Removing second HDD with OS

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Ziggy587

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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.
 
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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?
 
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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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