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Active drive and System drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Terry R., Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    Yesterday I was looking at an HP Pavilion computer that suddenly stopped
    booting for a new client. Windows would start, flash a blue screen and
    restart. I loaded Bart PE and could view the data on both drives. I
    noticed that one smaller drive (Samsung) had Windows/Program Files/etc
    on it, and the 2nd larger drive (WDC) did also. The client had said
    someone else installed a new drive in the machine, which I assumed was
    the larger drive (I was wrong).

    So I switched the boot options to boot from the 2nd drive (Samsung),
    since there are two drives in the machine. Then XP MC loaded. The
    larger drive (WDC) was assigned as C: and the smaller drive (Samsung) as
    J:. Windows was using C: even though I set it to boot from the Samsung.
    If I restarted and set the boot to the WDC, it failed. Setting it back
    to the Samsung, it booted and I looked at Disk Management and found that
    the WDC was listed as System and Samsung was listed as Active. I
    removed all the Windows files, Program Files, and root files from the
    Samsung and it still boots correctly.

    It boots okay but it still seems backwards. Any thoughts?

    Terry R.
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  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    news:eq#xEKWkKHA.2780@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Yesterday I was looking at an HP Pavilion computer that suddenly stopped
    > booting for a new client. Windows would start, flash a blue screen and
    > restart. I loaded Bart PE and could view the data on both drives. I
    > noticed that one smaller drive (Samsung) had Windows/Program Files/etc on
    > it, and the 2nd larger drive (WDC) did also. The client had said someone
    > else installed a new drive in the machine, which I assumed was the larger
    > drive (I was wrong).
    >
    > So I switched the boot options to boot from the 2nd drive (Samsung), since
    > there are two drives in the machine. Then XP MC loaded. The larger drive
    > (WDC) was assigned as C: and the smaller drive (Samsung) as J:. Windows
    > was using C: even though I set it to boot from the Samsung. If I restarted
    > and set the boot to the WDC, it failed. Setting it back to the Samsung, it
    > booted and I looked at Disk Management and found that the WDC was listed
    > as System and Samsung was listed as Active. I removed all the Windows
    > files, Program Files, and root files from the Samsung and it still boots
    > correctly.
    >
    > It boots okay but it still seems backwards. Any thoughts?
    >
    > Terry R.
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    Hard to say since it is unclear from your description what exactly you did
    when you "switched boot options". Where did you switch them, what were they
    before and what were they after? Which disk is the master disk, which is the
    slave disk, which partions are active?
     
  3. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 1/9/2010 2:02 PM On a whim, Pegasus [MVP] pounded out on the keyboard

    >
    >
    > "Terry R."<F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    > news:eq#xEKWkKHA.2780@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Yesterday I was looking at an HP Pavilion computer that suddenly stopped
    >> booting for a new client. Windows would start, flash a blue screen and
    >> restart. I loaded Bart PE and could view the data on both drives. I
    >> noticed that one smaller drive (Samsung) had Windows/Program Files/etc on
    >> it, and the 2nd larger drive (WDC) did also. The client had said someone
    >> else installed a new drive in the machine, which I assumed was the larger
    >> drive (I was wrong).
    >>
    >> So I switched the boot options to boot from the 2nd drive (Samsung), since
    >> there are two drives in the machine. Then XP MC loaded. The larger drive
    >> (WDC) was assigned as C: and the smaller drive (Samsung) as J:. Windows
    >> was using C: even though I set it to boot from the Samsung. If I restarted
    >> and set the boot to the WDC, it failed. Setting it back to the Samsung, it
    >> booted and I looked at Disk Management and found that the WDC was listed
    >> as System and Samsung was listed as Active. I removed all the Windows
    >> files, Program Files, and root files from the Samsung and it still boots
    >> correctly.
    >>
    >> It boots okay but it still seems backwards. Any thoughts?
    >>
    >> Terry R.
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    >
    > Hard to say since it is unclear from your description what exactly you did
    > when you "switched boot options". Where did you switch them, what were they
    > before and what were they after? Which disk is the master disk, which is the
    > slave disk, which partions are active?
    >
    >


    There is an option on the HP startup screen "Boot options". You can
    switch from there. Selecting the drive that has Windows on it fails to
    boot. Selecting the other drive boots.


