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Windows is booting off the wrong drive.

Question: Windows is booting off the wrong drive.

I want to transfer allot of files off my old pc to my new. I plugged in my old hardrive into the new pc, but everytime I try to boot up it tries to boot up off the old harddrive; which doesn't have windows on it... so the computer complains and restarts.

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Answer: Windows is booting off the wrong drive.

In BIOS, change the boot order so that it doesn't attempt to boot from the old drive or at least tries to boot from the new one first.

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My firewall and antivirus software quit and I wasn't able to download another file or install files from antivirus or from windows update for some files.So I got into the thing and fixed most of the things, managed to install new virus software by changing the download name and did find a couple of bugs/trogans that were taken care of but now when I boot up I can't get to the place where I can get to press a key for the bios settings to change the boot sequence from CD to hard drive.Well have spotmau repair disk and it will boot me up and when I press that for boot from HD it boots me in to the os with no problem.When I try to fix things in dos, my dos shows a default setting for C:/windows/documents and settings/my username and I can't get the directory to change to C:I can change to D: but not to C:How can I get into bios to change things in the root or how can I get my boot.ini to boot up into my windows os? I am not sure now what the path would be now. I am using the boot.ini text I had before but it is not working for me. Just says press f1 to reboot os not foundHope you can help please. Sorry didn't remember where to find CPU other than in task manager and not sure where to see Ram either. :)Judy

Answer:win xp pro booting up to wrong drive or os

when at C:\windows\documents and settingsmy username [\ not /]the command iscd\ to take you to the root of c: which is where the boot.ini is located.How about posting the boot.ini you want to use for review? Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question:

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I have two hard drives, a 1.5TB drive, and a 160GB drive. Windows is installed on the 1.5TB drive, as are all my files and programs. The 160GB drive has a bunch of old files, and apparently the bootmgr and boot folder.

If I remove the 160GB drive from the machine, windows refuses to boot, plug it back in, it works fine. The setup with two hard drives I have now is temporary, as the 160GB drive will go into another machine.

My question is, can someone give me a step by step on how to make windows force to boot off the 1.5TB drive, ignoring the 160GB drive in the boot process completely?
I don't know how to do this in Windows 7, on XP I would just run the /fixmbr command and its related ones.

Thank you for any help in advance.

Note: I would really really rather not have to wipe and reinstall, I know it can be done without one as I've had this issue with XP before.

Answer:booting off wrong drive?

Right click on Computer> Properties> Advanced setup settings> Settings button under Startup and Recovery.

Under Startup and Recovery you will find Default operating system: Click on this and choose the operating system you want.

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Hi all, just playing with an old XP Home PC Sony Vaio
which I use primarily just for my cctv. 2hdds one with the OS and anything
else and one solely as a recorder for cctv. I put another hdd in it
which was laying around to just to see what
was on it with the intention of formatting it and using as a backup.
Everything still works
OK but it seems to have made itself the C drive and now boots into to XP Pro.
Storage drive is SATA other 2 are set to cable select Eide drives.
I would rather it booted from the original drive.

Answer:PC booting from wrong drive

On startup go into the BIOS and change the boot order. You can access the BIOS with the F2 key. If you have a newer unit the press the "Assist" button and choose "F2" to enter the BIOS.

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I have had HDD problems recently - basically dead! I have taken a drive (an old Maxtor N256)from another PC to format and load XP to get the PC live again. To format it, I put into a removeable caddy in another PC (also XP)but thay PC keeps booting from the drive in the caddy. I have removed the jumper on the N256 (as I think that's right for Slave), so I'm puzzled why this is happening.Any ideas please?

Answer:Booting from wrong drive!

Why not do it in DOS using KillDisk click here

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I just installed a new Maxtor 500 GB hard drive to replace my older 300 GB. Want the 300 to be an additional drive
I thought I did everything ok.
Maxtor software cloned successfully.
Jumper settings are Master for the new drive, no jumper per Maxtor for slave (old) Cable is connected with the end of the cable to Master and middle to slave

Cable select wouldn't allow me to boot
Bios recognizes the new drive as primary Master and the old as primary slave. DVD rom is secondary master

However, the computer boots to the old drive and My Computer has that one as the C and the new one as E
Using XP Pro SP2
Belarc adviser calls the 500 drive (0) and the old one as drive (1)

The boot sequence is floppy, dvd rom and hard drive

Both drives are IDE

Also, when I restart, I get a "Disk boot error. Press any key". It then boots properly but to the wrong hard drive, the old one

I tried removing cables and power to the old drive but it wouldn't boot at all

I was looking at some other posts and found this

"Right-click on My Computer and select Manage, then click on Disk Management on the left side almost at the bottom."

When I do that, the top right window has both drives listed with the old drive (c) as "System" under status and the new one as "Active"

The bottom right window has the new drive "E" as disk 0 and "C" as 1

How can I get the new drive to be c and boot to that?

Can I simply rename the drives in Disk ... Read more

Answer:Booting to wrong drive

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Setup:
Western Digital 36.6 GB Raptor (x2 Raid 0) - Primary (Windows XP)
Western Digital 200 GB Sata HD - (Data Drive)
Maxtor IDE 80 GB - (data Drive)

I used to have Windows Vista installed on the 200gb drive, but formatted it through windows XP. Somehow, my computer is still booting from the 200gb drive, before the bootup process I see a message in text from Vista that There is a problem with windows. No kidding? I formatted the drive. Can anyone help me clear vista completely off of this drive, and get my Raptors back to the default primary drives?

Thanks for any thoughts/help!

Ian
 

Answer:Booting from wrong Hard Drive

Instead of formatting, I'd try wiping out the partition, since it sounds like you still have the vista boot record on their.

Also, did you use full format, or quick format?
 

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Hello,

So last night i tried to partition my 250gb hard drive into a seperate 50gb partition, it went through the process but was taking ages and then realised i didnt really need to partition it so i cancelled it.

It then loaded up windows, all my files were there and everything was in order. So i shut down my pc and then a couple of hours later turn it back on..

Now im getting a message along the lines of "windows xp failed to start sucessfully" and gives me an option to start windows normally, start with last working version or go into safe mode. now none of thse options work and all it does is eventually return back to the same screen.

Now when i go to go into safe mode although not working i can see it is look for the /system files but its looking in a directory called "partition/system..."

SO the only conclusion i can come to is that windows is now trying to load from the wrong partition when it should be loading from the c: drive.

Just found out that when trying to load in safe im getting this message when loading the system files "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1).."

I can only assume its left remaining files from the cancelled partition on there but I dont know why its decided to load from this partition and not as normal, is there anything I can do?
 

Answer:Booting to wrong hard drive partition

u're widows has been destroyed and will have to at least have a repair if not a reformat and reinstall. try the repair first.
 

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So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright

Answer:System booting from wrong drive after installing new parts

Dright said:

So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright



Unfortunately, not knowing what parts you moved around makes it difficult to do a long-distance diagnosis but generally it doesn't take much to inadvertently plug the drive cables into a different controller port on the motherboard from what is was on when the OS was installed. When having such problems it is good to first unplug anything not needed such as external drives then try again.

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So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright

Answer:System booting from wrong drive after installing new parts

Originally Posted by Dright


So I was booting Windows 10 from a drive labelled C: and all was well and good.

Then I changed some parts around in my computer. Lo and behold, my computer is still booting the OS on C:, but from an unlabelled UEFI system partition on an external hard drive. Wat.

I checked C:\boot, and there's nothing there. Startup repair does nothing, since it's properly booting after all (from the wrong place).

I need to move this computer around, so leaving it the way it is is not an option. I've tried exporting the system bcd and putting it in C:\boot and marking the partition as active, but the bios still won't recognize the drive as bootable, so I'm assuming my MBR is toast. I'm also pretty sure bootrec is acting on the mysterious external system partition by default when I try to repair the MBR.

