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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.

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I'm not sure exactly how to remedy your situation, but I have answers to a few or your questions.

 

Can someone please explain what properties of a drive and/or partition makes the BIOS boot to it

 

As far as I know, it defaults to the c: drive, on the primary partition

 

can I stick a harddrive as a slave to my CD-ROM on the secondary IDE controller

 

Yes, just make sure jumpers are set accordingly.

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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.

If you boot to the recovery console by pressing R when prompted using the XP Install CD, run FIXBOOT followed by running FIXMBR, and see if that solves your problem.

 

Separately, can I stick a harddrive as a slave to my CD-ROM on the secondary IDE controller? Always wondered that.

Yes, however performance may be degraded.

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Better late than never! I am writing from my fully functioning machine, having installed XP twice. I will however consider ghosting my new installation for future restorations. And should doing so render me unbootable, I will try the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR you suggested. Thanks! How was I supposed to know that?!?!?! Couldn't Microsoft make those menu items for god sake?!?!

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