Trying to convert Fat32 drive to NTFS drive - dual boot situation

By ellabellablue ·
Hello All,

Here is the situation:

I have two drives in my computer. My old drive is a Fat32 drive (C drive) that I had windows 98 on. I then upgraded my computer and added a new drive with windows XP on it (E drive). When I boot up it asks me to choose between starting up with Windows XP and a drive with an unspecified OS on it. I always choose to load with the E drive with Windows XP.

I have been getting alot of IE errors and IE wont download updates. So I thought to rectify this drive situation in case this is part of the issue.

I now moved all the info I want to keep from my C drive to my E drive. And I tried to format the old C drive from Fat32 to NTFS but it will not giving an error about it could not do it.

I then unplugged the old C drive hoping to just boot from the Windows XP drive but it wouldnt let me.

Can someone help me with the steps I need to make to just have the E drive now be my C drive and boot from that and the old C drive to become just an extra NTFS drive to hold info?

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Read This

by Kenone In reply to Trying to convert Fat32 d ...

Then print it out and read it again. Be careful, go one step at a time don't delete anything or format anything until you're sure that you can boot from the "new" drive.

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What am I supposed to be reading?

by ellabellablue In reply to Read This

I dont see anything attached or to print. Am I missing something?

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No, I am!

by Kenone In reply to What am I supposed to be ...
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Oh my

by ellabellablue In reply to No, I am!

That is quite the long involved post...I will definately read through it when I get home. Obviously its alittle more involved than I hoped it was....isnt it alway? lol

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Still having issue

by ellabellablue In reply to Read This

I think I did something wrong....

I copied the 3 boot files from the C drive to the E drive (windows XP drive) and I disabled the C drive by unplugging it and then I tried to boot from the Windows XP drive and it gave me this error:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk network configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check the boot path and disk hardware.

Soooo.....I'm pretty I missed something somewhere. What did I miss? Is it possible to boot from a drive called E? And how can I change it to C drive? Where do I go to do this?

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Have you changed the cable connection yet?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Still having issue

You'll have to connect the XP Drive at the same point on the IDE cable that the old [C drive] was connected to.

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by ellabellablue In reply to Read This

this is what my boot.ini file looks like

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C = "Unidentified operating system on drive C."

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Survey Says...

by TechMitch In reply to Trying to convert Fat32 d ...

Welcome to the world of 'MODERN' PCs....

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Trying to convert Fat32 d ...

Boot from your XP CD and at the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to repair the installation.
Type the number of the Windows installation that you want to repair, 1 and then press ENTER.
Type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.

At the recovery command prompt type in these commands pressing the Enter key after each one.


select disk 0

select partition 1


Now type

EXIT to exit the diskpart session



Restart the PC with the XP CD removed.

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One more step

by Jacky Howe In reply to Try this

When you get into the Recovery Console you will be at:


We need to change to the C> prompt

Type CD .. and press Enter

Type attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini and press Enter

Type del boot.ini and press Enter

Type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter

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