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Bootable Sata Drive to SCSI drive


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computerspecialist101

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hello all,

I have a sata drive that i am using to boot my pc and i also have a scsi drive that i just picked up and am planning on using it to boot my pc off of it. i have the pci scsi card as well as the scsi cable and am imaging my system once a week and incremental backups on other days of the week. i am using norton save and restore.

what i am trying to do is bring a recent image or disk to disk copy to make the SCSI drive an exact duplicate of the SATA boot drive and then make the SCSI drive now my bootable drive. how do i go about accomplashing this without doing a fresh install of xp on the scsi drive as when i have tried a disk to disk as well as a image restore to the SCSI drive when i boot up the the drive it tells me it cannot find the ntloader file.

Thanks.


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A lot depends on the support of the board.
There are still some boards out there that don't support booting off of drives that are connected to PCI cards, or rather the board has issues talking to some PCI cards when it wants to boot from a drive plugged into them.

Usually one can just clone it straight over and have it work, no issues at all. However if it won't boot off the second drive it can indicate a faulty Windows installation or an issue with the SCSI Drive (how do you mean by "you just picked it up"? New or second-hand?)
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I picked it up off of Ebay, so it is second hand. the drive does work to my knowledge as it is able to hold any data i put on it as well as it passed the hard drive data integrity test to make sure that there are no bad sectors. im sure my board is able to boot off of the scsi pci card as it tries to boot, but it just cant find the ntloader file. i had the same issue when i went from IDE to SATA where i had to add do something special it. i cant remember what. i think i did a fresh install and selected F5 to add in additional drivers. im just hoping i dont have to do a fresh install to get it to work as if i do, ill just use the drive as data storage instead of boot.

thanks for the help.

mike
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