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Removing second HDD with OS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ziggy587, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. Ziggy587

    Ziggy587 Thread Starter

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    Wasn't sure if this was more of a hardware of software question. I have a computer with XP installed. I added a second hard drive as a slave and installed Vista on it. Now I want to remove the second Vista drive.

    My question is, if I remove it will the computer just load XP off the original hard drive? Is there anything I have to do before I remove it so it'll boot to XP? Thanks.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You will probably need to rebuild the boot of XP with fixboot, fixmbr, and bootconfig /rebuild from the Recovery Console after removing Vista.
     
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    Oh, that sounds easy. All you have to do is type the command pretty much. Is there nothing I should do before I remove the Vista hard drive?

    I ask because the slave drive with Vista on it is failing. If I was to take the drive out and replace it with another, then reinstall Vista on it, should everything be good in this case? I mean, I should be able to boot into XP/Vista like normal after the install, right?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    You can just clone the old drive to a new one if you want. You would just need to put the new drive in the place of your main drive, clone using a bootable medium, and then switch the drives around.

    Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

    SystemRescueCD
    EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
    XXClone
    CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
    CloneZilla
    Partition Saving
    PCI CloneMaxx
    Drive Image XML
    HDClone
    DriveClonerXP
    Self-Image
    copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

    Commercial Apps:

    O&O DiskImage
    Acronis True Image Home
    EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
    Drive Snapshot
    Keriver Image
    Avanquest Copy Commander
    Paragon Drive Backup
    NovaBackup
    R-Drive Image
    Norton Ghost
    HDClone Pro or Enterprise
    Terabyte Image for Windows
    Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
    Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup


    But if you decide to install Vista to the second drive, there is then no need to get XP to boot since after you install Vista to the new drive, there will be a dual-boot menu. Unless, of course, you want to remove the drive and run XP while waiting for the new drive.
     
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