How to mount a Secondary Hard drive for Reformat

I have a desktop mini server with removable hard drives.  I have a Win7 PATA drive I want to clone to a SATA drive.
The Sata drive is a XP operational drive.  In my boot chain, it boots first.  
I need to either mount the drive after the Win7 Pata drive loads or disable the XP drive so it will not boot.
Is this possible?

Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAsked:
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Do you mean you would like to modify the boot.ini

Can you not just make the win7 drive the first boot device?
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
yes, the win7 drive boots when it is the only drive turned on.  But the Xp sata drive boots when both the win7 pata drive and the xp sata drive are turned on.
I need to have both drivers mounted and the Win7 drive as the boot drive so I can format and clone to the XP drive
This is a BIOS thing...nothing to do with the disks...

What model machine have you? There should be a 'Boot Sequence' option somewhere in the BIOS to allow you to select which drive is first in the boot order...that's how Dell's work at least
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So what happens when you leave the xp drive off then boot win 7 then turn on the xp drive.
You should see it as a drive in device manager.
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
thanks, i"ll try the bios option.
If your BIOS doesn't have this option the other way to do this is a simple clone process using Clonezilla

Download, create boot cd from the ISO, boot from that CD with both drives attached - then do the clone from source to destination and it will do the same job...
Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
The bios option worked and I was able to boot the Win7 Pata drive with the XP Sata drive mounted.  I then, using disk management, I quick formatted the Sata drive.

But I am not able to located the option to do a complete format of the drive, checking for back sectors.
Where is this option in Win7?
Thanks for your help,
Click start then computer right click the drive select format.

Another option is open command prompt type in format :e

I don't know the letter assigned to the drive but use that if you use command prompt.
if you want to check for bad sectors - don't use chkdsk - it checks the filesystem
better run the correct diag for dik drive brand - i use UBCD for that :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
 i suggest the UBCD  to run some diags first - to be sure about the basics
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)                        ultimate boot cd             download page

to be complete, here is how i handle bad, or suspect drives :

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