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Copy of C drive

by stewart6 / March 28, 2005 6:45 AM PST

Hello all. I made a copy of my C drive on a second HDD, with a program called HDCOPY. I am wondering if in the event my Cdrive dies and I transfer the second drive to the master (C) ribbon, will the computer read the boot record and the OS? I could just switch the drives and see but I'm sick and can't get to my desktop computer so I'm writing on my laptop. Thanks for your indulgence. regards Stewart

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What I noted about drive copies...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2005 7:06 AM PST
In reply to: Copy of C drive

If I copy a drive with Ghost or other and let XP boot up with the copied drive attached, XP makes it unbootable.

Very odd. Fix? Remove the drive after the copy.


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Thanks Bob
by stewart6 / March 28, 2005 7:18 AM PST

Useful comment. I will hose the copy and recopy then disconnect the copy. I'm glad I asked because I had a vague memory of having what I thought was a bootable copy that didn't know it was supposed to boot. That was probably the reason. When I'm mobile again I'll follow your suggestion. Ciao Stewart

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Unless hdcopy
by retired / March 28, 2005 8:02 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Bob

has been changed it will not make a bootable copy of Win XP as it cannot copy some files needed to boot, It will look like it does but does not. I use Casper XP works great..

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Thanks Retired
by stewart6 / March 28, 2005 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: Unless hdcopy

Your insight could save me from some frustration. regards Stewart

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No problem
by retired / March 28, 2005 8:38 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Retired

I just checked their web site and it still shows it's for 95, 98, amd Me. Here is thie site for casper XP, they have a free version to try and it works good only it will not copy to a larger drive and recognize/use the entire drive.

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