Why is my computer having trouble recognising my cloned Windows XP drive?

931edf122c77b153469a144f5766feb9 December 14, 2012
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I’ve used XXClone (free) to make a bootable copy of my Windows XP Professional installation to a second (IDE) internal drive. On boot-up I’m now presented with the option of using either HD; so far so good. But if I disable the primary drive by disconnecting its cables, and make the other the master, the system won’t boot. I get an error of the type “Disk read error.”

I’ve tried all the combinations of jumpers and cable connections to the second drive that seem to make sense (and some that don’t) but always get the same result.

The whole object of the exercise was to have an alternative drive ready to go if the primary failed, but that’s not working.

Anybody know why this is happening and how to fix?

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