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My old rig (Who I gave to my mom) is a P4 with XP Pro. It has two HDD's. A 40GB (D drive) and a 120GB (C drive).

I had XP installed on the 120GBer (C drive) and it only had 5GB's of free space left. I saved what I needed for my new rig (Sig) and installed a fresh XP on the 40GBer (D drive) . To find out after doing so that I had a dual boot..Totally by accident. One on each drive. Cool! Boot up and it asks me which OS I want to boot.

Here's where I have think I did myself in. I did a clean install on the 120GBer (C drive) because it was totally messed up. Filled with errors. Now when I boot up, it automatically boots up to the 120GBer (C drive). I have no options!!?? I rebooted again and F8'ed and still doesn't give me two options to boot from.

Where did my D drive boot go?? I see in My Computer than all the files are still on the D drive.

I want to place a new copy of XP Pro on drive D. How do I do this without messing the one up on drive C?

Thanks
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In your bios you should be able to select which one you want to boot from.
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http://www.overclock.net/ocnix/30189...-resource.html

This is something you essentially need to start it.

When you boot up your disc, do you see the different partitions on it?

edit:

So basically you have 2 drives, and you had TWO operating systems, one on each hard drive?
Check cables, does it see your other hard drive, though?
    
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The bootloader is not recognizing the other drive as bootable. I've never had this happen, but if you boot from Vista's setup disc, there's a Startup Repair that you could try.
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1. Right-click My Computer, then Properties, to get the System Properties window.
2. Select the Advanced tab, then Startup and Recovery.
3. At the top of the window is the System Startup box where you can choose:
a. The default OS that will load if you make no choice on boot.
b. The time the boot menu stays up before the default is executed.
c. The menu labels for each of your OS’s.
just found this, might help...and like igob8a said maybe its not recognizing it has a boot device. Check your bios..
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Originally Posted by Munchkinpuncher View Post
In your bios you should be able to select which one you want to boot from.
Where are my bios? If it's the black screen bthat looks similar to the F8 screen...I use to get that option to chose. But since reinstalling XP Pro on C. I don't get the option any more.
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Originally Posted by ninjinsamax3 View Post
http://www.overclock.net/ocnix/30189...-resource.html

This is something you essentially need to start it.

When you boot up your disc, do you see the different partitions on it?

edit:

So basically you have 2 drives, and you had TWO operating systems, one on each hard drive?
Check cables, does it see your other hard drive, though?
I'm the computer I'm talking about now. I can see the two partitions when I look on My computer. the files are on the D drive but I can't seem to boot into it. I have no option too.

Yes. A OS on each drive. both XP Pro.
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You might have to reinstall your OS again, both of them. You have to install them separately as you are not partitioning but using two hard drives. Unplug one of your hard drives, install Windows XP and then unplug that hard drive and install Windows XP on the other one, and then connect them both. This should make it work.

I believe when you tried to install the new one, you did not follow this procedure which confused the system, somehow?

Wait, I think I misunderstood something.
You use to have 2 OS on one hard drive? Then you have another hard drive and installed the OS on that instead?

If so, you will not have the option to choose which OS to choose, you have to press F8 (or which ever button to go to your boot menu) and choose the hard drive with the OS you want to boot.
    
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[QUOTE=ninjinsamax3;3498575]You might have to reinstall your OS again, both of them. You have to install them separately as you are not partitioning but using two hard drives. Unplug one of your hard drives, install Windows XP and then unplug that hard drive and install Windows XP on the other one, and then connect them both. This should make it work.

I believe when you tried to install the new one, you did not follow this procedure which confused the system, somehow?

Wait, I think I misunderstood something.
You use to have 2 OS on one hard drive? Then you have another hard drive and installed the OS on that instead?

If so, you will not have the option to choose which OS to choose, you have to press F8 (or which ever button to go to your boot menu) and choose the hard drive with the OS you want to boot.[/
QUOTE]

No. I've got 2 HDD's. XP Pro installed on both.

I tried the F8 thing and it gave me only one OS to boot. The 2nd isn't registering.

I did not disconnect drives as I installed either OS.
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Oh so it is probably not reading your drive correctly from BIOS.

I call for a (try) reinstall of both OS if you can, doing the procedure that I have said. If all fails, then I will see what other steps.
    
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