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Installed xp for a buddy, we partitioned the drive so he could back up some files..anyways..the back drive turned into c drive and the new xp install became d. I deleted c which cause the ntldr error..i did what this says

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

and it worked. But windows is still drive d: when i try to change it, windows wont let me..i need to use partition magic, but it freaks out..any ideas?
 

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(To my knowledge) you cannot change the drive letter of the Windows/system drive.
 

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ok ok, so i just merged the partitions and now when i go to boot i get error loading operating system..any ideas? the cd doesnt offer the system repair....
 

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Your boot.ini file is likely wrong now. It is looking for Windows on the second partition which no longer exists after the merger.

You can attempt to edit boot.ini and change the partition from 1 to 0.
 

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how is that done? i took the drive out of the pc, installed it in mine as a slave..i cant see anything..it says i need to format..but i cant loose some stuff on there..any way to repair the drive without a format? when i put the xp cd it it just gives me an option to install...not repair...ugg...
 

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default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS - in boot.ini
 

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i was responding to the question you asked matt about the boot ini
 

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Merging doesn't work all that well in XP. Merging came about (native to Windows) in 2003 and now Vista. If you can't see it as a slave/secondary drive then I am assuming the merge caused corruption.
 

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