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    PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    System is a Compaq SP700 workstation (running NT4 & Win2K Server as dual boot). I've just bought a new HD - Maxtor Atlas III, with intention of running it as primary HD, retiring old one to storage use only.
    Here's what I've done:
    1. Set new drive to SCSI 1 & fit it.
    2. Checked both drives recognised by BIOS and booted correctly.
    3. In Win2K, 'signed' new drive.
    4. Used drive imaging utility (Novastor Instant Recovery 3.0) to copy old HD contents across to new HD.
    5. Rebooted (WIn2K) to check that new drive contains same data and partitions as old. Confirmed that new HD is spinning up correctly, as it can read the data on it. Double checked that boot.ini is exactly where it should be(!)
    6. Removed new HD, changed jumpers to SCSI 0.
    7. Attempted to boot using new drive only.

    Here's the problem: BIOS recognises new drive as being 'ID 0', but then instead of booting correctly into the Windows startup routine, it tells me that there is no operating system loaded.

    What am I doing wrong? <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    Can't tell you what you've done wrong, but did you consider using Mirror (in W2K/NT4 Server) to clone the original?

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    Hi Leif.

    If I go down that route using Win2K, don't I have to create dynamic volumes? That's a one way street I want to keep out of.

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    NT4 - W/S or Server? If server you can run it from there.
    Otherwise - yes, it appears a dynamic volume is required.

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    Hi,
    I take it you've marked the new C: partition as Active?
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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    On a dual boot system, the C drive always has to be the first drive in the boot order so that the boot.ini file can be checked.

    If you go into your BIOS, you likely have an option to set te order in which the drives are checked.

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    Leif: NT4 is wkstn
    Rory: If (assumption - don't ya love it!) the image on the new HD is identical to the original, then the 'new' C Drive should be marked as active in the same way as the old one was, shouldn't it? Naturally, when I booted with both HDs installed, the partition letters on the new HD made no sense, but that is always the case with multi-partition dual boot systems when you're not using the O/S used to set the partitions in the first place. The mix of primary, extended, & logical partitions, & the formatting, was exactly as I expected it to be

    I'm hoping you're about to tell me that I've missed stg.....................

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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    In theory, I would have thought so. However, a quick look at Novastor's site has this lovely warning:

    There is a known issue when using the DiskCopy Backup Method in the InstantRecovery software. This Backup Method allows you to create a duplicate image of a hard drive to a 2nd hard drive. Thus, the 2nd hard drive may be used as backup boot hard drive when the primary hard drive fails. When using this option and the source drive is Windows XP/2000/NT boot hard drive where the operating system is installed, you MUST remove the 2nd hard drive from the system BEFORE rebooting back into Windows. Otherwise while booting up, the Windows operating system will detect the boot partition and operating system on the 2nd hard drive and will attempt to configure itself to the 2nd hard drive. The result will cause both hard drives to become corrupted, permanently losing all data and forcing you to reinstall the operating system.

    If you plug your original HD back in, can you boot OK? If so, you can use the Disk Management tools to make sure the new boot partition is indeed Active.
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    Re: PROBLEM UPGRADING SCSI DRIVE

    Hmmmmm - and Apologies for not having done my own homework. Looks like I've just had a lucky escape.

    Your researches go to prove that RTFM (I did), and read the 'Read Me' (I did) are not always enough. MSYVTFWS (Make Sure You Visit The Flipping Web Site) needs to be added to that list of acronyms!

    The weird thing is that, as you will have worked out from my posts above, I had no such problem. Two possible explanations:
    1. I 'signed' the new disk using win2k disk mgt before I did the image.
    2. IDE bus is more prone to this problem than SCSI.

    I'll do as you suggest and report back.

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