Case: Cloning old 160G hard drive to new 2000G Seagate drive. This took forever, sorry .. but, slow and steady wins the race. The final solution? Loaded a temporary copy of Win XP Home on a old temporary 20G drive #1, installed Seagates Disc Wizard from http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard (one of the drives has to be a Seagate) and finally cloned old #2 to new #3. Then I could clean up old files (including an errant extra copy of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition and Roxio / Nero DVD burning programs. Updated Bios and Drivers for Dell 3100 and finally did the Windows Update thing. Hip Hip ..
Back story flashbacks: Attempt 1: Originally prepared a flash drive with copy of Clonzilla to do the cloning. Random data error on the old disk made the copy fail at about 80% done. No good. So, tried an 'rsync partition' to partition to finish the data copy job. It copied most of the data plus 'found' several 'lost' folders and data files, but wouldn't boot to Windows (but would boot to safe mode and most of the data appeared intact). Also it ended up being formated as new drive E vs old C. How do I fix that? Hmm. Attempt 2: Did a Repair Windows from Win XP Home CD for Dell PCs. Mostly worked, Windows now does boot up, but all the other non-windows programs now have to be reinstalled .. not a task I look forward too. There must be a better way .. Attempt 3: Seagate Discwizard: The linux versions let me copy the files, but not boot to Windows Xp prooerly. So, booted to the old drive, did a chkdsk /r to fix bad sectors, and then downloaded the Seagate Discwizard program. It sees both drives (after having to manually set the BIOS drives to on or off each iteration) but fails to make a good clone copy. New disc still won't boot to standard Win XP desktop. Attempt 4: (that which you persist in doing ..) finally, had the good idea to boot from a clean Win XP computer and clone from drive 2 (customers old 160G) to drive 3 (his new 2TB drive). Yay. that finally seemed to almost work. Now boots up 75% of the time .. but the rest of the time get a Blue Screen of Death with File_System error. Power down, retry and then it boots up fine again, usually. Hmm. Google suggests video driver update needed or possibly bad memory chips. I suspect software conflicts (new Microsoft Security Essentials vs old Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition software). Once I manually removed Norton (see http://service1.symantec.com/support/ent-security.nsf/ppfdocs/2002031914291648 for the directions) and uninstalled the unneeded and unused Roxio and Nero CD Burning software, the BSOD problem was resolved. It's just that easy, folks.