2 HDDs Connected wont boot without both

June 28, 2009 at 18:19:43
Specs: Windows XP
I have 2 hard drives, 20GB and 80GB
I have Windows XP installed on the 80GB which im booting from and tried to format the 20GB but for some reason the computer wont boot at all without both drives connected?
The 80GB is set as master with the pins and the 20GB is set to slave, and im pretty sure the bios is set up right.
Can anyone please help?
I want to install linux on the 20GB and be able to use both independently if i removed one of them.

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June 28, 2009 at 19:09:47
Do you have a WinXP CD? If so,shut down and disconnect the 20GB and then boot to the CD and choose to run the repair console.

Use the commands to fixboot and fixmbr. Try rebooting to see if the WinXP drive will then boot without the other drive.

You can then reconnect and delete the partition on the 20GB. Then prep the drive and install Linux.

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June 29, 2009 at 02:44:25
Okay, i used those commands in the repair console and 'fixboot' worked.
when i typed 'fixmbr' i got this message;

"This computer seems to have an non-standard or invalid master boot record"

but i continued with it anyway, then when i reboot i get the same message as before;

"NTLDR is missing"

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June 29, 2009 at 06:37:49
Is the 80GB by chance a Western Digital brand drive? If so, you need to set the jumper for Master Alone. Watch the POST screens at startup to verify the 80GB drive is identified there.

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