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how can I make E my system AND boot drive for my xp pro system?

By mhguda ·
Drive C which is now my boot drive was where 98 lived, but when I installed xp I did a clean install to a new drive. I just kept C on and was still using some things on it. Those I am now moving to a new partition on the second drive. I want to be able to boot completely from E. I plan to keep C only for data storage, and may even remove the drive completely from the system. How can I make sure I can boot from E as if C were not even there?

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Go into the bios..

And change the drives. In the bios go to boot section and select which hdd to boot from, what ever the drive is at the moment just select the other drive (you will have to use the keys on your keyboard to do this as you will not be able to use your mouse) by either the up or down arrow keys or the " + " or " - " (plus or minus) keys to move the drive up to the top slot so as to make it the first to boot from.

Please post back if you have more problems or questions.

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will that put the necessary files on the drive?

by mhguda In reply to Go into the bios..

Or do I have to copy things like ntldr and boot.ini to the root of E first? Those are now only on C.

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I thought you did a fresh install on....

Your new drive and left your old drive as is?. If so just follow my first post.
If you have deleted the old drive and want to access it then all you have to do is open up your "my computer" icon and you will see your old drive (or new drive, depending on your setup). If you can not see the other drive then go into "control panel > admin tools > computer management > disk management" and you will see your drive as "unallocated" or something similar, then all you do is right click on it and select "format" when done right click on it again and select "change drive letter" select the next letter that is listed then apply, you will now see your drive in "my computer" icon and all you do is just drag and drop any files/programs you want to save. I hope this helps you.

Please post back if you have more problems or questions.

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the fresh install was some time ago,

by mhguda In reply to I thought you did a fresh ...

that installation now has a history as well. I have also noticed that in the disk management applet, the new (E) drive is called the boot drive and the old (C) is the system drive. Thereon are ntldr and boot.ini. Those two files (and whatever other files I need to boot) are NOT on the E drive. What I now want to do is make E both system and boot drive so that I can reformat C without losing my working configuration on E. I hope I am making myself clear.

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Handy dandy tidbit there...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Go into the bios..

thanks for that. I'd give you a thumb if I could! Wish I had thought of it when I rebuilt this one.

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to how can I make E my syste ...

Remove your old drive that had 98 on it.

Set your second Drive as Master and connect it in place of your old drive.

To repair Boot.ini you?ll need two things, the first is your Windows XP CD, the second thing is the instructions below.

First put the XP CD in your CD drive and reboot, during the reboot press whatever key lets you choose the boot device. On a Dell that?s the F12 key, on some other manufacturers you will have to change the boot order in the BIOS and on yet others you will have to do nothing as it will boot from the CD by default.

When you see ?Press any key to boot from CD? press a key. Now wait for the XP installer to finish loading up and you will be presented with the option to press R to Repair.

Press R.
The next screen will ask you which Windows? installation you would like to log on to. Normally the following will be listed:
1: C:\WINDOWS

Press 1, then Enter to continue.
You may now be asked for the Administrator password. If you know this type it and press Enter. If you don't know the Administrators password it may be blank. Just press Enter.
At the command prompt type:

fixmbr and press Enter

fixboot and press Enter

type in exit and the PC will resart.
Remove the CD.

All going well you will boot into the OS.

If it doesn't you will have to do a reinstall. "5. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP."

Reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
4. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
5. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
6. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP.

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thanks trueblue

by mhguda In reply to Try this

I still have to try this, will do it tonight, but at least it explained the function of those two mysterious commands fixmbr and fixboot. I will post back about how it goes.

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It should

by Jacky Howe In reply to thanks trueblue

do the trick for you. You can then set the original Drive as a Slave, wipe and recreate the Partition and you will have a spare drive. :)

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