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XP No Boot - Flashing Underscore, no CD drive or Floppy

Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I have a Lenovo X61 running XP. I have no floppy drive or optical drive. Nor original disks.

The internal 100GB SATA drive is noisy and being replaced.

I have some 160GB at my disposal. as well as USB to SATA cables. I have cloned (Acronis TrueImage) the noisy drive to one of the 160GB drive.

After the clone, all the data is on the new drive, including the hidden utility partition that allows one to do a factory fresh install of Windows and some other utilities. When this drive gets installed, it does not boot. It hangs at the flashing underscore, black screen.

I would like to try a fixmbr, but I haven't figured out how to do this without a floppy drive or CD drive. I DO have various USB drives, thumb drives and raw SATA drives with USB/SATA cables

There is a "Thinkvantage" button that allows me to perform a few different tasks like a full windows install, but I don't see any way to do a simple recovery.

I work with PC's, but I'm more of a Mac guy.

How do I get my newly imaged drive to boot normally?

Thank you.
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