change sata boot I was wondering if

By Samstoned
Mar 6, 2006
  1. you can
    the setup
    c drive ide 80 gb
    e and f drive are sata drive partions
    client had issues with minor that was admin on machine (bad move)
    anyway I was called in to fix this
    the sub told me there was nothing on c drive windows reads system and it was empty
    It looked empty
    sata is 300gb drive
    e partion at 120 f partion 120 machine not setup for 137 or 42bit limit (kids)
    the boot up was messed up showed 3 xp boots 2 did not work
    I reformatted c drive and it said there was 20gbs of data on drive fromatted anyway
    after that the sytem of was gone
    I had moved a boot.ini and other files over to e drive and setup to boot from this drive
    would not boot
    I had to load os back on c drive and make a boot.ini to boot again from e
    with the boot bios being c first
    I now had ownership of drives
    is there a way to safely add mbr and or what are the right files that I need to boot first off of the sata drive
    then I can remove the c drive saving all info on e drive
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    it is not wise to mix IDE with SATA. Use one or the other. XP defaults to IDE when configuring. If mixing, use IDE as your primary drive.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,018

    last statement reads I want to remove the ide drive from machine
    would it be better to remove first then try to fix the system files for the working sata drive
    the last few times I had one this bad all I could do was reinstall OS
    not sure how to get the sata to boot by itself with just a fix
    when finished all that will be running is the sata drive
    disk management shows the c=ide as the system drive and E= sata as boot
    when I tried to reverse this in bios and in boot.ini boot error came up
    the sub must not have been able to load the OS right the first time
    there where 3 installs of xp on machine when I removed the 2 bad ones (no boot)
    the e drive did not contain the system or boot files
    I don't want to hammer this install as the sub will be 18 in 5 months and it will be out of my hands
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,018

    bumping up
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,018

    bump up

    is everyone stumped or is it so obvious I should know what to do
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