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I'm trying to clone an old Win 2000 hard drive into a new Dell system with a different hardware configuration using Symantec Ghost. I took the old drive and installed it into the Dell box as a slave and cloned from it to the new Dell drive using a Ghost bootdisk. Seems to have worked through that point

After the cloning when I reboot I get a blue screen and a STOP: 0x0000007B error right after the Starting Windows line displays across the bottom of the screen, most likely due to the suddenly different chipset and mobo drivers. Is there some reliable way to get the system working? I tried Safe Mode, no luck; tried a Win 2000 repair off the CD, no luck. I wonder if reinstalling Win 2000 on the new drive will restore the proper drivers, or fix whatever’s not working.

It would be a major chore to reinstall all the apps on the Dell box that were on the old system so I was hoping something like this could work. Thanks. Regards, Chad
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by:mhambridge
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Hi,

Ghosting from one pc to another when the hardware setup is different will always cause problems. If the hardware setup is slightly different then you can get away with applying the ghost image and when i say slightly different I am talking for eg different sound device something like that.

You have mentioned that the repair instal option failed to help so given that I would think that you are going to have to do a clean instal of the OS and then reinstal all your applications on after. I know this is not what you wanted to hear but it is the only way you will get your system back up and running without any further ongoing problems. You could then slave your old hard drive and move any data files you need from the old to the new once it is ready.

I hope this helps best of luck.

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by:kermit4karate
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What about using sysprep first on the source machine? A friend of mine mentioned it but I got lost in the specifics. The STOP error I'm getting is 0x0000007B, which I guess can indicate an IDE controller problem.

Isn't there an option within sysprep to install IDE drivers for multiple mass storage devices so that after cloning a drive it has the drivers it needs when booted on a different system?

Anyone ever used sysprep to do this?
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by:mhambridge
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Hi,

Overview of Sysprep;

Sysprep is a simple utility that prepares a computer for duplication (cloning) and customization. It does not in itself perform the actual duplication of the master image onto target machines (third-party utilities such as Ghost are required for this purpose), but ensures that the security identifiers (SIDs) are unique for each target system. Further, Sysprep invokes the Mini-Setup Wizard, which can be used to customize duplicated images with computer-specific information such as user name, computer name, time zone, and domain membership. Once a workstation’s or server’s disk is prepared, administrators can easily deploy Windows operating systems by duplicating it on computers throughout their organization, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing the cost of deployment.

Sysprep does not help configure hardware differences it is purely meant for allowing changes to be made as mentioned above.

I hope this helps best of luck.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>>STOP: 0x0000007B

One thing to know. What are the IDE controllers in both the system?

Let me know.

Thanks
SystmProg
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by:kermit4karate
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The IDE controllers are standard on-board controllers for each motherboard, not add-in cards, but the two boards have different chipsets. One is VIA and the other is Intel.

What about Server 2003's version fo sysprep? I read that it has an entry called [MassStorage] that preloads IDE drivers onto a source machine before duplication with another program like Ghost?

Thanks for the help. Chad
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>>What about Server 2003's version fo sysprep? I read that it has an entry called [MassStorage] that preloads IDE drivers onto a source machine before duplication with another program like Ghost?

I am not sure just try it and let us know. [MassStorage] section is contained in INF file so there is nothing to do with this new version also, i think so far.
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by:kermit4karate
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I found a solution!

I had to upgrade the source operating system from Win 2000 to Win XP, then clone the drive, then install the new cloned XP drive into the new PC. There is a difference between the CD Repair option in Win 2000 and XP. The Win XP version will prepare a cloned drive for installation onto different hardware, but the Win 2000 version won't if the chipset has changed.

After upgrading to XP and performing the disk clone, I ran Windows XP setup from the CD and performed the Repair option. That installed the new chipset and other drivers to get the OS in bootable condition. Once in Windows I was able to install the remaining drivers for onboard sound and LAN.

I found this solution mentioned in couple different places online. Here was one place:
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=418&page=5 

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