Basicaly to clarify, the OS is on a hard drive (C) but for some reason for the OS to boot Hard drive (E) has to be plugged in. IF it is not i am told that BootMGR is missing. I do no run a raid obviously (or at least i think its obvious) because it is stuck in IDE mode and the two hard drives may both be seagate but differ in size and model (if the old RAID rules are true). I think im going to have to go down the formatting path because of some start up issues i had before i tried modifying anything, which from the limited knowledge i have may be caused by this weird breakup in windows files. Any advice would be appreciated, i would prefer to avoid reformatting... Sorry this thread has turned into so much more.