ok, I think I'm stuck! Bought a new IDE disk drive to update my Dads PC (Dell P4). Thought I would just hook it up and use Ghost to clone from old disk to new. However I have a problem. The old drive won't boot into Windows. The errors are corrupt Boot.ini, then missing or corrupt Hal.dll, and also lsass.exe password problem. The lsass problem won't let me log into the drive in XP Recovery Console (my dad didn't have any passwords on his PC so why lsass.exe is an issue don't know). The drive is happy as a slave and I can see all the files, but can;t clone as I would be copying all the corrupt XP boot files as well. Checked jumper settings, they fine, also have run chkdsk /r from command prompt in windows, no problems there but I don't know how to deal with the booting problems or admin password prob.
I 'd rather not pass my Dads PC back to him saying "Heres your PC - your new disk is in but you'll have to reinstall all your old programs..." Can anyone help? As I said the drive is happy hooked up as a Slave.