I have a situation where I need to replace the directory hives on two data
disks (IOW, not current boot disks) from a currently bootable disk of
Win XP Pro SP3.
By selective disconnections from the IDE ribbon cable I observe repetitive
problems with the two data disks and I am told that the most likely
problem is a corrupted directory. The problem with both data disks when
used as boot disks:
1. POST is normal
2. BIOS verifies.
3. First windows screen displays for several seconds. (the black one with
a Windows logo.)
4. BSOD that appears and then disappear before any information can be
- return to restart.
(If i did not use all the right words, sorry.)
The current boot disk is showing signs of flakiness -- it had an uncalled
for in-session reboot yesterday. That tells me that its life is now on
loan. So i want the others to be ready to go when it fails.
All three disks have Windows XP pro installations and updates as follows:
hdd0 SP2, plus updates until SP3
hdd1 SP3 < -- currently booting disk
hdd2 SP2, plus updates until SP3
If Google search has details on this operation, I have not found them.