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Transfer Windows 8.1 to different controller, same PC

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Transfer Windows 8.1 to different controller, same PC


    Sorry if this has been asked before, but I didn't find something similar. My Windows 8.1 installation started developing some problems including malware. So I decided to reinstall Windows, but in order to make it without a hurry, I used a separate disk. This way I could use the old installation for everyday work until the new installation was ready for the switchover. But, I didn't have a spare SATA hard disk to start with, so I decided to use an old IDE hard disk. My motherboard Asus P8H61 doesn't have an onboard IDE controller, so I used a Logilink IDE/SATA PCI-E card (JMicron JMB36X chipset) to connect the disk. I then managed to transfer some data to other places and freed a spare 500GB SATA disk so I could clone the installation since the old IDE disk was only 120GB. I used Acronis True Image 2014 and did an "As is" clone to make sure that the transfer would be successful and bootable. I would later extend the partition to take all the available space. So far so good. The problem is that the disk works only connected on the Logilink card (JMicron JMB36X controller) and not when connected onboard (Intel controller). I attempted to repair Windows startup using the DVD-ROM but didn't manage to start Windows successfully, unless I connect the disk on the card. I wouldn't mind too much about it, but the card sometimes blocks when there are too many programs open increasing disk access freezing the system and I have to reset the computer. Not really convenient.

    So what can I do to make the installation usable on the onboard Intel controller? Is there any workaround? Of course I would like to avoid reinstalling everything and waste a week's effort! Any other ideas?

    Thank you in advance!

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    I would just do a Image an restore to different hardware and put it back on SATA Disk
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  3. #3

    You might be better of using a IDE to USB adapter for that. Those add in cards need drivers so during the process of switching it might not be available.
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Transfer Windows 8.1 to different controller, same PC
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