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How can I delete C: drive and make D: drive main boot drive?

Question: How can I delete C: drive and make D: drive main boot drive?

I've partitioned my hard drive due to not being able to load windows 10 over windows vista, so c: has vista and d: has windows 10. It wont let me merge the two together or delete C: saying the computer will be unbootable. Is there a way of making D: the main boot drive and deleting/merging C:?

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Preferred Solution: How can I delete C: drive and make D: drive main boot drive?

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I was just copying files right from my c drive (which contains 2 defunct windows folders that the pc doesnt use.. I had no clue what i was attempting to do years ago with this install.) onto my e drive which is the primary drive. i am going to reformat the c drive to install windows 7.

Now what happened is that i went to disconnect the one drive to make 100% certain the windows folders on c are not in use (im sure theyre not since they havent been modified in years) but ran into an error on bootup where the system couldnt find the file ntldr. I had to burn this fix from my laptop onto a dvd and then run that and it fixed it. What happened was that in the root c drive folder was the ntldr file (and a few others apparently) that i moved into a folder on my e drive in my attempts to preserve everything from the c drive for after i format it.. I moved all those little files back to the root c drive. I checked in the root e folder and those files arent there. I was expecting there to be copies of them at least.

I then copied those files from the c: root dir to the E: root dir. I then unplugged c and booted and i get the "error loading os" or "os not found" i forget the exact error message... This may have something to do with e: being a SATA drive and c: being an IDE drive however.

Anyway, for whatever reason, the pc will not recognize the e drive on the SATA as bootable. I read that if I boot from the xp cd and choose repair on the e drive, it may fix... Read more

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Hi guys,

So I'm no longer able to boot into my main drive, but all my files and folders on that drive still look intact. I honestly don't know what went wrong or if there is any way to fix this other than reinstalling Windows. Tried startup repair on my Windows 10 installation USB, that failed. I'll explain every step I took.

I should first mention I just built this PC and I bought an M.2 SSD to use as my main drive, but I also installed my SATA SSD from my old PC. After installing Windows 10 on my M.2 drive I was able to select which drive I wanted to boot into every time I started my PC. I didn't format that SATA SSD until just before when I went to install another copy of Windows on it. Here's what happened.

I booted into my installation USB. My main drive (the M.2 SSD) was called drive 2 and my other drive (the SATA SSD) was called drive 0. I formatted then deleted the main partition of drive 0, then deleted all the smaller partitions of reserved space so the drive only had one volume of unallocated space. Then I selected that unallocated space and selected new, which recreated all the smaller partitions. I then selected the main partition of drive 0 and pressed next, which installed it on that drive. It installed successfully, but I first noticed something was odd when I didn't see the boot manager after I restarted my computer, it just automatically boots to the new copy of Windows. I noticed in my BIOS the boot order has the boot manager for my SATA SSD as the fi... Read more

Answer:Can't boot into main drive after installing Windows on another drive

When you installed Windows onto the M.2 SSD, you still had the SATA SSD installed. Windows setup found the EFI System Partition on the SATA SSD and put the boot files there instead of the M.2 SSD. That is why we recommend that you have only the drive connected that you want to install Windows on until the computer is successfully booting from it, then connect your other drives.

Now, if you don't want to do a reinstall that way, you will have to make room on the M.2 SSD for an EFI System Partition formatted as FAT32 (250 - 500 MB in size) and manually create the boot files on it.

Starting with a screenshot of disk management will help:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

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Hello gurus, I replaced the HD with Samsung 500GB SSD, and have been loving it.  However, ever since I did that, I do not see the 2nd pre-installed 15GB SANDISK SSD Drive anymore in the explorer.    Anyone know what I can do to make the second drive be recognizable by the computer?   This is potentially a related problem but I also have trouble installing Windows 10, because it says it can't find a partition.  Can I use the second SSD drive as the partition for the install?   

Answer:T450S: After upgrading main drive to SSD drive, do not see the second pre-installed SSD drive

This smaller SSD is designed to use software and be a cache drive. It wouldn't show in File Explorer. You can check Device Manager.

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How did you get it to work?

I have a single Fujitsu MBA3300 15K RPM SAS hard drive that I'd like to use as the main boot drive for Vista64. I have been able to load the Marvell SAS drivers, and windows sees (formatted) the drive when I boot Vista from my old sata drive that is currently the boot drive. If I unplug the sata drive and boot off the CD, Vista can’t see the drive till I manually load the Marvell SAS drivers from a USB flash drive. Once they are loaded the SAS drive shows up as an available drive to install to but when I highlight it and click next I get an error telling me that it could not create a system partition. I try formatting from the same window but it makes no difference. Is there any BIOS setting that needs to be changed so that this disk will be recognized as a viable disk and windows will install to it? During POST I see the SAS controller initialize and it shows the drive attached. If i boot from the Sata drive and then try to run the installer the disk shows up but tells me that I need to install the SAS driver. I do that but it tells me the same thing when I select the drive again as if I had not installed the driver.


FWIW this is an Asus P6T deluxe Motherboard with and 2.66 GHz Intel i7 6gig ram.

Answer:Anyone using an SAS drive as their main Boot Drive?

found this on another forum hope it helps you

Posted:2/12/2009 12:49:00 PM # 10 Greetings Everyone?

I felt compelled to join the forum (as I have a couple now) to share what worked for me with my install of Vista 64 Ultimate on an ASUS P6T with SAS & SATA drives ? I was struggling as a few others, but with the help of all you generous posters, I finally got my setup complete.

Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe (Marvell Controllers)
Ram: 12GB Corsair
Drives: Seagate SAS 15k 300GB Cheetah (x2) and 1 Seagate SATA 7200 1TB
CPU: Intel i7

Ok, as a few others? I was having a devil of a time setting up my system to boot from 1 SAS drive (where I Installed Vista and my Adobe Suite) , use the 2nd SAS drive for data, and my working ?project? files ? and finally, my SATA drive for short term backup and older ?finished? files. (Footnote, I use a Drobo for my data mirror ? imo, superior to any raid setup)

In the Marvell SAS controller / disk setup (Ctrl-M on system start) make sure no raid is setup, drives should simply read as ?FREE?

Now in the BIOS ? set SATA to IDE (I left it enhanced).

