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Change boot drive from to C: where partitions are on same drive

By steve ·
I have a new system which came with C primary partition and a D logical drive on the same disk. I lost my registry, couldn't boot and couldn't recover, so reinstalled XP and programs onto the D drive (to ensure I could recover all files etc on C).

Now everything is fine, can I delete the contents of C and transfer everything back from D? The reason is C is bigger and the original D was intended for back up (hadn't got round to it!). File system is NTFS.

I do not want to have to reinstal everything again.

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No you can not clear the C Partition

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Change boot drive from D: ...

As you have boot files written to the C Partition you are unable to totally remove everything from the C Partition. While you can remove quite a lot of the contents of the C Drive you are unable to totally remove everything on the C partition as you will be unable to boot the computer after the C Partition has been cleared.

You can however remove the bulk of the contents of the drive but will need to keep the boot files in the Windows Folder or the system will no longer work.

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Thought boot files were on D now

by steve In reply to No you can not clear the ...

Having installed to D, I assumed my boot files would now also be on D - or are they on a hidden sector. My idea was simply to use explorer to delete C directories and copy D ones across.

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While that is part way correct

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Thought boot files were o ...

When you install Windows to any drive/partition other than the c drive/partition there are some files written to the C partition that just have to be left there.

Think of these files as a Hyperlink or an Map pointing the Windows Installer to start to work. While this is a minor file in comparison to the entire Windows platform it is just as important as anything in the entire Windows Platform. While they are minor in comparison without them you will be unable to even start Windows without them.

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h partition

by computab In reply to While that is part way co ...

that is not totally true. I just installed windows on a system with 4 USB memory slots, all empty, the boot partition is H, the DVD is D, the 4 memory slots are c, e, f, g. There does not appear to be any control over which drive letter becomes the boot partition. My problem is how do I install windows to the c drive without opening the case to disconnect the memory slots?

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If you have

by Jesus_C In reply to Change boot drive from D: ...

recovered your data then you can.Download a trial version of partition magic to merge or reformat the partition or mke d bigger

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Hard drive question

by GuzzinEss89 In reply to Change boot drive from D: ...

I recently installed Windows XP pro over Windows XP home on my C: How do I get the computer to boot up on my (partitioned) I dirve (Same hard drive as C: drive) which also has windows XP on it?

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