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Using Drive Image I've copied the contents of my old C: drive to a new drive E:.
After changing drives over and altering the jumpers the bios sees the new one as primary master and old old one a primary slave. OK so far!
However, when full start-up proceeds it's Windows in the old drive that boots up.
In disk management C: is still the old drive and its status is Healthy (Page file) and E: new drive's status is Healthy (Boot). Which seems to be OK to me.
I could change the drive letter of E: to anything but C:(or any other allocated already) but C: is not changeable.
I've re booted with the old drive (slave) disconnected but Windows got stuck with the following error message:
"Windows Product Activity Error
A problem is preventing Windows from accessing the license for this computer. Error Code: 0x8009006."
The PC locked up solid at this stage.
I have now run out my ideas, has anyone out there got any new ones - please?
I'm running WinXP and using Drive Image 7.
Do you still have your old C: drive intact? If so try this. Download xxcopy from click here
Now make C: the master and New drive slave (I can't understand why the new HDD is E: it should be D:) Then go to Start, Run and type in xxcopy C:\ D:\ /clone. When finished take the C: drive out and make the other drive Master and reboot.
jimv7 - I nearly did what suggested by I thought I'd gone for a simple update of the OS but instead got a completely new installation wiping out ALL my existing data and settings. Then went back to the drawing board - see later.
pj123 - I'm wary of trying xxcopy having seen some cautionary threads here. The reason the new drive was known as E: is because I had already formatted and was using for backup purposes. But, I think that is probably the main reason for it failing to boot. ie only disc in drive but its called E:.
In the meantime I've been watching a PowerQuest video about DI7 and on closely watching the details I noticed that the target drive was fresh out of the box ie unformatted. So I've just deleted the partition from the new HDD - so its got no name at present - and I've copied my master to it.
I'm now about to switch the drives (and jumpers) and see what happens next.
I'll let you know.
If I have any problems I'll go on to follow Jim's suggestion.
Did you remember to make the new windows partition/drive the active partition? I think you did not. Remember that any primary partition on any drive can be the active partition, and that's the one that will load windows. I don't know if you can change active partitions with Drive Image, but its a doddle with Partition Magic. Otherwise, you'll have to use FDISK.
I think the problem is caused by XP's product activation. Your new hard disk has a different hardware ID. XP can't verify your licence correctly.
I think jimv7's suggestion of doing an repair reinstall (reinstall over existing copy without formatting) is the correct solution (although it does negate some of the advantages of a disk image). It should not wipe out your data.
To do a repair reinstall, in XP Setup, press Enter to go into Setup, press F8 to accept licence agreement, then highlight the right Windows installation, and at this stage press R.
After the reinstall, you may need to reactivate XP.
Thanks for all comments. The new disc problem was solved by taking the repair option with WinXP - as jimv7 said - BUT big problem arose with freeserve broadband and I haven't been able to use it.
Freeserve technical help not 100%.
Presently using a temporary anytime connection as this was needed to download s/w to try to clean registry of left debris from un-installing bb s/w. It hasn't worked!
Modem now has red light against USB connection and trying different slots - known to work with other devices - doesn't change it.
I'm now going back on the phone. UGH!
Do you get an error message when you try to connect to the internet, something about RAS Manager or something?
If so, reinstall SP1 (if you have the full SP1 installation file, either on CD or on hard disk). The repair reinstall put most things back to the original XP CD state, but certain files may not be in sync.
If you can't get hold of SP1, there's a registry fix.
But this may not be your problem at all.
1. Your fist posting - That is basically the route I took, thanks.
2. I presently don't get error messages - the modem simply displays the red (USB) light and the modem is not picked up by the "new hardware" routine.
I'm now back using my original (old) HDD and surprisingly (to me anyway) everything works OK. So I'm back on broadband but of course I still want to use the new HDD.
My current problem then is more to do with new hardware not being detected so I think I should start a new thread on that.
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