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Solved: Changing the Main Boot Drive

Q: Solved: Changing the Main Boot Drive

I have a hard drive that comes with my PC and that has a corrupted Windows, but the boot.ini still works fine. So I got a new hard drive and installed a new fresh copy of Windows XP on it. So now I want to format the old hard drive and use the new hard drive as the boot drive. However, if I removed the old hard drive, the new hard drive doesn't boot at all. I've tried using the FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and BOOTCFG /REBUILD commands, but I think I did it wrong.


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A: Solved: Changing the Main Boot Drive

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.


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Is there a way to set the main Windows font on Windows XP?
I think it currently uses Arial, and I want it to use Lucida Grande (which I have installed) for folders' names, Windows' titles, etc...

A:Solved: Changing Windows' main font?

Check out http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6184922.html

BUT, you may run into trouble when you want to change it back.

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I have a T470. I took out the main sata ssd drive from the main drive bay. There is nothing in there. That is the way I want it. I put a Lexar NM520 M.2 2242 512GB NVMe Solid-State Drive in the WWAN port. I imaged that drive. I can boot to it. I don't know exactly how as it is not listed in the bios as a boot device, but it does boot to it. I assume it has something to do with it being NVMe and not SATA in the WWAN port. My problem is that before it boots to the WWAN m.2 NVMe drive it produces a boot error for the main drive missing. The error states MAIN DRIVE not found, esc to continue. Which requires me to push the escape button to continue booting. That is a problem for me. Is there any way to disable this main drive check? I know there is no main drive in that bay, obviously. I called lenovo consumer support and it was like talking to someone who had never heard of a computer before. Very frustrating. 

A:T470 m.2 2242 Nvme WWAN as primary OS boot drive - error from missing main drive

That slot is specified as SATA with no mention of NVMe support.  It's surprising (to me...) that it boots.  I'd be concerned that some future BIOS update would remove the ability to boot.
My _guess_ is that a SATA drive would solve the error - but that's just a guess.  I have a bootable SATA m.2 drive in my T25 - which shares  the internals with the T470.  It's in the shop at the moment.  I may need to open it and will try to run a test when I can - but can't say when that might be.

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Good evening.
First of all, I am Cheaterguy, a newcomer here at TechSpot. I'm decently skilled with computers but I have recently received a quite serious error which I cannot solve without placing my entire system at risk. Hence, I created this account and I'm hoping for help. I will be very thankful for any clues or hints.
Now with that over...

Earlier today I was doing a non-destructive partitioning with Partion Magic because I wanted to dual-boot Linux to try it out. PM reboots my computer and resizes my C drive (the first of four steps). However, after this, it gives me an error message (which I unfortunately cannot recall) and tells me I have to reboot. Now, It reboots as usual up to the point where the Windows (Windows XP Professional SP2) boot screen comes up. It runs for a few seconds, then freezes, a BSoD flickers on and off for a split second and my computer reboots. So I'm trapped in a reboot loop, so to speak.

After a bit of internet browsing (on other computers, as well as the bootable Linux CD) I found some info to possibly find the source of the issue. After following one lead I was able to read the BSoD and it identified the error as:
*** STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x86df32b8, 0xc0000102, 0x00000000)
Further browsing revealed this as a NTSF file system error.

Also, while using the trial version of the Linux OS, bootable from the CD, it told me that my hard drive was completely inaccessible. "Could not be mounted" to be... Read more

A:Windows will not boot and main drive inacessible

Fix your MBR
1. Restart your computer with the Windows XP Setup disk in the CDROM drive.
2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive. (may have to enter bios and change boot order)
3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.
Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR. If your system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command instead.

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I have a Dell Inspiron that is running Win7 Home premium 64 bit and I am getting an error message while booting up it states
"No boot sector on internal hard drive"
"No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot"

When I hit F1 it does nothing. I am not worried about losing data on this computer because I have everything backed up. I would just like to fix it so I can use it again. When I first received this message I was able to strike F1 and it would boot just fine but then I tried to fix it on my own. I think I killed the boot sector altogether. I must warn you that I am new to the MBR set up so you will have to walk me through it one step at a time.

A:No Boot sector main hard drive

Have you run the Dell diagnostic tool?
If NO, Press F12 at boot, & run the Dell diagnostic tool.

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Earlier today, I thought that I wanted to run a the Repair Install (as per that tutorial) to a non-booting Windows 7 (64 bit) installation on a physical drive (my SSD) which is different than the drive to which I can currently boot. That is, I can currently boot to an older installation of Windows 7 on one partition, but the Windows 7 installation (my main one) is on my SSD drive and it will not boot. The boot process ends at the blinking cursor after the BIOS messages. I was hoping that the Repair Install would give the option of repairing the Windows 7 installation on the SSD, but it seems that it will only repair Windows 7 on the partition from which I have booted.

