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ok heres the newly found problem i have found... lol

ok i have 3 harddrives

c: my oldest and main os one most used 40 gig winxp
e: my second oldest has xp also installed on this just in case c fails (80 gig)
d: my newest 200 gig no os installed

now heres the problem the boot ini is saved on c when i boot i see the screen of the multi bot options and all that but if c hits the bucket and stops working completely will i still be able to boot from e seeing as the pc cant access c to get the boot list! is there away to save it to both harddrives so if c is removed it will still all work
because i am slightly worried that c might kick it soon as it is getting old...


thank you tech guys
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ohh i forgot to mention the os on E was installed while booted from c so i booted then did and advanced install

might be important but im not sure... thx a bunch
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the answer is no....in addition to boot.ini, there are several other files, an MBR, and a boot sector that are all critical for XP to load.

Now, can you get it to load... hmmm

I think that if you moved the Windows to the first drive spot and ran a repair, you could probably repair windows to load, as the repair might write the proper boot info, but all your programs would still be pointing to E:, which is not desireable

What you would need to do is replace the current C: drive with another drive, install and OS, then run a windows xp repair, which would recreate those settings and files. That would definitely work.

You can probably get a away with moving the D drive into the primary master slot, and running a repair, even without an OS installed on the D drive (now C).

I have not encountered a situation where I had to do this, but I am reasonably certain those of those two would work
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