Listed my hard disk drives as SAS... Read more

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So I installed windows xp home SP2 on this computer, and for some reason my local drive is labeled as E:\. I dont mind it, only when I go to install Automated installationalized (made that word up) programs, their looking for a c:\ so they dont install!!1

How do I make my computer read the E:\ (main master, and only hard drive) as C:\ ??

Answer:Main drive read as E:\ How do I make it C:\

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Hello, I just purchased my Lenovo IdeaCenter H530 Desktop and straight away installed a GT640 video card.   Everything seems good and I'm waiting to install a SSD.   I would like to run windows 8.1 from the SSD as the primary drive, and use the 1TB HD as a storage drive for files etc.How should I install the SSD, which BIOS settings should I change, and how can I get windows transferred from the 1TB HD to the SSD, and make sure that windows boots from the SSD?   Is there an online tutorial for this?  Or could someone talk me through this?  Thanks! 

Answer:want to install SSD and make it the main drive

hi jenny0101,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
   The only concern here is transferring the Windows OS to the SSD drive and everything else remains as it is now.
You can Try Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home
I can say
   Clone the Drive to your SSD Replace the HDD with your SSD using the same connection and it should work.
You can check this post by neokenchi
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I have an SSD that I want to install my operating system on, and make it the boot drive. The reason being that some software will default to install on the C drive automatically, without prompting for another option, so I want to use just a regular hard drive for data and some programs, and I want this to be the C drive. Boot from the D drive, which will be the SSD.

Does this make sense? How do I go about this? Thanks!

Answer:I want to make my D drive the boot/operating system drive

If you install windows 7 to the ssd in the normal way, using booted media e.g. the dvd , it will assign itself letter C.

It is possible to assign a different letter during boot media install - but it's complicated.
If you already have windows 7 installed on the HD ( I assume it has already itself C ) - running setup from there and pointing it at the SSD will cause the installer to use the next available letter.

That will be much easier for you.

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i have two partitions on my raid array - got 2 300gb segate hds on my nf4 raid

a boot and storage partition - i just relaoded windows and remade my boot partition before formatting.

now my boot drive is d: and my storage drive is c:

how can i fix this so that boot = c , and storage = d?

Answer:windows reinstall made my main drive d: - how do i make it c?

the only way i know to do it is with partition magic. m$ disk management will not let you rename a drive that has windows installed on it.

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I have 2 hard drives. My slave drive has been the boot drive. My master drive now has a bad block. I tried to replace it but, when I did my computer wouldn't boot. The replacement has an OS on it but, all I got was a black screen w/ a blinking underscore. Windows never came up. I want my slave drive to stay the boot. How or what can I do to fix it so my slave boots to my OS after replacing my bad drive?

Answer:How do I make my slave drive be the boot drive

there are two thing you can. do the first is make sure the juumpers on the hard drives are in the right place. make sure the new drive is marked as master an the old one is marked as slave.
The second is when you computer first starts press f12, (I think it's f12 key), go into your startup change the boot order so the computer looks for that drive first. These would be the first things I'd try if they don't work hold on someone else will correct me and post another suggestion.

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I recently upgraded my computer with a new MB, cpu, video card and a 200GB Maxtor Diamondmax SATA150 drive. I ghosted my existing HD with my OS on it to the new drive. The drive seems to work fine, everything copied over as it should, it's detected by BIOS and windows XP correctly and you can access it through windows. A small odd issue it has is when plugged into the #1 SATA slot of the MB(there are 4), everything except BIOS lists it as being plugged into the 3rd slot. Interestiingly, BIOS lists the 4 SATA slots in this order(3, 4, 1, 2). I don't think this makes any differance though since a SATA drive is automatically a master. However, it will not let me boot from the drive. I have 3 hard drives in my computer right now, 2 ATA and 1 SATA. The drive was a OEM drive so I downloaded the Maxblast software from the maxtor website. You can get the windows version of the program and a .ISO file to create a bootable CD. When I try booting from the CD it doesn't give me the options to setup the SATA drive, or any drive really. The windows version of the program works but I was thinking since it was trying to copy everything while windows was running, it may not have been able to copy anything and that's why I'm getting the error I'm getting which is "Error loading OS" after BIOS screen. I've done some reading and tried a few things like unplugging my ATA drives, running fixmbr and fixboot from the XP recovery console. I downloaded True... Read more

Answer:Want to make new SATA drive the boot drive

When using Maxblast to copy Drive Image you have to select Advance Options in HDD setup & select option to copy a bootable drive
I forget the exact steps but here's two Options for coping a HDD Image one is Bootable one is Not

Other thought might be BIOS setting
Ya might try different SATA port on the MOBO

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Earlier today, I thought that I wanted to run a the Repair Install (as per that tutorial) to a non-booting Windows 7 (64 bit) installation on a physical drive (my SSD) which is different than the drive to which I can currently boot. That is, I can currently boot to an older installation of Windows 7 on one partition, but the Windows 7 installation (my main one) is on my SSD drive and it will not boot. The boot process ends at the blinking cursor after the BIOS messages. I was hoping that the Repair Install would give the option of repairing the Windows 7 installation on the SSD, but it seems that it will only repair Windows 7 on the partition from which I have booted.

A little background in case it's useful: I installed Windows 7 (upgrade from Vista in 2011) on the PC's original HD and then ghosted to a new SSD and made that my boot drive. I kept the old drive (with a functioning Win7 installation) in the system as a backup. All was well for the past couple years until a recent graphics card swap. (I will note that I had successfully swapped these same cards several times without boot issues in the last few days. They are both Radeon cards, so I didn't have to re-install drivers or anything.) But, now Windows on my SSD (my main drive) will not boot - I just see the blinking cursor after the BIOS screens. (I don't know if the boot issue was even related to the graphics card issue, it just happened after one of the swaps.) There are no error messages. So, I used the... Read more

Answer:Working backup Win7 boot drive, need to fix main Win7 boot drive

Did you run the SSD's drive diagnostics or Partition Wizard Partition surface test to see if it will scan it?

Try running SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot from the Repair CD to see if it can repair System files enough to start it, or to enable Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to start it after confirming System Reserved or C partition is Partition Marked Active. If one fails, try moving it to the other. Unplug the other drives first.

If you want to continue trying to repair it, everything else that can be done is compiled in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start. Infection can't be ruled out until it is scanned from boot disk provided, and sometimes WIn7 will not repair if it is infected.

