Trouble with cloned HD

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Paul Schumacher

I am having trouble with a cloned HD. I am trying to get ready to migrate to
Vista. I have currently two HD's. The master is 40GB and holds the XP and
the program files. The slave is 80 GB and holds all the data (music,
pictures, etc).

I cloned the partition from the master HD to a new partition on the slave HD
using Partition Magic 7.0. The machine shows two copies of XP in the boot
screen and will boot from either one OK.

The problem is when I remove the master HD, attach the end of the EIDE cable
to the 80GB drive, remove the jumper to make it the master, and reset the
BIOS settings for only one drive the system will start to boot into XP but
hangs after the logo shows up. The same thing happens if I remove the slave
HD and try to boot from the Master HD. If I reinstall both drives I can boot
from either one. I cannot install the new HD in this condition.

I am doing this to move the 80GB HD to the master and a new 250GB to become
the slave. I need the XP on the 80 GB drive long enough to install Vista.

Do I need to make some change in the XP boot menu (where is it)? or MBR?

Any suggestions appreciated!!

Thanks, Paul
 
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Rich Barry

Paul, not to sure how PM works but I used Ghost and had the same
difficulty. What I forgot to do was to disconnect the
two drives before I booted up. Leaving them connected after the cloning
was the cause of my problem.
 
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Paul Schumacher

Thanks for the reply. Your solution does not seem to be applicable here
since I have tried to boot with only one of the drives hooked up and neither
will work alone, but both are bootable when they are both hooked up.

Thanks.

Paul
 
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Andy

I am having trouble with a cloned HD. I am trying to get ready to migrate to
Vista. I have currently two HD's. The master is 40GB and holds the XP and
the program files. The slave is 80 GB and holds all the data (music,
pictures, etc).

I cloned the partition from the master HD to a new partition on the slave HD
using Partition Magic 7.0. The machine shows two copies of XP in the boot
screen and will boot from either one OK.

The problem is when I remove the master HD, attach the end of the EIDE cable
to the 80GB drive, remove the jumper to make it the master, and reset the
BIOS settings for only one drive the system will start to boot into XP but
hangs after the logo shows up. The same thing happens if I remove the slave
HD and try to boot from the Master HD. If I reinstall both drives I can boot
from either one. I cannot install the new HD in this condition.

If you want some idea of what's happening, run Disk Management when
you've booted Windows from each disk, and note which disks contain the
system, boot, and paging partitions. This problem is caused by the
disk signature in the MBR not being the same as the copy of the disk
signature that's in the registry under MountedDevices.
I am doing this to move the 80GB HD to the master and a new 250GB to become
the slave. I need the XP on the 80 GB drive long enough to install Vista.

Do I need to make some change in the XP boot menu (where is it)? or MBR?

Since each disk seems to be dependent on the other one, the easiest
way to fix them is the zero out the disk signature on each disk using
the command FDISK /MBR from Windows 98 or ME. When the disk signature
in the MBR is zero, the Windows loader will fix it in both the MBR and
registry.
 
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DL

It is applicable, since if you intend to boot from the cloned drive you have
to shutdown immediately after cloning, disconnect the origonal sys disk, and
set cloned hd as master, before you re boot.
 
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Paul Schumacher

OK, but I did not do that immediately so back to my original note, what do I
do now? Does the boot.ini need to be edited?

Thanks.

Paul
 
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Paul Schumacher

Thanks Andy.

I will check this as you recommended. How do I fix the problem?

Paul
 
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