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XP installation not recognised

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ts5745, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. ts5745

    ts5745 Thread Starter

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    Hey,
    I recently bought a new hard drive because my old one was playing up. I installed xp on my new one, and after a few teething problems i got it up and running and transferred all my files and installed the programs i wanted. Whenever i started the computer, i got a message saying that two operating systems had been found, and i could choose to load either my old or new one. I wanted to format my old drive so that i could use it for storage (it wasnt dead, just slow). It didnt let me do that on windows for whatever reason, so i looked it up on the net and someone said to load up from the xp boot cd and delete the partition from there. I did this, but after that it didnt recognise the windows installation on my new hard drive. So all i could think of doing was to reinstall windows on my old one, which i have done. I know the data on my new hard drive is all there, as i can access it via my computer. my new hard drive is a SATA, and i read about problems with this, indeed i had to load some drivers from a floppy to get it to work in the first place. also i heard about having a master disk drive or something, but in BIOS i couldnt figure out how to change it to make my new hard drive the master.
    So basically, i was wondering what can i do to be able to load windows from my new hard drive, and once i suceed at that, how can i safely format my old one so i can use it for storage?
    Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post
     
  2. Elvandil

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    First, copy boot.ini, ntldr, and ntdetect.com from the old to the new, and then remove the old drive so it does not interfere with the process of making the new one bootable. Check BIOS, too, to see if the boot drive is designated. Check boot order and see if the SATA can be designated as prior to the old drive.

    Then, boot from the XP CD and press "R" for the Recovery Console. Load your SATA driver as before.

    Then run fixboot, fixmbr, and bootconfig /rebuild on the new drive. When you get it bootable, connect the old drive and delete the partition.

    (By the way, only an IDE drive can be "master". That only refers to its connection on a cable and not which drive is the "system" drive.)
     
  3. ts5745

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    thankyou, but I dont understand how to copy the files across, i have the hidden files displayed option on but i cant see them.
    Also, is it possible to put my SATA driver on a usb flash disk rather then a floppy, because i dont have a floppy disk drive? (the one i used last time was at home, but i am at uni now)
     
  4. Elvandil

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    See if they are already on the other drive.
     
  5. ts5745

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    no they werent, i copied them across and i found a floppy drive i could use. I did everything you said, and when i got onto the recovery console it found my new drive but when i put in the commands i dont think it worked. after i put in fixboot it said unable to carry it out or something, when i typed fixmbr it said that if i continued it might delete everything on my hard drive, so i didnt continue. and when i put in bootconfig/rebuild it said command not recognised. do you know what i am doing wrong? should i transfer the other system files that are in the root of my old drive along with boot.ini etc?
     
  6. Elvandil

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    bootconfig(space)/rebuild

    Did you load the driver as the Recovery Console was loading?
     
  7. ts5745

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    well i pressed F6 as the windows cd was loading. the recovery console found the hard drive so it must have worked, as i had the other drive unplugged. i tried it again, and bootfix said something about system drive not found, i ran fixmbr ok but i dont think it made a difference, and bootconfig /rebuild didnt work because it said there were errors on the drive. I ran chkdsk /p because it told me to and that said there were one or more errors opn the drive but it didnt specify what they were. unfortunately the floppy drive i had has broken, a bunch of smoke came out of it as i was using it yesterday, but i should be able to get another one
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Try chkdsk /r for a better check.
     
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