I won't ask for a magic solution, since this is a pretty weird situation, but do you have any ideas of things I could try, or tools that would fix the MBR on the correct drive, or restore the stuff that should be in C:\boot by default?

Thanks,
Dright



Unfortunately, not knowing what parts you moved around makes it difficult to do a long-distance diagnosis but generally it doesn't take much to inadvertently plug the drive cables into a different controller port on the motherboard from what is was on when the OS was installed. When having such problems it is good to first unplug anything not needed such as external drives then try a... Read more

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So I have had Windows XP Pro 64bit on a seperate hard drive for a while that I have installed first. I just decided today to partition my second hard drive and put Vista on it. The installation went fine.. but sometimes i get corrupted errors and the Main partition for Vista is listed as C when its listed as E in XP. This is causing problems. How can I make it so it stays E? This has been baffling me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

Answer:Dual booting XP and Vista is assigning wrong hard drive paths!! please help!

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I have this audio latency problem on Windows 7 x64 and x86. These partitions were both on the same hard drive. XP doesn't have this problem but that is on my other hard drive. So, I'm thinking maybe the hard drive with the windows 7 partitions is bad, so I'm trying to test a Windows XP partition on that hard drive to see if it's the hard drive itself that's bad or Windows 7.

Well, the problem. I've made an entry in the boot menu but when I select "Windows XP WD", WD standing for Western Digital, it boots into the other XP partition that's on the other hard drive. This is with the Seagate hard drive first boot priority. When I make the WD hard drive first priority, it just goes to this black screen and stays there forever. Also, the drive letters are different on Windows 7 and XP. Example: XP is on partition D but when I'm booted on XP it is partition J but that's a minor problem that I'm not worried about at the moment.

Also, I cloned the XP partition to XP WD, so maybe they're conflicting? See attachment for settings. I've deleted my x86 partition, if you're wondering where it went.

Answer:Windows Booting to Wrong XP Partition

Did you install Windows 7 last and was it a 'clean' install or an upgrade?

You can also go to Start > Run, type msconfig, click the Boot tab and set your default here.

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So i just recently created two partitions on my home pc, one keeping windows xp and i installed windows 7 on the other one. I completely got all my programs and stuff back on windows 7 and it was all set. I decided i should delete the other partition containing windows xp so the windows 7 one could have all the harddrive space. I went into the partition program i was using, changed the windows 7 partition to primary instead of logical ( i think that's what it was, i can't really remember ) then deleted the windows xp one. It had to reboot my computer, then after it was finished deleting and stuff it rebooted again but now it just takes me to a black screen that says press a key to reboot. I got a copy of a windows xp recovery disk, and tried to boot from that but nothing. I even tried switching the boot sequence, but still no luck. I really hope someone can get back to me on this one, i've just stumbled upon this site and figured someone has to have some sort of advice on this disaster haha. I'm not even too sure if this is the right spot to post this, but i hope someone can help!

|Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Deleted wrong partition dual booting windows 7 and xp

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This is a silly problem to be having. I have two operating systems in a dual boot system. Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, C drive, (where I am trying to run the backup from) and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit (I drive).

It used to work fine, I think round about 4 weeks ago or so. I am not sure what has changed but it no longer works properly. Instead it identifies my data drive as being a system which needs a system image created for.

I tried using the Backup reset registry key from the tutorials section but that does not work either. They say a picture can paint a thousand words, so here are some screenshots.

I am not sure what else you need to know. Its Dell XPS 420 with a RAID 0 (striping) drive...that is to say two drives combined together in an array (as I understand it). So it acts like one big hard drive.

Any help would be most appreciated!

Answer:Windows 7 Backup identifies wrong drive as a system drive

Welcome to the forum,

From your screenshots I don't see the problem you're talking about, Can't you just select the partitions you want and go from there?

What does it show when you expand the top "Data Files" ?

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I think windows update might have been applied to the wrong drive, and I need to check that windows update is in the "right place".

Kind of a long story but here goes:

I cloned my boot drive onto my second drive.

I booted up from the second drive.

I decided that I don't want to use that second drive as my boot drive, and that I will format it (maybe tomorrow)and use it as storage.

I went to shut down my box. There was a notification saying updates were available. I specifically chose shutdown, and NOT install updates.

It installed updates on to the second drive (the one I no longer want to use as a boot drive) anyway. :-(

So last night the updates were installed on to my boot drive that I intend to format and turn into a storage drive. Meaning they were not installed onto the drive that I intend to KEEP as my boot drive.

Any thoughts on whether this is going to cause problems?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows Update To Wrong Drive???

No. Just boot from your original drive and check for updates. Windows won't find them on the drive and will redownload them and install them onto the drive that you want to use.

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After performing a clean install of Windows 7 Professional to the C:// drive primary boot partition (initial OS Vista Home Basic), I found that win 7 also installed on the D:// Recovery drive. Now when I boot my PC, I am asked which OS I want to boot from, and both are named Windows 7. If possible, how can I correct this?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 on wrong drive

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Hi
I was re installing windows because I contracted a virus and decided that I would wipe everything and do a clean installation. I did this since I have nothing important or anything that cannot be re installed at a later time on my computer.

After I booted using the installation disk, windows installed perfectly and I began installing the various programs back onto the computer. However, while i was in the process of this, I received a warning that I could not install a program because my disk space was full. This should have been impossible since I thought I installed windows on my 2tb hard drive.

Now, I am currently trying to install windows on my 2 tb drive, but am having no luck after following one tutorial on how to do this where I went into "My Computer's" management section under Disk Management, and attempted to clear the existing data on the 2 tb drive. In doing so the 2 tb drive is now listed as "System Reserve", and I am in over my head.

Any help or any links directing me to success will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 Installed on Wrong Drive

Hi foreplay and welcome to Sevenforums!

You need to unplug any and all internal hard drives or any other hard drive connected via USB. You only want monitor, mouse, keyboard, HDD you plan on putting OS on and obviously power connected. You need to use your Windows 7 install disk and set your bios to boot from CD.

After that I would use the options to completely wipe your hard drive and then install Windows 7 on the newly formatted hard drive. Here are a few links to help:
First clean the Hard drive and get it ready to install Windows on it
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Then follow the install guide

Clean Install guide:
Clean Install Windows 7

(Alternatively, if you don't want to use Diskpart, when you boot the Windows 7 install disk and start the installation, you can simply delete the partition's so that you have 1 unallocated space in which to install Windows 7 on, to do this, choose Advanced Options when you get to the screen to pick the partition in which to install windows 7 on and delete any partitions that are on that 2tb harddrive)

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I think windows update might have been applied to the wrong drive, and I need to check that windows update is in the "right place".

Kind of a long story but here goes:

I cloned my boot drive onto my second drive.

I booted up from the second drive.

I decided that I don't want to use that second drive as my boot drive, and that I will format it (maybe tomorrow)and use it as storage.

I went to shut down my box. There was a notification saying updates were available. I specifically chose shutdown, and NOT install updates.

It installed updates on to the second drive (the one I no longer want to use as a boot drive) anyway. :-(

So last night the updates were installed on to my boot drive that I intend to format and turn into a storage drive. Meaning they were not installed onto the drive that I intend to KEEP as my boot drive.

Any thoughts on whether this is going to cause problems?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows Update To Wrong Drive???

No. Just boot from your original drive and check for updates. Windows won't find them on the drive and will redownload them and install them onto the drive that you want to use.

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This afternoon I found the following folder in my D drive, which is solely used as a back-up drive (ACER Aspire 1640):169544da8f20ab74dd3b30e0a63c53In the folder is the following file:msxml4-KB927978-enu.logwhich was downloaded on 19th Nov 2006 at 23:32.I have spent 4 hours on Microsoft's website trying to find out what the folder / file is, researching and posting questions ??It is beyond my expertise (or lack of)Cannot understand what the file is for / why it has been filed in my D drive!Any help please? Can I delete it? Or move it? If so, where?Thank you.