A little background in case it's useful: I installed Windows 7 (upgrade from Vista in 2011) on the PC's original HD and then ghosted to a new SSD and made that my boot drive. I kept the old drive (with a functioning Win7 installation) in the system as a backup. All was well for the past couple years until a recent graphics card swap. (I will note that I had successfully swapped these same cards several times without boot issues in the last few days. They are both Radeon cards, so I didn't have to re-install drivers or anything.) But, now Windows on my SSD (my main drive) will not boot - I just see the blinking cursor after the BIOS screens. (I don't know if the boot issue was even related to the graphics card issue, it just happened after one of the swaps.) There are no error messages. So, I used the... Read more

A:Working backup Win7 boot drive, need to fix main Win7 boot drive

Did you run the SSD's drive diagnostics or Partition Wizard Partition surface test to see if it will scan it?

Try running SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot from the Repair CD to see if it can repair System files enough to start it, or to enable Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to start it after confirming System Reserved or C partition is Partition Marked Active. If one fails, try moving it to the other. Unplug the other drives first.

If you want to continue trying to repair it, everything else that can be done is compiled in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start. Infection can't be ruled out until it is scanned from boot disk provided, and sometimes WIn7 will not repair if it is infected.

At some point you might want to do a booted reinstall with all other HD's unplugged, deleting all partitions first. But I'd want to know the drive is sound first via diagnostics and using tech support if under warranty to pave the way for RMA.

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 64 bit. My hard drive setup is as follows:

C: 70 GB Raptor 1. (The OS drive... System Boot, Page Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 70 GB Raptor 2. (Music, Photos, a few programs.)
E: 500 GB HDD 1. (Empty)
F: 500 GB HDD 2. (Empty)

I would like to do the following...

C: 500 GB HDD 1: (OS drive... System Boot, Pages Files, Programs, etc.)
D: 500 GB HDD 2: (Extra storage)
E: 70 GB Raptor 1: (Music Files)
F: 70 GB Raptor 2: (Picture Files)

What I'd like to do is make one of the 500 GB HDDs the C drive, and reinstall my Vista onto it, and reformat the 70 GB Raptor that my OS is currently on. I've backed everything up that I need to, and I've said my goodbyes to anything I can stand to lose. I just need to know what steps I would need to take to be able to accomplish this. If anyone could help me with that, it'd be much appreciated.

ADD: Just to clarify, I DO have the original OEM disc of the version of Vista that is installed on this comp.
ADD: Also, they are SATA drives.


A:Solved: Installing Vista on a Different Hard Drive (Switching main drive?)

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How did you get it to work?

I have a single Fujitsu MBA3300 15K RPM SAS hard drive that I'd like to use as the main boot drive for Vista64. I have been able to load the Marvell SAS drivers, and windows sees (formatted) the drive when I boot Vista from my old sata drive that is currently the boot drive. If I unplug the sata drive and boot off the CD, Vista can’t see the drive till I manually load the Marvell SAS drivers from a USB flash drive. Once they are loaded the SAS drive shows up as an available drive to install to but when I highlight it and click next I get an error telling me that it could not create a system partition. I try formatting from the same window but it makes no difference. Is there any BIOS setting that needs to be changed so that this disk will be recognized as a viable disk and windows will install to it? During POST I see the SAS controller initialize and it shows the drive attached. If i boot from the Sata drive and then try to run the installer the disk shows up but tells me that I need to install the SAS driver. I do that but it tells me the same thing when I select the drive again as if I had not installed the driver.


FWIW this is an Asus P6T deluxe Motherboard with and 2.66 GHz Intel i7 6gig ram.

A:Anyone using an SAS drive as their main Boot Drive?

found this on another forum hope it helps you

Posted:2/12/2009 12:49:00 PM # 10 Greetings Everyone?

I felt compelled to join the forum (as I have a couple now) to share what worked for me with my install of Vista 64 Ultimate on an ASUS P6T with SAS & SATA drives ? I was struggling as a few others, but with the help of all you generous posters, I finally got my setup complete.

Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe (Marvell Controllers)
Ram: 12GB Corsair
Drives: Seagate SAS 15k 300GB Cheetah (x2) and 1 Seagate SATA 7200 1TB
CPU: Intel i7

Ok, as a few others? I was having a devil of a time setting up my system to boot from 1 SAS drive (where I Installed Vista and my Adobe Suite) , use the 2nd SAS drive for data, and my working ?project? files ? and finally, my SATA drive for short term backup and older ?finished? files. (Footnote, I use a Drobo for my data mirror ? imo, superior to any raid setup)

In the Marvell SAS controller / disk setup (Ctrl-M on system start) make sure no raid is setup, drives should simply read as ?FREE?

