How to copy the boot option from a different installation

Hi Experts,

Few months ago I created an image of a windows XP pro C: Drive in order to replace the failing HD. few days ago I messed up the boot section of the new drive and I can't figure out how to fix it, I tried all the possible solutions online to fix the bootable partition. I still have the original drive and would like to copy the boot section from the old drive to the new one. how can I accomplish that in order to have my windows XP boot again.
Currently, when I try to boot the corrupted drive, it tells me that there is no bootable device.
I tried bootcfg, scandsk, fixmbr, fixboot.. no success.

If I pug this drive as a slave on another computer I can see all the files on it , it just don't want to boot.

Any help would be appreciate,
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put the image again on the new drive  - that would do it

you can also try the boot corrector tool from paragon's recue kit :
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If it does not find a boot drive then your system partition is set to INACTIVE state. Because boot process looks first for a drive with an active partition, then looks for Windows boot manager file on this partition and after that loads Windows interface.
So the steps you need to check:
1) Is the Windows partition on this drive set ACTIVE?
2) Is the boot sector from this partition ok?
3) Is the MBR of the drive is ok?
4) Is the BOOT.ini file ok?

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tavernyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your responses guys.
I ended up reloading the OS on another drive. now I still would like to troubleshoot this issue.

Nobus, I did and still had the same issue

Noxcho, I think I did all you suggested . but just t be clear how do I verify each of your step top make sure I got it right?

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can slave the original drive to anither system and check with the drive if it has the files I mentioned.
Or you boot the machine with this drive alone connected from a Paragon Rescue Kit Free and use its Boot Corrector to check if the partition is active and recognized by Boot Corrector.
Taverny - what did you do?  (there were 2 suggestions in last post)
tavernyAuthor Commented:
sorry for late response. I have a little time now to try again. I am gonna download virtual box and try again to fix it from there.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I thouggt you were working with physical machine, how are you going to fix it via virtual box?
Taverny - what did you do?  (there were 2 suggestions in last post)
i cannot know if you don't tell us what you did
tavernyAuthor Commented:
I am sorry I haven't get back to you. I had to do a fresh install and I actually backup the whole drive into a Virtual image and I was planning to try to fix it by making it bootable. I guess this project is put on the side until have some free time to play again with it.
Thank you for your help.
tx for feedback
Jame GriffinCommented:
Try adding the files to a bootable CD and try booting from the CD, this is what i would do in my own opinion.
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