Answer:Windows Update gone in the wrong drive!

Its a windows update, you should be able to uninstall it from add/remove programs, then run Windows update and it should download again to your usual update location.

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Hi all
My windows 10 system is installed on C:\ drive.
Last week I have done in-place upgrade.
I now see that in my root D:\ drive I have two folders which I cannot access and I also wish to delete.
1. WindowsApps
2. WpSystem
Can someone please help me with this? I wasn't able to get permission using:
takeown /f D:\WindowsApps /r /d y
icacls D:\WindowsApps /grant administrators:F /T
I get:
D:\WindowsApps: Access is denied.
Successfully processed 0 files; Failed processing 1 files
I do not have windows phone. And yes, I do have a hidden folder of Windows Apps in C:\Program Files
How can I delete the ones in D: drive?

Answer:Windows folders appear on the wrong drive

Hi, I've not experienced those folders being created on D when I've done an in-place upgrade repair.

The easiest way to delete those as you're familiar with the command prompt may be
- boot from Win 10 installation medium
- navigate via Advanced Options to a command prompt
- identify the correct partition, noting the drive letters will differ
- delete the folder from the command prompt.

Failing that, obtain and use a live boot CD
- boot you system from it
- delete the folders

Emco MoveonBoot (free) also is supposed to delete files and folders on boot, but I've had variable success with it

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Hello,

my computer has been dead for the last few days so to speak. For two days ago I turned on my computer - it started up just like any other day. I saw the Desktop and bang, blue screen of death. This has not happened since I installed Windows on my new SSD Harddisk (I'm running with two disks, one SSD for Windows and a HDD for everything else), so I simply started my computer again. (My computer worked just fine last weekend, no problems at all. I had a Windows Update and then this happened..).

During the set-up it stopped after the Motherboard-image - I had to chose between starting Windows Normal or repair it. Starting Windows normally does not help - it just give me BSOD right before or right after hitting the desktop. (Sometimes even before the Welcome-screen). So choosing to repair Windows during the setup is the only thing I can do.

By doing so, Windows searches for errors. I get the following error codes:
0x0
0x490
..and some with 6 f's.

(Today and yesterday I only got 0x0, which apparently stands for 'unknown').

Hitting F8 during setup and loading Windows in safe-mode (/secure mode?) does not help either, I get BSOD here as well.

I have tried to change the boot location (different disks and from CD). As a standard, its booting from my harddisk - all though it's booting from the wrong disk (the HDD). When I'm choosing the SSD I can't get any further and I get the message: "Missing Bootmgr..".

The only way to boot the computer correc... Read more

Answer:Windows Error and BSOD - Windows Update installed on wrong drive (?)

Update: By booting from the disk I managed to see the desktop and I have now opened my computer in fail-secured with CMD.. oops, BSOD . Dangit.

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hello,

i am working on a computer that is having trouble booting to the partition that contains windows.

somehow windows got moved from the c drive partition over to a different one. i am only able to get to windows via the recovery module (but i CAN get to it and it looks fine).

is there anyone who could please tell me how to modify the bios in such a way that it directs the system to boot into the partition that contains windows?

thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Answer:Pc Booting To Wrong Partition

Windows -> Run -> type in msconfig
Have a look under BOOT.INI . If XP is listed there, click it, then click set as default.

Hopefully this works.

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I have Windows XP and one disk. I added another 160G WD disk. The disk utility copied all the files from disk 0 (the original disk) to disk 1 and made it the new boot disk. How do I make disk 0 go back to being the bootable disk? When I unplug disk 0 , disk 1 boots up just fine. When I unplug disk 1 the computer will not boot up.
 

Answer:Booting up from wrong disk

Run your main disk as a cold boot install in Repair Mode.
 

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I have an old install of XP left on an additional harddrive after I got a bigger drive and reinstalled... but now all of a sudden that's the only one it'll boot to! I had some other issues (caused, believe it or not by AVG).. and in the process of that I ran a repair installation over my new and proper XP.. with all the other drives disconnected.. and it was working fine, but as soon as I hook up the other drives... BLAM it's booting into the old install again. Now in disk management it's listed as the Boot Drive and the one that SHOULD be System is listed as active... i read something about making it active to make it boot from that drive... but it's not working.. what is the easiest way to modify where it boots from? I have been trying through the recovery console with fixmbr but that didn't work... i feel like there should be something more straightforward though!

note: the drive with windows that i want to boot off of IS listed first in the hdisk boot priority in the bios...
 

Answer:wrong installation of XP is booting

This may help:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022
Be sure your "Proper" boot drive is the one listed first in The BIOS boot order. The nomenclature can be confusing. For that matter, just switch the boot order and see what happens.
 

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Please bear with me -- I know some about computers, but I've never done an install before, so I'm a bit ignorant about that.

So, I have a Dell XPS 420, less than a year old -- it came with Vista Home Premium. This morning, I got my install disk for Windows 7. Instead of upgrading, I decided to do a clean install. I did the install, nice, quick and easy, went with no problems whatsoever ... except I installed Windows 7 onto the wrong disk drive. D'oh! Dell comes with a partitioned hard drive (I hope I'm saying this right ...) -- the RECOVERY drive that holds the factory image for reformatting? Right. So, guess which drive I installed 7 into? Yeah, I'm an idgit.

I found the problem when I noticed the computer prompting me to pick which operating system to boot up -- Windows 7 or Vista, and then discovered what I'd done when I got 7 booted up, and realized I had no spare drive space left. So, I called Microsoft tech support, who advised me to do another clean install onto the right drive. Which I did, and that went well, also, and now I'm on my computer with Windows 7. Except, 7 is still installed on the Recovery drive, and when I start my computer, it's still asking me which operating system I want to boot into -- Windows 7 on the main drive, or 7 on the Recovery drive. (It's not asking about Vista anymore. I assume that was consigned to the grave when I installed into the right drive.)

So, any ideas how to fix this problem? I a... Read more

Answer:Solved: Installed Windows 7 on Wrong Drive, Need to Know If/How I Can Fix It.

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I know this is a recurring problem as seen in the posts but I still didn't find an answer..sorry.
I have an f/ and a c/ drive where F/ is primary..I believe problem started when I ran a prog called "CCleaner" but now on startup OS boots from drive "C" vs "F". I also tried the system restore function..they will run but they state "unable to perform system restore". "F" has been primary for quite some time.

On boot I get "Invalid boot.ini file"
"booting from c;/windows"

This is my boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

Thanks..
 

Answer:Solved: windows boots to wrong drive

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I have an intel 80gb SSD (gen2) and 1 tb wd black edition hdd. When i installed Windows 7 i made the SSD the system drive, but Windows 7 put the boot sector on the HDD, so i cant boot unless they are both plugged in. How to i move the boot sector over to the SSD?
 

Answer:Windows 7 Boot Sector on Wrong Drive

Try this:
remove the HDD
Boot off the win 7 disk
Choose repair existing installation.
???
Profit
 

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I have a system which installed some boot files (i.e. Boot manager, Memory Tester and Windows Legacy OS loader) on the lowest numbered drive D: (the rest of course on C: which is the RAID partition where I want everything). I now know I should have disconnected the "D:" drive when I set the RAID up.

Anyone know of a sure-fire way of moving these files over without risk from D: to C: and then I can demote D: and remove the drive?

Answer:Windows boot files on wrong drive.

Have a look at this may be able to help
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

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Hi I installed Win7 X64 on my system where I first had a Vista installed on a 60GB partition on partition C of the first drive in the boot sequence. (two partitions C + D) And I have two other drives with only data H and P
When I installed Win7 I formatted the C partition and it installed flawless.
Then when I wanted to back an image, I found out that WIN7 placed the bootmanager on the P drive. Removing the P drive an trying to fix it with the repair after booting from the DVD resulted in a message that this operating system was not supported. ?
After much searching I found that I could copy the bootmgr to the C drive.
Now my windows starts again as normal from the C drive. But I can see it is using some loader parts from the previously installed vista.
I would like to gave also this loader from Win7 but I cannot find how to get this done?
Is there anyone that has a clue?