Now in the BIOS ? set SATA to IDE (I left it enhanced).

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So after I did change to SATA AHCI mode in the BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as a removable device in system tray. So how do I fix this issue, and I did follow the instructions in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 922976, and is found right here; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

A:after change to SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, the main boot hard drive shows as removable

There is nothing to fix, SATA drives are hot pluggable so that is all perfectly normal.

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Hey guys

I just have one question about installing XP on a HD. Well I recently got a new HD (300GB WD) and it's currently on a drive enclosure. When I try to write something to the HD it goes pretty slow (2GB file in 50 mins). So I decided that I should move the 300 GB HD to my computer and bring my old 20 GB HD to the drive enclosure.

So, my question is... Is there any way of installing XP on the 300 GB HD with removing the files on it and making the 20GB HD just secondary storage?

A:Changing Main HD

Since you've got a Western Digital drive:

Copy any data from the 300GB drive to the c: drive (just make a folder for it)

Shut down, mount the 300GB drive as the master, and the old drive as its slave.

Use the Western Digital software (boot to the CD that came with the drive) to format the 300GB driver, and then to copy the entire 20GB drive to the 300GB drive.

Shut down, mount the 20GB in the enclosure, and boot to the 300GB drive.

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Here is the situation. My customer called me and said his computer keeps booting in an endless loop. I suspected a corrupted master boot record. I went to his house, booted up into the Recovery Console, did memory checks and such, and did a FIXBOOT command. Well, this did nothing for me except give me some typing practice. I noticed too that I can't get it to boot into SAFE MODE.

When I rebooted it, it came up with the infamous "NTLDR IS MISSING - PRESS CTRL-ALT-DEL TO RESTART". And then it gets really exciting!! I tried rebooting again and got the BSOD 0x0000007f error. Well, I did all of the normal processes of elimination by removing one RAM module at a time (but memory already checked good so it was more of a second check than anything else) and disconnected one CD/DVD drive, although since I worked on the hard drive last, it just makes sense that something went awry on the hard drive.

Moving right along, I removed the hard drive and connected it to my Linux laptop (gotta love Linux!!!) and Linux sees all of the folders and files. I think something got messed up in the boot sector but now all I can get is a constant BSOD. Let me just clarify one point I left out above....the BSOD appears when I try to boot from the Windows XP disc in an attempt to get back into the Recovery Console. I think that perhaps the FIXBOOT and FIXMBR commands jacked up some pointers and now the processor doesn't know where to look so it stops.

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A:[SOLVED] BSOD due to main hard drive

Hi Mike, you know I've been seeing this kind of thing alot lately. It ususally ends up being just like you said a totally messed up boot record. Now how this comes to be I really haven't found out yet, although I suspect some sort of a Win update, 3rd party service conflict that is occuring to all these computers. Although you may very well be able to resolve this without a reinstall, since you are able to recover the info with linux, the easiest fastest way to fix this persons computer is going to be to get the data, use kill disk to wipe the drive and do a format and re-install. Believe me the client will thank you since the computer will most likely work better than ever. If you need a link to download killdisk just let me know. I'm sorry I don't have a better fix for you, but I have tried everything else with this problem and as I said this was always the easiest fix.

Let Me know if I can help further.


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I've been trying to clear out my hard drive of some stuff to free up some much needed space. However, I can't seem to find what it is that's taking up so much space. When I look at what all is on there, nothing seems to add up to the amount that it says is on there. My main drive is 69.6 GB big and it says I have 13 GB free (I know that's low, that's why I'm trying to clear it out of things I don't need on there). The problem is, I have uninstalled and deleted everything I don't need and have the main drive almost down to the essentials and a few other programs I use regularly. It should leave me with almost 30 GB free space, but as I have mentioned, it says I only have 13 GB free. Aside from what I have done, how else can I find out what is taking up all this space? Could it just be that something is wrong with my main drive? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Solved: Main Hard Drive Mystery

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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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any one know how to change the resolution on the main screen in windows xp pro cause at the moment all the icon windows are very big i would like to make them smaller but i cant find the settings


by main screen i mean where the wallpaper is!?!

A:changing the main screen

Right click the desktop, click Properties
Go to Settings,
Increase the Screen resolution
If you can't alter the resolution, it suggests that you need to reinstall your graphics card drivers

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Hey Guys,

Heres the issue. I recently did an install of XP home on a new HDD for a customer after their drive went dead. Not realizing, the install mapped the boot drive to F instead of C. Customer called up complaining that he could not install programs, etc... I wanted to go back and change the drive letters through the registry, but after doing some reading, found that changing the system drive letter after install will make windows act screwey, sometimes not even allowing a boot. I personally can live with a diff. drive letter, but the customer seems to not be able to.

