getting back up to boot

  karmgord 19:39 13 Oct 2009

i've got a full system backup (XP PRO SP3 backup file) from my failed hard drive but when i restore it to the new drive, the files are there but the hard drive is n't bootable.
I have n't got an installation cd as it was a partition on failed hard drive but i have got a new XP PRO SP3 OEM installation cd.
is there any way to make neww hard drive bootable
BTW I do have the recovery console r option but you don't get the repair (r) option in setup
on the new disc just the setup that will overwrite orgional files.

  woodchip 19:44 13 Oct 2009

You need to load XP before you can restore the backup

  Zeppelyn 20:24 13 Oct 2009

From the recovery console type

FIXMBR <enter>

FIXBOOT <enter>

From your OEM disk copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to the root of C:

Then type BOOTCFG/rebuild <enter> at the command prompt to rebuild the boot.ini

See click here for additional instructions

  Zeppelyn 20:25 13 Oct 2009

Oh and double check you have set the BIOS to boot from the new drive.

  woodchip 20:29 13 Oct 2009

Windows Backup is not supposed to boot. You need Acronis to do that

  Zeppelyn 20:49 13 Oct 2009

So what is the point of Windows back up? Never used it myself but if all the system files have been copied as stated then it should be technically possible to make it boot.

According to Microsoft thats what its there for in the event of a major failure.

click here


Did you follow this to copy data to new drive? If not how did you do it?

  woodchip 21:02 13 Oct 2009

There no where on that link that tells you that you can Boot from it. As I said Backup Program as to be loaded with windows for Restore of backup to work. Its always worked like that.

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