Answer:Windows 7 boot manager on wrong drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by mrbert


But I can see it is using some loader parts from the previously installed vista.
I would like to gave also this loader from Win7 but I cannot find how to get this done?
Is there anyone that has a clue?


mrbert, welcome to the forums

I am not sure what you mean with the above, what "loader parts" from Vista do you refer to and what do you see?

Also, I am not sure what you want to accomplish, can you elaborate?

tks

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I partitioned my hard drive in order to get preview Windows 8. When I installed it, I accidentally installed it to my main drive instead. I lost a lot of program data. I don't have high hopes for this at all, but is there anything I can do?
 

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i have 4 hardrives in my computer. We'll call them A, B C & DVista installed on Ai clean installed 7 on Bbut for some reason, the boot.ini was install on C.so in my bios, i have to set the computer to boot drive C.anyway i can fix this?

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Vista and 7 don't use a boot.ini file... ???-Ryan AdamsFree Computer Tips and more:http://RyanTAdams.comPaid Tech Support: Black Diamond

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I don't know if this is a W7 problem or a BIOS problem, but here goes: I was reinstalling W7 on a box with four hard drives. For reasons we don't need to talk about, the operating system ended up on the D drive instead of the C drive. I then installed it on the C drive, and formatted the D drive to remove all of the other Windows stuff. D is now completely empty.

Problem: I now get a screen at boot-up that shows two W7 operating systems and asks me to choose the one I want to run. Not only is that screen very annoying, but when I need to activate the install, I'm concerned that it will look like I have two W7s installed. My 1st question is: is that screen produced by W7 or by the BIOS? And 2d, can anyone give me a straightforward way to get rid of it? My undying gratitude will flow for a successful answer. Thanks.

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So my parents computer is around 4 years old, I bought the newest anti-virus (Norton) and installed it on their computer. While installing i think it had some troubles unistalling the previous version. Anyways thats beside the point (i think?), now when i turn their computer on all i can't do anything.....And i mean NOTHING, I can't run misconfig to boot the computer in safe mode (f8 at boot doesn't work either on boot), None of the installed programs work, and everytime i try it gives me this message:

rundll32.exe
"This files does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel"

After frigging around trying to unistall Norton, theres no way i can get into my control panel. I've tried everything i know and NOTHING works except internet explorer and i can also get the task manager to pop up. It must be the hard drive? but would the computer still even boot if the hard drive was gone?

Anyways any comment,suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

Answer:Something very wrong with Windows XP home or maybe the hard drive?

It has nothing to do with the hard drive, as the error messages are telling you what's wrong. There's a problem with some of the system files, so I would boot from the XP CD and follow the instructions for a repair install. Then you'll want to run Windows Update and re-install SP2.
 

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BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!!!

Hi gurus and dear friends,

I had this question in my mind form last so so many days...

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????

Q2. If yes can we use installed programs and applications on hard disk of our desktop or laptop after booting from pen drive...????? Also how do we prepare pen drive so that its bootable...????

Q3. In case of laptop is it possible that through EXTERNAL hard disk (which has SAY windows xp installed meaning thereby that such external hard disk is bootable) connected to laptop via USB port be used to boot laptop instead of laptop's internal hard disk being used for booting...???????

Q4. A computer (be it laptop or desktop) say

a. has two partition C: and D:.
b. Say the OS windows xp is loaded / installed on both partitions.
c. say now that yahoo messenger is installed on c: only...

Now can I access yahoo messenger program if i boot from D:...??????????????

What if C: has data instead of installed yahoo mess prog...IN that case can i access such data on C: if i boot from D:...????????????????????
Please take your time and then reply only if you are sure as I am myself a lot confused about all four questions raised above....so please take your time and then only reply...

I know the above four questions are NOT easy to answer and only a geek would be in the best position to answer this as normal general users like me normally ... Read more

Answer:BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!!!

i know in the partition manager for windows XP it can read USB drives, try it once it can't hurt.

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Hi:

Unbeknownst to me, my computer has a boot drive and a system drive, instead of the normal situation where they are both the same drive (my friend installed it for me way back). What I mean is that my boot files (i.e. ntldr, boot.ini, ntdetect.com, io.sys, etc.) are all on my C drive (IDE), while my system files (i.e. the actual Windows XP) are on my E drive (SATA). So how it has worked so far is that my BIOS has the C drive listed as the first boot device. However, I would like to change it so that I can boot from the E drive directly. I want to make this change just to make my system a bit "cleaner", but also I ran into some problems trying to dual-boot with Ubuntu because of it.

What I have tried to do is this: make the E drive an active partition (it only has 1 partition, so I guess I am making the whole drive "active"), and copy over all the boot files I found on C onto E. However, I am now getting the "missing hal.dll" error message if I set the E drive as the first boot device in the BIOS (changing it back to the C drive as I had originally still works).

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong, or is my goal impossible?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi gurus and dear friends,

I had this question in my mind form last so so many days...

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????

Q2. If yes can we use installed programs and applications on hard disk of our desktop or laptop after booting from pen drive...????? Also how do we prepare pen drive so that its bootable...????

Q3. In case of laptop is it possible that through EXTERNAL hard disk (which has SAY windows xp installed meaning thereby that such external hard disk is bootable) connected to laptop via USB port be used to boot laptop instead of laptop's internal hard disk being used for booting...???????

Q4. A computer (be it laptop or desktop) say

a. has two partition C: and D:.
b. Say the OS windows xp is loaded / installed on both partitions.
c. say now that yahoo messenger is installed on c: only...

Now can I access yahoo messenger program if i boot from D:...??????????????

What if C: has data instead of installed yahoo mess prog...IN that case can i access such data on C: if i boot from D:...????????????????????
Please take your time and then reply only if you are sure as I am myself a lot confused about all four questions raised above....so please take your time and then only reply...

I know the above four questions are NOT easy to answer and only a geek would be in the best position to answer this as normal general users like me normally feel lo... Read more

Answer:BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????This is dependent on your motherboard. The way you can check, is to go into your BIOS (when you start your computer, you have to tap a key desginated by your motherboard to get into BIOS). For my system I have to tap the DELETE key, but yours could be F1, F2, DELETE, ESC, F12 (those are the common ones anyhow).If you don't know which key for sure, just tap all of them while you are booting....Once you see the BLUE Screen you are in your BIOS. Use the Arrow keys (your mouse won't work in here) and arrow over to where you have your startup devices (typically it will say 1st Startup device, 2nd startup device and so on.) Select one and hit Enter, and a list should pop up allowing you to change the device. Look in that list for USB-HDD or something similar with USB in the name.if you don't see it, then your motherboard is not able to boot to a USB Device...Hope that helps

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Currently, I have Windows installed on my C: drive (HDD). If I install it on my D: drive (SSD) aswell, and then format the C drive, will the current C drive (HDD) still be the C drive, or will the D drive (SSD) become the C?
Sorry for poor explaining and confusing question.

PS: I want the HDD as my C: drive

Answer:Booting Windows 10 from D drive

First, when you install Windows to the SSD make sure and have the HDD disconnected. If you don't, your system partition and boot files will stay on your HDD and when you format it, you will erase them and have to fix Windows booting which can get quite involved.

Whatever drive Windows boots from will be C: drive and the other will be D: drive. When Windows boots from the SSD, it will be C: drive.

You can establish somewhat of a permanent file structure by using directory junctions. Google Windows directory junctions and the mklink command.

