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Formatting secondary hard drive


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devonboy

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Hello everyone. I have never posted anything before but always seemed to find an answer to any query in the past. However I do need some help that I cant seem to find. Proplem is I have 2 hard drives one with Vista (D) and an older drive with XP ©. I can duel boot into either OS. I want to format C drive (xp) to experiment with open source OS but not sure if i will mess things up i.e. not be able to boot into Vista. In disc management the C drive is described as healthy, system, active, primary partition and the D drive is described as healthy, boot, page file, crash dump, primary partition. I thought that as I duel booted this would be a simple task and would leave me booting into Vista with a 114 g hardn drive empty and waiting to have a new operating system installed or just as a second drive for storage but after reading some past topics I am a bit unsure now. Hope this makes sense.

Thanks in anticipation!
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I think you will have a problem booting into Vista of you reformat the "C" drive. A quick way to see is to open up the Boot ini file on the C drive and see if it defaults to booting from the C drive. You will have to remove any referneces to the "C" drive to be able to boot into the "D" drive.

http://answers.yahoo...i...q7Cs&show=7

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Hi SRX660
Thanks for replying.
According to "system properties" the default operating system is Windows Vista the drop down menu shows the "older version of Windows". Does this cover your reply??
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