I have read one or two posts about using XXclone to clone the system drive to a new partition mapped to C, then deleting the F partition. As i have never used this program or method, i am a bit skeptical, and/or lost at the same time. What do you guys suggest as the best method to change this drive letter and not disrupt the operations of the system?

Thanks in advance for the help

A:Changing Drive Letter Assignment on Boot Drive

You could try the method given here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188But I can't guarantee it will work.

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Does anybody know how to correct the following issue:

Awhile back, I was uninstalling some random software (I wish I remember what it was) and, all of a sudden, the icons for my main hard drives (C:\, D:\, E:\, F:\, etc.) disappeared from Windows Explorer. Attached is a screenshot of how Windows Explorer looks for me now. Any help is much appreciated.

A:Solved: Main drive icons gone in Windows Explorer

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So I have 4 computers and the one I'm planning on throwing out has been set to main home group. Can I delete the existing home group or change the main home group to another computer?

A:Changing the main homegroup location

just get the other three to leave the homegroup, then on the one you want as main start a homegroup and then get the rest to join. it will be easy that way.

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I just added a 2nd hard disk to my pc, which I have partitioned, and I'm trying to make one partition the boot drive. I have assigned a letter to each partition, but I can't actually make one of them the boot drive. I'm using WinXP. What do I need to do?

A:changing boot drive

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My Laptop has 2 drives. The C and the Recovery Partitoin which is E or sumthin. I partitoined the C and made the partition G. And like a Jackass I changed the label of G and C, not the letter, only the label. (instead of Windows C:/ i changed it to "EXAMPLE" C:/)
It worked fine till i restarted my computer..
It says bootmgr is missing. So i ran Recovery and I was backing everything up wen I found the problem. The C drive which had all my system files is no longer C, It shows as D. So there is no C, only D and the empty Partition G.
I thought I cud choose to boot from D but I went to boot menu and all i can select is Hard Disk or CD Rom. Wen I select hard disk it boots from the recovery partition and opens HP Recovery.
How can I select which DRIVE to Boot from??


A:Changing Boot Drive....

Originally Posted by nuwan

My Laptop has 2 drives. The C and the Recovery Partitoin which is E or sumthin. I partitoined the C and made the partition G. And like a Jackass I changed the label of G and C, not the letter, only the label. (instead of Windows C:/ i changed it to "EXAMPLE" C:/)
It worked fine till i restarted my computer..
It says bootmgr is missing. So i ran Recovery and I was backing everything up wen I found the problem. The C drive which had all my system files is no longer C, It shows as D. So there is no C, only D and the empty Partition G.
I thought I cud choose to boot from D but I went to boot menu and all i can select is Hard Disk or CD Rom. Wen I select hard disk it boots from the recovery partition and opens HP Recovery.
How can I select which DRIVE to Boot from??


Hello nuwan;

Can you help clear up some things for me? You said your laptop has two drives? Do you mean two hard drives or two partitions on one hard drive?

In an earlier thread you were asking how to add XP to your laptop and dual boot XP and Vista, so did you get XP installed? Where is Vista now? What partition? What letter?

You might be able to get back to booting to windows if you can mark the partition with the boot code (Vista?) as active. It would help a lot if you had a third party ... Read more

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I just upgraded to a 300GB hard drive from a 250, which I will use as a backup drive. However, when I set it up, the primary boot partition got set up as D:. I have 5 partitions on this drive. The others were also mislabeled, but I could change them with the Computer Management tool. There is no C drive on this system. I want to make what is now D become C.

The original also had 5 partitions. All I wanted to do is duplicate the old drive to the new one. Somehow, the boot partition became D and I can't change it from within Windows. Is there a way to do that?

I have created the UBD for Windows using Bart's PE, so I can boot the machine independently of using the hard drive. If I can use that, is there a tool there or a command line program I can use to change it?

Thanks for any help you can give.


A:Changing the boot drive from D to C

That would require every entry in the Registry to be also changed, not a job for the faint-hearted...

Changing it would mean that the system would not boot, in simple terms. This is also confirmed by the Microsoft Knowledge Base

Reinstalling Windows ensuring the correct drive is used, would be the simplest (probably the only) method.

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I just purchased an Inspiron 3650 & added a SSD drive to it. Once I got everything like I wanted it,  I used Samsung's cloning software to clone original  drive to the SSD one. I swapped the cables on mobo where SSD drive is now plugged into 0, & original drive is in 2, but computer still tries to boot to the original HD. I can hit F12 & have the option to choose HDD!, which boots to the SSD drive. If I don't do anything, computer will try to boot from original HD & start the repair option, as I reformatted the old OS partition.
How do I fix this?
Also, one it has changed, can I update the recovery partition to restore it to the current state?

