Installed XP in new harddisc, wanna make it bootable as c:

January 22, 2013 at 21:41:23
Specs: Windows XP

http://i.imgur.com/NiVXEgb.gif

disk 0 is an old harddisc ( c: and d: ) using xp pro sp2.

I bought a new harddisc (Disk 1). have a xp pro sp2 ISO image file in disc 0.
I extracted the ISO and run the setup to install xp pro in the E:

now with the boot.ini shown below, I could boot xp pro sp2 in Disk 1 (E:)


[boot loader]
timeout=5
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" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin


but I wanna remove Disk 0 physically, and use Disk 1 only for the desktop.

What is the most convenient way to do ? Thanks in advance.


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#1
January 22, 2013 at 22:22:40

Tell us what the drives are, IDE, Sata or other.

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#2
January 23, 2013 at 00:50:23

Disk 1 isn't bootable at the moment (the boot files are on disk 0), so you are going to have to repair or reinstall the XP installation on it. Assuming you haven't installed too much else on it, a new install is best. The most convenient way to do this is via a CD/DVD. If you don't have a drive they can be bought for less than $20. Alternatively, you can use a USB key: http://www.techtipsgeek.com/install...

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#3
January 23, 2013 at 01:20:05

thanks for the advice,

1. both disk are SATA

2. I tried whole day without luck to make a bootable usb-stick using software like wintoflash, flashboot and wintosetusb, and


3. how to repair the disk 1 now so that it becomes drive c: and bootable ?


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#4
January 23, 2013 at 01:29:27

thanks for the advice,

I tried whole day without luck to make a bootable usb-stick using software like wintoflash, flashboot and wintosetusb, and

how to repair the disk 1 now so that it becomes drive c: and bootable ?


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#5
January 23, 2013 at 01:47:47

TBH, I am not sure that it is possible without considerable effort. As well as the boot files there are a host of Registry entries that would need to be found and changed. Although a theoretical possibility, repair is probably not worth the effort. You need bootable install medium anyway so cut your losses and reinstall with your current disk 1 as the sole disk in the PC. Buy a DVD drive.

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#6
January 23, 2013 at 03:04:06

Yes, as ijack rightly says, buy a CD/DVD drive. Any computer without one these days is only half a computer. Without one, your Windows repair or re-install options are severely limited.

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#7
January 23, 2013 at 05:05:30

XP doesn't natively support SATA so to get it to install, you'll either have to enter the BIOS & change the SATA setting to IDE mode, OR you'll have to install the SATA driver at the start of Windows setup, OR you'll have to create a new XP CD with the SATA drivers sliptreamed into it. You're going to need a CD/DVD burner. And do yourself a favor & install SP3.

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#8
January 23, 2013 at 09:32:34

thanks again for the advice,

I wonder if it is the software licencing issue which makes Windows that inflexible regarding %root% path, not sure if stuff like BCDedit in later version make the job easier.


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#9
January 23, 2013 at 15:11:54

BCDedit is simply a command line tool to modify the boot options. In XP and earlier systems these were contained in the boot.ini file which could be modified with any text editor. In Vista and later these are contained in a binary file, thus needing a special tool for modification. BCDEdit fills this need, although it is quite a simple tool and there are better available. It does not run on XP.

But to change the drive letter of an installed OS is a much more complex operation. This goes far beyond changing the boot options. There are a large number of registry entries that must be changed, most of which are not fully documented. There are tools available that supposedly make this possible but I would never trust them.


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