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Problems with my Hard Disks


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SuperSam

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Hi all,

It's not often I have a question I usually am the one to help people with problems :whistling: . Now, I have a problem with my computer's hard drives. When I initially installed windows xp I had two hard drives present, not thinking it would be a problem - WRONG. I installed Windows fine and started to install programs only to realise the hard drive I had just installed XP on was drive letter d: (supposed to be c:), and vice versa. Strange... I read some tips on the internet to change it but I was unable to (I got an error). I think that my C: drive is my boot or system and the actual D: drive is my XP install, which doesn't allow me to change the drive letters. The drives both being maxtor I downloaded the maxtor utility to change it, but I also had no luck there. Not long after this I had a problem with my C: drive, it become corrupted and I have got a replacement from Maxtor now. It's gotten to a point where I REALLY don't want to go through the install process again to fix this.

My D: drive now is unable to boot into windows. When I unplug all of the drive except my D: drive, and I run the XP setup from the bios I get to the recovery console and try "FIXBOOT" and "FIXMBR" in hope that it writes the boot, and mbr to the D: drive. This did not work either.

Now, forget my spare drive, how can I get the MBR and the BOOT records on my D: drive without loosing any data or reinstalling?

Thanks bundles, any help is greatly appreciated,

SuperSam
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Hi SuperSam...

With the drive containing the Windows installation installed and jumpered as Primary Master and the other HDD not connected:

Boot into Recovery Console using the XP installation cd. At the prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild and press "Enter". This should rebuild the boot.ini for your current configuration.

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SuperSam

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Thanks Wannabe, I'll try this as soon as I get the chance.
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