I have a Mini 9, 16GB SSD
, XP , upgraded to 2GB RAM
My daughter has a mini 9, XP, 8GB SSD
, 1G RAM.
My internal SSD
So I figured it would be nice to swetup a USB boot as an alternative. Like many, I hoped I could boot from a discreet SD/HC but I realise that is not possible. The next best thing (IMHO) is a Sandisk Cruzer Fit (ie a USB stick whose "sticking out bit" is so tiny I can live with it.
So I ensured that that my Mini will boot from USB (I have a USB with a Chromium OS image on and I can definitely boot it from that)
Then I took my 32GB Sandisk USB Fit, and in my daughter's mini I ran Acronis disk imaging s/w and cloned her C drive onto the USB drive.
I can now pop this very discrete little device into my Mini and it boots Windows again.
Or at least that was the plan - the boot proceeds past the WindowsXP picture and then pups up a message which among other things, advises a Chkdsk / F
So my question to anyone in the know reading this is as follows:
1. Is my approach broadly sound or am I missing something fundamental ?
2. I'm aware that although I clearly have an XP license for my own mini 9 this cloning of an OS disk would probably be frowned upon my microsoft. IS ther eany way this could actually be the problem ? That the Windows image somehow can be seen by Windows to not match the PC ?
3. is the problem that all references in this Windows image are to C and that this drive doesn't wake up with a letter ? In which case is there anything in the config files on the drive I can fix from another PC ?
Any suggestions hugely appreciated.