Boot and system discs on different drives

September 8, 2010 at 01:35:21
Specs: Windows XP
After a total crash I reinstalled XP and have somehow ended up with my Boot sector and system sector on different hard drives. The system files are on a partition of one drive with the C:\ designation and the boot files are on another with the E:\ designation.

Everything is fine at the moment but I am concerned that problems may emerge later. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks
Jon


See More: Boot and system discs on different drives

Report •


#1
September 8, 2010 at 01:46:33
Just to clarify:
the Boot drive (E:) is a separate physical drive to the System drive (C:) which is on a partition on a different physical drive.

Jon


Report •

#2
September 8, 2010 at 13:02:53
Well, at some point you may have to start all over.

As to what you had before, you may have to really look at it now. It may be that you deleted or damaged or are using a recovery partition. It may be that E is too small for future use.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


Report •

#3
September 8, 2010 at 13:41:14
The drive letters don't matter to XP for boot and load purposes.

Drive letter enumeration can get messed up if you load the OS with usb attached devices like card readers/cdrom/external drives.
Not sure what happened in your case.

Since system is c: I don't see any issues with older program installs.

As long as you are happy with available space on each drive, I don't see any problems here.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
September 10, 2010 at 07:57:00
Thanks for that, I fear you may be right. I'll leave it for now and hopefully I won't have to waste another day reinstalling for a while at least.

Jon


Report •

#5
September 10, 2010 at 07:59:25
Hi, Wanderer. That's more optomistic. The drives are large so I don't suppose I will notice anything if nothing goes wrong

Jon


Report •


Ask Question