A:Changing boot drive?

Re-clone the drive and IMMEDIATELY shut down and remove the original drive.  You cannot boot the system with both the original and cloned drive installed.
Once you boot the system with the cloned drive only, you can then reconnect the original drive.
You can make a new recovery partition using Windows backup or a third party utility -- but do so to an external hard drive or other medium - NOT to the original drive.  The main reason you might need it is in case of drive failure and it won't help to have the recovery image on the drive that has failed.

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Hi Everyone!

I put together a computer a couple months ago. (ASUS-A8S-X, dual AMD-ATHLON processor 64x2). I installed a hard drive (120 GB) from my previous system which is currently used used as my boot drive (master, C.

I added this week an additional hard drive (Seagate 500 GB) as a slave drive (F. I would like to make this new drive the boot drive for my system since the C: drive is 7 years old. Which is the least painful approach to proceed? Windows XP is my operating system.



A:Changing Boot Drive

Just change the boot device priority in the bios, its as simple as that.

Provided both drives are set to cable select you wont have a problem.

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I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a Dell Precision M6800 laptop, graphics card is Nvidia Quadro K3100M. I have a 3-monitor setup: one monitor being the laptop LCD, and the other two being Dell U2414h. My laptop is on the far right. I've had these in extended mode with a Display Port 1.2 daisy chain setup for about 1.5 years. Due to the massive headache of the DP1.2 daisy chain setup not being reliable with these monitors (tons of forums on this subject), I recently bought an HDMI 2.0 cable so I could run one U2414h off of the DP1.2 port on my laptop and the other U2414h off the HDMI port on my laptop. When all three monitors are turned on, I like my main display to be the monitor on the far left. With the previous daisy chain setup, my main display would shift from left to right as my monitors were turned off (left to right). With this current setup (one via DP1.2, the other via HDMI), my main display will not shift to my middle monitor when the left one is turned off, so when I turn my left monitor off, I lose my task bar and all icons (they don't shift to another monitor). Is anyone else using a similar setup where they've had this issue, and was there a resolve?

Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 7 no changing main display when monitor is turned off

Hi Mike Moren, welcome to the Forum.

As you are using separate inputs to the monitors, one being HDMI & the other the DP1.2 port, you will not get automatic shifting of the main Desktop screen when you turn one of the monitors off, like you were before.

You can use the Windows key/P key to switch between monitors. You are using the extended screen set up at present, so only one screen has the full desktop showing. Using the Windows/P keys you can have all screens as duplicate also if you wish. Try it out & see for yourself.

If you right click on your main desktop & select Screen Resolution there are some options to select from as well.

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Recently, a friend of mine, wholly novice where considering the idea of the main focus of my post here (main subject heading), and, if with a tad bit of coaching from me, tried to connect her "Brother" (brand) low-end priced InkJet Printer, wirelessly, to her HP Laptop, running Windows 10.
And got the following "error message" "Solution". ...

? Certainly "greek" to her.

And if also certainly, somewhat unclear to me.

WLAN report
Connection failed.
*** Solution***
The Security Information (SSID/Network Key) is incorrect.
Reconfirm the SSID and security information (Network Key).
- How to confirm wireless security information (SSID/authentication method/
encryption method/Network Key).

1) The Default security settings may be provided on a label attached to the WLAN access point/router. Or the manufacturer's name or model no. of the WLAN access point/router may be used as the default security settings.

2) See the documentation provided with your WLAN access point/router for information on how to find the security settings.

* If WLAN access point/router is set to not broadcast the SSID, the SSID will not automatically be detected. You will have to manually enter the SSID name.

* The Network key may also be described as the Password, Security Key or Encryption Key.
If you do not know the SSID and wireless security settings of your WLAN access point/router or how to change the configuration, see the documentation ... Read more

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Very long story, but this is the short one. What is the easiest way to replace a 20gig WD Hard Drive C with a 40 gig? I am worried about not having an OS once the hard drive is removed. I have W98 2nd edition on CD of course. I am worried about a boot disk or something that will have CD rom drivers on it! I have added drives as slaves in the past, but not the master... Please Help... Current OS is supposed to be dual boot with W2000 Pro & W98, but W98 will not work. This is all new, was using W98. Have been having problems with the 20 gig drive. I have the 40 gig already.

