I had an older PC that died, but I still wanted to be able to access the data and programs. It seemed reasonable that I could simply convert the physical IDE drive from the dead machine into a virtual disk (VDI), plug it into VirtualBox on another computer and be able to boot from it. Converting the disk was no problem, but after starting the VM in VirtualBox I see the initial VirtualBox splash screen and then a blank screen. No errors appear and there is no disk activity.
I was able to use the Windows XP CD to load the recovery console. A visual inspection of the files on the drive confirmed the data is intact as well as the Windows directory. I ran
chkdsk /r to verify the integrity of the disk and it reported no errors.
What I have already tried:
- Rebuilt the boot.ini using
bootcfg /rebuild. No change.
fixboot. No change.
- Ran a "Repair" install of Windows XP. No change.
fixmbr. This caused an error "Invalid partition table" to appear immediately after the VirtualBox splash screen.
Any idea what I need to do to get this to boot properly?