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I'm having a case -in a laptop with hard drive 40 gb. partitioned as 1primary with 10 gb space and rest logical with 3 partition of equal size named c,d,e,f respectively. here c is active as well as primary partition.
i wish to know if i install xp sp2 in d drive ie not the active partition and not primary partition as well , question 1. will it harm in any way.
2. where will the system files like boot.ini, ntdetect,ntldr,autoexec.bat,io.sys etc will be located.
3. in future if i happend to reformat primary partition ie c will it do any problem.
4 in future i install another copy of xp on same machine (fresh installation ) on c drive now does this installation will do any problem.
5 do both installation have their own boot.ini,ntdetect,ntldr,autoexec,io.sys,msdos.sys.
kindly give your review on any extra matter i have left in following case.
If you are alrdy running xp on drive c which i suppose is your primary, when you try to install xp again it will prompt you and confirm if you want to either upgrade or repair. if youy choose repair it will opt you on the same location wer your OS is right now. if you wish a clean install and windows will detect previos version which wil surely find the one in your primary, select the option to install in the drive you wish to install, pressumeably D. after you finish installation, all windows files everythoing will be copied in D. you can erase your C anytime. all systems files will be in your D or where you actually reinstalled windows now. everytime you install windows it will always boot on the last installed. in fact the original systems files in your primary will be changed thus will not boot from there but the new one.
Posted on Apr 04, 2008
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