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    Move (clone?) HD w/ XP to new MB?

    Q1: Is it possible to move a HD with Win XP to a different PC and maintain all the software as is?
    Q2: If the above is possible, does the following indicate the saved original HD is defective?

    Frank has a 3-user management system, Progress 4GL on Windows XP. I sold and installed the system 20 years ago.Frank called to say his "PC died." My biggest concern was his data.

    I installed this HD in another old PC and tried to boot from Frank's HD, even though I did not expect it would work. I get 4 choices:
    [LIST][*]Windows XP Pro[*]Windows XP Pro [*]Windows 2000 [*]Windows /LIST]
    I tried both the XP Pro options - didn't work, but I wasn't expecting it to.

    To verify his data was intact, I attached his HD as a secondary HD on my old PC. I could read/write and everything seemed to be there.

    I tried installing the original management system on a new system. I failed despite many hours and much digging. I have original media, I've done this dozens of times (20 years ago), but I simply could not get the Progress client to find the DB. Many hours. Much frustration.

    So I tried to fix Frank's PC. I was able to figure out that it was caused by bad memory (now fixed). After restarting, the BIOS found the HD and CD-ROM. I got the same 4 boot choices:
    • Windows XP Pro - this choice restarts the PC immediately
    • Windows XP Pro - this brings up "could not read" and HW disk error message
    • Windows 2000 - this brings up "could not read" and HW disk error message
    • Windows - this brings up a flashing cursor in top left of screen


    I wanted to try "repairing" XP, but his CD-ROM would not open. So I put a new DVD reader in and rebooted. Now I get:
    • 0523-AE : IDE Device #3 Error
    • 0401-AE : CD-ROM Error


    OK - why an IDE problem?
    • Previously I had seen this message and fixed it by moving the IDE MB cable from primary to secondary and it got it working. I had to do this a couple of times. This time it had no effect.
    • I dug out another IDE cable. Same error messages.
    • I disconnected the new DVD - same messages. (including the CD-ROM error)
    • I reconnedted the DVD and disconnected the HD - same messages


    HELP! I obviously am drowning. And THANK YOU TO ANYONE WHO GOT THIS FAR! That's fabulous...

    PS - I have been able to get the Progress management system working with his data in 1-user mode. That saves Frank's life! But I sure wish I could get the multi-user system working.

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    Have you checked your boot order and settings in BIOS.
    I only ask because you were getting some cd rom errors.
    Last edited by Weedhopper; 2016-10-31 at 16:11.

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    I've tried boot order HD 1st, CD 1st, I've added ethernet and disabled ethernet

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    Virtualize the disk before doing anything else. Then you can fire it up on new hardware while you work out what you are going to do - I'd leave it virtual.

    VMware Converter should allow you to boot from CD and clone.
    https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/inf...standalone/5_5

    You can convert an existing Macrium Image to VHD.
    http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseA...x?Keywords=VHD
    Or direct with EaseUS.
    http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...2v-migrate.htm

    You can build a new virtual XP machine and restore, although this may be problematic with disk drivers.

    cheers, Paul

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