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?

  1. josemon maliakal
    December 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    try updating your bootmanger using bootsect.exe

  2. Irving Rambaud
    December 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Check the status in BIOS..

  3. Alan Wade
    December 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    If you have your XP disk then you can have a go at fixing the MBR which is the Master Boot Record.
    To do this first make sure the original (primary) drive is disconnected.
    Next, restart your system with a) the cloned drive attached and b) your Windows XP disk in the CD/DVD drive.
    Boot from the CD and let setup load.
    At the prompt press 'R' to enter the recovery console.
    Allow the recovery console to load and when prompted it will ask for an istallation number, this is normally 1, enter that and if needed type in your Admin password.
    At the next prompt type 'fixmbr' you should now have your damaged/new MBR replaced.
    Type 'fixboot' and allow that to run.
    Try rebooting your machine and let us know how you get on.

    • Sanjeev Jain
      December 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for suggestion

  4. Abba Jee
    December 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    it's because probably you didn't set your partition as ACTIVE your going to boot from , where there's only one DRIVE your using,on the other hand when you use both drives it finds the Active partition, show the boot menu , when you unplug the drive which have a partition set to active , disk read error may occur

  5. Ahamed Yaseen
    December 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I was experienced same problem... Try ubintu live cd and download easy bcd to edit boot mbr...

  6. ha14
    December 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    check in BIOS hard drive status

  7. Jim Chambers
    December 14, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I hope that the 32 characters at Name location isn't your router security code?

  8. Jeffrey Shaffer
    December 14, 2012 at 4:44 am

    One thing to look at is the clock. Is the time on the computer the current time. I have discovered that it the time in some instances isn't right then things can't syncronize.

  9. Jim Chambers
    December 14, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Sound like boot manager is on primary drive (you see both when booting with both drives installed). Can you boot into cloned XP drive when both present?

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