Booting from a second hard drive....

January 20, 2011 at 09:14:28
Specs: Windows XP
I have cloned my original c drive(40gb) to a new e drive (160gb) and what i would like to do is boot from the second drive and format and use the c as extra space.....both drives are set to cable select per instructions, (2 ide drives). Any help?

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January 20, 2011 at 09:35:08
Get rid of cable select. I don't know where you got those instructions from but it is not correct.

Make the new E drive Master and the old C drive Slave and set the first IDE drive as the boot drive in the BIOS. Reboot and is should boot from the 160 gb drive only now it will be drive C: and the old drive will be E: providing the clone was done correctly and not just a copy.

If you must use cable select, and I wouldn't recommend it, you need to swap the plugs around between the drives. That may involve swapping the drives in their respective bays as well to allow the cable to fit. A lot easier to just move a couple of jumpers.


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January 20, 2011 at 11:56:44
Newer Bios's will allow you to set in the bios which drive is bootable. Doing so means you don't have to change anything physically and the new boot drive will be the same as the old. What is important here is the new drive is seen as c: just like the old drive.

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January 21, 2011 at 07:50:18
This is a dell dimension 2400, the E drive doesn't show up in bios....wish it did....such a pain to crack open the case again.....

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