Re: Cannot COPY make WINXP Work after copying the partition to new HD

Re: Cannot COPY make WINXP Work after copying the partition to new HD

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Posted by Henry on January 19, 2002 at 21:08:42:

In Reply to: Cannot COPY make WINXP Work after copying the partition to new HD posted by Felipe on January 07, 2002 at 19:20:02:

: Hello guys !!! Yesterday I posted a probelm on the BIOS section .. that problem i solved with your help (i think the name is Henry, but anyways, everybody here DO help a lot)

: Thatīs why iīīm asking for help here again ... :)

: I have 2 HDs:
: - 14 GB
: Old one, particionated in 4 (C,D,E,F)
: Iīve Windows XP On it ...
: All the file systems, including the Windows and Program files, stay on the C partition (on this HD)

: - 40 GB (New one !!)
: I particionated it in 2: C and D
: i want to put everything i had in the C: 14gb HD on the 40 GB C: drive ...

: because ALL the data that i had in the D: E: F: drives at the OLD HD, iīve already put all them at the NEW hd ... but i just CANT GET THE C: partition work right on the NEW HD .. i will explain it ...

: i used Partition Magic 7.0 Pro to COPY C: PARTITION of the OLD 14 GB HD, to an empty space at the NEW 40 GB HD ...

: when i start the PC with both HDīs connected, one at Primary Master (40 GB, with the partition copy) and the other as Secondary Master (the old 14 GB) , the windows starts allright ... but i just cant understend ... it SEEMS to load the Operational system from the 40 GB HD , wich is Primary Master ... but after the Windows Xp is loaded, and i type my password to login, i noticied a HUGE activity at the 14 GB HD (Old one), wich i expected to be read as a new drive only ... and it SEEMS to have loaded all the Operational System from the OLD hd.

: When i open WINDOWS EXPLORER, the 14 GB HD (wich is the OLD), appears as C: D: E: F: .. and the NEW 40 GB appears as H: I: (because G: is my CD-rom ..)

: itīs confuse, but letīs review:

: 4 partitions (should be named C: D: E: F: if there were only ONE HD ... but there are 2, and this OLD HD is as Secondary Master, so it should be C: D: from the NEW HD and F: G: H: I:, remembering that the CD-ROM is as Primary Slave, so it should be E:)

: itīs not confuse, itīs VERYYYYY CONFUSE.

: imagine for me .. i dont know how to explain my problem correctlly because i just cant say everthing i want to .. my english is not good lol

: i will go on!

: and if i start my computer with ONLY ONE HD, this happens:

: - starts OK, as it was before i bought my new HD.

: ONLY THE NEW HD: (of course, after copying the C: partition)
: - starts OK, but after typing password, it FREEZES for a while (1 min), and after it says that "A problem occured and Windows could not have acces to the System Authenticy "

: It says that the PATCH for the System files might be wrong .. and after that, it automatically LOGS OFF ...

: I think that iīve already wrote enough ... this is my situation guys ... LOL :)

: I tried everything .. the only thing that i cant understand is :


: I will repeat ... Iīm From Brazil, thatīs why my english is SOO bad, but i did my best, i think that i wrote something "understandable" LOL (i dont even know that if youīre gonna understand whatīs "understandble" mean, lol)

: Thx in advance fore any help that i might get.

: Felipe.

Felipe - your English is completely understandable - NO PROBLEM.

What file system are you using, NTFS or FAT32? I strongly recommend FAT32 for single PC owners (so you can REPAIR IT at home). NTFS is OK if you have an IT support department OR want to get deep into your PC details.

DOS and windows assign HDD partition letters:

Assume 2 HDDs, HDD0 - two partitions, HDD1 - 4 Partitions, no CD:

HDD0 C:, E:
HDD1 D:, F:, G:, H:

SAME setup, but with HDD1 disconnected:

HDD0 C:, D:

SAME setup as first one, but with HDD0 disconnected:

HDD1 C:, D:, E:, F:

NO WONDER it seems confusing - IT IS confusing.

First, I suggest that you start up your 14GB system and make the CD drive J: or K: or a little higher. The HDD letters will fall neatly into line and reduce the confusion (a little).

If you continue to have trouble with PM I'd suggest that you partition, format and make the new drive bootable (format /s) BEFORE you copy any files to it.

If you can find xcopy and/or xcopy32 or maybe xxcopy you can copy all of the files from the olddrive (while it is setup as the c: drive) to the new, bootable drive and the new drive should boot up and run (but you MUST make the new drive bootable before you start copying files).

Still another way to copy a drive is to make a real sector by sector clone using the CloneDisk Utility from ResqPro (License NOT required for CloneDisk) from:

Hope this helps,

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