I have a desktop pc running on windows xp sp3 with two internal disk drives C & D
Windows was pre loaded on to drive C: which also has files on it. Drive D; just initially had files on it
Last year I had a boot problem and ended up buying a new copy of windows xp and loading that on to drive D: as I could not repair the windows on drive c:
Now the same problem has happened and the only way I been able to correct it is to partition drive D: and load a fresh installation of XP on to that partition.
The computer is now working, but I am left with, Drive C: corrupted boot but files are still accessible.
Drive D: with a corrupted boot and files on it. and drive D: partition with a working copy of windows and a few files.
How can I get back to just one drive having windows loaded and still be able to access all the data.
I have AVG, Avast and Comodo loaded and have scanned for viruses and deleted a few that showed up.
This has still not repaired the damaged boot sectors.
I would also like to have drive C: just for windows and all the other files on drive D: That way if windows does go down again I could just reformat and reload windows without loosing any files.
If I do boot from C: how do I then make D: the working drive ?
The system has a raid set up; promise 1+0 stripe/raido scsi disk device. But I know nothing about raid setups.
I previously had to replace on of the drives so C: drive is original 80gb D: drive is a replacement drive 500gb
if you want windows back on your C: then you will need to do a fresh install of windows on the C:
I also recommend using some backup software to make sure you dont lose any data. I like to use clonezilla myself.
after you've backed up your data, boot from the windows installation disc. during the installation process when it gets to the part where you tell it what drive/partition to use you can format the existing partitions.