foogledricks Posted August 5, 2004 Report Share Posted August 5, 2004 Built a new computer. Installed XP on a temporary harddrive with the intention of ghosting that installation over to a partition on bigger faster drive later. I have had some problems. First, I ghosted the XP installation partition to the third partition on the destination drive (drive letter k:). This seemed to work successfully. When I removed my temporary drive, partition K: becomes partition H:. Anyway, I made the drive containing partition K: the master IDE and rebooted. The BIOS doesn't see it. So I installed the temp drive, ran Partition Magic, and learned a few things that I don't quite understand. My drive K: has a status, and it is set to NONE. It is also a logical drive instead of a PRIMARY drive. Finally, it is not within the first 4 GB of the physical drive. I don't know what any of this means, particularly for the issues I'm having, but I decided to create a new 2.5 GB partition that will be PRIMARY, ACTIVE, and with the first 4.0 GB of the physical drive. After doing that, using Windows Explorer, I copied the contents of my partition K: to this new partition (do I need to GHOST to it rather than copy?). Anyway, I rebooted, the BIOS still didn't recognize Windows, though it did give a LBR error message... and it does try to boot up, but freezes on the Win XP screen. At this point I thought that maybe the Win XP CD might help me repair the installation in some way, but all it did was give me a dos prompt. So I decided to GHOST my k:partition to my new partition. I'll try that tonight. Can someone please explain what properties of a drive and/or partition makes the BIOS boot to it? Separately, can I stick a harddrive as a slave to my CD-ROM on the secondary IDE controller? Always wondered that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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