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