How do I get XP to boot from a copied partition?

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by Lyle Schilke, Feb 19, 2007.

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  1. Lyle Schilke

    Lyle Schilke Registered Member

    Mar 16, 2005
    I have two drives connected to a Promise 378 raid controller as two independent drives. Xp home is installed on the first drive. My goal is to keep my Xp home drive working while I install XP Pro and all of my apps on the second drive. Then when I have the xp pro drive the way I want it, copy the xp pro partition to the first disk and delete the xp pro partition on disk 2.

    This is how I tried to do this:

    I installed Disk Director Suite 10 on disk1 (Xp home). I used DDS 10 to install xp pro on disk 2 and Dual boot between the two operating systems. I understand that windows stores drive letter assignments in the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices and that this info needs to be reset so that windows will recreate drive letter assignments when the new drive is booted the first time.

    I did some research on how to do this and found

    There are 3 methods explained in this article on how to do this with method 3 being the easiest and method 1 as the most difficult.

    The third method of booting from a W98 boot floppy and running fdisk /mbr won't work because DOS can't see the raid drive.

    I tried the second method of deleting the registry values on disk 2 before copying the partiton to disk 1.

    I deleted the xp pro: bootwiz folder and then copied the xp pro partition to disk 1. I disconnected disk 2 and rebooted. The new xp pro partition still won't boot. The only way my system boots now is when I restore the drives to their original configuration using my True Image 9.0 image bkups. So basically, disk2 is slaved to disk 1.

    Can anyone explain how to successfully do this?
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2007
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