Ghosting boot partiion.

Posted on 2004-11-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have a harddrive A with 2 partitions C: and D: I have installed windows 2000 server on C:.... Now I want to ghost C:
 to another disk and be able to boot from the new disk Harddrive B...... But when i go to ghost from partition to partition everthiing goes well but the machine wont boot to windows 2000 from harrdrive B, after I replace Harddrive A.....I think it has to do with the MBR, since im not doing disk to disk  it doesnt copy it. Does anyone know how to solve this problem. I dont want D: on the new drive. so I cant do a disk to disk because it will copy c: and D: to the new drive. Thanx all
Question by:comtekn
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    Expert Comment

    I'm sure there is a better solution, but why not do a disk mirror from A to B?  Would obviously solve the problem.

    Does fdisk /mbr work?  This recreates the master boot record from the partition tables which should have been written by the ghost.
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    Accepted Solution

    Of course it is MBR problem.

    Before trying to boot from hard drive B, run fixmbr & fixboot from Recovery Console.
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    Author Comment

    Well just answer Rubiconx, the problem from doing disk to disk is that I do not want the second partition on the new disk. my goals is to isolate C:\  to one disk and have D:\ on a larger disk.
    I will follow the links from paraghs and let you know if that works out .  fixmbr sounds about right.

    I will let you know soon, thanx
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    Expert Comment

    You could join the two partitions and then do a disk mirror.  If you use partition magic or similar, it would place the D partition into it's own directory off the C root.  You could then easily copy the contents of the directory to the new disk as required.

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