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    bk T
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    Default System Files

    I've got an XP machine with 2 partitions C:\ & D:\ on a 40 GB HDD. Windows XP is installed on C:\ . Somehow, Windows detected D:\ is also a system disk and denied formatting of this partition D:\. But, this D:\ is only used for data files.

    When I enabled the show hidden files & folders and unchecked hide protected system files, the following files are shown in D:\ :
    boot.ini, NTDETECT.COM and ntdr. My understanding is that these files should be in C:\ rather than D:\.

    Could this be the reason as why Windows detected D:\ as the system disk? Is it OK to move them to C:\ ?

    Cheers

  2. #2
    intelliagent
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    Default Re: System Files

    I got this from typing "partition" into the XP Help system:

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    To mark a partition as active
    Using the Windows interface

    Open Computer Management (Local).
    In the console tree, click Disk Management.
    Where?

    Computer Management (Local)
    Storage
    Disk Management

    Right-click the primary partition you want to mark as active, and then click Mark Partition as Active.
    Notes

    To open Computer Management, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
    You must be logged on as a computer administrator in order to complete this procedure.
    In the list and graphical views, the system, active, and boot partitions are marked as System, Active, or Boot, respectively.
    You cannot mark a logical drive as active.
    You can only mark a partition as active on a master boot record (MBR) disk.
    A computer can only have one active partition per disk.
    Changing or deleting an active partition might cause your computer not to start.
    The names commonly used for partitions containing the startup and operating system files are system and boot partitions, respectively.
    The system partition must be a primary partition that has been marked as active for startup purposes and must be located on the disk that the computer accesses when starting up the system. There can be only one active system partition on a disk at a time. You can have multiple basic disks and each can have one active partition. However the computer will only start from one specific disk. If you want to use another operating system, you must first mark its system partition as active before restarting the computer.
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    if you type in partition, the links to the computer management and consoe wil show up - you may be able to track down how to change the settings for each partition there

    B)

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