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How to migrate my WinXP from EIDE to SATA drive?

by n1020m / February 28, 2009 10:14 AM PST

I currently have a home built system which uses an EIDE boot drive for WinXP. It also has two SATA hard drives which used for a RAID set a while ago. They are now both just regular data drives. My current MB does not allow me to boot from a SATA drive. So, I plan to update MB, memory and processor and fan to a MB that supports a SATA main drive. I have a bunch of software form Acronis; 1) Migrate Easy, 2) True Image Home, and 3) Disk Director Suite.

What is the best way to go about this task?

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I can't answer "best".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 11:05 AM PST

I will share I was able to do this.

1. I cloned the drive from the IDE to the SATA drive.

2. I never booted the machine AFTER the clone job from the IDE drive again. (VERY IMPORTANT and I will not write why.)

3. I removed the IDE drive and configured the BIOS to EMULATE IDE. No I can't tell you how to do this on your PC.

4. I was able to boot and run Windows from my new drive.

-> Is this the best solution? I can't answer that but I thought I'd share how I've been getting it done.
Bob

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buy cheap PCI card
by mementh / February 28, 2009 1:59 PM PST

buy cheap PCI card that will let you boot from it.. best way honestly.

plus you can have a external port for backing up and such.

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Since you said that ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 1, 2009 3:38 AM PST
"My current MB does not allow me to boot from a SATA drive. So, I plan to update MB, memory and processor and fan to a MB that supports a SATA main drive"

what you will need to do is a fresh install of everything to the SATA drive because your existing installation of XP on the IDE drive will not appreciate your switching motherboards since it has the ols motherboard's drivers installed.
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(NT) Clone it.
by Coryphaeus / March 1, 2009 7:22 AM PST
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