Possible to use slave drive to boot pc

By sat574 ยท 12 replies
Jul 17, 2007
  1. Hey guys i just wanted to know if its possible to boot off of a slave drive with a windows os so I could fix my master hd, which also has windows. Is it possible if anyones know pleas let me know. thanks
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You will have to swap position of the drives. Make the Master the Slave, and the Slave, Master. Was the current Slave drive's installed OS (Operating System) matched to the motherboard? If not, the drive may not fullly boot the OS
  3. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    No difference

    How you boot to Windows doesn't matter,Master or Slave.
    But it's customary to make your OS Primary Master.
    Moveing them now might make booting to Windows impossible.
    So lets discuss what you want to fix.I'll be glad to help.
  4. sat574

    sat574 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well, my computer doesnt boot past the windows xp home login. I also cannot run any tasks. This started when I changed a setting in administrative tools, under ssdp discovery service settings. The only access I get is to safe mode command prompt. I tried windows repair three times and that didnt work. So now i just want to scan the drive and see if theres anything wrong with the registry and original boot files. I tried fixing the sam, security, system, default and software files but i get access denied. I'll try any other ideas but i am not formatting the drive, because I need many of the files. Thanks for any tips, and your replies.
  5. sat574

    sat574 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the slave drivers was not loaded on the motherboard but does has windows xp home loaded on it as well
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    you can boot of your slave drive if it has windows on it

    you can press the button when all the bios'y stuff is up on the screen for "Boot Menu" (probably F8) or you could do it the slightly more annoying and longer but permanent way of changing the boot order in your bios

    as long as the drive has windows on it you can boot from it by either of those methods, i used to do it all the time (until i formatted my slave drive :p)
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Safe mode

    You say you can boot to Windows in safe mode.
    Windows has safe mode so you can fix problems like yours.
    The desktop may not look nice,but
    all Windows System Tools should be available.
    Did you try a restore? Go back as far as it lists.
  8. sat574

    sat574 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    iv accessed my task manager and looked atthe processes. I did find that sqlsrver processes is using 99% of my systems memory. I did already try system restore and it did not fix the problem. Any idea how I can fix the problem.
  9. sat574

    sat574 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i cannot access safe mode in regular safe mode, only safe mode command prompt
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  11. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    You're in luck.

    Once you have opened Safe Mode with Command Prompt, type this into the command box:


    And press enter.

    And behold that you now have a functioning safe mode.
  12. sat574

    sat574 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i did do the repair but same thing. Any other ideas?
  13. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    I can't say what is causing your issue without more specific details, however if you're dealing with continual trouble it may be better for you, in the long run, to backup the data you need and attempt a repair install from your XP cd.

    If a repair install fails, it's unlikely you'll be able to fix it easily, and a fresh install may be in order.
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