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New Hard Drive problem

Compaq Presario 5372EA
Intel Pentium 4 1.70GHz
1024mb RAM
Motherboard Manufacturer: Compaq
Motherboard Model: 077Ch
Master Drive Seagate ST3300831A 300GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
Slave Drive Seagate ST340810A 40GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive
WindowsXP Home Edition SP2

I installed a new hard drive last week and fitted my old one as the slave. I did everything according to the manufacturers instructions i.e. Fitted the new drive as slave, ran their 'discwizard' program which (with my input) formatted, partitioned, made the new drive the boot drive and transferred all files from the old to the new drive. (I chose to transfer the contents of the old drive as I didn't want to reinstall the OS and all my programs/settings etc.) At the end of the process it told me to turn off the PC and swap the drives around so that the new one was master.

Everything appeared to be fine and the PC worked fine for 2 days. The only things I noticed were that some files relating to Microsoft Office hadn't been transferred which led me to have to reinstall the software and also the recycle bin said that it was corrupted when I tried to empty it, but this only happened once and was fine after it emptied.

Then, after a reboot the other day, just after the bios screen disappeared, instead of the WindowsXP screen I got a black screen saying that it couldn't boot up because the file C:\Windows\System32\Hal.dll was missing.

After giving up on trying to resolve the issue, I swapped the drives around and managed to boot up with my old drive as master. When I looked at the new drive in Windows Disc Management it had two partitions (it was installed with only one) and when I tried to explore the drive in explorer it wouldn't let me - instead it threw up a window saying that it needed to reformat the drive.

Totally confused (and frustrated) I simply ran through the same process I went through when first installing the drive (see above). Everything happened as it had done last week and voila the new drive booted up perfectly when fitted as master. Still, there were files which hadn't been transferred (Microsoft Office being the files I noted were missing) and the recycle bin said it was corrupted but corrected itself, but everything else seemed fine and all my programs worked etc. I ran the 'sfc /scannow' feature to check that all the Windows files were in place and okay and it reported no problems.

This was only two days ago and whilst I have everything backed up I have no confidence that the same issue won't happen again.

Can anyone figure out what I did wrong or what went wrong so as to cause the problems I experienced?

Any help or advice will be gratefully received.

Many thanks for your time.


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Microsoft has been actively making it harder and harder to migrate Windows with every version since Windows95. It's not like the good old days of DOS and Windows 3.1, where you could just move a directory and the program wouldn't care a bit. Linux is still very much like this. So long as the program can find any of the shared libraries it needs, it's happy, and those can be migrated by moving the directory, editing a line in a config file, and running a program once to activate the changes.

Anyway, the short answer to your problem is that you're looking at doing exactly what you wanted to avoid to make sure you don't run into a whack-a-mole situation. Whereby as soon as you solve one problem, two more pop up, and all you end up doing is running around trying to solve one thing after another.

I would suggest you back up anything and everything you don't want to lose, and then just bite the bullet and format and reinstall the entire operating system. It's a pain, but which is more of a pain? Reinstalling the OS, or perpetually having problems you have to run around fixing?

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Bad idea

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On a lot of systems, cable select has never been perfected, and so you never know how it's going to work.

MUCH better to set the jumpers yourself, so you KNOW one drive or another is master or slave.

Besides that, it would have nothing to do with this problem. And why are you responding to my post, why not that of the original post, since that's what yours is in response to.

Remember, just because someone can put up a website and use lots of buzzwords and psuedotechnical language, doesn't mean they know what they're talking about. I mean what more proof do you need than half the hacks who work for Cnut and subsidiaries?

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If it wasn't for 'half the

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hacks who work for Cnut (CNET) and subsidiaries, I still wouldn't know how to post a message in the forums......insulting somebody with information that's different from yours isn't an endearing quality, and it doesn't mean that your information is the only thing that works.


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I'm talking paid hacks

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People who write articles for various Cnut websites. People on these forums aren't exactly writing for Cnut.

And it wasn't an insult for information that's different, it's an insult for information that's wrong. Like how cable select is going to help resolve an issue with a bad migration of software.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Toni!

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I always go with Cable Select and 80 conductor cables.

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"Tech"'s success rate is 100%. If it isn't then it was a bad cable or device.


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New Hard Drive problem

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I don't have XP.
I don't have a compaq.
I have never used discwizard.

So feel free to ignore my ramble.

Do verify that you have 80 cond cables.
If your mobo supports CS do try it.

The last HD I changed came with a copy routine (equal to discwizard I suppose) I looked at the options and it all seemed rather straight forward to use.

I must admit I did not use it so the results are unknown.

I did fire up my image util and without a doubt everything got copied.

You on the other hand have XP. (strange animal)
You have a compaq. (recovery partition?)

No help, just the babbling of a loony.

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