. Therefore, there are more and newer files on
it.

Currently, I have the old hard disk set up as the master and the newer
hard
disk as the slave. The old one boots up without a problem and the newer
one
comes up without a problem.

My question is can I just copy the MBR off of the older HD to the newer?
Would I also have to do something with the registry?

Or does it make more sense to copy the newer files from the new to the
old?
Would I also have to copy over the registry. I'd have to be careful not to
copy the MBR though.

Since you think you have a problem with the MBR, what are the symptoms?
Error messages?
 
S

sgopus

Do not copy the MBR from the old disk to the new one, as the sector info is
different, as the new hd is a different size..

The registry relates to windows , not the hd per se. so do not copy the
registry from the old os to the new, you would most certainly cause problems.

You do not state what problems nor errors your having, what makes you think
it's an MBR issue?
 
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Randem

More info:

1 - How big is the new HD and did you clone the old one to the new one.

2 - When did you start to get this error about not being able to boot?

3 - What is the error message you get when you attempt to boot the new HD.

4 - Have you tried the MS fixboot and Fixmbr programs from the recovery
console on the new HD



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