Yes, and no! I've had the same problem in the past. I think the problem is
that the new drive isn't marked as a boot drive. I believe you can simply
rewrite the boot record in order to accomplish what you're after. In times
past, you'd do something like "fdisk /mbr", but what the process is nowadays
I can't comment (I think the fix I mention died with NT).
Duncan A. McRae
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> Thanks for all the answers, but the basic problem appears to be that, even
> with a disk image copied, W2k won't boot to the new disk, and further
> reports most of my c: drive, on which win 98 sits and my documents, as
> "unallocated", even though the stuff is there!
> I think that w2k security is keeping me from just swapping actual disks,
> given that the new one is, in fact, different.
> Any suggestions for overcoming this?
> > Actually michel you are wrong here. Dos/ win9x would arrange drive
> > as you say eg:
> > physical disk 1 c
> > physical disk 2 d
> > extended partition on disk 1 e
> > cd roms
> > Win 2000 doesn't force you into this.
> > Win2k by default adds new drives at the end of the letter tree
> > sort of
> > physical disk 1
> > extended partition
> > cdroms
> > physical disk 2
> > You can actually assign any letter you want to any drive you want with
> > management so the mapping is up to you
> > > Hi, Michel.
> > > Did you try simply removing the old second drive and plugging in the
> > one
> > > it its place? If the new one is formatted as only a single PRIMARY
> > > partition, then it should become D:. If it is an extended partition,
> > > any logical volumes in it should get letters after the volumes in the
> > > extended partition on the first drive.
> > > RC
> > > --
> > > R. C. White, CPA
> > > San Marcos, TX
> > > > I recently installed a new maxtor 60GB hard drive to replace a small
> > > second
> > > > hard drive which is the primary w2k partition. I let maxtor's
> > > copy
> > > > my d: drive partition containing W2K to the new drive. I have a
> > dual-boot
> > > > system, booting W2k and win98.
> > > > In win2k, the new drive is seen as G:. I would like to remove the
> > D:
> > > > drive and have win2k be based on the new drive, read as D:. How can
> > do
> > > > this?
> > > > Do I need to reinstall w2k, or is there a utility that allows me to
> > > w2k
> > > > recognize this second drive as D: once I remove the old one?
> > > > Thanks!
> > > > PS: If I need to reinstall, something tells me I will need to
> > the
> > > > dual-boot before doing so. Do I just do this by running "sys" on c:
> > under
> > > > win98?