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Changing Boot Drives

Q: Changing Boot Drives

So I installed a second Hard drive this weekend. And I want to create a new partition on the new hard drive, which will hold my boot files. So I want a partition of my second hard drive to be my main boot device. (Like 20gb)

Then I?m going to combine my first hard drive, and the remaining space left into 1 partition.

My Local disk has my Boot, Page file, and Crash dump. I want to move this to my new partition. (Second HD)

I tried moving the entire windows file in my local disk to the second hard drive, half way through it wouldn?t allow me to move all of the files.

How do I do this without re-installing windows?
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Preferred Solution: Changing Boot Drives

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A:Changing boot drives

You may have some problems even after fix,unless you were getting your second install to recognize itself as C like the first install.

Use this guide and see what happens.
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Under Win 98 it was simple to change letters of drives using
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A:Changing letters of drives

Login as Administrator - go to Administrator Tools - select computer management - select disk management and in the right hand pane select the one you want to change - if one has a drive assigned that you want to use - move it up - say D: is now the CD-Rom - change it to H: or something out of the way and then change your F: to D: and then change the CD-Rom back to whatever you want it to have and the same for the CD-RW - I hope this helps - I have done it this way myself and found it very easy.
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A:changing hard drives

You cannot simply transfer a hard drive between computers, it would be much easier to acquire a Windows XP Pro CD and re-install it using the original COA on the machine you are putting it in.

It also is not technically legal either. The installation of Windows on a specific computer that uses the COA sticker on it is meant for that specific machine and is not supposed to be transferred.
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A:Changing Hard Drives

During the BIOS post splash screen, tap F8. This will bring you to the system recovery environment. Choose "Repair Your Computer".
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A:Changing Hard Drives

The hard drive should state which interface it is on top but this can be easier identified by what cables are attached to it. IDE interface uses a "ribbon-like" cabling system that is wider while SATA uses a more condensed cable, typically red or black, and smaller connectors on the motherboard. In order to copy all of the data to the new drive you would need both drives installed in the system at once. If you have room for 2 drives, you wouldn't have to worry about your Windows installation; you could just move your personal stuff to the new, bigger drive.
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A:Changing Hard Drives

Most retail drives come with a disk that does the work for you. You set the new drive to slave and ghost the old one to it. Pretty simple and painless. If you buy an OEM drive you would need a 3rd party program to do it for you.
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A:Changing the drive letter of my DVD-R and ZIP drives...

Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Storage - Disk Management (local)

Right click on the disk drive in the lower panel, select "Change drive letter and Paths"

The drive will probably not show in the upper panel unless there is media in it.
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A:Changing Between 'drives' Using Command Prompt

in command to change the drives you just need to type

This will change the drive letter if you have access to it. If not then it will not allow you to select the drive.
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A:is there a FAQ site for changing hard drives

'is there a FAQ site for changing hard drives '
I dont know.

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A:Changing XP hard drives to Win98

Hello wizardwatch and welcome to TSG!

The problem is that win XP (and W2K) usually run on the NTFS system whereas Win 96/98/ME run on the FAT32 file system.

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A:Drives Changed After Reboot; Still Changing

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A:RESOLVED: Changing A Drives Letter

Yes it is possible. Please follow these instructions:

- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK
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A:Changing hard drives without losing Data

Hi mkuki, Welcome to TSG !!
You may need to find the drivers for your motherboard first. You can get AIDA32, install it and it should tell you. Go to the manufacturers web site and get any drivers it offers ( 4in1, USB, sound, etc.) You can get AIDA32 here:
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A:Changing letter drives, can't change back to D:\

Hello Veliki, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be able to help.

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Please post the error number.
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A:Solved: Changing master & slave drives

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Hello ZBDMiller. Welcome to the forum.

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A:System Restore fails after changing hard drives

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You'd never want to delete or mess with the System Reserved partition since it boots Windows, not until it has its System Active flags moved to C first so that C can boot itself. Here's how, so you can see if it can still be done:

Unplug all other HD's except WIn7 HD.

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Windows XP is not capable of running SATA drives as either AHCI (single drive SATA mode) or SATA RAID without installing the proper drivers during the OS install. You would be instructed to "Press F-6", then insert the drivers with a floppy drive.

Bottom line, you would have to install the OS clean to do what you want to do, no exceptions.

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Can you supply us with the full scenario please?
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Its saved in a file called boot.ini so if you can get a command promot you can edit that file.
i know this works with NT, XP ..etc worth a shot with Vista

Boot with Vista CD.
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A:Choosing which OS to boot by changing BIOS boot order

Quote: Originally Posted by pander1203

I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

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Why don't you just put the new drive in the laptop and install vista on it normally? Why are you using this complicated procedure with the other computer? Then you wouldn't have all these problems (and perhaps others as well when you go to move the hard drive and find the drivers are incorrect since they installed based on the original computer devices and not the final destination laptop's devices). I simply don't understand why you are using this convoluted procedure when all you need to do is put the new drive in the laptop you want it to be in at the end of it all and install vista on that laptop normally.

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A:Changing Boot Drive....

Originally Posted by nuwan

My Laptop has 2 drives. The C and the Recovery Partitoin which is E or sumthin. I partitoined the C and made the partition G. And like a Jackass I changed the label of G and C, not the letter, only the label. (instead of Windows C:/ i changed it to "EXAMPLE" C:/)
It worked fine till i restarted my computer..
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Hello nuwan;

Can you help clear up some things for me? You said your laptop has two drives? Do you mean two hard drives or two partitions on one hard drive?

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The boot sequence is changed in the BIOS
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Use EasyBCD to modify the boot loader:
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The only thing old is the disk right?

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A:Changing Boot Drive

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you may have a faulty ide cable,or a problem with the hard drive
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Check for important Data on Vista Partition before formatting it...
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A:Changing Boot Disk

I am not sure what you mean ?
The Upgrade Version can be installed on both SATA and IDE Drives.You can even do a clean install with an Upgrade Version.
Check this out :
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-Courtesy Brink.
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this thread probably has the info you want in it...
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A:Changing the boot drive from D to C

That would require every entry in the Registry to be also changed, not a job for the faint-hearted...

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