At some point you might want to do a booted reinstall with all other HD's unplugged, deleting all partitions first. But I'd want to know the drive is sound first via diagnostics and using tech support if under warranty to pave the way for RMA.

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I am running XP SP2 and
My two IDE drives, "C" and "E" are getting loaded and slow. I have just added a new SATA 500GB drive (drive "G") which seems faster.
Is it possible to move everything on my current bootable drive "C" to the new drive "G" and rename that drive so that it becomes the "C" drive and the one from which the PC boots. If so, are the files copied across or do I end up with all the same files on 2 disks so that the old "C" drive can be reformatted and cleaned?

Answer:Make a new drive the boot drive.

Welcome to Major Geeks.
You could use xxClone or any other disk cloning programs.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


Answer:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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i am trying to install a western digital 74gig Serial ATA, our 10,000 RPM on a Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard. when i try to install windows with the Sata driver the setup say that it could not find a hard drive. I looked in the main biso and it dose not show the drive as a primary drive. but the motherboard sata biso dose show the drive as being there. Another reason i know that the drive works is because i used the disk that came with drive to fromat the dirve and partition it.


Answer:Problems installing raptor sata drive as main drive

you need to install a 3rd party SATA driver during windows setup.

look on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest SATA driver for WindowsXP, and put it on a floppy disk.

once you have the disk ready, boot to the Windows disk, and when prompted (in the first 5 seconds or so) tap F6 a few times. wait a few minutes for windows to load standard drivers, and then you will be prompted to insert your floppy containing the Drivers.

if you cant find the drivers, let us know the model of your motherboard and we'll track them down.

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I have an Dell desktop with a 1tb HDD running Win 10, am looking to install an SDD then migrate over to this drive leaving the 1tb HDD just for my files.
My 1st question is; I have 4 sata slots on the motherboard 1 = 1tb HDD, 2 = free, 3 = DVD, 4 = free. Have read somewhere always use the lowest number slot for an SSD & if that is so do I put the SDD sata cable into slot 1 & HDD into slot 2
when I first install the SDD drive or change them later after I have cloned the HDD ?
As I am going to use my 1tb HDD just for my file storage will I be albe to do a full fomat on the HDD ie clean all partitions.
Many thanks

Answer:Format main hard drive. Want to install SDD then migrate to this drive

Hi. . .
I would suggest that you install Windows onto the SSD without the HDD being connected.
After Windows 10 is installed on the SSD, then reconnect the HDD and use Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to format the HDD in NTFS format.
Doing the installation this way assures that no boot related files are written to the HDD during Windows install onto the SSD.
Regards. . .

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Hi, When I go to Computer Management my main (OS) drive shows as "Disk 1" and my 2nd internal data drive shows as "Disk 0". Should I switch the SATA cables so that the main drive will show as "Disk 0 and the 2nd internal drive as "Disk 1"? Or should I ignore this? Thanks.

Answer:Main drive and data drive SATA connectors?

Hello Antares,

As long as you are not having any issues booting to Windows, I wouldn't worry about it. It doesn't matter what the Disk number is.

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On our Windows XP computer we only have a 14 GB hardrive, and its our main drive, the C drive. And we removed as many things off of it as we possibly could, and there is only 1.08 GB (7%) space available. And the defragmenter needs at least 15% free space to defrag. We can't remove anything else, so what do we do?

Answer:Main Drive (C Drive) 14 GB cant remove enough files to defrag

You could try forcing a defrag by running defrag from the Command Line with the -f parameter.  Your backup should be up-to-date.  At the Command Line enter defrag/? to view the available parameters.Longer term a somewhat bigger capacity hard drive is definitely required.Good luck.

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i just installed a samsung 256 gb msata in my wifes e530 edge with windows 7 on it as main os .. can i run a 320gb drive in main HD BAY for storage and how do i config that can some one please help it is a second gen e530 is it possable..i do work on computers but not to familiar with this
Moderator note: pulled ~OT post out of 3-year old T530 thread and moved to its own thread.  Edited subject to match content.  Was:  Re: .e530, mSata not safe for use as OS drive?

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

Answer:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.


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Windows backup is set up to not allow backups onto the C drive (or whatever drive windows is installed on), which generally makes sense. But I have a C drive with a lot of empty space, and an external hard drive that I need to back up. So... is there any way to get around the default behavior so I can back up FROM the external drive TO the C drive?

Answer:How to backup FROM external drive TO main drive

I guess you have a couple of options:

1. Make a folder on the C partition and copy to folder from the external drive to that folder.

2. Shrink the C partition with Disk Management to gain unallocated space. Then define a new simple partition in that space. Use this partition as target for the Windows backup.

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HiI have just installed a new hard drive for backing up my C: drive, is there any way i can get both drives synchronised easily. and also as cheap as possible, student on low income, Ok Many thanksJohn

Answer:Synchronising main drive to back up drive

If i'm not mistaken one of the RAID arrays can do this.Software solution [in a way] would be imaging software such as drive image click hereYou could also just manually copy stuff over.

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I have had to format my hard drive for one reson or another, but it seams to be taking a long time (coming up to 24hrs & not even 20% done)I am formating in dos mode using Format C:The harddrive is split in two C: drive is 30Gig and D: drive is 10 GigAll it says is trying to recover allocation (followed by a group of numbers, that is always going up)Is this normall is has some thing gone baddly wrong?

Answer:Formatting My C Drive (main Hard Drive)

Certainly does not seem normal to me. Especially as you will only be formatting C: not D: as well.

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Windows will not boot from an external HDD...this is by design.

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I have a hard drive that comes with my PC and that has a corrupted Windows, but the boot.ini still works fine. So I got a new hard drive and installed a new fresh copy of Windows XP on it. So now I want to format the old hard drive and use the new hard drive as the boot drive. However, if I removed the old hard drive, the new hard drive doesn't boot at all. I've tried using the FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and BOOTCFG /REBUILD commands, but I think I did it wrong.


Answer:Solved: Changing the Main Boot Drive

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I have a Dell Inspiron that is running Win7 Home premium 64 bit and I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"

When I hit F1 it does nothing. I am not worried about losing data on this computer because I have everything backed up. I would just like to fix it so I can use it again. When I first received this message I was able to strike F1 and it would boot just fine but then I tried to fix it on my own. I think I killed the boot sector altogether. I must warn you that I am new to the MBR set up so you will have to walk me through it one step at a time.

