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Windows 7: Win 7 copy corrupts Win XP filesystem


16 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 
Win 7 copy corrupts Win XP filesystem

I have a new laptop, Win 7 Enterprise 64 bit. I have an old laptop Win XP SP3. I wanted to make a complete copy of my old hard drive to my new hard drive, so mounted the old laptop drive in an external USB enclosure and plugged it into the new laptop.

Using Win 7's explorer, I select all the files in the old drive, and copy them to a location in the new drive. Part way through I get the infamous "You need permission from the administrators to **make changes to this file**". The error itself is a whole separate thread, so we'll ignore that. The "making changes to this file"... I put it down initially to a poorly worded dialog box. I made several attempts over the weekend to make Win 7 do the copy, but all failed, including one attempt with the hidden admin account.

This morning I put my XP drive back into my old laptop and part of the XP install was corrupt. Win 7, performing a **read-only** operation, did in fact "make changes to this file". What exactly I'm not sure, but it broke XP. I had to use an OEM XP CD to do a repair.

The symptom was that every menu in XP displayed incorrectly. Start Menu, menu bars, Outlook, all broken.

I've done quite a lot of searching and can't find any discussion on this particular issue. I suspect Win 7's indexing helpfully updating the old hard drive, but am not sure how to prove this.
Update: I did not attempt the "take ownership" fix for the permissions, as I must not alter the old drive in any way.

So the question: how can I make a complete copy of my old XP drive onto my new Win 7 drive, without Win 7 corrupting the XP install?

...Stu


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16 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

If you're wanting to dual boot XP and 7 it's best to install XP first. I'm sure you can't just copy the data in the manner you describe.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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16 May 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you trying to copy your data into Windows 7, copy the XP installation onto your new Windows 7 HD to create a Dual Boot, or are you trying to overwrite Windows 7 with XP?

It needs to be clearer to give you the exact steps.

If you are trying to copy your data over this can be done over the network, via DVD or USB flash or external HD.

To Dual Boot you can shrink Windows 7 in Disk Mgmt to make a space to reimage your XP onto using Macrium Reflect, Paragon 11 freeware or the free versions of Acronis premium imaging app which come with a WD or Seagate HD. Macrium - Image your system. Then add XP to a Dual Boot menu using EasyBCD 2.02 from Windows 7.
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17 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.
Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
If you're wanting to dual boot XP and 7
I am not.
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17 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Are you trying to copy your data into Windows 7, copy the XP installation onto your new Windows 7 HD to create a Dual Boot, or are you trying to overwrite Windows 7 with XP?
Your first item, copy my old data into my new machine, as I said in my original post. That includes user data, windows installation, everything.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It needs to be clearer to give you the exact steps.
I gave exact steps, unless you are looking for click by click steps? I didn't think that level of detail was necessary. Please give me an idea of what you think is missing.
Update: I still do not know what you think is missing. I have two explorer windows. I select all the files in the old drive in the first window, and copy them to the new location on the new drive in the second window.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you are trying to copy your data over this can be done over the network, via DVD or USB flash or external HD.
I am using an external USB enclosure with my old laptop drive, as I said in my original post.

I am considering this:
- mount old hard drive on third machine, running XP
- make an exact copy to a network drive
- move exact copy from network to new laptop

That will insulate my original drive from whatever Win 7 is *writing* to the exact copy when doing a *read-only* copy.

What I'd really like to know is what is Win 7 writing to the old filesystem, why, and how do I shut it off?
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17 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Thanks all for your help.
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17 May 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You'll not get much help here exhibiting irritation and impatience with those trying hard to help you.

We are impertinent for not realizing that you are simply trying to copy your data in. Then in the next sentence you say this is to include your "windows installation" as though this is something which can be copied in like data.

A few paragraphs later you refer to creating an "image" to copy your data in, then "moving the image to the new laptop" which can only mean dual booting or overwriting what's on the laptop. This is why I asked you to be clearer.

