copying one hard drive to another

  mickylove 12:23 27 Sep 2005

i have 2 pcs one has broken down due to something missing in the star up procedure.
can i copy my hard drive which has windows on it to a fresh hard drive to the install this in the second pc

  Methedrine 13:10 27 Sep 2005

Why not put it in the second PC as a slave to retrieve any important documents you may have on there.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:18 27 Sep 2005

can i copy my hard drive which has windows on it to a fresh hard drive to the install this in the second pc

No the drivers for the motherboard will be wrong and will probably stop windows from booting.

JUst tekll us why it failed in the first place and we can probably cure it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:48 27 Sep 2005

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i have an error message re windows can not boot due to some driver missing,it says put in the diske for windows and press R at the first screen but i can not get to the first screen.

You need to put the XP CD in the drive and boot the computer

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

REpair XP
click here

  mickylove 18:59 27 Sep 2005

Hi i can not by pass this on screen system 32\drivers\natabus.sys are corrupt,it then says put the disk in and boot.
i have made sure in the bios that it set to boot from the disk, but i can not get any further than this

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 27 Sep 2005

Have you got a SATA drive and is the file NVATABUS.SYS?

  mickylove 19:18 27 Sep 2005

yes its a navatabus and i dont know about SATA


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:28 27 Sep 2005

ok no sata drive but a normal IDE drive!

does your motherboard use the nforce chipset?

  mickylove 19:34 27 Sep 2005

yes its nforce

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:50 27 Sep 2005

Recovering Windows

1. Copy the “nvatabus.sys” file from your other PC to a floppy disk.

2. Boot system to Windows XP installation CD.

3. At the Setup screen, press ”R”.

4. This will bring up the repair console.

Which Windows installation would you like to log onto
<To cancel, press ENTER>?

Hit “1” and <ENTER> or the number that represent your Windows XP installation.

Type the Administrator password:

Type password and hit <ENTER>

Insert the floppy disk with the "nvatabus.sys” file into the floppy drive.

At the command prompt, type “copy a:\nvatabus.sys c:\windows\system32\drivers” and hit <ENTER>.

Once file has been copied, type “EXIT” and hit <ENTER>. This will reboot your system. Remove floppy from system.

5. When the system restarts, hit “Cancel” when all devices are detected

6. Re-install the nForce 2.03 driver kit click here.

7. Click “Yes to all” when asked to overwriting old files
8. Reboot when install is complete
9. Upon system restart, right mouse click on My Computer and select Properties
10. Select the “Hardware” tab
11. Click on the “Device Manager” button
12. Expand the section labeled “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers”
13. Left mouse click on the option labeled “NVIDIA NForce(TM) MCP2 IDE Controller” or “NVIDIA® nForce(TM) IDE Controller” (your system will only have one of the above options) (See option2.16.bmp)
14. Right mouse click and select “Update Driver” (See option2.17.bmp)
15. Select “Install from a list of specific location (Advanced)”
16. Select “Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install”
17. Select the driver “Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller”
18. Reboot.
19. After reboot allow device detection.
20. Reboot again.
21. Everything should now be working correctly.

  mickylove 20:18 27 Sep 2005

thanks i will let you know how i get on

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