PC boot up disk failure; boot.ini change

By skeshav ·
My PC has strange problem while booting on good old GVC motherboard. C drive has Win98 OS on FAT. Later I have installed XP Pro on 40GB which is on NTFS.

Suprisingly boot happens only from C drive where Win98 is residing may be since it has ntldr,ntdetect, boot.ini files on C drive. So unless C drive works my PC cant even boot.

I wanted to change so as to boot from D to XP, just incase older C goes dead. For this, I have copied all the above files to D-drive and also edited boot.ini file to reflect the change of boot sequence. Next,

1. Disabled C drive in BIOS and changed the boot sequence appropriately to boot from D drive... no good

2. Apart from this, I physically set the datacable to D-drive as IDE1 master but still no good

I get to see 'Boot disk failure... insert system disk...' all the time it tried to boot from D. Btw, all HDD are IDE UDMA
based. NO SATA

How can i get around this probem. Please help me

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Is the partition "ACTIVE"

by ugadata In reply to PC boot up disk failure; ...

Did you make the partition on D "active"?

Easiest way is to use Disk Manager to make a partition active

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I doubt if you will have any success ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to PC boot up disk failure; ...

C is ALWAYS the boot drive, whichever file system happens to exist on it.

The files you have copied across are insufficient for your intended purpose, There are files in the boot sector of the drive that you cannot see, therefore cannot copy.

Your only two possible courses of action would be to:

CLONE the entire C: drive, then boot from the clone which would simply leave you with a NEW C: drive containing the older Windows installation on a FAT format drive.


Purchase the new hard drive, do a fresh install of Windows XP to it, then copy over all your data from your present drive, then reformat the drive and use it for storage.

That way you would be ensuring that your boot drive was the newest hardware within your system.

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