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Hi,

I just got a somewhat old laptop for class, and everything is in tact, it just has no hard drive. My question is is it possible to boot Windoze or any other OS from a thumb drive? I'd like to install it there and use the computer that way. There's plenty of room for Win88se, on a 4gig drive, and I have the cd and floppy drive. I can find a drive, it's just that the cost to install it in a laptop would be... more than the cost of the drive.
 

Answer:booting windows from usb drive

Hi,
I don't know about Windows, but there are some possibilities to run Linux from thumb drives at Pendrivelinux.I hope this is of interest?
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

Richard.
 

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The 64MB system doesnt boot XP properly, It gets to a black screen for about 10 seconds, then in a split second the XP bootscreen shows, then instantly a bluescreen of death for another splitsecond then the whole computer reboots and then when it gets to the XP boot process. It works fine on the other system. ty.
 

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I hope someone helps me here. I booted into DOS with a Windows 98 boot disk and also with a Win XP one. There are two partitions of the hard drive C and D, when I bring the prompt into the C drive (C:>) and I hit "dir" command, the contents of D are shown.

Please help me overcome this situation.
 

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Sorry for poor explaining and confusing question.

Answer:Booting Windows 10 from D drive

If you are going to clean install W10 on your SSD then disconnect all other drives. The SSD will become the C: drive and afterwards you can connect up your (old) HDD and it will become D: drive.

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Hi gurus and dear friends,

I had this question in my mind form last so so many days...

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????

Q2. If yes can we use installed programs and applications on hard disk of our desktop or laptop after booting from pen drive...????? Also how do we prepare pen drive so that its bootable...????

Q3. In case of laptop is it possible that through EXTERNAL hard disk (which has SAY windows xp installed meaning thereby that such external hard disk is bootable) connected to laptop via USB port be used to boot laptop instead of laptop's internal hard disk being used for booting...???????

Q4. A computer (be it laptop or desktop) say

a. has two partition C: and D:.
b. Say the OS windows xp is loaded / installed on both partitions.
c. say now that yahoo messenger is installed on c: only...

Now can I access yahoo messenger program if i boot from D:...??????????????

What if C: has data instead of installed yahoo mess prog...IN that case can i access such data on C: if i boot from D:...????????????????????
Please take your time and then reply only if you are sure as I am myself a lot confused about all four questions raised above....so please take your time and then only reply...

I know the above four questions are NOT easy to answer and only a geek would be in the best position to answer this as normal general users like me normally feel lost....

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Hi gurus and dear friends,

I had this question in my mind form last so so many days...

Q1. Can we boot our desktop or laptop computer from USB Pen drive of say 512 MB or 1 GB...?????

Q2. If yes can we use installed programs and applications on hard disk of our desktop or laptop after booting from pen drive...????? Also how do we prepare pen drive so that its bootable...????

Q3. In case of laptop is it possible that through EXTERNAL hard disk (which has SAY windows xp installed meaning thereby that such external hard disk is bootable) connected to laptop via USB port be used to boot laptop instead of laptop's internal hard disk being used for booting...???????

Q4. A computer (be it laptop or desktop) say

a. has two partition C: and D:.
b. Say the OS windows xp is loaded / installed on both partitions.
c. say now that yahoo messenger is installed on c: only...

Now can I access yahoo messenger program if i boot from D:...??????????????

What if C: has data instead of installed yahoo mess prog...IN that case can i access such data on C: if i boot from D:...????????????????????
Please take your time and then reply only if you are sure as I am myself a lot confused about all four questions raised above....so please take your time and then only reply...

I know the above four questions are NOT easy to answer and only a geek would be in the best position to answer this as normal general users like me normally ... Read more

Answer:BOOTING windows xp FROM USB PEN drive...!!!

Hi sunandoghosh....

i can only give you a partial answer to your questions here but i'm sure one of the uber-techs from this site can give you all the answers :-)

You can boot from a USB pen drive but you have to set BIOS so that it tries to locate boot files from the device before hand and as far as im aware some systems are not able to do this. Once booted, you should have full access of the hdd files etc.

Apologies for not being a true geek but I hope that helps a little bit :-)

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hello,

i am working on a computer that is having trouble booting to the partition that contains windows.

somehow windows got moved from the c drive partition over to a different one. i am only able to get to windows via the recovery module (but i CAN get to it and it looks fine).

is there anyone who could please tell me how to modify the bios in such a way that it directs the system to boot into the partition that contains windows?

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HiI have just built a new XP 32 system,and all works fine. What I thought I would do to finish off was to connect my old system disk ??Seagate Barracuda 7200.7?? to my new system just to be able to access the data files, and copy them over to the new set up. I have done this before without any grief. I know that the old XP OS is still on there, but I did not think it would boot from it without me telling the system to do so.I thought things were suspicious when I checked the BIOS and it only seemed to see the IDE disk, which the seagate is. The seagate is connected to the MOBO through the IDE plug.The other two disks, including the new system disk, are connected via the SATA ports on the MOBO. When the IDE disk is not connected the system boots from the new C system disk, when the seagate IDE disk is connected the system boots from it. I?m sure I?m missing something really obvious, but its not obvious to me.Can anyone give me some advice as what settings to adjust so I can just access the data on the seagate disk and stop my pc from booting from the wrong disk? Just ran Belarc system audit, and for some reason my printer is being detected as a hard drive! Does this mean things are well wrong?MOBO Asus P5SD2-VMThanks for your time in readingKwisj

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http://postimage.org/image/1knndxfno/

and eventually it gives me this error:

http://postimage.org/image/1kor2tric/

what did i do? all i did was restart after installing system-switch-mail-gnome

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

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When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

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I know just enough to get into trouble; not enough to fix my errors.
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I had the two HDs installed and I ran XP on both drives as a dual boot system. [Don't ask why-I know it was a stupid idea]. After a few months, of actually running D: as my main drive, I went back to C: and erased/re-formatted everything off of D: so I could use it for something else. Trying to run the same programs on two drives and keeping them sync'd was more than I bargained for.

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Hi. I installed windows 7 x64 RC a while back, and it detected windows xp and set up a dual boot. All was well.

I had a PSU failure, and i replaced the PSU. I set the BIOS to boot from the drive with windows 7 on it. It wouldn't boot. I set the bios to boot from the drive with windows Xp on it, and it booted to the dual boot screen.

Apparently, windows 7 placed the boot information on the old XP drive, so if i try to boot to windows 7 from the windows 7 drive, its a no go.

Now, this wouldnt' bug me so much, except that i want to replace the Xp drive with a larger 1tb drive. I don't need XP anymore, and do need storage (xp drive is 160gb).

if i remove the XP drive, windows 7 won't boot. How can i fix this?

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Put your install disk back in,
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This one is a new one on me but am sure there is going to be someone out there that has come across this... I have several HDD's in my systems, after receiving recent updates recently I noticed my boot drive on one of them starting to clunk & squeal a bit, I thought as the drive was quite old, and was only meant as a temporary measure anyway it was time to bin it, so I attempted to back up the drive - as you might expect with a failing drive it wasnt successful, after powering down and checking to see what was being reported in the bios I noticed the drives weren't displaying their correct model designations, so powering down and removing all the drives bar the suspect one and powering back up and re entering the bios, the drive then reported correctly and was able to successfully boot into windows - now for the strange bit, after checking the drives properties in the device manager I noticed it was being reported as a Seagate ST3000DM001 drive, the problem is this is an old western digital WD500AAKS caviar drive, I cant mistaken this one as its sat on the top of the case with the cables hanging out of it, I used this old drive on purpose as I didnt want to drop this OS on a SSD until I was sure it was stable. the OS was a fresh install to this drive, and as you might expect, during the initial installation and testing phase it was the only drive on the system, the other drives werent added until later, and have been trouble free until this last update, has anyo... Read more

Answer:windows 10 detects wrong drive manufacturer & type????

