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remove one hd without it affecting the other


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Lexyluv

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So i have done this before dont quite remember how but i have one hd thats on an ide cable its 10 gigs. I also have a sata which is 160 and is my main hd with everything on it. Well for some reason my main hd wont work without the c drive which is the ten gig. I somehow installed a os on the ten gig and now my main hd wont work without the ten gig in the computer hooked up. I want to be able to just have my main hd thats it. I also have an issue with windows now the main hd wont boot windows it freezes and goes all weird where i have to put in my password than restarts itself. I can only use safemode any ideas what this might be.
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Hi Lexyluv...

What's happened is that the boot sector is on the C: drive while the operating system is on the SATA drive. The SATA won't boot without the 10 gig because that's where it's boot instructions are written.

By far the best option for you would be to back your important files up on the 10GB drive, disconnect it, and do a Clean install (including a format) on the SATA drive. Then you can reconnect the 10GB drive and it will be seen as a storage drive...with all your files on it.

This way the boot sector and the operating system will be back together as they should be.

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it wont even give me the option of reformatting the sata
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Does it ask if you want to delete the partition?
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it only shows me the c drive not the d which is the sata
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If you have the ATA drive disconnected, the SATA will automatically become the C: drive.
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i have tryed that when i first built it i did the same thing but i dont remember how i undid it
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the other problem i also have is that my windows that i regularly use is all messed up now it gets to the signin screen sometimes than it just reboots
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I unhooked the ide drive and it now says ntldr missing i had an ntldr disk that allowed me to boot to safemode but it wont start up normally if i just start it up it says ntldr missing
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Do you have your XP installation cd?
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sure do i tried to do the copy ntldr file thing and all that but it didnt work cause there isnt one on my disk lol
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Try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.
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it says it doesnt see a hd which is precisely my problem the only way im even able to get into safemode is by using this ntldr disk i made than pressing f8 and choosing the first option .
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