A:Changing boot hard drive

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Hi all,new here to the forums i have a question reguarding my boot drive leter.
recently bought a ssd installed my edition of win7pro 64 onto it
no problems except i had my old hdd still plugged in which was my c drive letter ,thus i installed operating system onto my ssd with an e drive letter.ok so i have tried to run a couple of programmes which i use which have failed because the programme is looking for a specific file in c boot directory which i obviously havent got....hope you can understand what im getting at.so big question how do i change my ssd boot drive letter to :c and that all my existing programmes will still work.
many thanks for any help

A:Changing boot drive letter ?

programs that you have installed onto the drive after the OS that need to call files other than the EXE to work will not know where to look for them, and likely have to be re-installed.

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I have a slightly unusual situation. I have a Dell Precision Workstation 530 running XP sp2. This computer has a primary C: hard drive which, for some odd reason, Dell decided to make it a 16 GB SCSI drive. There is an IDE buss available and I have a 160 GB Seagate drive (E on the Primary and a DVD/CD on the secondary. I keep running out of memory on the primary C: drive so I would like to clone the contents of the C: drive and move it to the 160 GB drive. I have downloaded a nice little program called HD_Clone 4.2 to do this but I have questions: 1. What if I just change the boot drive in the BIOS to the 160 GB drive and clone the data to that drive. Would that work?? Or would that delete the data currently on the drive? Then I would rename E: to C: after pulling the SCSI drive. 2. OR Do I need to create a new partition on the 160 GB drive? If so will this delete the data currently on the drive? What about formatting this new partition? 3. Can I name this new partition C: to keep all the file references the same? 4. If it helps I could copy (CLONE) the 16GB SCSI drive to an SD card, then unplug the SCSI, create the new C: partition and then copy the SD card to the new C:. Please provide a step by step of the best way to achieve this if possible. Thanks much. Dean

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I installed a new hard drive and installed winxp pro. Not realizing it at the time, it was installing on drive F. Now of course the windows drive is not c. as it should be but f instead. Although it works fine, it is very annoying to see f:\windows. Is there any way to change this without re-installing windows?

I know how it happened. The new drive that was installed was on IDE 1 as the Primary Master. I was under the impression that if I simply swapped the drive to IDE 0 it would correct the problem but I am obviously mistaken. I thought maybe I could use PQ Magic to remap the drives. Not sure though.

Really could use some advice here. I can't stand it anymore!

A:Changing the boot drive letter.

Give this a read to see if it applies to your situation


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Ok, the computer i'm working on currently went through a lot of stuff, basically it stopped "seeing" both hard drives... it's a dell, so I look at the array, and it sees them there, so I decide to format both of the drives (the user had backed up all their information thankfully) however now it says that C: is a removable media and F: is my boot, which would be all well and dandy, but I'm trying to download drivers from a website, and it won't let me choose where to download to, and it tries to download to c, which won't work. So is there a way I can change the boot drive to C? Maybe by switching the ide cables possibly?

A:Changing Boot Drive Letter

Actually since the system has made drive F: your boot drive and C: a removable media the only real way is to re-format the drives and re-install Windows again but this time you have to read the screens as to where the installation is formatting and where it is putting things. Basically you read every screen and you will find it.

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I was doing a new installation of XP home on a new hard drive, XP formatted the drive as F:\ and installed the boot sector there because a thumb drive was in the usb port (which it recognized as C:\). I wasn't paying that close of attention and I didn't realize XP would see that thumb drive as C:\. My question: is there any way to change the boot letter back to C: without reformatting the hard drive?

A:Changing Boot drive Letter

Yes there is.
Go to start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer management > Storage > Disk management.
Then right click on drive, and choose change drive letter / path

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Hello, wondering if anyone can help with this issue. I am looking to install xp so I wrote the .iso onto a bootable USB and changed the boot order in the bios to boot from USB first. Then after it rebooted, the screen stays black with no bios screen etc. Not sure why it doesn't come up, any suggestions? Thanks

This is an acer aspire one netbook running ubuntu 10.04. 120gb hdd and 1gb Ram. Have absolutely no problems in past with it and it's about a year and a half old.

Extra info :-: when trying to hit the caps lock in the blank screen, the light does jot come up and the keyboard seems to be unresponsive. I am letting it cool down as it was on all day whilst o was researching the xp installation so will attempt to turn it on again soon but fear it may be to the boot order change.

A:Solved: Blank screen on startup after changing boot order to boot from USB.

Any POST messages?

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I have recently installed an external USB Hard Drive to a clients pc and it worked beautifully straight away and continued working with absolutely no problems for 4 days. Then the client phoned and said that he was getting an error message when trying to boot saying that NTLDR was missing. I went there and found, as I suspected, the boot order did not indicate the C: drive first but surprisingly the USB External drive.

I changed it back and rebooted several times and everything worked fine. I left him and did not hear from him again for another 4 or 5 days. Now he has phoned me again to say that the same thing has happened. If he starts the pc without the External Drive connected everything is fine and then connects the External drive after boot everything is fine but his dial up connection bombs out and he has to reboot to be able to dial out. I have a feeling that this is a separate issue all together but have not seen it for myself so not sure.

