Messed up Boot.ini

By Treize
Nov 26, 2009
  1. Happy Thanksgiving
    I am at my in laws for the holiday, and they told me they were having computer problems. 6 months ago I told them they would need a new hard drive as theirs was grossly insufficient (10GB). Well they eventually went to Best Buy and bought a 150GB HD. The kid they got to install it, completely was over his head. It looks like he installed the new HD as a slave and then tried to you several free hard drive cloning software’s so the new hard drive would become the primary bootable hd.

    When I went to turn the computer on, I was met with choose an operating screen that gave me the choices: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows=”XXCLONE: (Cloned volume) [d:0,p:1] \WINDOWS” /fastdetect /NOExecute=Optin

    & Last safe mode

    The only one that actually works is the “XXCLONE”, the others either restarts the computer or the screen goes black. If i go to startup and recovery uncheck time to display list of operating system, with "xxclone" as default the system will boot straight to Windows XP. So my question is with the actual Boot.ini file.

    I cant even begin to try to clone their hard drive with ghost, because the BIOS is jacked up and i want to fix it so i can clone correctly. Can anyone help me fix this?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    And here's the answer: Don't Clone
    Also run Bios Setup Defaults

    Instead of further messing up the computer (as will inevitably happen)
    Please backup, and install Windows clean (ie remove the partition(s) during the install)
    Also before installing Windows (for the first time ;)) Also detach the 10Gig Hard Drive, and make sure the 150Gig is in the first IDE or Sata Channel

    The 10Gig should be kept for nostalgic reasons, but not re-fitted (as it will just slow down the entire computer)

    Here's some help with what I just mentioned:

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition):
    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step (* Including Delete Partition):
    * Warning deleting the Partition will remove all User data and Windows system files
    Driver Updates:
    XP Service Pack 3:
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