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How can I move a boot partition onto an other drive

By jsd
Mar 5, 2005
  1. I have just built a new desktop with two hard drives in a raid 0 configuration.
    in addition I have an external drive.
    When I loaded windows xp home I did not disconect the external drive.
    My pc will not boot without the external drive being attached.
    Is there any way to move the boot files from the external drive onto the primary drive without reinstalling windows.
     
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Welcome to Techspot!
    Grab a copy of a Disk imaging software and copy the drive contents with it.
    How is the external drive connected BTW?
     
  3. jsd

    jsd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks Liquidlen
    It,s connected by an external USB port
     
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Interesting ! I am not sure what your reason was to load on a USB drive for O/S , but isn't it slow?
    Let us know how the switch goes.
     
  5. jsd

    jsd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dont know how I managed to have the operating system on the external drive and yes its slow. The external drive was only for backing up my system.
    I decided to format my hard drives and reload everything again and ensured that nothing else was attached to the pc.
    I now have a fully working (fast) system.
    The strange thing now is when I switch on my pc and the external drive is connected it will not boot up and shows an error message "NTLDR is missing, ctrl+alt+del to reboot"
    I think I will give up on external drives and fit an additional drive to the system for backups. (And hope nothing else goes wrong).
     
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Don't give up on them ,they are very handy. And you can take them anyway and connect to almost any CPU.Imagine the the things they can do.
    Just format and deposit files on it.
     
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