My computer is running on a seconary drive not the primary C: drive. I am running on Windows XP. How can I get it back on to the C: drive, tried the F10 function and that will not work because the computer is running on the H: drive.
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Which version of xp are you trying to install 32 or 64 bit ?
Your ability to install a second operating system on your Windows 7 system hinges on one thing: partitions. If your computer has only one partition, you can't dual-boot your system without erasing all information on your computer. Two hard drives, or two partitions, enables you to dual boot. Check this information first, before proceeding.
Click "Start" and type "disk management" into the search bar. Click on "Create and format hard disk partitions" in the list of programs to open "Disk Management." Look at the list of partitions and available drives. The information here will be different on every computer. "C" is your primary hard drive and active operating system partition, and this drive contains your Windows 7 installation. You can't install Windows XP here without formatting the system. Check for secondary drives and partitions in Disk Management. Your system may have a "D" or "E" drive. Some computer manufacturers create a hidden partition with recovery software: don't remove this partition. If you have a secondary partition called "D" with more than 2GB of free space, you can install Windows XP here. b> Installing XP b> Insert the Windows XP Setup disc into your CD or DVD drive and close any windows that appear. Shut down your computer with the disc in the drive. Turn the computer on and look for a message saying "press any key to book from CD." Press any key on your keyboard when this message appears. Most computers are configured to look to the CD or DVD drive first, before booting to the operating system. If your system doesn't recognize the disc, you will have to enter your BIOS and change the boot order. Look to your manual for information on changing the boot order. Press "Enter" on the "Welcome to Setup" screen to load the Windows XP setup program. Read the license agreement and press "F8" to accept. Windows will detect that an operating system is already installed on your primary partition and present a list of other partitions to install XP. Use the arrow keys to select your secondary partition ("D") and press "Enter" to confirm that you want to install XP here. Then choose what to do with the partition: leave the file system intact or format the partition using FAT32 or NTFS. Windows XP supports both file systems, but requires NTFS on partitions larger than 32GB. You don't need to format the drive to install XP. Follow the prompts on screen to enter your personal information, serial number, and date and time. The setup program copies files to your PC and reboots -- don't press a key to boot to the CD. When you have to operating systems installed, a DOS screen appears asking you to choose an OS; press the down arrow key to highlight Windows XP and press enter to complete the setup. You will have to choose this every time to boot into XP, otherwise your computer will boot to Windows 7 by default. Hope this helps.
From time to time you will need a message on your computer when boot that states that your Operating System was not detected or that your primary hard drive was not found. When these messages come up alot of people think that there hard drive had fail. However alot of times it is just because the Master Boot Record on the hard drive got corrpted so the data on the drive can not be read properly. This also is the cause of the flash cursor that people will see from time to time.
Note in these cases you will always want to run a hard drive test before the reinstall of Windows as a drive failure could have caused the problem but run through the below step will alot of times show that the drive is fine.
The steps below will take you repairing the MBR on your har drive. Note to go through this process you will need your Windows XP OS CD.
1. The first thing you will need to do is boot your computer off your Windows XP OS CD. To do this you will need to go into your BIOS and change the boot order to have your ROM drive set as the first boot device. Note some OEM computers have a boot menu set to a hot key like F12. This option sould let you boot from the ROM drive without having to go into the BIOS.
2. After you have selected to boot you computer from the ROM drive with the Windows XP OS CD in the drive you will seee a message that states "press any key". You will need to press any key on your keyboard to have the computer boot off the Window XP OS CD.
3. After the setup loads you will want to select "R" to run the Windows XP Recovery Console
4. After the Windows Recovery Console loads you willl need to type the number that refers to the drive that you are wanting to repair. Note in most cases you will type "1" then press enter. Then you need to enter the Administrator password for the system. If you do not know it or does not work then at this point you will need to look at backing up for files with another computer and doing a full reinstall of Windows on the hard drive.
5. After you are able to enter the Administrator password you will be at a prompt here is where you will type "fixmbr". This will repair the damaged MBR. Inaddition will may want to run "fix boot" this will fix any issues with the boot sector.
Note if you still have trouble getting the system to boot properly after running through these steps you will want to do a backup of your files and do a full reinstall of Windows. Also run any hard drive tests to make sure there is not anything wrong with the hard drive.
Find the icon for the hard drive you want to run ScanDisk on. You can run ScanDisk on the system's primary hard drive and also on any secondary hard drives or external hard drives. Right-click on the icon for the hard drive and select "Properties."
Choose the "Tools" tab from the hard drive properties window. The ScanDisk utility can be activated from the Error-checking box at the top of the Tools tab. To begin, click the "Check Now" button.
Note the two check boxes displayed. You will want to choose the "Automatically Fix File System Errors" box. This will perform a basic fast scan of the drive, which will take only a few minutes.
Put a check in the "Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors" box for a more thorough scan. With this checked, Windows XP will take 10 hours or longer to run ScanDisk depending on the size of your hard drive. Run this if you have noticed a problem with the hard drive's performance. For regular checks, run the basic check most of the time and the longer check only occasionally.
Hit the "Start" button to start ScanDisk.
Wait for Windows XP to finish running ScanDisk and view the report. ScanDisk will tell you what errors it found and fixed. Click the "Close" button when are finished viewing the report.
There are two possible issues. The assumption is made it is windows xp. The following Microsoft Technet article describes why and how to resolve your issue. This is for Windows XP SP2 and earlier.
For Windows XP for the above issue:
Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.
ok get a windows 7 disk and turn of the computer and ad the hard drive switch on the computer and set it to boot from disk (seems windows is broken on the 500gb hdd) then boot from disk and install windows 7 to the 500 gb hard drive and set in the bios the boot select for the hard drive (if you use win xp more then make that boot primary) then go threw all the rigmarol of installing windows 7 to the 500 gb one and your done it will have bootable hard drives and will offer a choice when first switched on
Floydage, some ribbons are different in the orentation of pin#1. try a differnent cable...but you said that you tried that right.? have you tried to make sure you have the latist BIOS. It could be this paticuler drive have a different bios it self...and yes drive's do have chip's and software in them. If nothing ells just load the OS to that drive anyway and than change the drive letters in windows.
You cannot install 98 directly on your system slave drive, but there is a way to install it.
1) disconnect your primary drive 2) make your slave drive as primary. 3) install 98 4) Connect your actual primary drive again and start your system
XP records your mac id of your motherboard and 98 does not records, the other way is, you can install both the OPS on your one primary drive by creating different partitions, you will need to full format your drive first.
1) Full format your primary drive. 2) Create partitions. 3) Install 98. 4) Install XP in different drive of your same hard disk
You will be able to see both your OPS when you start your system.
If XP where your primary OS this would not be a problem. Since Vista is the Primary you are going to need to get a boot loader that will start before either OS does and use that to choose OS at bootup.
the boot loader for all releases of Microsoft's Windows NT operating system up
to and including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 . Make sure there is no cd in the drive. It is possible that the file has become corrupt. In this case if you are running windows xp:
1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into
the computer. 2. When prompted to press any key to boot
from the CD, press any key. 3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press
the "R" key to repair Windows. 4. Log into your Windows installation by
pressing the "1" key and pressing enter. 5. You will then be prompted for your
administrator password, enter that password. 6. Copy the below two files to the root
directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these
files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different
on your computer. copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\ copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ 7. Once both of these files have been
successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.