Setting H.D. to slave

tsapn February 10, 2009 at 15:53:34
Specs: Windows XP
My son rebooted my XP Pro machine with a XP Home disk in the CD drive. It started loading XP Home on my slave drive. The drive where I saved all my important things to. Everytime I boot my machine (or any other machine I put this drive in as a slave) it boots to the slave rather than the Primary. It is a Maxtor. I have checked the BIOS and it recognized it a the slave but still continues to boot to it. Any ideas?!?!?!

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February 10, 2009 at 16:44:39
It would not boot if the primary partition was not active and it did not contain boot files.

Clearly how you are connecting it is incorrect since after the connection the primary isn't booting so the bios goes to find the next device. Which in your case is your slave drive.

Remove its ability to boot [delete the boot files and set to nonactive] and you solve half your issue.

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February 10, 2009 at 16:49:06
Kind of a combination of a number of things.

For the most part slave master is either jumper for such or jumper for cable select. (sometimes no jumper)

Boot order is a different animal. Boot order involves bios, first active partition seen by bios order, and then boot manager.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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February 10, 2009 at 18:17:50
Thank you for your advice! Where would I find the "delete the boot files and set to nonactive]" Once I can get in I will transfer files and format. Thanks again!

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February 10, 2009 at 18:36:09
To delete the boot file

Identify the OS. If xp then unhide and look for ntldr.exe,, [if it exists], boot.ini

If 9x or similar its msdos.sys, io.sys,, autoexec.bat, config.sys.

You have to change your view in explorer to view hidden and system files or you won't see them.

I don't know of an easy cheap way of removing the active bit for the primary partiton. You can change this and not delete any files and the disk will not boot.

Easiest is using a program like partition magic or similar.

Otherwise Google for the latest version of fdisk and put it on a boot floppycd, boot it, run fdisk, go to the drive and remove the A active bit.

You will need to go into the bios first and make this the only drive. Fdisk was primitive which is why it requires some extra steps for it to see everything correctly. This also protects the primary disk from an accidental mistake.

You really don't need to format the drive. But if you do, do it thru disk management. Make it an extended partition for the entire drive. It will never boot in any system after that but will still act as a normal storage device.

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