MBR and XP on two different partitions

Custom / CUSTOM
September 19, 2009 at 07:30:35
Specs: Windows XP, 2.2 GHz / 2046 MB
My apology for the long question, but it was a complicated situation.

Wanted to make a dual boot system with XP and either Vista or Windows 7 (W7). Partitioned the HDD and booted with XP installed, but ended both in Vista as well as W7 with an error saying that the installation sequence was stopped by an unknown cause and to start the installation again. Logically with same result.

As my XP was not running smoothly I decided to try replacing the XP. After booting chose for formatting the HDD before installation. Same error message !

Then thinking there must be something on my HDD I ran chkdsk no problem found. So decided to start all over. With DOS 6.22 FDISK deleted all the partitions and made a new partition and formatted it. Then installed XP again.

The situation now is that there is a small partition C: of 2 GB where there is a shaded icon BOOT CONFIGURATION, an .RND file and NVIDIA (all the stuff of my motherboard installation). A second partition E: of 147 GB where XP is.

How can I get rid of my C: partition, which I think has the MBR and certainly all the motherboard drivers on it, and still remain with a bootable XP drive, which can then be renamed C: ?


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#1
September 19, 2009 at 07:41:57
You can not rename e.g. drive d: to drive c:
The drive letters are assigned automatically by your system, depending on whether it's the first, second or third hard drive and the number of partitiones on each drive.
Drive C: is always the first hard drive with the first activated primary partition.

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#2
September 19, 2009 at 08:05:07
It doesn't matter what partition xp is installed on, but 147 gigs is way more than is necessary for the os. You could resize it to about 25 gigs. That will make checking the os much faster.

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#3
September 19, 2009 at 08:30:47
For a start, the MBR doesn't go on any partition, It stands alone on the hard disk separate from any partition.

Using Disk and DOS to set-up partitions for Windows XP is just asking for trouble.

The best thing to do is to make a backup of everything you want to keep. you should get everything onto a single CD.

Boot from your Windows XP CD and delete all partition then partition and format with the tools available on the Windows XP. Forget about DOS and Fdisk, they will just lead you down a blind alley.

Stuart


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#4
September 19, 2009 at 08:35:04
OK. When I leave the E; partition smaller, how can I then try to install the dual boot I initially wanted, but installing it without the error,

The Windows 7 is on a CD ROM and the Vista is on an original CD ROM which I had correctly installed before.


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#5
September 19, 2009 at 08:45:27
When installing multiple operating system it is correct practice to install the oldest operating system first.

So with reference to my previous post, install Windows XP. When that is up and running, install Windows 7/Vista on a separate partition. It should pick up the Windows XP installation and automatically set you up for dual boot.

Stuart


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#6
September 19, 2009 at 16:36:44
Microsoft products install boot files on C. What I do is install the first OS then hide the partition and set the next partition and install the next. I use a boot manager.

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#7
September 19, 2009 at 17:23:37
Microsoft products install boot files on C

Not always. Since Windowx XP, If there is C: drive present and there is no room or it already contains an operating system, the boot files as can end up any any drive that has space availability. By boot files I mean ntdetect,com, ntldr and boot,ini. With a 2GB C: drive with stuff already on it drive there is no telling where the boot files will end up. That is why it is best to delete all partitions and start gain from scratch.

I wouldn't start worrying about boot managers, its a complication you can do without. The native boot manager installed by Windows is adequate if you are only installing Microsoft Operating systems.

Stuart


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#8
September 20, 2009 at 04:31:14
Have now deleted all partitions with the XP Home Ed. CD ROM, before installing XP. Installed SP3 and then tried to partition the HDD with Partition Wizard Business Ed. 4.1. This program detected there was something wrong with the disk and instructed to run CHKDSK. This cannot run as the C: drive is in use. Made a bootable a: diskette, but after booting does not recognise the c: drive.

How can I run CHKDSK otherwise ?


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#9
September 20, 2009 at 04:37:30
Forget about these third party partitioning tools, you don't need them and they can be problematic. You have all the formatting and partitioning tools you need on the Operating System disks and they will do the job properly. Use them.

Stuart


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