Answer:No Boot sector main hard drive

Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

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Good evening.
First of all, I am Cheaterguy, a newcomer here at TechSpot. I'm decently skilled with computers but I have recently received a quite serious error which I cannot solve without placing my entire system at risk. Hence, I created this account and I'm hoping for help. I will be very thankful for any clues or hints.
Now with that over...

Earlier today I was doing a non-destructive partitioning with Partion Magic because I wanted to dual-boot Linux to try it out. PM reboots my computer and resizes my C drive (the first of four steps). However, after this, it gives me an error message (which I unfortunately cannot recall) and tells me I have to reboot. Now, It reboots as usual up to the point where the Windows (Windows XP Professional SP2) boot screen comes up. It runs for a few seconds, then freezes, a BSoD flickers on and off for a split second and my computer reboots. So I'm trapped in a reboot loop, so to speak.

After a bit of internet browsing (on other computers, as well as the bootable Linux CD) I found some info to possibly find the source of the issue. After following one lead I was able to read the BSoD and it identified the error as:
*** STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x86df32b8, 0xc0000102, 0x00000000)
Further browsing revealed this as a NTSF file system error.

Also, while using the trial version of the Linux OS, bootable from the CD, it told me that my hard drive was completely inaccessible. "Could not be mounted" to be... Read more

Answer:Windows will not boot and main drive inacessible

Fix your MBR
1. Restart your computer with the Windows XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive.
2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive. (may have to enter bios and change boot order)
3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.
Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR. If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command instead.

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I have XP installed on my D drive (C drive when booting xp), Which was what I use to use.
I have vista installed as well.

What I want to do is format the XP drive to use as a data drive and boot up using the vista drive.

If i take the xp drive out, I get 'error loading os'

I tried something called vistabootpro and set it up correctly, Went into bios, Set the boot drive, Booted up and got Error loading OS.

What can I do to set my vista drive up to boot up, So I can use the XP drive as a data drive?

Answer:Vista as main boot drive with XP installed as primary OS

Uhmmm... so you want to get rid of XP completely or... ? Because it sounds to me like you:

a) want to keep XP and just use the space left on the partition for data storage for Vista when it's running, or...

b) you want to have Vista on the machine alone with the second partition used for data...

So which is it?

b) is easy; put in the Vista DVD, wipe the partitions, create a new partition for Vista and a second partition for data, install Vista, format the second partition after Vista is installed, simple.

If it's a) it's a bit more complicated...

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Hi, i want to sell my laptop but i dont want the person who is going to buy it to find out all my passwords id and everything by retracing it all somehow. How do you make everything on your hard drive untracable???

Answer:How to delete everything on hard drive and make it untracable

This will do the job - 16k

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I have just finished a pc build with a SSD to be used as the boot/OS drive and a secondary 2 HDD setup in raid 0 for storage.

First I started with the SSD only and installed win7, applied all the updates etc. At this point the system has rebooted at least half a dozen times with no issue.
Next I set up the 2 HDD in raid 0, initialized it with disk manager and everything is looking good. But as soon as I reboot the system, upon startup the system can't find a os. Using the windows install disc, I go into the recovery console and discover that the boot drive which was C:\ is now E:\ and the storage drive which was E:\ is now C:\.
The os files on the boot drive seem to be all there. It's just in the wrong drive path. Using the recovery console I switched back the drives to their proper places, but then on startup I got the error 'bootmgr is missing' at this point I gave up, nuked the drives and started from scratch only to get thing again once I initialized the HDD and rebooted.
I am sure I have overlooked some stupid detail somewhere. Can anyone help me figure out where I went wrong?

Answer:Windows 7 has swapped my drive paths with my boot drive and sec. drive

My first thought with a new build is settings in the BIOS, many times something has to be changed.

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


Answer:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD -->

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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Hello All
I have built a new machine to replace my XP machine. The New machine has a 256GB Samsung 850 PRO Solid State Drive - MZ-7KE256BW which I have installed 7 HP 64bit on and as my main drive a 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA III Hard Drive (ST2000DM001)
Problem and questions: My SSD is my C: Drive, D is my DVD Wtr & the 2TB Main drive is E:
I need help knowing what I should do to be able to save my new pictures, documents, music files onto the 2TB Drive as everything I tried put it in the C: Drive which is my SSD
I would like to know how do I save my ext hdd back up of documents and put them onto my E: drive.
Somewhere I seem to be missing a step. So help with configuration please.

Answer:SSD Drive & Main 2TB HDD 7 and drive configuration

Click Here to show you how to move the Users Folder with all your data in it to your new E drive

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Hi ieeuu, I got one problem,
when i reboot (or restart) my computer and boot from the DVD and then begin the Installation to install new window, in the drive option, I can't delete and create new partitions, the delete and create new button are all turn gray colour (inactive).
Inside the Window, I can create new partition and delete it for disk management.
My question is, I want to do a clean installation, that's mean I want to delete all of the partitions and create new primary partitions for my new window.
I have only one disk partition and in that window 7 is installed.

But the partition is "Simple Volume" and i want to make it a primary partition so i want to delete and make new primary partitions before window 7 installation but i am unable to delete drive as i said above.

Also 100 Mb reserved partition is missing in my system.
Please help

Answer:can't delete drive coz in drive option ,delete and new button inactive

see this link:

Installing and reinstalling Windows 7

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?


I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?


Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.


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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.

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My C drive is 254.15 Gigs and my D drive is 29.19 Gigs.  I shrunk my C drive and tried to add it to D drive but it would'nt let me.  Also, I'm not able to shrink C Drive anymore after that.  What should I do? BTW, running Vista 64bit

Answer:How do I make my C Drive smaller and my D drive bigger while retaining NOVA?

It's a little technical but feasible. Click Here

\\ I do not respond to PM regarding individual tech support. Keep discussions in the forum for the benefit of others //

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Does anyone know if you can take a formatted C: Drive running W2K Workstation, that uses the whole 10GB hard disk, and then using computer management change the drive from one C: drive to a C & D drive? Some vendor told a friend of mine that a particular application should run on a drive other that C so he wants to change the drive config. without re-installing W2K.

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Resizing C: drive to make space for a D: drive

You can try Partition magic. It should be able to resize the C partition without data loss. You probably should defrag C first as that will free up the most space at the end of the partition.

