I have a problem. I have an old customer, somewhat handicapped, has had several strokes etc. Her computer had 2 500G hard drives that were getting intolerably sluggish yet no errors showing up yet. Took about 20 minutes for XP to boot up. She has a consumer version of XP, owns a copy of windows 7 but refuses to use it as she doesn't feel comfortable with it at all. Changes upset her. Her machine is a quad core AMD gigabyte motherboard without UEFI and has 4 Gigabytes of DDR 2 ram in it. Each drive has 3 partitions, one primary two extended.
Bought her a new hard drive, a western digital 2T drive (not over the 2T limit at all). Cloned the 'C:' drive over, as well as manually copied all the other partitions (she had a total of 6, which she refuses to have any other way (her claim to want it all the same, she's about 70+yrs old).
It refuses to boot by itself. However, if I boot Hiren's boot cd and choose "boot from first hard disk" it boots just fine.
So I downloaded the Acronis truimage free copy from Western Digital's website and cloned the C drive again. Still will not boot. All diagnostics I have run find absolutely nothing wrong with the old or the new drives. The first old drive takes forever to clone (they are also WD drives) and I've done this about 5 times now.
Recently I had removed a fairly nasty trojan package from the machine that was attached to Ad Aware and had used system privileges to block most popular anti virus programs from running. I scanned with the F-secure boot CD and it didn't find it at first but after a few checks of the OS and registry editing (removing security blocks that malwarebytes couldn't seem to clear though it appeared to run fine) and fsecure discovered the trojans (perhaps it's virus database had caught up with the trojans on the drive).
Anyways, it still will not boot and nothing sees anything wrong. Replacing the MBR doesn't help and comparing all the boot settings with an instance of XP running on my machine shows no differences. I'm wondering what I'm not seeing here. The new hard drive is formatted with one primary and 5 logical drives (in an extended partition).
This motherboard has 4 USB on the back, and 4 headers for 8 more ports not that that makes much difference but she's using an extra 5 port USB card since most of the ports are usb 1.1.