Copy Boot Sector

March 27, 2007 at 15:17:43
Specs: Windows Xp Home Edition S, Pentium 4 3.4/1GB
hi i have a 20gb hard drive (C:) and a 80GB Hard Drive (E) On Drive C: I have a Bootsector and i would like to be able to copy it from C to E is there Any software which enables me to do this and Reinstlling is NOT an option thanks for your help

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March 27, 2007 at 15:28:26
huh? You don't copy boot sectors and hope your Windows on the new drive will load miraculously - it won't.

Why reinstalling is not an option?

FYI boot sectors consists of two major kinds (CLICK ME)


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March 27, 2007 at 15:34:38
Every formatted disk has a boot sector. However, there is a difference between the boot sector of a bootable drive and a non-bootable drive. Among other things, it is what the Master boot Record uses to determine how the drive was formatted and how big it is, cluster size and file format. Therfore, copying the bootsector from one drive to another is not reccomended.

If you intention is to make Drive E bootable, you are going to need to do a lot more than just copy the boot sector. It could be done with DOS but gets quite complicated with Windows XP.

Let us know exactly what it is you are trying to achieve and there is probably a better way of doing it.


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March 27, 2007 at 16:28:02
Ranish is about the best solution. Either from a bootable floppy or on the ultimate boot cd.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.

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March 27, 2007 at 16:36:25
Always nice to see if someone asks for the tools to hang themselves someone here will give them that helping hand.

It has been hinted djaydom that you don't want to copy the boot record. Why not instead tell us what you want to do so you can be properly advised?

May save yourself some grief....

Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Suggest they internet search and they learn a skill for a lifetime.

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March 28, 2007 at 07:51:26
i would like to be able to boot off drive c: without the need of drive e:

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March 28, 2007 at 07:52:14
sorry boot off drive e: without the need of c: (stupid mistake)

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March 28, 2007 at 14:28:52
Always nice to know there are people with opinions. They are like other things, every one has one.

djaydom, you mistake what a boot area, or sector (MBR) does.

Read the help documents at the Ranish site.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.

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March 29, 2007 at 08:26:15

Copy the boot.ini (on the "c: - Master drive) to the root of the "e" drive; open it via Notepad/Wordpad and change the entry that reads:

rdisk(1) to read rdisk(0)

in both the lines that refer to XP.

Also copy over the ntldr/ to the root of the "e" drive.

Then set it as Master (no Slave?); afterwhich boot with the XP CD and run the fixmbr routine.

Do not re-install/repair (as in replace or whatever...) the current instalation it will find. All you are after is the fixmbr routine.

All things being equal the "e" drive will now boot...; and XP installed there (when it was in a Slave posn.) will still boot as though it was drive "e"...; all the current path statments will remain.

And at any time you can reset the drive as Slave to the curent Master and it will still boot as now - providing you do NOT remove the XP boot/start-up files on the current Master, nor wipe the mbr on that current Master...

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March 29, 2007 at 12:28:10
Assuming of course, that there is indeed an OS installation on E.

Life's more painless for the brainless.

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March 29, 2007 at 12:43:27
As always... and if it ain't there - mmm then we all just wasted our thyme...

I guess we waites an cees...

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