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Connecting Two Ide Hsrd Drives...major Issues. Grrr...


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Posted 01 January 2007 - 04:42 AM

I have a new 250G IDe HArd Drive that I connected to my system in addition to my 160G drive with Windows XP SP2 installed on it. When I fired up the PC, my BIOS recognized both the master and the slave drives, but Windows did not. It would not show up in Windows.

Than when I restarted my PC, the screen gave me a "BOOT ERROR" message, telling me to insert a system disk because the boot information was either incorrect or missing.

I used the Windows XP disk to partition the new drive before loading windows, and Windows finally recognized the new Hard drive. I thought everything was okay...

Now, the only was I can load Windows XP is to have the XP disk in my DVD-ROM drive when I fire it up.

Can anyone help me to properly configure Windows to actually

1) Load Windows without the XP disk.
2 prevent "boot error" messages from halting the startup of my PC

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 09:53 AM

Can you get into Windows under any circumstances?

If not, boot from the XP disk (without the second hard drive in the system) and select the first "R" to repair the system using the Recovery Console.

Once in the Recovery Console, type these commands (press Enter after each one):

fixboot
fixmbr
bootcfg /rebuild

then type "exit" to exit the Recovery Console. Remove the XP disk and reboot - this should fix the boot issue.

Next, check the jumpers on the current IDE drive and the new IDE drive. Since you're having issues, I'll suggest that you revert to "old school" techniques. This involves setting the old hard drive jumpers to "Master" and putting it on the furthest out connector on the cable. Then set the new IDE drive to "Slave" and put it on the middle connector on the cable.

Then, once you boot into Windows, immediately run the software that comes with the hard drive (or download it from the manufacturer's website) in order to setup the new drive.
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Posted 01 January 2007 - 02:39 PM

I think I solved the problem...

When I went into BIOS to snoop around, I came across a section that listed my Hard drive configuration, and according to it my Primary IDE Slave (My new Drive) was set on #1, my Master was on #2. I switched the Master to #1 and the Slave to #2 and it boots without a CD and without Boot errors.

BUT before I did that I did do what you siggested, now when I go to boot a Boot loader comes on screen and tells me to choose my operating system. Since I only have one operating system installed, how do I get rid of the boot loader screen?

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 10:08 PM

You'll have to edit your boot.ini file for that. It's located in the root of your C:\drive. Please copy it and post it here so we can suggest some changes for you.
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Posted 01 January 2007 - 11:50 PM

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=""
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


Here it is, boot.ini. The "" references an operating system that does not exist...I think it has to be removed, but I don't want to touch it because I don't want to screw anything up.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:41 AM

Here's what my boot.ini looks like:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

So, here's the steps:
1) Backup the boot.ini file by making a copy of it in the same directory and name it boot.BAK
2) Edit the boot.ini file to remove the line with the ""'s.
3) Then restore the attributes that it had previously (mine is Hidden and System).
4) Then save it and reboot your system.

This should solve your problem - please let us know how it works for you.
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:33 PM

It did solve my problem - thanks.




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