what happens if i have two bootable drives?

March 19, 2011 at 05:10:50
Specs: Windows XP, 2.2 Pentium (upgraded)
I am going to do a complete restore on our HP Pavilion 504n. I have moved all data from original 40 GB hard drive to a new 200 GB hard drive (both internal) using the Seagate utilty and made it the boot disk. I plan on using one of the disks to restore files once everything is up and running but don't know if I should use the original 40 gb or the 200 gb for the restore. I will use the 40 gb as the backup hard drive after I get everything setup like I want. Should I make both bootable?

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#1
March 19, 2011 at 05:26:20
It is possible to have multiple bootable drives. The boot order can be set by the BIOS, but on rare occasion if the one set is not ready the other may become the boot (system) drive. I have multiboot systems and occasionally the wrong system boots. No problem if they are different. Potentially dangerous if they are similar and hold different versions of data.

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#2
March 19, 2011 at 05:48:58
I was experimenting and switched the 40 gb to the master on the cable and left the 200 gb off completely. When I tried to startup I get the message that no OS is found. I want to restore all my programs back to original settings, etc. onto the 40 gb.and make it my backup. Once I do this, will I able to rehook the 200 gb as slave, transfer files (Pics, excel files, other program files) and then rewrite to 200 gb as the new system hard drive?

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#3
March 19, 2011 at 07:40:44
You cannot copy programs from one HDD to another. You would have to clone the contents of the 40GB HDD to the 200GB HDD, but then any of the software problems on the 40GB HDD will carry over to the new HDD.

I just worked on a 504n system recently. There is a ton of garbage software included in the HP recovery partition. You would be better off connecting the 200GB HDD as the primary master, then doing a clean install of XP using a retail disk. Once XP is installed, connect the 40GB HDD on the 2ndary channel, copy over all your important data, then wipe the drive & use it for storage.


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#4
March 19, 2011 at 09:46:25
I have already successfully copied the 40 gb to the 200 gb, problems and all. The computer boots up and runs on the new 200gb. I knew that the same problems were going to occur. I am also aware that the programs I want to keep after the system restore will have to be reinstalled. I just want to make sure that I will be able to readily transfer the files that I want back over to new 200 gb . I then wish to able to use the 40 gb as a new "restore disk" with all the programs, network settings, printer, etc. I know that 504n has a bunch of software garbage but did not think about using a retail version . I assume that I if I want to do that I will have to figure out how that is done. But if I do just the recovery from the partition, should I be able to muddle around and transfer the files from the other Hard drive? I also have backups of my files that are dear to us, pics, video clips, etc on cds. Thanks for your response.

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