RE: XP Pro boot hanging

"Wiley C" wrote:

Clone OS, data from IDE 60 GB Hitachi HDD to IDE 80 GB Western
Digital HDD, for Sager laptop; using Acronis True Image 11, boot disk.
80 GB connected via USB.
Prior to cloning, I had run WD diags on the 80 GB HDD.

After cloning, reboot, I forgot to remove the Acronis CD and USB connected
80 GB. As boot to Acronis CD began, I turned off laptop [ aka PC ].
I think that's this is how I created my problem.

cloning, as noted below, is from 60 GB to 80 GB. I want to do my
best to keep the data viable.

Result: Neither drive will boot into Windows. After the Windows
Advanced Options screen appears [ true on each drive ]
1. normal selected, press enter > system stalls;
2. normal selected, let timer count down > system stalls
3. safe mode selected > hung at $sys$cor.sys which might be a Sony
rootkit file. I disabled $ $.sys; s m now hangs at mup.sys
3. s m c p, then "enter" > blank screen
4. Last Known Good Config, then "enter" > hang

From recovery console:
fixboot, reboot, no joy
fixmbr, reboot, n j
chkdsk /r , reboot, n j

Ran XP Repair, accessed Windows. Data present, but not all of the
installation programs are available.

fruitless research: turned off wi fi switch.
booted to rec con & ran bootcfg. Multiple options were provided.
I tried bootcfg /scan, rebooted; nothing new.
I tried bootcfg /rebuild, rebooted, nothing new.


Followed steps at

Downloaded & ran

I booted with the bootable CD from the download.
option 1 > took me to the Advanced Windows Menu
Options 2 - 8 >> "Windows could not start because of a computer disk
hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk
configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.

9 > I / O error accessing boot sector file multi(0)disk(0)fdisk(0)

Regarding message 2 - 8 above,
"Method 1
Edit the Boot.ini file to restore or correct the Default entry and
to ensure that the other entries in the [Operating Systems] section of the
Boot.ini file point to the appropriate directories."
How do I determine the location of the OS?

Point of clarification:
I have been working on the destination drive. When the steps
performed do not work, I have re-cloned from source [ old, 60 GB HDD ] to
destination [ new, 80 GB HDD ].

E. ******************
Acronis has an MBR repair utility,which I ran.
Returned message: "no commands for booting operating system".

re-clone from 60 to 80

Method 1
I don't know the correct entries for the boot.ini file, which is

Method 2
after bootcfg /rebuild, and performing steps described in above KB,
boot to normal mode > PC freezes as soon as I press "enter"
reboot, select "safe mode" > freezes at mup.sys

Method 3
after entering "expand" command, multiple times, verifying spelling,
punctuation, grammar, I am informed that there is o disk in the floppy drive
or CD drive, even though I booted to the Win XP Pro SP3 CD. I checked drives
A, B, D, E, F, G

After slaving, using USB, the laptop HDD to my desktop PC, also
running XP Pro [ SP3 ] and running expand from the system config utility, I
am informed that
The "save file in directory does not exist" , even though I used the
"browse file" feature to located ntoskrnl.exe and "browse to".

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

chkdsk /r as part of Step F.

Per 314477, I made an entry "Windows XP Professional", which is why
there are 2 lines beginning with
"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=" .

Thanks for your advice.

Also, I considered a corrupt registry as a cause of my problem, so I
followed these steps, , which
are from a KB I had read.


Edit the boot.ini file according to this article
Restore your registry using this article
Don't make any changes to the 60 GB drive until you can get the 80 GB drive
to boot. Make a fresh clone to the 80 GB with Acronis and try the above
proceedures on the clone. If it won't boot, you'll probably have to copy your
data and reinstall Windows.