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    Compact Flash CF Freezes at XP Boot Screen

    Can someone help with this?
    Along with attempts at USB stick install and then finally realising I'll never boot from USB on my MB I'M GOING CRAZY!

    Anyway back to the point.
    Compact Flash card is a 2GB Sandisk Ultra II Rip off from eBay.
    (BIOS recognises it as "Hyperstone Flash Disk")

    Using this CF to IDE adapter.


    What I've done:
    (Followed this guide)

    1) Created my nlited XP Pro SP2 disc using post #28 .ini settings from here.

    2) Connected DVD writer (S-M) and CF card (P-M) and Booted into DOS with this disc.

    3) Ran fdisk, created primary FAT32 partition and set it to boot.

    4) Formatted using format c: /s/x. Restarted and it boots DOS fine.

    5) Reformat using format c: /x.

    6) Connected CF to Card reader (windows shows it as "REMOVABLE DEVICE") and copy Bootprep.exe onto CF. Then plug back into IDE adapter and boot into DOS from CD. Ran bootprep /dc and accept twice. Done with no errors.

    7) Connect HD to another PC using an IDE to USB adapter and backup XP using Windows Backup.

    8) Plug in CF to card reader and restore XP install using Windows Backup.

    9) Plug back into CF-IDE adapter and XP boots past 1st Boot screen but then freezes on the 2nd (logon screen?)
    (Can't find a pic anywhere and some1's borrowing my cam so I made it up)


    I 1st tried using my current XP install which was fully setup with CF and minlogon+EWF but it did'nt work. So this time I used a clean install of XP.

    Does anyone know what I could have done wrong?

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    don't use windows backup, just copy the files over manually. also, fake SanDisk cards may not implement the IDE protocol properly and may cause it to fail when used with an IDE adapter.

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    If I just copy the files I get:

    Disk error. Press any key to restart.

    Boot Failure.
    Reboot and select proper boot device. etc.

    This is the list of files I coppied from the HD:
    (except Bootprep.exe which I copied to run it in DOS and bootrec.old which bootprep.exe created - should I delete these?)

    Documents and Settings
    Program Files
    WINDOWS
    AUTOEXEC.BAT
    boot.ini
    BOOTPREP.EXE
    BOOTREC.OLD
    CONFIG.SYS
    IO.SYS
    MSDOS.SYS
    NTDETECT.COM
    ntdr

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    Just noticed a difference between Windows backup and simple copy in windows:

    Win Backup includes:
    FOLDERS
    $RECYCLE.BIN
    MSOCache
    RECYCLER
    System Volume Information

    FILE
    ntldr_bak

    I was gonna try ghost but I don't think you can restore to a removeable drive?
    Why would manually copying the files not work?

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    Also forgot that I re-sized the HD partition with PartitionMagic 8 to about 1.8GB after installing XP. I was right to do this? I think my install is only 500mb without page file but I read that widows has trouble installing with less than 3GB space.

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    Try just placing NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, and BOOT.INI on the card after formatting FAT32 and running bootprep. That's all you need to see if XP can boot from the device. Set the Timeout to 30 so you can see the boot menu.

    Most likely the card won't work because it's not a good CF card. Sorry, but you get what you pay for.

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    I usually end up realising that after having spend a loada $ on crap!
    But at least I'm learning.

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    My boot.ini looks like this:


    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Do I need to change anything?

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    I tried what you suggested but I just get:

    Disk error. Press any key to restart.

    Boot Failure.
    Reboot and select proper boot device. etc...

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    Got a different message this time:

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
    Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

    Is this good news?

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