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taking hard drive off system boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by edgar818, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. edgar818

    edgar818 Thread Starter

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    Currently i have 2 hard drives on my system. One of them has windows installed the other one does not. When i disconnect the one without windows, it does not let me boot and says insert system boot. How can i take off the hard drive without xp.
     
  2. warlord

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    my only suggestion is that when windows was installed it was installed on the drive that you are trying to remove. now i dont know if you built this computer or if you were the one who installed windows on it but it seems like the only reason.

    however it could be your bios. try going in there first and seeing what the boot priority is make sure it goes the the right hard drive first
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Sounds like the MBR was written to the second drive.

    Remove the second drive and boot from the XP CD. Choose "R" for "repair".

    Log into your XP installation and at the command prompt, try:

    fixboot

    and then:

    fixmbr
     
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