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    Hi all,

    One of our boxes is a Compaq EVO320 Desktop with XP Pro(SP2) installed on a 40GB IDE HD and it's getting low on space.

    I have a 160 GB IDE HD and have used XP's Disk Management tool to create 2 partitions of 60/100GB, formatting both as NTFS.

    Next I used Ghost to clone the 40GB drive over to the newly created 60GB partition of the second drive.

    When I remove the original drive and try to boot from the clone I get "Error Loading OS" imediately after the Compaq splash screen. A bit of searching around shows the error popping up here and there with SATA drives but am unable to find a solution for my IDE drive.

    Any help on this is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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    Michael.

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    Hi Michael,

    Try booting from your XP installation CD and go into Recovery Console. In the console type in the following:

    fixboot (and press enter)
    fixmbr (and press enter)

    Remove your Windows CD and try to boot to your C:\ drive again.

    These commands fix boot problems and repair the Master Boot Record.
    Deadeye81

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    Thanks Gerald, I tried your suggestion and I'm closer to a solution......

    The disk will boot now and windows begins to load. At the exact moment the welcome screen appears the system freezes. Does anyone know what could cause this? Thanks.

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    Michael

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    Well, the situation got the better of me........nothing I tried got the clone disk working. While I had other plans for the original 40GB drive I did the obvious.......kept it for the OS and just installed the 160 as a storage drive. Have freed up space on the 40GB so consider the matter closed.

    For the record, this is what I find curious. We have 2 of the particular PC's in question, one bought a little after the other. When we got the second one I just cloned the OS drive from the first PC over to the next one and never had a problem. Oh well, such is life!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisp View Post
    Well, the situation got the better of me........nothing I tried got the clone disk working. While I had other plans for the original 40GB drive I did the obvious.......kept it for the OS and just installed the 160 as a storage drive. Have freed up space on the 40GB so consider the matter closed.

    For the record, this is what I find curious. We have 2 of the particular PC's in question, one bought a little after the other. When we got the second one I just cloned the OS drive from the first PC over to the next one and never had a problem. Oh well, such is life!

    Cheers
    have you checked the pin configuration? just wondrin

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