Moving System partition (as shown on computer management console in XP)

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joshuapowell1990

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I've had some trouble last week were I got the BSOD, due to some problem with the registry, I couldn't find a solution and so bought a new SATA hard drive and installed XP on it (as i couldn't reinstall it on my old one for fear of losing all my files etc). Now however, after moving all my files into the new harddrive (where XP now seems to be), I want to format the old C: drive but the computer management console isn't allowing me to as the "system" partition is still on the old C: drive.

In short, is there anyway to move that partition to the new F: drive where the boot partition is?

Thanks for any help,
Josh
 
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joshuapowell1990

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Thanks for the reply speed_hog, but I've read that I won't be able to boot into windows if the system partition (on the old harddrive) is formated, because the newer boot partition, with the OS files, does not have to system partition to boot up with. (Why do Microsoft always have to be different to everyone else?!?!?)

So would I have to re-partition the newer hard drive as well as formating the old one?
 
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turn the PC off, Remove the second (slave) hard drive and try and start it back up if it loads windows. it doesn't need anything off the old drive and then put it back in and format it :)
So you can use it :)
 
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You should have removed the old hard drive first then installed XP
So that is what you need to do...
Rumor has it that there can be problems with the master hard drive NOT being the C:
this is a learning experience so have fun with it and try it again :)
 
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I've had some trouble last week were I got the BSOD, due to some problem with the registry, I couldn't find a solution and so bought a new SATA hard drive and installed XP on it (as i couldn't reinstall it on my old one for fear of losing all my files etc). Now however, after moving all my files into the new harddrive (where XP now seems to be), I want to format the old C: drive but the computer management console isn't allowing me to as the "system" partition is still on the old C: drive.

In short, is there anyway to move that partition to the new F: drive where the boot partition is?

Thanks for any help,
Josh
Josh ,
go to C:\boot.ini , copy and paste it here . It is a hidden file so you have to unhide it . Now do the same for your F drive and paste it here . I will try to help you fix this problem .
Dutch
 

joshuapowell1990

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boot.ini was not present in C: drive Dutch, so that didnt work.....i'll try your method speed_hog

Thanks for the help thus far!
 
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Josh did you show hidden files and folders?
You must have and it is not there that is why it won't boot Grrrrr.
I don't know how to do the whole boot.ini modification, so you could wait a bit as there are people here who do.
 

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Yeah, I showed hidden files and folders.
I'll give the reinstallation of windows a go without the c drive installed and see if that works, if not ill report back!
 
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boot.ini was not present in C: drive Dutch, so that didnt work.....i'll try your method speed_hog

Thanks for the help thus far!
click on my computer <> click on C <> click on tools <> click on folder options <> click on view <> make sure there is a tick in show hidden files , make sure there is no check mark in hide protected operating system files click ok . Now look for C:\boot.ini , copy and paste it here . Now do the same for your F drive and paste it here . I will try to help you fix this problem .
Dutch
 

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Once I unchecked the hide system files one i found boot.ini, is that all i need to copy across?

thanks for the help dutch!
 
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speed_hog

27-Sep-2008, 02:51 PM
Josh did you show hidden files and folders?
You must have and it is not there that is why it won't boot Grrrrr.
I don't know how to do the whole boot.ini modification, so you could wait a bit as there are people here who do.


joshuapowell1990

27-Sep-2008, 02:56 PM
Yeah, I showed hidden files and folders.
I'll give the reinstallation of windows a go without the c drive installed and see if that works, if not ill report back!

GRRRR... I thought you had done that already LOL
That will teach me to be more thorough when I ask that question again :)
We will have to wait for a boot.ini master to return & read this as I want to learn how this all works too
:)


 
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