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Activating partition

by kemperhills / June 24, 2012 1:18 PM PDT

I have an HP Compac that got a virus and I had to replace the HD. The only HD that I had was and IDE. The computer supports both IDE and SATA. Before the HD went South I had the boot drive on SATA 0 that was 80 GB. I had another 500 GB HD on SATA 1. The IDE was used for the DVD drive.

When the 80 GB drive had to be replaced I replaced it with a 120GB HD that I had from a computer that expired. I used it until I could get another SATA drive.

When I got another SATA drive I used DriveImage XML to mirror image the IDE drive to the SATA.

But here is my problem. If the IDE drive is still in the computer I can't activate the partition on the new SATA drive in Disk Management. If I take the IDE drive out the computer won't boot. When the blue screen with the XP logo on it shows up the computer freezes.

So how do I activiate the partition on the new SATA drive so that the computer will boot.

This is new to me, the first time I have tried this, so I hope that I explained things in a way they can be understood.

The bottom line in that I need the partition activiated on the new SATA drive and can't figure out how to do so.

Thanks.

One more bit of info. If I take the new SATA out and install the IDE drive the computer boots.

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That's a hard one. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2012 1:48 PM PDT
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Since XP didn't support SATA drives you have a lot of research ahead of you. It's well discussed but the fix is to try the BIOS SATA "modes" and then drivers and then we get to install XP again. Some folk are looking for a quick fix.
Bob

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by kemperhills / June 24, 2012 10:19 PM PDT

Proffitt, the computer came with an 80 GB SATA HD. I added the 500 GB HD. When the 80 GB HD went South I installed the 120 GB IDE until I could get another SATA.

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So did you?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 25, 2012 2:16 AM PDT
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Move the drive to the SATA connection that had the boot drive?

And did you do a REPAIR INSTALL of XP? If not XP, how would folks know what OS you are using? I may have got that wrong.

Installing the boot manager afterwards is not trivial and rarely works. It's why I'll put the drives exactly where they are needed, make the bios changes and install the OS then restore the files for the owner.
Bob

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So did you?
by kemperhills / June 25, 2012 4:33 AM PDT
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Ok, thanks.

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(NT) Have you try changing the boot sequence in the bios?
by ahtoi / June 24, 2012 6:03 PM PDT
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Changing boot
by kemperhills / June 24, 2012 10:20 PM PDT
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Yes I have, when I installed the IDE HD I had to reset the boot order. When I tried to install the new SATA I reset the boot order back to SATA then IDE.

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Interesting...
by ahtoi / June 25, 2012 12:41 AM PDT
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so what Bob said about XP and SATA might be true. I maybe in the same situation very soon also. I just bought a refurb computer at auction for $65 with a 80G. harddrive and I am thinking of adding a sata as well. This warn me what to look out for.

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