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C: drive needs d: installed to boot up

By wtcr ·
My previous computer has a 10 GB primary HDD (Drive C:) and a 2GB secondary HDD (Drive ).

I sold the computer but kept the 2GB HDD as a secondary drive in my new XP system that comes with a brand new 30GB HDD.

The new 30GB is installed on the primary IDE and set as master. The old 2GB is also on the primary IDE but set as slave.

The strange thing is that the new 30GB HDD is partitoned as C: and E:; and the old 2GB HDD is

When I disconnected the old 2GB HDD, the computer boots up with a non-system disk error.

I do not need the 2GB anymore. How can I removed it from the computer without the computer hanging on the error message?

Richard

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by TheChas In reply to C: drive needs d: install ...

From device manager in XP, remove the drive.

Shut down, and remove the drive.

Check the jumpers on the 30GB drive. Make sure it is set to single mode (many HDDs have different jumper settings for master w/slave and single drive)

If that does not take care of things.
Was the 2GB drive in the system when XP was installed?
If so, it may be the drive that has the boot information on it.
Run fdisk, and verify that the C: drive is the active partition.
If not, then you have a lot more work to do to fix the problem.

The C: drive needs to be the active drive, and have the boot files in order for it to be the boot drive.

Hope this helps,

Chas

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