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How to turn parallel XP install into main boot drive?

by fredzeppelin / September 24, 2007 10:11 AM PDT

WinXP Pro SP2

Multiple drives USB, SATA, EIDE

Had WinXP on C:. Drive started getting a little flaky, created an XP parallel install on newly formatted NTFS drive F:

Dual boot works fine, can choose either install to boot, (of course the F: install is newer/cleaner/faster)

C: continues to go south, taking the bootloader with it.

Is there some way to make the drive F: installation bootable, so that I can jettison the wonky C: drive?

It's not a question of BIOS boot order, or whatever, if I disable C: and set the F: disk as the boot device, I get an error message about inserting bootable media.

I'm fooling around with Acronis Disk Director and OS selector, but that doesn't seem to get me completely there.


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Last time I did this I...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2007 10:14 AM PDT

I rearranged the drives as I wanted them then looked up XP REPAIR INSTALL on and did that to the parallel install. Sadly since XP doesn't like letter changes some installed software may need reinstalling after the repair.


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by fredzeppelin / September 24, 2007 12:55 PM PDT

Yeah, reloading all the s/w is what I'm trying to avoid of course. I just spent a month doing it with the parallel install.

thanks for the reply ......brad

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I didn't have to reload all of it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2007 11:32 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks

Sorry but this is the only know fix. I've yet to find a commercial solution. My bet is that no one will pay for it.


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by jaz3 / October 5, 2007 5:27 PM PDT

I have exactly the same problem. It sounds like I've been round the same loops as you have, it is very frustrating. I am considering creating a ghost image of my C: drive, using this to build a fresh drive, then applying a full restore from my previously saved XP backup (stored on an external hard drive). Surely that has to work?

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