Removing 2nd hard drive


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I have a 20 gb hard drive that I wanted to replace with an 80 gb. I had the 20 gb as master and the new 80 gb as a slave by cable select. Using the bios, I made the 80 gb the first hard drive on boot up and installed XP home upgrade. I did this so XP would recognize I was eligible for the upgrade and to transfer my files to the new hard drive. After installation, I am asked whether I want to boot to Windows or XP. I did not want a dual boot system. I only wanted to keep the 20 gb installed long enough to transfer files

If I try to remove the 20 gb, I get the error "NTDLR missing"

I spent a day and a half getting XP updates installed, configured for multiple users, everything. Isn't there any way to remove the 20 gb hard drive and get rid of the multiple boot option without doing a complete re-install of XP and losing all that time and data
 
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Patti MacLeod

Hi Jim,

Even though you chose the secondary drive as the first boot drive in BIOS,
XP will still install the bootloader files to the boot partition on the
primary drive, that is why you're getting the "NTLDR missing" error when the
20G is removed. What you could try, before resorting to a reinstall, is to
hook up the new 80G as primary, and then boot from the install CD, invoke
Recovery Console, and try either BOOTCFG, FIXBOOT or FIXMBR commands.

Failing that, I would recommend trying an inplace upgrade install.....you
would have to reinstall all updates, but it should retain any settings that
you had implemented, and applications you had installed.

Regards,

Patti MacLeod
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User

Jim said:
I have a 20 gb hard drive that I wanted to replace with an 80 gb. I had
the 20 gb as master and the new 80 gb as a slave by cable select. Using the
bios, I made the 80 gb the first hard drive on boot up and installed XP home
upgrade. I did this so XP would recognize I was eligible for the upgrade and
to transfer my files to the new hard drive. After installation, I am asked
whether I want to boot to Windows or XP. I did not want a dual boot system.
I only wanted to keep the 20 gb installed long enough to transfer files.
If I try to remove the 20 gb, I get the error "NTDLR missing".

I spent a day and a half getting XP updates installed, configured for
multiple users, everything. Isn't there any way to remove the 20 gb hard
drive and get rid of the multiple boot option without doing a complete
re-install of XP and losing all that time and data?
 
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Michael Stevens

Jim said:
I have a 20 gb hard drive that I wanted to replace with an 80 gb. I
had the 20 gb as master and the new 80 gb as a slave by cable select.
Using the bios, I made the 80 gb the first hard drive on boot up and
installed XP home upgrade. I did this so XP would recognize I was
eligible for the upgrade and to transfer my files to the new hard
drive. After installation, I am asked whether I want to boot to
Windows or XP. I did not want a dual boot system. I only wanted to
keep the 20 gb installed long enough to transfer files.

If I try to remove the 20 gb, I get the error "NTDLR missing".

I spent a day and a half getting XP updates installed, configured for
multiple users, everything. Isn't there any way to remove the 20 gb
hard drive and get rid of the multiple boot option without doing a
complete re-install of XP and losing all that time and data?
You have several options to keep your data and still move to the new hard
drive.
What drive letter did was new XP install assigned?
Post back for more options.
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----- Michael Stevens wrote: ----


You have several options to keep your data and still move to the new har
drive
What drive letter did was new XP install assigned
Post back for more options
 

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