Yes, I have seen this before, in my case it was a WD Blue HDD. Various odd model numbers were reported by the BIOS. A surface scan would be OK with no bad sectors. However it failed shortly after. My assumption was the electronics/driver board went caput. It had to be mechanically destroyed as nothing could be written to it.

Whatever, I always buy a new drive and install the OS and Programs. Load data/documents from backups.

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

I have therefore been trying to do a clean re-install windows 7 Home premium upgrade including reformat.
When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

Then, whatever I do I am getting the same message. The computer will not boot from the CD ROM drive - not even a start up disk.

Does the HD need reformatting (and how do I do that), or what please?

Answer:Windows re-install gone wrong; can't boot from Hard drive - Help

Where did you get Win7? If you burned it yourself, confirm the ISO exact size and integrity or download another, burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.

Then make sure you have set DVD drive to boot first this way: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

Next try booting using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.

If these fail boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will autostart on its own, highlight HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab Wipe HD.

This will in turn cause the installer to autostart. Be sure to confirm it's integrity first or it may fail again.

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Hi, I have a Hp DV4 laptop, its ok but it heats up quickly and pretty high, I tried cleaning its interior and I found out the HDD heats up the most, or atleast stores the heat for long durations.

My solution was to remove the drive and connect it externally through a USB or a firewire. In my PC bios I have a feature (I never tried) to boot from the USB drive, but my laptop doesnt, isnt there a way to make this work?

Thanks...
 

Answer:Booting Windows from an external drive

Hi B44g6,

If your BIOS has no Boot from USB then the odds are the laptop doesn't support it. All boards are different and you can try booting from it but i dont think it will work,

If you find your laptop is overheating i recomment purchasing a laptop cooling pad they are not that expensive and have fans in them to keep your laptop cool.


hope this helps
James
 

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I have a bit of a problem. I just replaced a hard drive in a system that already contains a somewhat older backup drive. I formatted the new drive, installed Windows 2000, and during the install, Windows 2000 detected the backup drive as C: (it's the primary master), and the new drive as D: (secondary master). Since I'm a Linux guy, I figured that drive letters had no impact on bootup, and that Windows 2000 would install everything to D:, as I specified. It did install the OS to the D:, but it put the boot files on the C: (the old back up drive). I didn't notice this until now, and a lot of work has gone into restoring this machine, so formatting and starting over really isn't an option. I tried disabling the backup drive, figuring that Windows 2000 MUST have put some sort of bootup ability on the OS drive, but it was a no go. I booted into the recovery console, ran fixmbr and fixboot on both drives, and tried again. Still couldn't boot off of the new drive. The system works fine, but I'm worried that if the old backup drive fails, it will prevent the machine from booting, even though the OS is all on the new drive. So my question is, how do I make the new drive bootable?
 

Answer:Booting Windows 2000 off of a non-C: drive

You have ntldr, NTDETECT.COM & and boot.ini on your W2K drive? Edit: and BIOS set to boot from primary slave? Oops, I mean secondary master as you said in your post. Another edit: and D: is active ?
 

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Okay, I've searched as much as I could and I couldn't find out how to fix my problem so I'm hoping someone can guide me to possibly fixing it.

Okay, to start out with some back story...

My computer:

Dell 8400
Windows XP Pro SP3
1.52GB's of RAM
500GB Hitachi HDD
80GB Seagate HDD
X1900 Diamond graphics card

Okay so I had some spare time and I've been wanting to format a spare Seagate 80GB HDD that's been just sitting in my PC doing nothing for a while now. So I broke out my Partition Magic and went to format the HDD, well, I got an error or two and I gave up... But then I got to thinking maybe I might try rebooting my PC. So I did that and then there was trouble.

I got the "Drive not found, strike F1 to continue, F2 for Setup" (sp?).

So I figured it was nothing major and hit my F1 key and then I got some weird letters on my screen... So weird, I can't actually type them out. (I'll upload a picture even though it won't help)

So after messing around in the BIOs to no avail, I though maybe (some how) my 80GB was trying to boot instead of my 500GB. So I took my 80GB out and put it's connections on my 500GB HDD, started it up and still did the same thing...

So, I gave up, I figured I'd have to go ahead and boot up into a Ubuntu disc and see if the drive is even visible. To my surprise, it was. I got to at least backup some things and that's great and all but I truly hate to format and reinstall Windows again, even more so now that I know my 5... Read more

Answer:Windows XP hard drive not booting.

umm

1st thing do you have any windows CD eg windows xp (must be bootable)?

just making sure before we try anything lol

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I'm still running Vista. I recently purchased a thumb drive with Windows 10 from Microsoft (only because they don't sell them on disc anymore, which is easy and I've done a clean install of Vista half a dozen times from CD-Rom).

Anyway, I plug in the thumb drive, I reboot, go to BIOS, set to boot from USB-HDD. Exit that, and a screen comes up with the device (my USB with Windows 10) at the top and Verifying DMI Pool way down at the bottom. But then nothing. It just hangs there. As far as I can tell, it will hang there forever (but at the very least an hour). I can't find a solution, and I've been at this for hours. Thank you in advance for any help, or even pointing me in the right direction.

Answer:Booting Windows from Thumb Drive

My Vista machine never used to install Windows from USB stick either, so I stuck to burning an ISO to DVD. I assume you want to clean install this time too. If you don't need to access the bit that allows you to add/remove partitions and format the drive before installing Windows, you could try running setup.exe on the thumbdrive from the Vista desktop and follow the on-screen instructions, which should give the option to keep nothing and install Windows.

Alternatively, you can burn a Windows 10 ISO to DVD using the Windows Media Creation Tool (see Option Two at the link below) and then boot from DVD to install Windows 10. Just use the licence key that came with the Windows 10 thumbdrive you bought to activate it.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9...-download.html

Then:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...n-install.html

You'll may need to install Windows 8.1 graphics card drivers if there aren't any available for Windows 10 and they don't automatically install through Windows Update.

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computer specs, GeForce GTX 760 and i5-4670k CPU. MSI Z97-G45 Gaming Series motherboard. bought this from somebody with no windows installed on it. computer came with no cd's. bought a new copy of windows 8.1. i have the computer hooked up to a 720p hdtv with an hdmi cord. everytime i am hitting enter to boot from the device options it just keeps blinking but it wont boot from device. i think since i am using a tv and not a monitor it may be cutting off some other options on the screen on the bottom that i cant see? or is there something wrong with the computer. i believe the person used the computer before me for about 6 months or so and deleted what ever operating system he had on it before giving it to me. read some stuff about possible uefi bios legacy boot but not sure?

Answer:having trouble booting windows 8.1 from cd drive

Read here, see if this helps: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

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I just got done building my first computer! (12 gb ddr3 ram, i7 950, WD 1T HDD, 128gb SSD sata 3, radeon HD 6950) and I'm trying to figure out which drive windows 7 is booting from?

Answer:which hard drive is windows booting from?

disk 1, however the boot partition is on disk 0, this is done for hardware reasons, as some systems will not see the bootmgr unless it's located on disk 0. This is a physical identification based on where the disk is plugged into the motherboard.

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Hey everyone! Long time listener first time caller, I have a quick question about booting from a new drive.

I just installed an SSD with the intention of copying my system files over from my old standard HD and using the new one exclusively to boot off of (using this old guide) and despite a couple of hiccups the whole process has gone smoothly. Now I'm at the stage where everything is copied to the new hard drive, but when I go into the BIOS and change the boot order the computer still wants to boot from the old drive. So basically my question is: is this normal?

When I start up normally I can see the new drive (240GB) and the old drive (2TB), but it appears that Windows is running off of the old drive, which is still reading as the C: drive. Furthermore, when I either unplug the old drive or set the BIOS to only boot from the new drive, I get a "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" message upon startup. I'm pretty sure it should change the new drive to the C: drive once I format my old drive, and I have everything backed up in multiple places so I shouldn't be too worried, but I just want to be extra paranoid about my data and make sure nothing catastrophic happens before I do the any formatting. Any help or clarification would be appreciated, thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows Not Booting From Correct Drive

Please post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management that shows all partitions on all drives.