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Title says it all. I'm trying to get The Windows 7 installation software to boot off of this hard drive. This has to be faster than the CD Rom, and this thing is just collecting dust.

Answer:How do you make a drive bootable with a Hard drive dock?

your motherboard bios needs a boot from usb device option too

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I have a laptop that has an SSD with Win 8.1 + programs, and an HDD for projects. They are both formatted GPT. When I launch Macrium, for some reason my SSD is now GPT 1 and the second drive is now GPT 2. This is confusing because I'm used to imaging the top line of partitions which is usually my OS. Now that the GPT numbers are reversed, I have to be careful when doing my backups.

Does anyone know how to change this assignment so that the SSD will be GPT1 again?

Answer:How to make my primary drive GPT1 and my second drive GPT2

I just give them separate names, "System" for first, boot drive, "Data 1", for next and others by names that describe what I'm using them for. That way there is no confusion when some programs or OSs reverse or mix order.

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Greetings. I have a Western Digital My Book 3TB USB 2/3 External drive.

It is USB 3 capable but for now, I have to use it as a USB 2 device as those are the only ports I have and it is supposed to work with both.

Like many people (from my reading) sometimes the drive is "not recognized" by windows when I plug it in. Of course it is loaded up with "WD specific" software. One item is every time you plug it in it installs the generic USB drivers but it also tries to install a third WD "SES driver" which allows some "special capabilities" like renaming the volume. Real important high level stuff. Anyway, since windows 7 64 bit does not natively have that driver that third driver install fails. So every time you plug it in, it behaves like a new drive.

Now of course I could install all the custom WD software and that driver, but I just want the drive to work as a generic USB drive! I don't like installing hard drive level drivers that I don't know what they really do and will they impact any other drives I plug in. Now if the fact that it is not recognized 100% of the time is a hardware issue, I need to return it under warranty. But if it is only because of it trying to install and reinstall these drivers every time, can I make it stop?

Their support site tries to get you to "hide" and do some workarounds. But if I just re-format the drive and blow all the WD software away, will it then behave as a "generic" USB e... Read more

Answer:Make a WD My Book Ext Drive behave as a generic USB drive

I can't say for sure about your drive, but I have an older 1TB WD My Book drive. I use it as a generic USB connected hard drive. I don't recall having to delete anything, although I may have.

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Answer: c drive has no space how do i install mozilla on d drive and make it run on d

hellomore info pleasebesides just choose for example D:\program files\mozilla for the install directory

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I want to make a folder on my local drive a share folder so I can access it over the network from other PC's.
I have print and file dharing enabled on my network card.
One other "interesting" item is that my PC does not show up when I view "my network places".
Any help is gratly appreciated. thank you.

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   We have windows 2008 r2 domain controller and Windows 7 Pro clients. There is a requirement that user perform some run on software and software generate test file / result which are save on local D drive, now we need to assign permission that
domain users can read. write, modify, create new files/folder on d drive but do not rename or delete files/folders. For that i set following permission on d drive:
Full control for domain admin, local administrator, system
for domain users allow modify, deny delete and delete subfolder and files 
Owner of the d drive is domain administrator
After that user can read files but at the time of saving files the error is "you dont have suffieceint permission to modify files on this location" and o kb file created but if user try to save second time than the file will save on that same location
So  user need to save files two time and one file created with 0 kb. 
Please suggest a solution. Thank you.

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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here;

Answer:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.

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I need to format my hard drive [D & C drive]

so i wanna know Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file
in it? Like the software that i install [ C:\Program Files], will they remain there or
will be deleted?

i already make a back up to all my Document project [ on D drive as i shown above] but to be honest, i dont want the process to delete my " Program Files" folder [ C:\Program Files]& my Document project [ on D:drive]........

** I just reinstall my pc 4/5 days ago [ maybe on 20 or 21/3/2012 ]

Answer:Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?

Formatting a drive or partition will completly wipe it, delete everything.

Take note you will be unable to format a drive with Windows on it if you are using that installation, you need to use a boot disk. If using dual boot you can format one Windows drive from the other.

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I don't know how but somehow, a shortcut to my C Drive or hard drive was created and it's found in the videos folder lol. Is it safe to delete it? I don't want to lose my entire hard drive if I do this.

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My loaded xp computer is worth keeping but I am currently having intermittent problems with the C drive: After running error checking on the system drive, when it restarts I get a file missing message and the system wont boot. It is then that I have to run the original xp dvd and boot from that
and quit by pressing F3 and restarting. Then, the system boots.
Sometimes a different file is missing and I have to resort to the same routine.
I cant use the "R"epair option because it wants the administrator password
that I have lost somewhere. Is there some way to get around that?
If not I would like to know how to copy my "C" drive with all its' system files, programs and data (an exact copy) to a new hard drive so I can use the new hard drive as a replacement for the old drive if the old drive should fail (it is old and I need something with a larger capacity).
Can you recomend a utility program that will let me copy the old drive to the new one? Can it be done in the same computer with just one ide connecter from the board or does it need two (both) seperate connectors on the board?
I just bought a new hard drive so I am looking for CHEAP software to accomp-lish this.

Answer:I want to make exact copy of C drive on a new drive

It sounds like your old HDD is beginning to Fail. We suggest backing up all your User files to an external HDD, or CD/DVD. After you have backed up, You can diagnose your C: drive by going to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /R in the command prompt type a Y for Yes and restart. Check Disk will run at next bootup. It may take a long while. This will try to fix Bad sectors
You can clone your whole HDD to another HDD making a mirror copy, but if files are corrupted because of bad sectors, then it wouldn't work very well.
We suggest backing up your user files (eg) C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName] to an external device, replacing the HDD and installing XP fresh. Then restoring your User files to the new HDD.

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Hi ,good day. My operating system is Windows 2000 and the hard drive was small only 5 GB. A friend sent me a hard drive with quite a lot of space  i think its 40 GB.I got it hooked up but this guy doesnt seem to know how to get it to work as the master drive. Can anyone help?

Answer:How do i make a hard drive the master drive?

Scoop--your question requires further information to properly answer it.For instance do you intend to reformat all your drives (particularly the existing 5gb drive)?The actual physical process is very simple.It is done by the setting of the jumper pins on the rear of the hardrives. In this case assuming the only HDD until now was the 5gb it would need to be changed to slave and the "new" 40bg  selected to master. However the computer wants to find an operating system at startup.So unless you are prepared to install an operating system on your "new" master i doubt that your computer will do very much with only the physical pin designations being done. truenorth

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Hello good people of the forum:

Firstly, let me say a big thank you to the folks who posted birthday wishes. As Kitty Kallen sung: "Little Things Mean a Lot."