An image is created to store and reimage the OS and any other selected partitions onto a Hard Drive overwriting whatever is on the target partition or HD, not to transfer data in.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

Copy data in by moving it piecemeal over the network, via external HD, USB flash or CD/DVD, or using a file transfer Wizard like Windows Easy Transfer from Windows 7.
Windows Easy Transfer - XP or Vista to Windows 7

Mounting your XP HD as an external USB will often throw up permissioning problems although they can be overcome by taking ownership of the files from User down: Take Ownership Shortcut. Other unexpected consequences can arise, as you found.

If you want any further help you'll need to be a lot nicer. We are volunteers here.
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17 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You'll not get much help here exhibiting irritation and impatience with those trying hard to help you.
I wondered if someone might read that into my post. I am not irritated or impatient but neither can I help what others infer from my words. In the cases where I pointed out that I'd already provided the information in my original post, I did so to answer queries.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
We are impertinent for not realizing that you are simply trying to copy your data in.
No one's impertinent. I wasn't clear enough.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then in the next sentence you say this is to include your "windows installation" as though this is something which can be copied in like data.
XP's C:\WINDOWS can be copied in, all files are merely data. That's exactly what I want; I am not overwriting or dual-booting or installing. Just making a copy of the old drive.

To attempt a crystal clear explanantion:

Old XP drive, 2 partitions:
C:\<all C: stuff>
D:\<all D: stuff>

copies to

new 7 drive, 1 partition:
C:\Old drive\C\<all C: stuff>
C:\Old drive\D\<all D: stuff>

without altering the old drive in any manner. Every OS I've ever used can accomplish this, except Win 7.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
A few paragraphs later you refer to creating an "image" to copy your data in, then "moving the image to the new laptop" which can only mean dual booting or overwriting what's on the laptop. This is why I asked you to be clearer.
In my lexicon an image is simply an exact copy. Yes, images can be used to take a hard drive from blank to working, that's not my intent.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
An image is created to store and reimage the OS and any other selected partitions onto a Hard Drive overwriting whatever is on the target partition or HD, not to transfer data in.
Okay, so we have different understandings of the word image. I will adapt to you. Please read "exact copy" wherever I have said image. If I can I will go back and edit my posts. My apologies for the misunderstanding.
Update: Previous posts edited for clarity.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Copy data in by moving it piecemeal
Piecemeal is going to take too long, and probably miss some configuration data.
Update: Background of what I'm trying to do: I need to reinstall a large number of apps, some quite old, on the new laptop, which is Win 7 64 bit Enterprise. This is going to take a while. In the meantime, I need my old laptop to remain functional. My plan:
- make an exact copy of the old hard drive somewhere on the new hard drive
- continue using old laptop
- in the meantime, work on setting up apps on the new laptop
- when the new laptop is ready to become my primary machine, repeat the exact copy
- use new laptop as primary
- wipe and reinstall the old laptop and repurpose it

Piecemeal copying of data is likely to miss something vital, given the apps I have installed. Anything missed will be lost in the wipe.

My problem is that when Win 7 makes the exact copy of the old hard drive, it writes something to it which breaks the XP installation on it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Mounting your XP HD as an external USB will often throw up permissioning problems although they can be overcome by taking ownership of the files from User down: Take Ownership Shortcut. Other unexpected consequences can arise, as you found.
Taking ownership of the old files *writes* to the old filesystem. I need a copy, which is a *read-only* operation.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you want any further help you'll need to be a lot nicer. We are volunteers here.
I'm sorry you read my posts as unnice. I hope I've improved.
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17 May 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Interesting - I haven't needed to do that myself.

Did you make the folders on your win 7 partition - then use xcopy to do the job?

I assume you are wanting to copy just the folders - and not all the used sectors.
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17 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Did you make the folders on your win 7 partition - then use xcopy to do the job?
I made the folders, then used explorer's gui to effect the copy. I haven't tried xcopy or robocopy on the assumption that whatever is altering the old filesystem is in the windows kernel that is shared by explorer, xcopy and robocopy. That might not be true, but if it is, it means another XP repair for me so I am not testing that option unless I have to.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I assume you are wanting to copy just the folders - and not all the used sectors.
I want to copy the folders and files, all data in use. I don't need a dd-level copy where I get the unused tail portion of sectors, or unused sectors.
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