My question is why does the CMOS boot order keep changing every other day or so. He swears that he is not changing anything nor is he removing anything so I have no idea what is happening.

Any ideas would be welcome.


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This is somewhat of a follow on to my earlier post dealing with migrating the OS to an SSD.  After havinig cloned the OS from the 2TB HDD, I wanted to boot from the SSD.  In the old days I would have gone to BIOS and from there selected boot priority of the various devices.  In this instance, I encountered UEFI and could not figure out how to change boot priority.  I saw options for legacy boot, some messages about disabling secure boot, and I was afraid to touch either.   So....I just swapped the disk cables and booted from the SSD.  
Still, I have the question, how can I change the boot priority?  Is there some Dell manual that gives a good explanation of the UEFI interface for me to study?  

A:UEFI (?) changing boot drive? XPS 8900

Tap F12 as soon as you reboot to access the Boot Menu and select the boot device. Don't wait for any screen.

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How can I update my bios to allow booting from a USB Flash drive. My bios is American Megatrends 6.07, 5/4/2011 and the only options are CD, Hard Drive, floppy. Is there a way to change this? In testing the Windows 10 Repair Disc I created, my system froze at the 'choose keyboard layout' blue screen. I could not use the usb mouse or usb keyboard. As a result, I had to recover my system back to windows 7 using my Norton Ghost recovery disk and the backups I had made before the downloading windows 10.

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A:Changing bios so boot from USB flash drive

After opening the bios and clicking the default hard drive, I found that I had choices including the USB Flash drive that I had just pugged in before rebooting. This answered my question. Thanks to all for their input. It was not necessary to flash the bios after all.

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I just successfully cloned my C drive, a 64GB SSD onto a new 128GB SSD which now reads as the G drive. my 1.5TB HHD is my F drive.

Im not too sure what the hell I'm doing. I can easily remove all my HDs and i removed my C drive and replaced the new G drive in the location. when i tried to boot the computer it obviously didnt work. i put the C Drive back in the case and it booted up fine.

obviously my cloned SSD cant boot my comp up. its cloned, i just dont know how to make it my boot device. any advice?

A:Changing a Cloned SSD with OS to be the Boot device or C Drive

You are wanting to make your 128 GB your C: drive so it will boot, is that correct? What are you wanting to do with your 64 GB drive? We need to see a screenshot of your Disk Management. Click your Start button in the lower left of your screen. In the space above the Start button type "Disk Management" without the quotes. Expand the columns so we can read all of the print. Use this tutorial to post a screenshot of Disk Management using your Snipping Tool
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums Plug in all HDD, SSD when you boot. Thanks,

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Vista Ultimate 64bit / Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 64bit

I successfully installed Windows 7 on a blank drive. The installation kept the drive letter "H" and name.

Drive C: Is my Vista boot drive, and I'm done with it. My plan is to change it to some higher letter of the alphabet, then . . . .

Question I
If I change my "G" drive (Windows 7 boot drive) letter to "C" with 'Disk Management' will all be well?

Question II
Will just deleting my Vista installation cause any problems with the Windows 7 installation?

Thanks for the help, palms are sweating :-) - IM

A:Changing boot drive letters in Windows 7?

1. are you changing your drive letter in w7? or vista?
2. it shouldnt, if your currently dualbooting w7 and vista, and you delete vista, the mbr will still boot w7 correctly. Also keep in mind, if you format the vista drive, and its the first partition, youll have a blank partition, thne w7 partition.

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I'm taking the opportunity of upgrading my 128GB SSD while I update my computer to Win10. The old SSD was my boot, C:, and OS drive. Shortcuts on my desktop, including on my Start Menu (Win7), pointed to files and programs installed on my much larger drives. I hope to upgrade to a 500GB M.2 drive for the boot drive and yet to still use the older, larger drives for programs and storage.

If / when I get that system running is there a way to reestablish / rebuild the shortcuts on the clean Win10 desktop and Start Menu so they point to programs already installed on other drives?

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The drive letter of my boot/active Win7 partition should be C:, but in my case it isn't; the boot/active partition drive letter is F.

I've tried to move heaven and earth to change the drive letter of the boot partition but nothing works.

So, aren't there any apps, tools or utilities to change the drive letter of my current boot partition?

Thanks in advance,

A:Changing Drive Letter of Boot/Active partition

Nothing that I know of. My original Win 7 installation was "E" drive. I had considered things suggested but finally decided to let it be. It doesn't matter to Windows what the drive letter is, everything works regardless of the drive lettter. I later installed Windows 7 on an SSD drive, with a clean install (and the SSD drive the only drive connected during installation) and now back to the "C" drive.

