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Old 23rd February, 2002, 05:43 PM
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Damn you M$

Ive had this problem for ages..and I still cant fix it.

I need someone to give me a morons tutorial.

Im running two hard drives in my machine.
One small one and a big one (15gb and 45gb)

WHen I first had my computer I only had the small drive and it was called C:/
Then I added the bigger drive as D:/

Then I installed win2k onto the d:/

I now want to remove the smaller drive to put it in another PC.

But Ive got a problem.
The boot files are still on the smaller C:/

Ive swapped the drives around making the bigger drive c:/..but the computer still has to boot from the small drive (now d:/)

So ive copied Boot.ini, Ntldr, and other hidden startup files from the small drive to the big one.

Boot.ini seems to be the key file
Ive edited it from

[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Microso ft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:"

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[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)\WINNT="Microso ft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:"

Have I edited this correctly to get it to boot from the C:/ ?

Now when I boot from the large drive it says
"cannot find file windows root directory\system32\ntosknl.exe "

That file is present in the WinNT\system32 directory.

So I think the boot files are looking in the wrong place.

What on earth can I do ?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 23rd February, 2002, 06:35 PM
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Sorry I meant to post this in the operating systems topic...move it if you like.

Ive tried a few combinatios of boot.ini now.
I wantt sure if It should be looking on partition 1 or 0 ...neither would work.

It cant seem to find that file..its like its looking in the wrong place.

Ill try making it look at drive1 as well.

Which drive is drive 1 ? Is that going to be the second drive or the first ?
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Old 23rd February, 2002, 06:52 PM
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It seems that drive 1 means the first drive.

So ive now got boot.ini in this form

[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Microso ft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:"

With the other drive removed it boots win2k but says .. invalid boot.ini booting from c:/winnt

So whats causing the error and how can I prevent it ?
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Just the widest of guesses, but could you be running into some form of MS copy protection?
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Just the widest of guesses, but could you be running into some form of MS copy protection?
Thanks for moving the thread Dan.

I dont think this is copy protection related.

I think its just due to my messing with things when I have very little idea about how they work.

Ive now managed to remove the offending drive and it will boot into win2k.

It just says "invlaid boot.ini booting from c:/winNt" for a few seconds then carrys on as normall.

So somthing isnt quite right..but its getting there

As fate would have it when buying my new CDRW I saw a 40gb seagate for only £50 so thats going to go in the P3 and Ill be using the small drive for Linux instaed.

So all you alternative operating system users can expect a barrage of newbie questions any time soon.
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