Windows XP Home SP3
Dell Dimension 2400
As I am outgrowing my original 80 gig drive, I decided to get a copy of Norton Ghost and a new 500 gig drive. I know that using Ghost's "Copy My Drive" feature should allow me to make an exact image of my old drive and then swap it for the new drive. Simple in concept, difficult to accomplish (at least for me).
I installed and formatted the new drive as a slave. I also noticed when I ran CompMgmt that my original C: drive had an unnamed partition of about 35mb, so when I reformatted the new drive I also made a 35mb partition.
I Ghosted both partitions successfully (at least Ghost told me it was successful). Screenshot of the settings I used is attached.
Then, I pulled the old drive and changed the jumper on the new drive to be Master and attached it to the correct ribbon connector and rebooted. It failed to boot and hung on the XP blue screen prior to showing the desktop.
I rebooted again and went to the BIOS menu and it wasn't finding the drive.
At this point I am not sure what to do. I reattached the old drive and here I am talking to you guys.
Here are my questions:
- What did I do wrong?
- Was I supposed to copy that 35mb hidden drive or was that supposed to happen automatically?
- When I was booting the new drive it did a chkdsk and referred to the drive as F: Why was that?
- Shouldn't the OS assign the first drive found a C: name?
Thanks, any help is appreciated.