Now, on to my issue.

Yesterday I received my brand new and shiny Memorex External DVD Recorder. My internal recorder will not burn DVD video disks and it will not recpgnize a blank DVD. Everything else is just fine. If I format for a data disk, it will recognize it and let me burn to it. Since over the years this is the third burner that has gone south on me. I decided to go with a more pricey exteral drive.

My problem is I would like to know how to set up my new drive as the default drive. Right now when I attempt to burn a video disk my internal drive swings into action, opens the drive, informs me there's no disk in the drive, and shuts down.

Any help would be appreciated.

Powell Lucas

Answer:Make external cd/dvd drive the default drive.

I would think that was software dependent. What burning software are you using? In Nero it remembers the last drive used, and you can choose a drive from a drop down.

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how to make an external drive the default on a Dell 1525

Answer:Want to make external Drive the defaultr drive

If you want to boot from that drive, go into the bios & then your > Boot Options.

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I'm trying to make a stock WinPE bootable flash drive to deploy a custom Windows 8.1 .wim file to some tablets. I've downloaded the Windows ADK and am following the instructions here:

My first problem is that makewinpemedia.cmd isn't in the same folder as the rest of the files and the command prompt was not able to run it. I eventually found it in c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits but after running it I get "ERROR: Working directory
is not valid: c:\winpe_amd64". I have followed the instructions on the library page exactly up to this point and can't find anyone else online with the same issue.


Answer:Cannot make a WinPE boot drive

Have you make sure that you run Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment as an
If so, please capture the screenshot of your cmd window and post back here.

Kate Li
TechNet Community Support

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Hi, I just want to know how do I make my computer boot from my CD and A drive? Right now it will not boot from them so I cannot load in my new OS. Any help would be appreciated. Ryan

Answer:How do I make my computer boot from my CD and A drive?

Hi Ryan,
Follow link for various boot options...

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I screwed up and failed to make a boot drive before downloading and installing Windows 10. I have tried going to the Windows media site but it won't let me do it. Any suggestion for making a boot drive?

Answer:How do I make a boot drive after downloading W 10

Hello Larry, and welcome to Ten Forums.

No worries. You can download an official Windows 10 ISO file using an option in the tutorial below.

Afterwards, you could create a bootable USB with the ISO.

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My original pc broke so i put the Hdd in my sons pc as slave it has xp installed on it,is there i can boot from this drive?.

Answer:How to make pc boot from slave drive

Yes put your sons HDD to "slave" and yours to Master

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I'm using YUMA to create a multiboot drive out of my 16gb Patriot XT flash drive. I'm using the Windows 7 SP1 x64 image provided by digital river and a Backtrack 5 Gnome x64 image. This isn't my problem though.

When I boot my computer without the USB drive in any port, it pops up in the boot menu. When I plug in any USB flash drive, though, and then go into the boot options, it's gone. Essentially the only time it will give me the option to boot from a flash drive is if there is no flash drive in the port. It doesn't matter whether the drive contains a bootable image or not.

Boot order is as follows:


Legacy USB support is disabled since enabled causes booting with the drive in at all to lockup during POST.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?

Answer:Trying to make USB boot drive, having issues

If you disable Legacy USB Support, you will not be able to boot from the USB device. So enable it. There are no two ways about it.

Redo your YUMI from scratch again. Choose to format the pendrive to FAT32 during the process.. This time include only the Win7 install ISO. ( You can add anything else later.)

Make sure that the ISO file name contains no spaces.

Once you create it, use the onetime boot menu to boot from the pendrive.

Are you able to get the YUMI Boot menu and choose Win7 install?

Read through the Known issues YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux and take corrective action as indicated therein in case you encounter problems mentioned therein. 1. You should make the ISO contiguous 2. During the Windows install process, you should plug out the pendrive, before the first Windows start.

For creating only the Windows 7 installation pendrive, I would recommend that you use Universal USB installer Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux which is much simpler and devoid of any issues.

You may experiment with YUMI at your leisure later.

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I deleted the wrong boot.ini file on my friend's computer to stop an old OS from booting up.

How can I put a boot.ini file into the proper hard drive? (I tried moving a boot.ini from one drive to another, but it didn't work.)

Answer:Can I make a boot.ini file on a hard drive?


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I just bought a used HP 6910p and it came with the 'original' OS, etc. CDs (or so I thought).
I wanted to do a clean XP Install and when I start to load from the CD it tells me it cannot find a hard drive.
It looks like the XP CD does not have the SATA drivers on it.
I can boot the system from the HD - can I 'create' a XP install CD from the HD with all the correct drivers, etc. on it?

If there is a step-by-step doc or instructions on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!!!

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I have two hard drive's installed here on a computer, and what I want to do is return it to XP, as I have installed 7 on it, and had a graphic issue, therefore, I installed a second drive as the master and the one with 7 on it was the slave therefore the computer boots to xp which is on the second drive and I can see the other drive in My Computer, however and for that reason I decided that it would be best to Format it and it was formatted, presuming now that 7 is gone (after the formatting). I would like to put xp on it again so that I will not have the graphic issue. The drive is clean and both drives hoods have been removed, although the computer boots into xp, I want the other drive which is bigger to be the boot drive. And so I went into the bios to try and see it I can change the boot sequence but it still boots into xp upon reboot. What should I do? 7 has been wiped off and the drive is empty...

Answer:Reinstalling XP after removing 7, to make it a boot drive:

Welcome to the "Family" BCreate.

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Hi, I'm trying to make a bootable USB drive with CDROM support so I can reload a Dell Mini 1010. Not having much luck. I've tried using Norvicorps WintoFlash and copying the XP install CD on to the USB device but it creates hal.dll errors and ultimately will now allow XP to boot from the hard drive. (Although you can run XP as long as you are booting from the flash drive). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:How to make a USB boot drive with CDROM suppo

USB bootable stick with cdrom support!! to Create a bootable USB Memory Key Bootable USB device

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My 500gb backup hard drive is showing only 25gb left. My main 650gb hard drive shows only 150gb used. How is this discrepency possible? Also when I examine the I drive can only get it to add up to less than 200gb, the largest file being an computer image file.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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I've been trying to solve this for a few days now and I'm not having any luck. I don't have access to a PC running a windows OS or I'd just set up the flash drive there. Can someone with some linux experience help me out?

