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XP and 2000 installed to one hard drive

Hi all,

First off, I'm hoping I can recover from this without formatting. I have an older computer (PIII 1.6 ghz I think) that I use for general purpose stuff, music, internet, games etc. Here's what I did...

I've just recently been hooked on Metal of Honor, but it ran kinda slow. It's xp, with a bunch of garbage, and it's a pretty stale install at this point anyway. Most of the time I dont notice it, so I didn't want to re-format. Instead I installed an old hard drive that is pretty small, like less than 10 gigs. I figured I'd put 2000 on it, and use it just for games. my bios has a boot menu option, so I figured I'd hit F8, select the second hard drive, or the first for my original XP install. Great plan, but it backfired.

Some of you are probably thinking I'm stupid -maybe I am- because I left the hard drive with XP on it in the computer. I told windows 2000 to intall to the second hard drive. It did, copying all of the files to the d: drive, but it put the boot information on the main drive. Now I have to boot to the main drive, and I get a boot menu, windows xp or 2000. This wouldn't bother me that much really, except that XP doesn't boot. (I don't know the error message off hand, I can post it when I get home from work tonight if need be)

So, can anybody give me some advice on how to fix this. I'd like to maybe take the 2000 installation off, and put it completely on the second hard drive if that's possible. Or even get XP working again and have the boot menu on the main hard drive. That would be fine. I've looked around online but haven't found anything really relevant. Any help would be appreciated.


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In reply to: XP and 2000 installed to one hard drive

Can you edit this file in Safe Mode, or through 2000? Perhaps you can get XP to start if you know what drive and partition supports it. If in doubt google 'boot.ini'.

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sort of the same problem

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I sort of have the same problem except I have XP and ME on there. Everytime I start up I'm also given a choice of which to use. I use XP but then when Windows starts, it says I have low disk space on my System_Sav D: drive. Is there any way to get rid of ME without having to reformat?

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So, your problem is windows xp won't boot??

In reply to: XP and 2000 installed to one hard drive

For dual boot systems, as far as I know, windows xp should be install later...

Try to disconnect the small HD (where the win 2k is install).. see what happened ...

As for fixing your problem (windows xp didn't boot up) you may try to do a repair install windows xp..

Warning!! when you do a repair install.. you need to reinstall all the update.. and probably installing some of the software (i.e. anti virus etc.)

Note: don't forget, there is a system restore that you might use.

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System restore sounds best; How?

In reply to: So, your problem is windows xp won't boot??

I know XP has it, but I've never done a thing with it, any hints or tips? I'm going to look around online too. Thanks for the Help.


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