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PCstats Q & A - Not so friendly Ghost - PCstats Q & A - Not so friendly Ghost
Wed, April 27 2005 | 5:18PM | PermaLink Feedback?

Our third Q & A of the week comes from Gary via the reader feedback page . Remember to try our friendly forums for help too.

Q: I tried using norton ghost to transfer XP from drive C to drive F which is my new hard drive, but I immediately got a black screen saying "no operating system." I guess I've done something wrong, can you help me?

A: It sounds like you've made a mistake either with the ghosting itself or more likely with the position of the drives after the ghosting. I'm assuming that you removed or formatted your original Windows XP system drive after using ghost, otherwise your PC should have booted up normally. The most worrying possibility is that you accidentally ghosted your new F: drive over your old C: drive. In this case, see our data recovery guide for help.

If you are sure you did not make a mistake in the ghosting process, but you did remove or format your old C: drive, you should either place your new drive in the same position occupied by the old drive (i.e primary (master) drive on the first drive controller) or change the boot order in the BIOS so that your machine attempts to boot from your new drive first. Most motherboards will not automatically check other installed hard drives for operating systems if the first drive refuses to boot (though they will check other devices like floppy drives and optical drives; go figure). For more help, see our hard drive installation guide.

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