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Unable to remove a hard drive

I have three seperate physical hard disks (c:, d: and f:), and windows xp is installed on c: and d: . when i boot up there is a screen asking me to choose which to boot from. I currently only use the one on the D drive. When i tried to physically remove the old C: drive from the computer, it would not boot. how do i fix this? I want my computer to have only the D and F drives.

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Go into the set-up screen when you start up ( usually F8 or F11) before the windows logo appears and change your boot disk to D. Put C down as the very last option. Let me know if it works otherwise we can try something else

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The fix.
Move the D and F drives to the 1st disk controller and set the jumper on the first drive as Master and the other as Slave. This mean the old D drive will become the new C drive and the other drive will become the D drive.
Then run FDISK to partition the C drive as the primary DOS partition and the D drive as an extended DOS partition.
You will then need to install Windows on the new C drive with the device drivers and your programs etc.

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It is the way you partitioned the hard disk. Usually drive c: is the main drive that carries the windows (Xp), the d: & f: is just like a storage drive.

You need to reinstall the windows to re-partition your drive, but I am afraid your will loose all your files while partitioning.

But if you cannot do it, maybe you should give it to some one that can help you out.

Take care.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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