Solution 5: Inaccessible Boot Device in Windows XP ( WINXP )

 (To Salvage Data) Install unbootable drive as slave:

This does not solve the IBD error, but does allow data recovery from an unbootable drive: 

If the old PC is trashed and cannot run, then provided that the disk has not been encrypted, you can install it in the new system as a slave.  Install another hard disk as Master, then install Windows afresh on the new disk.  Once installed, you should be able to access the old disk and copy data to the new drive.

 

 

 

 

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