Disk ids and win 2000

Posted on 2003-03-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hi there,
I have 2 hard disks A and B on my machine, both bootable.
(both booting win2k, switchable at the bios level as to
which one I use).
A is on my primary IDE and B is on my RAID IDE.

When I boot up using A, the primary logical drive of A is labelled
C: and I labelled the primary logical drive of disk B to be Y:

Similarly, when I boot up using B, the primary drive of B is
labelled C: (also). and I labelled the primary drive of disk A to be Y:

I've now decided to use disk B in place of A (ie moving from
using the RAID connector to using the primary IDE connector.)

Using ghost, I reproduce the boot image of A on to disk B.
So far so good.
So when I boot up disk B (which is now on the IDE connector
and has disk A's boot image),
the problem is that it thinks the primary drive of B is
labelled Y:, ie as per disk A's image. I think I need it to be C
to work.
ie it seems to have remembered that this drive with this ID
used to be labelled Y:.
As such, this is stopping it from booting up.
(ie I get a "Saving personal settings" cyclically, blinking

How can I reset this id so it wont remember the disk?
or perhaps the question is how can I get disk B to boot up.

All suggestions welcomed.
Many thanks in advance,
Question by:calcium
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Expert Comment

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I think this is a boot.ini issue. Take a look.

Author Comment

ID: 8158131
Thanks to all who replied.
I finally got it to work and it needed me to do a
fdisk /mbr.

This deleted the disk signature of the disk and
when it booted up, it started to use the default
disk assignments (ie C: D: etc...) instead of what
it remembered (ie Y: in my case).

This link was helpful.


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Glad you found the solution. I had something similar to it about four years ago when using dimage to clone some systems, but apparently your issue was a bit different. Cheers.
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Appreciate the suggestion though.

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