    Terry R.
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  4. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Terry R." <F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    news:#k3ynpmkKHA.4380@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > On 1/9/2010 2:02 PM On a whim, Pegasus [MVP] pounded out on the keyboard
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Terry R."<F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    >> news:eq#xEKWkKHA.2780@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> Yesterday I was looking at an HP Pavilion computer that suddenly stopped
    >>> booting for a new client. Windows would start, flash a blue screen and
    >>> restart. I loaded Bart PE and could view the data on both drives. I
    >>> noticed that one smaller drive (Samsung) had Windows/Program Files/etc
    >>> on
    >>> it, and the 2nd larger drive (WDC) did also. The client had said
    >>> someone
    >>> else installed a new drive in the machine, which I assumed was the
    >>> larger
    >>> drive (I was wrong).
    >>>
    >>> So I switched the boot options to boot from the 2nd drive (Samsung),
    >>> since
    >>> there are two drives in the machine. Then XP MC loaded. The larger
    >>> drive
    >>> (WDC) was assigned as C: and the smaller drive (Samsung) as J:. Windows
    >>> was using C: even though I set it to boot from the Samsung. If I
    >>> restarted
    >>> and set the boot to the WDC, it failed. Setting it back to the Samsung,
    >>> it
    >>> booted and I looked at Disk Management and found that the WDC was listed
    >>> as System and Samsung was listed as Active. I removed all the Windows
    >>> files, Program Files, and root files from the Samsung and it still boots
    >>> correctly.
    >>>
    >>> It boots okay but it still seems backwards. Any thoughts?
    >>>
    >>> Terry R.
    >>> --
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    >>> Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.

    >>
    >> Hard to say since it is unclear from your description what exactly you
    >> did
    >> when you "switched boot options". Where did you switch them, what were
    >> they
    >> before and what were they after? Which disk is the master disk, which is
    >> the
    >> slave disk, which partions are active?
    >>
    >>

    >
    > There is an option on the HP startup screen "Boot options". You can switch
    > from there. Selecting the drive that has Windows on it fails to boot.
    > Selecting the other drive boots.
    >
    > Terry R.


    Since you answered only one out of the five questions I asked, I am unable
    to comment any further. On the other you appear to have a working system -
    is there a specific question for which you need an answer?
     
  5. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 1/11/2010 2:15 AM On a whim, Pegasus [MVP] pounded out on the keyboard

    >
    >
    > "Terry R."<F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    > news:#k3ynpmkKHA.4380@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> On 1/9/2010 2:02 PM On a whim, Pegasus [MVP] pounded out on the keyboard
    >>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Terry R."<F1Com@NOSPAMpobox.com> said this in news item
    >>> news:eq#xEKWkKHA.2780@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Yesterday I was looking at an HP Pavilion computer that suddenly stopped
    >>>> booting for a new client. Windows would start, flash a blue screen and
    >>>> restart. I loaded Bart PE and could view the data on both drives. I
    >>>> noticed that one smaller drive (Samsung) had Windows/Program Files/etc
    >>>> on
    >>>> it, and the 2nd larger drive (WDC) did also. The client had said
    >>>> someone
    >>>> else installed a new drive in the machine, which I assumed was the
    >>>> larger
    >>>> drive (I was wrong).
    >>>>
    >>>> So I switched the boot options to boot from the 2nd drive (Samsung),
    >>>> since
    >>>> there are two drives in the machine. Then XP MC loaded. The larger
    >>>> drive
    >>>> (WDC) was assigned as C: and the smaller drive (Samsung) as J:. Windows
    >>>> was using C: even though I set it to boot from the Samsung. If I
    >>>> restarted
    >>>> and set the boot to the WDC, it failed. Setting it back to the Samsung,
    >>>> it
    >>>> booted and I looked at Disk Management and found that the WDC was listed
    >>>> as System and Samsung was listed as Active. I removed all the Windows
    >>>> files, Program Files, and root files from the Samsung and it still boots
    >>>> correctly.
    >>>>
    >>>> It boots okay but it still seems backwards. Any thoughts?
    >>>>
    >>>> Terry R.
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    >>>> Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
    >>>
    >>> Hard to say since it is unclear from your description what exactly you
    >>> did
    >>> when you "switched boot options". Where did you switch them, what were
    >>> they
    >>> before and what were they after? Which disk is the master disk, which is
    >>> the
    >>> slave disk, which partions are active?
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> There is an option on the HP startup screen "Boot options". You can switch
    >> from there. Selecting the drive that has Windows on it fails to boot.
    >> Selecting the other drive boots.
    >>
    >> Terry R.

    >
    > Since you answered only one out of the five questions I asked, I am unable
    > to comment any further. On the other you appear to have a working system -
    > is there a specific question for which you need an answer?
    >


    Actually, if you read what I first stated, you would see you only have
    one unanswered question. But even that is basically answered in the last
    line of my first paragraph.


    Terry R.
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