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Recovering Boot Partition on new hard drive

By wb9omc ·
Hi all, I have an interesting situation that I'd like to get resolved and thought this might be a good forum to check with.

Sometime back I put a second HDD into my HP Pavilion a730n. Since the original HDD has some age to it (about 8 years) I wanted to make the new drive
the boot drive. Did that, and being newer it is also faster, etc. However, some
malware MAY have trashed up parts of the OS on the new drive.
In particular, if I boot from the new drive I cannot make ANY sort of connection
to my router or anything else. Digging at it a bit, the startup is really messed up with the dependancies no longer working together.

(it is possible that the seemingly miniscule malware had nothing to do with it - at
about the same time, there was an update glitch with two pieces of software
almost simultaneously and it was shortly after *that* happened that everything
hit the fan - to be specific, a piece of software decided it wanted to update
at the same time that I was listening to an audio CD. That seems like it should
have been innocuous enough, but the system really hung and was a bear to
get back running again after that happened.)

Fortunately, it is SOP for me NOT to delete stuff from an older HDD until I am
sure that the new one does not fail prematurely - and this incident happened
well within my rather long timeframe in that regard. SOOOO, I've been able to
simply boot from the original drive and have everything work from there. The
new drive does not seem *physically* bad and I can write to and read from it
with no problems.

What I'm thinking is the best way to recover is to:

1) backup the non-system stuff from the boot partition on the new drive
(I have a Western Digital 2TB USB drive which I had bought for storage and/or
backup which could be useful in this regard)

2) wipe the boot partition on the new drive

3) do a bit-for-bit copy of the original drive over to the boot partition of the new
drive (since the original drive now has more updates, etc)

4) then I can deal with program and data files that *were* on the new drive in
my own sweet time :-)

Question is, is this the best way to get the job done.......and, how do I GET it

FYI, I just completed a boot-time scan that ferreted out some very deeply buried
malware. I had read some articles about "rootkits" and related junk, and the
boot-time scan was strongly suggested as a means to nail the real sneaky
stuff that can hide itself once Windows starts up. By scanning BEFORE that,
so the articles said, the malware that is apparently dependant on having
windows running can't do much and maybe do nothing. So at this point, I
should be pretty crap-free and since the incident, my running scans and so
on has been more frequent and my operating practices more "tight" to try
and prevent further occurences. Also made some software changes in the
security area to try and beef up the prevention......

OS - XP home edition, SP3 plus frequent updates


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Recovering Boot Partition ...

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Recovering Boot Partition on new hard drive

by wb9omc In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

OK, thanks for the suggestion - I have posted it in Q&A.

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