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I've bought a SSD for my laptop and made a fresh install of Windows 7. On my old HDD I've got a Windows XP system, which I would like to move to the SSD.

I've tried it this way:

  • put the HDD to an USB case
  • moved the Windows XP partition to a partition on my ssd usind DriveImage XML
  • used EasyBCD 2.0 to create a new entry in the boot menue

The problem: Windows XP is booting up, but before the login-screen comes up, it seems to freeze. No bluescreens, no errors - just nothing happens. I tried to start it in "protected mode", but the same results.

I'm not sure if DriveImage XML didn't worked well or if there's another reason.

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Check if the drive in in AHCI or COMPATIBLE mode. Windows XP doesn't have SATA drivers, so AHCI mode will freeze the OS, although it is usually a BSOD. Second, use Linux :-) to make a perfect copy of your disk. Third, if you bought a smaller SSD than your original HDD, you might be in trouble. Partition-to-partition copy was always wonky to me, so I prefer disk-to-disk copy. I suggest you remove a lot of stuff from your HDD, so it would entirely fit on your SSD, defragment it, and after that do a disk-to-disk copy. In Linux, use the dd command to copy the disk. You can use a Gparted Live CD –  karatedog Mar 16 '11 at 22:49
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@karatedog, your comment should be an answer. My first thought was dd... –  DCookie Mar 17 '11 at 19:06

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I have used Seagate DiscWizard to great success

seagate.com/support/downloads/discwizard

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Only works with Seagate and Maxtor drives however. @svnpenn Sorry, I forgot they absorbed Maxtor –  Canadian Luke Aug 15 '12 at 23:40

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Check if the drive in in AHCI or COMPATIBLE mode. Windows XP doesn't have SATA drivers, so AHCI mode will freeze the OS, although it is usually a BSOD. Second, use Linux :-) to make a perfect copy of your disk. Third, if you bought a smaller SSD than your original HDD, you might be in trouble. Partition-to-partition copy was always wonky to me, so I prefer disk-to-disk copy. I suggest you remove a lot of stuff from your HDD, so it would entirely fit on your SSD, defragment it, and after that do a disk-to-disk copy. In Linux, use the dd command to copy the disk. You can use a Gparted Live CD

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