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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by db1616, Sep 1, 2004.

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  1. db1616

    db1616 Thread Starter

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    Fellow Nerds, Geeks, Friends and Countrymen:

    OK I admit it -- I am an MCP with at least ten years experience and I can't fix this one!!!

    I currently boot from the C: drive, but my OS (XP Pro) is on the D: Drive. THere is a dual boot question at the beginning; I used to have 2000 Pro on the C: Drive, it went kablooey so I installed XP Pro on the D: Drive.

    I have a brand new 120GB HD. I want to take the C: Drive out and replace it with the new one, but it always says something is missing when I do this.
    The config is correct -- master/slave position on the cable and jumpers exactly the same. I am down to 'missing or corrupt \windows\system32\cofig\system'. But that is not the question.

    The question is HOW TO BOOT FROM THE OLD D: DRIVE IN MASTER AND REPLACE THE C:DRIVE WITH THE NEW HARD DRIVE?

    I DON'T want to re-build this D: Drive. It is set up just the way I like it (well, the most important thing is I am up to level thirty on Astropop and don't want to re-install!!) That is kind of a joke and kind of not.

    Well, thank you gurus and Einsteins in advance. Free donuts to anyone who successfully meets this challenge.


    Feel free to e-mail me directly on this one. I'll take the flood.
     
  2. skinnywhiteboy

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    Try this first:

    Remove C:\
    Set D:\ to the Master
    Boot with a DOS boot disk and try fixing the MBR.

    Your D:\ drive most likely does not have a MBR. You need that to boot.
     
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