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« on: March 22, 2005, 11:36:50 AM »

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A few months ago I bought and installed a second hard drive to keep as a backup. At the time I copied all that was on my C: drive to it and when I tried booting from it ...it worked well.
Now I want to swap the drives and do a complete reformat of my original. When I switched the drives internally, making the backup drive my primary, it wouldn't boot. I know the operating system is there but when I looked it didn't have a boot.ini file. How can I get it to boot again? Is it merely adding a boot.ini file?

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2005, 05:01:21 PM »

No, the boot.ini file is a file for Windows 2000 and XP to start up with. So it's merely a remnant of your XP install attempt. As I said in the other thread, you can live without it, as long as you would replace the master boot record so it points to Win98 again.

Having thought about that, you'd also need the Win98 startup files, called system files, on the root of the harddrive you boot with. These are the command.com, msdos.sys, io.sys and the startup files config.sys and autoexec.bat

To move over the system files, you use the sys command.
example given: Start with a win98 bootfloppy and from the A: prompt you type sys d: {enter}
This will put the system files back on the root of the d: drive.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2005, 05:55:59 PM »

Okay...that sounds simple enough. If I decide at a later date to go back to my problem drive as the master will it still boot up or will I have to use the win98 floppy to create the sys files again? Thanks!
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