Answer:how can I make windows XP boot from a flash drive in Ubuntu?

Adito said:

I've been trying to solve this for a few days now and I'm not having any luck. I don't have access to a PC running a windows OS or I'd just set up the flash drive there. Can someone with some linux experience help me out?Click to expand...

Does your PC boot from a flash drive?

If not, set it up in VirtualBox if you have enough RAM.

Or just dual boot.

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Hi there,
Im sure many of you must know the answer to my situation.

I have 2 Hard drives : C: and E:

C: 120gb XP PRO ( HOME USAGE )


.... Windows have automatically created a dual boot screen for me to go into either OP.

But as E: drive is newly installed, everytime i installed some selected software, it automatically installs in C: Drive. But there are some small softwares where i can manually change the installation Destination folder.

My E: Drive has windows sp2, and i have sp3 cd update from windows. WHen i install it, it automatically installs it on my current C: Drive.


???? Is there anyway, when i do login to a selected operating system, that i become automatically C: ?????

eg. if from dual boot i select "XP Leopard" whats actually installed on E: but when i do login, and go to my computer. I automatically become C: drive and make the orignal C: to E: like switching. So i stay main installation drive.

Im really comfused and dont know what to do, or use. Could someone experienced in this area help me out.

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Hi people,
I am really sorry if someone has already covered this but I am new to this forum.
I have and HP Envy 17-2000, which has two ports for harddisks or SSDs (or any combination of).
The new SSD is a Samsung 840 (120GB) and the existing HHD uses 90GB.
I used the Samsung cloning software to copy all C drive information from the HDD to the SSD.
See the image for Disk Management information.
PROBLEM: I cannot work out how to make the new SSD the Boot Disk.
After (hopefully) solving the issue, I will leave all programs on the SSD and use the original HDD only for data and back-up.

Answer:How to make new SSD boot drive and still keep HDD in dual port laptop

My guess would be that the boot loader info is in the small partition at the beginning of the hard drive -- which would not get migrated simply by copying the contents of "C:" to the SSD.

There are various ways to fix this, but if you'd rather not mess around with the command line, NeoSmart Technologies makes a free app known as EasyBCD. If you download and install that, it has an option to "migrate" the boot loader files to your partition of choice. That will allow you to insert those files into the SSD partition -- which should then make it bootable.

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My Computer Will Not Boot. The Boot.ini File Is Corrupt And I Have Tried Using The Windows Cd To Repair But When It Gets To Examining The Drive It Just Sits There.... Anybody Please Helpt

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?


Answer:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.

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I'm moving overseas, and I'm prepping a Netbook computer to take with me as I don't get my desktop computer over there for a few months.
I have an extrernal drive enclosure that my current Desktop system drive will fit into nicely, and it has 1.15TB of free space.
My idea is to
Shut down my desktop
Move its boot drive into the enclosure
Use it as an external storage device for my netbook until my desktop arrives.

Both systems are running Windows 7 Ultimate.

I'm just concerned that when Win7 sees that the external drive is a system disk, it will force me to change disk types in such a way that it won't work as a boot disk when I put it back into my desktop computer.

I don't think I'll have any problems using it for storage on my Netbook. The reason for this is 2 months is a long time, and I don't have a lot of funds available before I go. In fact, I think I've already overspent. ooops.

your thoughts?

Answer:Make Boot System drive Portable and then back to Normal

What i Suggest is that you Partition the drive so you use the Extra space as Space and not corrupt the desktops Boot drive.

To partition the drive goto "My Computer" Right click and manage, find drive Drive Management Select your Drive and Shrink. It will give you a amount of space that your able too use.

Good Luck


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Hello, I have 4 hard disk drives in my system, 3 Seagate (2 320GB, 1TB) and 1 Western Digital (1 160GB). One of the drives (the 160gb) is running very hot constantly (60C on average) and is also labeled as a "System" drive in Disk Management because it was once my original boot drive years ago. I want to take this drive offline because I fear it will eventually die and leave me to unable access Windows 7 without mucking with something.

I want to remove that from the drive and put it on the Boot drive, which is one of the 320GB drives but I also want to make C: (my OS drive) disk 0 but it is disk 1. I cannot format H: (the 160gb WD) yet there is nothing else but an emaciated/gutted XP install with several files which I cannot remove at any cost.

What would I have to do to get myself in working order to my specifics?

Answer:Make boot drive disk 0 AND set system attribute, remove from H:

Hi Glaice

You could take a reading at the links below

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

To make drive 1 to Drive 0 unplug all the hard drives but the one you want to be drive 0 and do a startup repair for it to be a boot drive.

Can you upload an image of your disk management

Link below will show you how

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi all

I have formatted my hard drive

C ? main OS NTFS
E- Data NTFS
F- Used for Boot Magic (50MB)Fat 32
G- Second OS NTFS (obviously this will be hidden and unhidden & will be C when active)

I have a known good image of a C drive. I would like to restore this to the G drive & then use boot magic to switch between the two.

I can?t seem to get the second boot to work. Is there something wrong with restoring an image that was created from the C drive & restoring it to the G drive ?

When I tried to boot into the second OS the boot was unsuccessful & hangs sometime during booting XP.

I am at work so that is my initial question. I can post back with exact error messages when I am at home.

I have also got in a bit of a mess by doing the following.

I made an image of C. Installed Bootmagic afterwards. I then restored the C image.
Bootmagic is now no longer installed in add/remove programmes but when I try to install it I get an error, ?please uninstall any previous versions of Bootmagic before proceeding?. Thinking about it maybe formatting the F drive will erase the old install & cure this problem?

I would really appreciate a bit of help with this.

Thanks & sorry for the initial lack of detail

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I have a dual-boot setup. Volume C runs Vista Home Premium. Volume F runs Vista Ultimate. (Vol. D is a recovery volume.) I would like to blow away C: and boot only from F. Would the following be a possible/advisable solution?

1. Boot from F.
2. Delete C.
3. Rename F "C".
4. Expand F (the new "C") to include the old C.


Answer:Can I delete the C drive from a dual boot system?

i dont think its possible without screwing up all your installed programs.

