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Slave Drive-->Master Drive to Boot Windows XP,will data be gone?

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I have a brand new 80GB secondary slave drive which has three NTFS partitions: 5.7GB(I+4.8GB(J+64GB(K. Now I backup all my data onto the 64GB partition, remove the hard disk from this computer and use it as the primary master drive of another computer. On that computer I will first install Windows XP onto the 5.7GB partition.
Will that work?


But the 5.7GB partition is already shown as I:\\ drive on this computer. Will it become C:\\ drive on the other computer? I heard that Windows has to boot from C:\\ drive. I won't be able to delete the partitions and repartition it because the data will be gone.
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No it may not be named C depending on the current partitions already on that DRIVE. The Windows Parition will be named corresponding with the other partitions already present on that drive. You should be fine.
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I am booting xp from E:\\ and im booting vista from C:\\ I haven't had any problems with vista or xp booting. You could just change the drive letter of the partition. But I am pretty sure it will work just fine.
    
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Once within the Windows OS install you can change the Letter however this can cause program association problems as they will try and look for the C directory but of course it wont exist anylonger.
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That will work absolutly fine. When you put it in the new computer, windows will automatically assign new letters to all of the partitions. The only problem you may have is if you have programs installed on the K drive. You'd need to reinstall them. Also, 5.7GB is very, very small for the install. It'll work, but where are you going to install the program files? If you want them to install on the 64gb partition, you'll need to point to that drive everytime you install something.
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