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Booting problem I just in stalled an maxtor ata 250 gig in my dell dimension 4400. I used partition magic to copy partitions to this drive. It is connected via cable select. When I hook it up to replace my old drive it will not boot. I have a dual boot XP2 system and use boot magic which doesn't  recognise it as bootable. Can you help me? Thanks. Terry

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Did you select to make the boot partition active? Most of the drive copy/image/partition programs have an option for this.


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