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Go into your bios, it's normally a option there.

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Hi there,

I am using an Eee PC 901 notebook running windows XP and have been having problems with the C drive running out of space. I have a small C drive (3.71gb) but a larger D drive (7.47gb).

I have used Acronis Migrate Easy to clone the C drive to the larger D drive which seems to have completed successfully. I would like to now format the C drive to clear some space for other files. How do I know whether the computer will automatically now boot from the D drive or do I need to some how tell the computer that the D drive should be treated as the primary boot drive?

I want to make sure everything is correct before I format the C drive. If you need any other information please ask.

Thank you!

Answer:How do I make my D drive the primary drive?

well if it actually has too drives, it should boot from the drive with an os on it, so it should boot from d if c is formatted, but go through the bios and find the boot sequence and get the d drive up to the top, or at least ahead of c

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My C: drive is failing and beyond repair. I have added a new second drive. How can I make the second drive the master boot drive in Windows 7 (32bit)?

Answer:Make second drive into master drive?

Change boot order in bios when powering up computer will tell machine which drive to boot from
I personally would also change sata connector for drive to first sata plug on mobo normally sata0 just be aware that if you reinstalled to new drive with old drive still connected the boot info for windows (the little 100MB partition) may still be on old drive so to be safe have a recovery disk ready I case you need to do a startup repair or post a screenshot of your disk management if your not sure and we can advise

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I have a C drive and a D drive, the C is 2GB and the D is 8GB.I cant install XP on the D drive so my computor runs very slowly and says I have very little drive space left.What can I do and how?

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Are these two seperate hard drives or partitions on the sane drive?

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how do i chance my c drive to my d drive and have my d drive as my default drive

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Please explain fully what you are wanting to do, and why. You cannot change C: to D: if C: is the drive which contains the OS.You can only change drive-letters for drives which don't have an OS or applications installed on them.

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Ok so i had windows xp on the c:/ drive. I then installed windows 7 on it's own drive. Now i am thinking of deleting the c:/ volume since it has no use anymore. My windows 7 volume is now a boot volume and my c:/ drive still says system. I deleted all the contents possible inside of it even system 32 and nothing bad happened but i have to override in the cmd to delete it sense it is a system drive. Will this effect my windows 7 booting? Thanks.

it also says override cause drive is in use....

Answer:About to delete volume. Says it's system but win7 on other boot drive.

Hello Dylanpieper, welcome to Seven Forums!

When you use the term "drive" do you mean a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a partition on a HDD?
Do you have 1 or 2 HDDs in the PC?

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


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What are the current boot set in your BIOS?

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?

Answer:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).

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although there are tons of threads about this, i cant find any with my specific problem. i have macrium reflect free. i wanted to CLONE my C drive to D, then switch the bios to boot from D, but the program says cannot clone when windows is running, restart from bootable or run from boot option, (in other words, f8 on startup). not those exact words but thats what it basically says. i donot have a bootable disk and there is no macrium option in the f8 boot options. so i decided to do an image. my question is will it still work? can i just simply extract the C drive image onto D, then switch the boot sequence in bios to D and im done? experiance tells me that its not that simple. cdrive is only 250 g, 90% full, D drive is 1.5 tb, about 12% full. trying to avoid a full win reinstall and days of updating and software reinstallations.

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

Answer:recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

Showkey plus from this forum:
Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

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I've looked around on HP sites and other places to determine if my desktop is UEFI-capable but have been unsuccessful. Can anyone tell me if my desktop will work properly with a 3TB drive?


Answer:Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?

You can plug in the drive alone, attempt in Disk Mgmt to initialize it MBR creating a partition smaller than 2tb. If it will allow this then you'll be able to clone or image over the old install to that partition.

You might even be able to create other partitions once you initialize it with a partition smaller than 2tb for Windows.

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but would like to know if there are better options available? Thanks in advance

Answer:How to migrate data to bigger hard drive and set Msata as boot drive?

I don't think you can use the Msata SSD as boot drive. It is configured in Raid with the spinner and serves solely as cache. It is just a fancy SSHD.

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I hope I can get a guru on this, because I think my situation is kinda unique, since google or search hasn't helped....

I built new machine using all my old drives laying around, 6 in total so far.

when I installed winXP pro, I had an issue deleting a particular partition on a particular drive, it wouldn't do it, saying it was a system partition. I didn't think much of it, and just continued on installing, which was a different drive. I figured I would take care of it within windows itself.

well, the result is odd; I have windows installed on D:/ and as it turns out, the drive in which I could not repartition or format is now labeled C:/ in disk management, and I have zero options within disk manager to reformat or repartion that drive.

In manager, C:/ says it is a Dynamic Drive, and that it is a System Drive, which isn't true because there is zero data on that disk, and it's secondary partition is drive I:/ (the later information probably isn't important, just thought I would tell you how windows named the drive and partition.)

In manager, Drive D:/ is labled as a Basic Drive and it is the Boot disk.\

seem odd so far? yes...

as I continue, I tried unplugging drives to figure out which physical drive is this mysterious Dynamic System Drive, and if I unplug it, even though there is no data on it, windows will not boot.

now, for the clincher, I realized that this mystery drive (Dynamic System Drive C:/) is an old C:/... Read more

Answer:Boot drive and System Drive (yes, 2 seperate drives) how to fix? guru needed

Get Darik's Boot and Nuke and wipe the disk so you can start fresh, i'd recommend Autoclave (included in UltimateBootCD) but seems the product has been discontined

good luck

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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

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Answer:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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I have company files on my desktop computer's original Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive. Drive letter C: running Vista 64 bit.

The files are saved on the desktop in a folder, where all the shortcuts, folders and icons are.

I installed a SSD hard drive, and re-installed a fresh Vista 64 bit o/s from scratch. Drive letter D: Everything works fine. Reboots are quicker, no more crashes.

I saved company file folder from WD's C drive onto SSD's D drive.

I reboot, I press F10 into BIOS and move boot sequence around from WD to my SSD and save then exit.

When I get to the desktop screen now off SSD, I look on the SSD hard drive, which is now C: and WD is now D:
I copy folder from WD on D: to SSD on C:

I try to open that folder and there is an error.

When the boot is on WD, I save folder to USB. It works fine.
Havent tried copying from USB to SSD after F10 boot change.
Do I have to disconnect the WD hard drive?

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