Copying Windows system using Linux
steve at nybbles.co.uk
Sun Nov 26 04:45:58 PST 2000
On Saturday 25 November 2000 6:58 pm, you wrote:
> the problem is that the ext2 options for files are different
> than the fat32/16 options for files. I don't believe there
> is a way to declare files as "system" in linux, which may be
> a problem with your copying...
That was the problem. I changed the files which need the "system"
attribute, but that still didn't let me boot. But it did let me do
"sys c:", and after that it booted!
Thanks to everyone for their help.
To summarise, in case it helps anyone else, these are the steps I
needed to take:
1. Format the new windows partition, either under Windows or Linux.
2. Mount the old and new windows partitions, say under /old and /new.
3. cp -ax /old /new
4. Remove the old drive, and put the new one in its place so it becomes
5. Boot using a Windows boot floppy
6. Add the "SHR" attributes to MSDOS.SYS and IO.SYS
7. Do a "SYS C:".
8. You should now be able to boot Windows from C:
This is what worked for me. YM, as they say, MV :)
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