By rjberkowitz ·
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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nortan ghost or....

by ---TK--- In reply to ErraticMBR

these tools will make an exact copy of the drive, and transfer it to a back up image or directly to another drive... Once you copy the master over to the slave, make the slave the master and boot to it...

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Is thst what that's about?

by Kenone In reply to nortan ghost or....

I couldn't make heads or tails out of that post.

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What are the symptoms

by Jacky Howe In reply to ErraticMBR

are there any error messages. If you want to repair the boot sector try this.

Insert your XP CD and when you see ?Press any key to boot from CD? press a key. Now wait for the XP installer to finish loading up and you will be presented with the option to press R to Repair.

Press R.
The next screen will ask you which Windows? installation you would like to log on to. Normally the following will be listed:

Press 1, then Enter to continue.
You may now be asked for the Administrator password. If you know this type it and press Enter. If you don't know the Administrators password it may be blank. Just press Enter or type your username and password.

At the command prompt type:

fixmbr and press Enter

fixboot and press Enter

Wait until you are returned to the Recovery Console.

Type bootcfg /rebuild

Once you are back to the Recovery Console remove the XP CD and restart your PC.

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