Changing Boot Drive

By Halo ยท 9 replies
Nov 7, 2007
  1. Hi Everyone!

    I put together a computer a couple months ago. (ASUS-A8S-X, dual AMD-ATHLON processor 64x2). I installed a hard drive (120 GB) from my previous system which is currently used used as my boot drive (master, C:).

    I added this week an additional hard drive (Seagate 500 GB) as a slave drive (F:). I would like to make this new drive the boot drive for my system since the C: drive is 7 years old. Which is the least painful approach to proceed? Windows XP is my operating system.


  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Just change the boot device priority in the bios, its as simple as that.

    Provided both drives are set to cable select you wont have a problem.
  3. Halo

    Halo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I need to understand the sequence of the steps I need to take. Currently the new drive (F:) does not have Windows XP installed on it.

    Can I copy Windows XP from the C drive to the F drive? If yes how do I proceed?

  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    It can be done with third party backup software, but a fresh install would probably be a better idea.

    Do you have any backup software already?
  5. Halo

    Halo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I will purchase backup software (any recommendations?) if I need to. I have the original Windows XP CD. Can I copy Windows XP on the F driv,e if currently installed on the C drive?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    The only backup software i have tried was Norton ghost and it seemed to be pretty good. I dont have experience of any other software of its type tho.
  7. Technokid

    Technokid TS Rookie


    hi rik how are u doing...........i am a new user to techspot.
  8. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Hi Technokid and welcome to TechSpot.:wave:

    You should make a post in our Introduce Yourself forum for a proper welcome.:)
  9. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    Halo be sure to remove the other drive before install
    this will make sure the boot drive is the right one
    windows may use old drive as boot and put the OS on the new drive
    at least xp does this I don't know about vista
  10. Halo

    Halo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Welcome Technokid!

    I am planning to keep the old drive as well on the commputer. As long as one drive is master and the other is slave, I do not foresee a problem.
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