Was your "standard HD" connected to your motherboard when you installed Windows on the new SSD?

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I have a T61p which originally had a Hitachi 100GB HD.  I cloned that drive and copied it over to a new 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT.  Problem is that when I try to boot I get nothing but the flashing cursor in the top left corner.  Here is what I have tried:Replaced MBR, Boot.ini, drive ID, Boot cfg. I have tried switching the SATA settings in BIOS to compatibility mode.  The bios recognizes the drive just fine.  I can run diagnostics on it (all check out good) and bring it up in the windows pre-enviroment 2.1 rescue disk from the clone software (Macrium Reflect). I tried to load windows XP from CD to run recovery console and I get a message that there is no drive present.  Can anyone tell me how to make this work please.













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Answer:New BIG Hard Drive not booting Windows XP

joiseystud, welcome to the forum,
 
How did you clone the drive, was the new drive inserted in your T61p as primary or was it external?  The drive being cloned to needs to be in the system as primary.
 
Knowledgebase Article; Upgrading-HDD-on-ThinkPad-T61p   Another thread; T60 problems changing the harddrive
 
And something I threw together with fellow moderator KalvinKlein.
 
A search of the forum for; "clone blinking cursor", will also find a plethora of information

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I'm still running Vista. I recently purchased a thumb drive with Windows 10 from Microsoft (only because they don't sell them on disc anymore, which is easy and I've done a clean install of Vista half a dozen times from CD-Rom).

Anyway, I plug in the thumb drive, I reboot, go to BIOS, set to boot from USB-HDD. Exit that, and a screen comes up with the device (my USB with Windows 10) at the top and Verifying DMI Pool way down at the bottom. But then nothing. It just hangs there. As far as I can tell, it will hang there forever (but at the very least an hour). I can't find a solution, and I've been at this for hours. Thank you in advance for any help, or even pointing me in the right direction.

Answer:Booting Windows from Thumb Drive

My Vista machine never used to install Windows from USB stick either, so I stuck to burning an ISO to DVD. I assume you want to clean install this time too. If you don't need to access the bit that allows you to add/remove partitions and format the drive before installing Windows, you could try running setup.exe on the thumbdrive from the Vista desktop and follow the on-screen instructions, which should give the option to keep nothing and install Windows.

Alternatively, you can burn a Windows 10 ISO to DVD using the Windows Media Creation Tool (see Option Two at the link below) and then boot from DVD to install Windows 10. Just use the licence key that came with the Windows 10 thumbdrive you bought to activate it.

Windows 10 ISO Download

Then:
Windows 10 - Clean Install

You'll may need to install Windows 8.1 graphics card drivers if there aren't any available for Windows 10 and they don't automatically install through Windows Update.

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I have a problem with an external drive that is driving me crazy.
2 weeks ago I replaced my laptops HDD with a larger one using Apricorn's EZ Upgrade. Worked like a charm - plugged in the new drive to USB, cloned my HDD (including partitions, C & D (recovery)), removed old HDD, plugged in new one, and all was well. Larger drive, old system and files.
According to Apricorn I should now be able to either change the cloned (old) drive file to an image, and/or use the old HDD as an external (they provided an enclosure.)
I plugged it in, Windows (XP/sp2) found it and installed all the USB Mass Storage drivers and I cold now see both partitions in "My Computer" (F & G.)
Couldn't figure out how to change cloned portion to an image, but as I'm about to do a complete reinstall I really wanted the space as external, so I formated the F partiition (non-recovery) and unplugged it.
Now whenever I plug it in (USB) Windows automatically starts to boot from it. I get a blue error screen for a split second and then it starts to reboot. Going into F10 BIOS setup and changing to HDD justs starts a loop - boot, to bios, to boot, to bios. The only way to stop it is to unplug it and reboot without it. This happens both when I use the provided Apricorn enclusure (with circuit board) and with and IDE/USB adapter I have.

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Answer:external drive booting (while already in Windows)

Some BIOS's get confused whenever there is an attached USB HD. That's probably why you get the loop.

As for the in Windows problem to see the blue screen errror that causes the restart go into ControlPanel/System/Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings. Under System Failure uncheck the Automically Restart box. Post the blue screen message.
 

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Please help Windows 7 crash
If someone could please try and help me fix this or just start over.

Ok I have a emachine e725 running windows 7 32bit and a acer running on windows vista. My emachine recently crashed in the blue screen and I tried to complete a system restore. I was able to get through the advanced boot menu and use the repair your computer option to restore windows. During the windows setup process I got another blue screen and the computer restarting. It then started the process over and once it got to the step that says windows is preparing setup, it gives an error msg saying something along the lines of windows was interupted and needs to restart to complete installation, and it has an option to press ok. This cycle continues and I can not open in safe mode because it says "windows can not complete the installation in safemode. Also the option to repair your computer in the advanced menu options is no longer available. So after wrestling with windows starting up I decided to create a back up and restore disc on my acer for my windows 7 computer. I tried putting it on a disc but it would not boot. So I tried creating a installation disc of windows 7 and tried booting from the cdrom drive. Once I did that I got a error msg saying "device driver not found: MSCD001 No valid cdrom device drivers selected. It then gives me the A:\>. Im not sure if I created the disc wrong since I cant unzip the entire file I downloaded with needing an encryption pas... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 not booting from cd or hard drive

When Win7 will not start, you want to run Startup Repair from the Repair My Computer console if available on F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu, or by booting the Win7 Repair CD:
System Repair Disc - Create
Startup Repair

In your case, you ran full Factory Recovery which has now stalled. If you are still under one-year Tech Support warranty I would call eMachine to have them help you. If not, do you have the Recovery Disks which should have been made off the Recovery Partition when you first got your computer? You would normally use these to boot and start the Recovery again. You may need to order the disks from eMachine tech support.

The error you are getting while in Safe Mode means you may be able to follow the "Now for Safe Mode" steps at the end of this tutorial to access Device Manager to uninstall any Device which is showing in error - this device is probably the one causing the blue screen, and by uninstalling it you may be allowed to complete installation then update the driver correctly from the desktop. Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

If you can find a Win7 installation DVD for your version you can also wipe your HD to clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This is a much cleaner install allowing better Win7 performance without the factory bloatware and useless factory utilities which have much better versions built into Win7: Reinstalling Windows 7

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Hi there,

I was wondering if there is any way to boot my new Windows XP computer off of an old Windows 98 Hard Drive without screwing anything up. What I am trying to do is access and run a program that was installed on the WIN 98 Hard Drive. The software was an expensive Patent Software and I no longer have the installation disk.

Here is what I have already tried:
1. Connected the WIN98 hard drive to my XP Computer and booted up. Computer started to boot into WIN98 but came back with some kind of memory error and shut down.
2. Tried running the software from the WIN98 Drive in WINXP but came back with an error about missing DLL files.

Someone mentioned running the drive as a virtual machine. Is that an option? If so, how do I set it up. Also, the old drive is partitioned into 4 pieces which doesn't help.

Please let me know if there are any ideas to get it running on my new machine.

