Cloning a hdd in XP new drive gets message Missing Operating System

By gsheede
Mar 21, 2010
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  1. My Sony VGC RB38G runs Windows Media Center 2005 Xp, the hdd is orginal still, and is fuctioning yet and is only 250GB. I bought a 500GB Seagate Barracuda and used the Seatools to Clone, yet it will not start. I can see it in My Computer as drive F and I can see in the BIOS.

    Any help here???
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,608   +80

    So you cloned the 250GB to 500GB. So does the 500GB have XP on it or are you just using it as a additional storage. You might want to do that. Leave the 250GB as the Primary C: then have the 500GB as archive media storage. There you can have all your music, pictures, music for Media Center 2005. This way you don't have to clone the HDD.

    C: 250GB (OS/Programs/MCE)
    D: 500GB (Media)
    E: DVD/CD
  3. gsheede

    gsheede Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    500 hdd

    I was hoping to use the cloned 500GB drive as the main since, I hope the cloning would have also copied the XP over. I see files on this new drive and would consider yet another new 500 Gb drive for back up. I am worried the orginal drive is 7 - 8 years old that it will go bye bye sometime.
  4. hughva

    hughva Newcomer, in training Posts: 309

    Did you change the boot order?
  5. macharia

    macharia Newcomer, in training

    ihav a dell inspirion 6400 i want to remove the power on password
    plz help
  6. Decimae

    Decimae Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    @macharia: change some settings in the bios. If it doesn't work, start a new topic.

    @ghsheede: Try cloning the disk with another program, to a 250 gb partition on the new disk, which you'll enlarge with something like Gparted or similar.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,608   +80

    If you clone 250GB onto a 500GB only 250GB will be use on 500GB thus leaving an space for another partition that you can format under Windows. Or using Boot disc with Fdisk/Format. Or Windows XP setup can make additional format partition.
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