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Sony does a weird thing where they make their master the 10 gb hd and the slave the 120 gb hd. i need it the other way around. how can i do this safely without corrupting my drivers and such?

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This is a normal practice of setting up hard drive partitions.
The operating system and programs are stored on the C Drive and the data files are stored on the larger D Drive.
If you still want to re-size the partitions, a program called Partition Magic can change the partitions sizes to suit your requirements without upsetting Windows operating system and your programs.

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Disk priority order is usually dependent on physical wiring of drives to mainboard.
My first thought is;
in mainboard BIOS check what order is listed & what options it gives. (ie. change cables around, swap order of precedence etc.)
Otherwise 'mirror' copy the drive it should boot on to the drive it does boot to save drivers etc.
Note this overwrites the target disk contents!

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