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Copying XP boot partition to new drive

By james62 ·
I am having a problem booting from a newly copied to XP partition from an existing XP Home partition. I have used Partition Magic and another app to create an image and write it on another partition. But each time it just has the initial splash screen with moving blue runner showing it booting, and gets cut short, then goes blank and pops open the welcome blue screen with on the small XP logo, the same one as when it is shutting down, without the works "Saving your settings" or "Shutting down". Please help. I want to try and save the installed apps for my son is why I am doing this.

Thanks,
Jim

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Copying XP boot partition ...

is this a new drive AND a new computer? or just a new drive.
Have you tried 'repairing' windows...boot with xp installation cd inserted. when cd windows setup asks if you want to install xp, say yes (even tho you know it's on there already). it will proceed, scarily, to look like it is reinstallinlg. after one or two fingernails, it will say it found an existing installation(s) and and offer to repair it. say yes. see if that fixes it...

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Thanks, I had thought about doing that, but remembered that I thought it only did a clean install. Of course I had to re-install Sp-2, but no problem.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Copying XP boot partition ...

another try: put the new disk in as the only disk. see if windows will start in safe mode (tap f8 key during restart to get the boot menu, then pick safe mode. see where it stops.

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by wcp In reply to Copying XP boot partition ...

Boot the computer with Windows 98 Startup disk and run “Fdisk /mbr” without the quotes at the DOS prompt.

If this does not work, please add a comment on more information. What application did you use to write an image and whether the new HD had been plugged before the existing XP run?

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Please replace the “ with a quote mark.

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