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Windows XP not booting without slave hard drive in.

by mercilessnewb / March 21, 2007 12:49 PM PDT

I recently built a computer for my parents out of spare parts from my recent upgrade. It has been working fine until recently. It becomes confused and will crash, sometimes not boot at all. I belive the problem is that the old hard drive was never formatted when the new one was put in. The current operating system is on the new hard drive. however an old XP is on the old hard drive. I attempted to take out the old hard drive but the boot information appears to be on it. When I boot the computer it tells me to insert a correct system disk (or something close to that) in other words it will not boot XP without both hard drives plugged in. Is there a way I can take the boot information and place it on the new hard drive allowing my to take out the old one?

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Look up...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 12:51 PM PDT

"XP REPAIR INSTALL" on That should fix it.


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If you want it to work without
by lacsr / March 21, 2007 10:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Look up...

the old drive, make sure it is out of the computer when you do the repair install.

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by mercilessnewb / March 22, 2007 9:12 AM PDT

Alright that is what i thought I would have to do. Thank you for your help.

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by ask4anu / March 22, 2007 12:15 PM PDT


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