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On one of my desktop computers running Windows 10 Pro, I added a SSD drive. Then, I cloned the OS partition on to the SSD drive, which ran perfectly.

But on another desktop, I dual boot Windows 7 Home and Windows 10 Home on an older SATA hard drive. And I've now added a 240 GB SSD drive.

The existing boot drive has 3 partitions for booting -- the Windows 7 (C, Windows 10 (D and the 100 MB System Reserved partition.

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ? Anything I need to be careful about ?

Thanks for any assistance on this. Cheers.

A:Changing dual boot Win7 & Win10 from SATA to SSD drive

esgee said:

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ?

Yep, that's all you have to do.

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Hi, I have a HP Pavilion 15 n204tx Notebook with Windows 8.1 running. Now I would like to install a SSD by replacing the optical drive. I am not an expert and I did some digging. I heard that before I install Windows to the new SSD, I should change settings in BIOS to AHCI concerning my hard drive. My Problem now is that I can't find it in BIOS. Where can it be found and maybe changed? Is it really needed to change BIOS mode? What are my alternate choices?

A:UEFI BIOS Access, Changing Boot Drive Order To SSD

Hi, No, you can't do that. You have to swap SSD and HDD. Put old HDD to the caddy. Regards.

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 Recently, my optical drive on my t430 broke. I had an old drive that I salvaged from an old HP laptop, and I replaced it with that. The drive works, But there is a small issue. My boot time got INCREDIBLY slow. Not the windows boot, the POST screen. It's stuck on the screen with the Lenovo logo for over two minutes. it eventually boots, and as far as i can tell, windows is fine. is there a way to fix this?

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I need to replace my CD/DVD drive because a CD exploded in it about a week ago and now it will not work. I can't burn anything. The message I'm getting is that there is no CD in the drive. ( I can only keep the tray closed if I hold it in for a few seconds, otherwise it pops right back out)

I want to replace the CD drive myself. Is this too complicated for a relative beginner? I have a DELL Dimension E520 running Windows XP. It's not much more than a year old but out of warrenty.

I have downloaded the manual from the DELL site and it looks like it will not be too difficult. Any suggestions?



A:Solved: changing a CD/DVD drive

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I have Asus laptop with OEM Win7 HomeP 64bit on it, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 along side with Win7, didn't know that Ubuntu will be the main boot, I used Ubuntu 11.10 a year a go and Windows was my main boot, I tired several way to retrieve Win7 as main boot but didn't work.

I tried to fully recover Windows, but when finished I get black screen with "getgrub error"
now recovery doesn't work any more.

I want to get rid of Ubuntu for ever, how? without losing my genuine Win7

A:Dual Boot problem, Ubuntu is the main boot

Hello, Mesh F90 and welcome to Seven Forums.

First you to boot to Ubuntu 12.04 and follow this :

1. Open your Terminal.
2. Type grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg
3. You will got something like :
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
You will got other lines but you need this, this is last one.
4. Remember this quotes for Windows 7 (ex . "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)") (DON'T FORGOT quotes!!!) you will need it later.
5. In Terminal type this : sudo nano -B /etc/default/grub
6. You will got this :

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
.... you will have more ....

7. Change GRUB_DEFAULT to value for Windows 7 from menuentry (you remembered it ) (ex. GRUB_DEFAULT="Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)") (DON'T FORGET quotes).
8. Press CTRL+X and type "y" (without quotes) to save it.
9. Important step! Type in your terminal : sudo update-grub
to save your changes

That is all and Windows 7 will be default now.


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I have changed my Gigabyte GA-7ZX with Athlon 900mhz for a ECS K7S5A and Athlon XP 1800 Thoroughbred .

I have a 40 Gb HDD that was on the GA-7ZX with Win XP Pro with a lot of work on it and saved to Norton Ghost.

The question I am asking do you think I will have much problem transferring the 40Gb HDD with the Win XP Pro to the ECS K7S5A /athlon Xp 1800 combination .

Hope I have explained it properly

Thanks in advance

A:[SOLVED] Changing Hard Drive

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i need to know how to change a drive letter in Win.7 #1 and i need to change it from Win.7 #2 (duel-boot), i need to do this because OS #1 does not have a 'C' Drive, as its own system files are labeled as 'D:'. this is causing activation, windows genuine, and other problems and errors.

So is there any file (.ini or something) that I can change the drive letters

Thank you

A:[SOLVED] Changing drive letters from a different OS

In Win7, type "Disk Management" into the start menu, hit enter and then right click the drive you want to change. Choose "Change drive letter and paths" and then click the "Change" button. To the right there is a drop-down menu, pick one of those and click ok. Do that for both drives if you need to.

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