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How to mount a Secondary Hard drive for Reformat

Hi,
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
Windows 7Windows OSMicrosoft Legacy OS

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nobus

8/22/2022 - Mon
joinaunion

Do you mean you would like to modify the boot.ini

Can you not just make the win7 drive the first boot device?
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Howie Kay

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
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joinaunion

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.
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Howie Kay

thanks, i"ll try the bios option.
Shane McKeown

If your BIOS doesn't have this option the other way to do this is a simple clone process using Clonezilla

http://clonezilla.org/

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...
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Howie Kay

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,
howie
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