Disk Boot Failure, but runs fine as a slave.

  cablemonkey123 00:24 15 Mar 05

I had a 40Gb Hard disk (C) which became too small, so installed an 80GB (F)
XP Pro on both, have option at boot which to use. Now removed C, but cannot now access F unless I reconnect C! changed F jumper to master but no
different. Auto detect in bios sees disk. Not sure what to do next. I want to remove C and use in another PC, but it is currently hanging around so I
can use PC to do this post! Also copied system files to F still no good. Tried recovery console,fixboot,fixmbr,bootcfg/rebuild, no diff. Then did a system repair, still no good. Can't access C now either. F still has all my work on it, and a good OS, it is set to slave so I can still use the 'net. Any thoughts anyone?

  Jak_1 00:45 15 Mar 05

Hm! By default C is the boot drive, there is no reason to have an os installed on a slave drive unless you expect the C (Master) to expire! And so change the drives around.

Personally I would have the larger drive as the master and the smaller drive as slave to store data.

By what you say both drives are ok but the os is just taking up space on the slave. I would delete the os from the slave as it is not required to read from the drive.

Hope this helps.

  cablemonkey123 00:50 15 Mar 05

Sorry, didn't explain that too well. Yes I anticipated C being too small, so bought the 80Gb. Also Installed XP Pro onto that, and started working from this one. Now just want to remove original C but can't.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:32 15 Mar 05

Because you have dual boot you need the original op system (40G) boot ini file to start the dual boot menu.

This is why you still need 40G as slave to boot.

Edit boot.ini

boot.ini is in c: root. It is a hidden system file, so to view it you will have to enable viewing of hidden/system files and also uncheck Hide protected operating system files. These options should be available from Folder Options in the Tools menu.

Once you've opened boot.ini, remove the line multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect. (Perhaps make a backup of boot.ini first ;))

Restart and see how you go. :)

  cablemonkey123 10:46 15 Mar 05

Before I do this, just wanted to check: The 40gb did have the original OS on it, and still has. This is set as the master according to the jumpers. The 80gb is set as the slave, but this is the one I want to use, and am using at present. I have already copied over all the system files. If I open boot.ini with notepad and edit, will this save the changes?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:02 15 Mar 05

How did you copy files?

You cannot copy system files to another drive using explorer you need specialist software or the drive will not boot.

Replace a HDD
click here

Hard Disk Back UP:-
XXCopy click here

Hard disk tools :-
Seatools click here
WD Data lifeguard click here
Maxblast3 click here

  cablemonkey123 11:11 15 Mar 05

Ah! Yes I just copied and pasted, obviously wrong!
This is the boot ini from 80gb drive that wont boot but works ok:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

The line you suggested is slightly different, should I still proceed?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:17 15 Mar 05


Move everything you require (docs etc.)off the 80G drive. Reformat then use XXcopy or maxblast3 to copy your 40G to your 80G drive.

Remove 40g drive

change jumpers to master on 80G drive and see if it will now boot.

  cablemonkey123 11:41 15 Mar 05

OK, now in nervous mode! It's not just moving documents, setting up mail accounts, network settings, installing and re-registering loads of progs. etc. Don't really want to do this! It seems strange that I can use this disk absolutely with no problems, just not on its own! I can't access C anymore at startup,get a blue screen with a nasty message. I did some surfing for more info, and tried things like fixboot and fixmbr but nothing has changed.

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