Can boot sequence be changed

2 hard discs both ide pat... / Built pc; with dvd writer
April 2, 2009 at 05:16:18
Specs: Windows XP, PII / 256MB SDRAM
PII machine with GVC motherboard. 256mb RAM with 2 hard discs (C: D: both IDE UDMA) and a DVD writer on E: as IDE ATAPI device.
BIOS boot sequence as [C, CDrom, A]...
On C: with windows2000 and on D: I have installed win XP sp3.

If I want to boot my PC from D: drive directly instead of C: whats the procedure to follow other than reformat....whilst I already tried the following

1. Changed the boot sequence in BIOS as [D, CDROM,C] and copied boot.ini, ntdetect, ntloader files from C: to D:
it didnt help to boot from D
2. Also changed sequence of the PATA connector for D to IDE1 and C to IDE2 on mobo so that it reads D first.... but got 'disk boot failure...instert system disk ..' message and stuck there...

Please suggest as Iam planning to upgrade my pc with new mobo which has only one PATA socket and hence I can have one IDE HDD

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April 2, 2009 at 05:21:23
Have you changed the jumper setings on the back of the HDD to D/Master and C/Slave? Changing the cable does nothing.

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April 2, 2009 at 05:46:08
Thanks for your reply
I did set the jumper settings as 'cable select' for both the disks and then swapped the cable positions.

After this change CMOS reads as
(D: Primary master and kept C: as secondary master)

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April 2, 2009 at 08:05:53
So you didn't setup a dual boot scenario? Is this second drive from another computer?


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April 2, 2009 at 11:30:54
If the system 'was' set up as a dual boot, you will not be able to boot up the XP drive. XP will have to be reinstalled on that second drive to use it as a bootable drive C:.

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April 3, 2009 at 04:59:58
Thanks for your replys.
At present, I have dual boot boo.ini is read on C: drive and as per the selection "Win 2k OR XP' the os is loaded.

I wish to see PC boot from D: (XP) than C: (Win@K) so if this is successful I can avoid using one IDE PATA drive

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April 3, 2009 at 16:02:44
If I understand you correctly, you want to do away with Win2000 and only use XP which is on the second drive.
The boot files for XP being on the Win2000 drive.
If you disconnect the Win2000 drive, get into bios,make cd/dvd first boot drive and boot off the XP cd, you should be able to select repair XP instalation and fix the mbr to make the XP drive bootable.
Don't forget to backup your data files.

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April 6, 2009 at 00:24:51
Finally I could change the sequence

To share with you all, if we want to change the boot sequence do all that is listed in my post and also edit boot.ini file to correctly reflect the relative disk indicator (rdisk) to 0 or 1 or 2 from where you want the disk to load OS.... thank you all for your help

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