Thanks,

Max
 

Answer:Booting from an Old Windows 98 Hard Drive

Hi and welcome. How about putting the drive back into the windows 98 machine
 

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HiMy current pc specswindows 7 ultimate,hdd:320 gb(now replaced),1gb RAm2 weeks ago my lenovo R61 started showing fan error,I force fully sometimes closed laptop by pressing power button for 5 sec around 10-15 times because it never gets shut down,after opening it by pressing Esc key.Then I opened it,saw dust,cleaned fan dust.And it worked smoothly but after one day,windows stopped booting at logo glowing screen.It hangs there for so long.Again forcefully shut down.Luckily i installed ubuntu too on separate partition.It was working normally but few days later,ubuntu also stopped booting.Then  I thought to replaced my current hard disk(320 gb)  with my older one(It is 160 gb,it has windows 7 installed, i took it from my brother lappy of SL500).And my pc boots normally,it worked but again with some times showing fan error and on pressing Esc,logging inwindows 7,sometimes mouse automatically right clicks (i have updated mouse drivers).No fan is available in india of its model,although i have now extra one cooling pad,which keeps laptop cool.Questions:Is my hard disk(320 gb) has failed?Is my fan error eventually going to destroy my motherboard,if i do not replace fan?Why sometimes fan error comes and some times not, and why mousepad sometimes gets disabled on some parts like taskbar,and then it works,sometimes automatic right clicks ,then later works.?What is problem  

Answer:Fan error,windows stopped booting,replaced hard drive,Windows boots mouse problem

Typically, a fan error means you have a bad fan and if not that, probably a motherboard problem.  I would first try ordering a new fan (I will locate a part number for you).
 
Hard shutdowns do damage because the OS could still be writing system information when the PC suddenly goes off, and on the next reboot, you may have a damaged file.





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Hi

I have a Acer TravelMate 4150. When I tried to re-install Windows a couple of days ago I realised that I could not see the boot screen (Windows xp - loading screen). I could not enter the bios to set the boot seqeunce because the screen stays blank untill it enters Windows. I then connected my external monitor and noticed that the laptop boots on that monitor and as soon as it enters Windows, the laptops screen switches on. I have since re-installed Windows but still have the same problem.

I have check all the settings and no external monitors are enabled. My monitors are in the right order, when I "Identified" them my laptop screen would be nr1 and external 2.

Please help
 

Answer:TravelMate 4150 booting on wrong screen

Download and install the Acer's video driver from the Acer support site, and see if this fixes the trouble
 

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Hello folks -- I am desperating ..... I run a T500 (2082-8WG) with two times XPP on it. One on the first HDD bay which runs well. The 2bd I installed on a HDD in a bay (instead of CD-ROM) which runs perfectly just for a few days. I can use F12 at while booting and choose run the first HDD or the 2nd one without problems. But then, after 10-12 days passed it shows "NTLDR is missing" without any error the times before. It is amazing. I already tried several hints. I was told to install Win XPP with the 2nd HDD inserted in the 1st slot (even dont know why this should make any difference). I did this and again, the same problem. It sucks after a few days (did not count if there is a certain number of tries of days, I guess around 1-2 weeks and several times trying). It seems that BIOS doesnt not recognize the 2nd one after y few days but no clue for what reasons. Any ideas pls? Actually, I should mention, that NTLDR (246kb), NTDETECT.com and a few other system files ARE on the 2nd disk as well(which is called also Preload, like the first one)! Thanks Ignacio

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" while booting from bay HDD ... whats wrong?

If you unhide Hidden and System files on the first HDD, you can go to the root directory and copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to the other disk. I think EasyBCD can automate this for you.

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So i have made another partition on my computer. my computer is trying to boot into the drive with nothing on it giving my a no system disk error. So i put in my vista disk and it comes up with my main partition somehow on the d: drive and my new partition on the c: drive. All of my files are intact, the computer is just booting into the wrong partition. Please help.
 

Answer:Solved: vista booting into wrong partition

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I was trying to install Windows 7 ultimate on a Lenovo b570 that had Windows 7 Home Premium, I Gparted the drive to all unallocated, and started the W7 install, at 57%, it hangs for three hours, I take the disc out, notice fingerprints, used a CD cleaner, and cleaned it, I put the CD back in, waited for it to spin up, before hitting "try again" with the "No disc in the drive message" after hitting "try again", instead of it continuing like normal, it kept saying "The wrong volume is in the drive" despite putting the SAME disc in. No matter how many time I try to click, "try again", I get the same "The wrong volume is in the drive" message. If I hit "continue" I get a "Windows was unable to complete the installation" the computer restarts, but now I get a "Bootmgr is missing" Won't even boot to CD, not even Gparted again!
 
Any ideas on a fix on these various problems with installation?

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So I bought a WD Green 3TB and made two partitions > 40Gb and the rest as second partition. Since the second partition is more than 2.2 TB I had to partition entire drive with GPT.

I was not able to install windows 8.1 from a flash drive on it. Later I realized I had to enable EFI from BIOS, which I did but the BIOS had no option of enabling EFI Boot from USB HDD,

only CD/DVD.

Does this mean I will not be able to install windows on a GPT partition with a USB flash drive or am I missing something?

Anyone using windows on GPT partition installed with a flash drive?

Thanks.
 

Answer:UEFI, Windows 8.1, 3TB and booting from flash drive.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

Try option 2.
 

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Hello all!

I recently re-installed a fresh copt of Windows XP Professional. I currently have two issues

a) When I boot, it offers me two options, to either boot XP or boot the XP Setup. Is there a way to remove the setup so it boots up XP directly?
b) I noticed that my C Drive is currently using 10.7 GB of space. However, when I select all of my folders in the C folder including all "hidden" folders, it only comes up to 7.15 GB. Where is the other 3.62 GB?

Thank you all in advanced for your hard work!

Answer:Booting Windows/Drive Space Problem

is your drive one partition? is there data you want saved?

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

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Answer:Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

please do not duplicate posts here
Not sure if you have die to a server error - i have been experiencing here
however, closing this post
continue here
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1068945-windows-7-installation-not-booting.html
 

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Hi all,
I recently installed Windows to Go on my 1TB External Hard Drive. I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Wizard to do it.
I can boot it fine on Inspiron 1560, however when i try to boot it on HP Probook 4530s or HP Elitebook 8460p it gives error
"Disk Read Error. Please Ctrl + Alt + Del to Restart"

Can anyone help please ?

Answer:Error Booting Windows to Go on External Drive

Official WTG or home grown WTG? If home grown, my guess is a driver error. USB 2 or USB 3? If USB 3 try plugging into a USB 2 port.

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I have a hard drive from an old pc which was broken and I had to scrap. I bought a new pc with vista installed. I now have the old hard drive connected via a usb caddy and wish to boot from it with my new pc (the connections are different so cannot connect it internally).

I read on ehow about being able to do this but you had to edit some .IN_ files using cab SDK to extract them. I cannot find cab SDK in xp or vista and the link to download it from the microsoft site no longer exists. Please advise me of a way to edit these files in order for me to boot xp from my external usb drive.

Thanks.

Answer:Booting windows xp from external hard drive

Not going to happen as far as I know.

The only way I know of is to install XP to the external drive.
http://ccollomb.free.fr/blog/?p=64

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Basically, I had my primary slave drive start giving me greif with write errors and that, and so I thought I ought to scandisk it. I had a load of sector errors and it spent a day or two fixing them all. When it finally finished, windows (obviously on the master drive) refused to boot saying:
error initialising SHELL
krnl386.exe missing or invalid
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and then shut down when u did. After all sorts of sillyness like reinstalling the file I found and disabling bus mastering (oh yeah - safe mode worked) that the computer would boot if i removed the drive. However, I could always view the drive in dos, and i've now plugged it into this machine and i can read and execute files, and it booted into windows (albeit '95) perfectly. I was just hoping you may have some idea of something I could tweak to make it work again on mine?

the drive is a maxtor diamondmax vl30 5400rpm 30gb at drive...

thanks in advance for anyhelp

cheers!
Jonny Platt
 

Answer:my 2nd hard drive stops windows booting

Hi namdas, welcome to TSG....

What operating system is running on the primary master drive?

Does it still boot up by itself?

Once you disconnected the problem drive and put it into another machine, you more than likely changed the jumpers....make sure you change them back to slave when attempting to re-install it in your other machine.

Also, bios will need to re-recognize the drives again as well.
 

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https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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Answer:New Disk Drive Stopped Windows Booting

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Welcome to TenForums @LutzF

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