Some information about DriveImage and dealing with drives with hidden partitions…

Kenneth writes:

First off, DriveImage XML is awesome. Absolutely the easiest product I’ve used to date. Good work.

I used it to copy a system drive from a Dell Laptop to a new drive. Apparently Dell puts a small partition with utilities on all primary hard drives. So when I restored my Windows system partition image to the new drive in which I made a single active primary partition, the boot.ini file was slightly off.

When I booted off of the hard drive the first time the normal windows boot menu came up. I let it do the default os boot, but it said that it could not read from the drive.

But when I looked at the drive in a different computer I could read everything. It dawned on me that I should look at the boot.ini. Upon looking at it I found that the default boot was:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS=”Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect /noexecute=optin /numproc=2

Changing it to:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS=”Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect /noexecute=optin /numproc=2

…did the trick.

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