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Ext User(Marianne)
03-06-2007, 09:53 PM
I have two windows xp's on my computer. One is in the c drive and one is in
the d drive. I use the one in the d drive. I would like to know if booting
from my cd and deleting the one in the c drive will harm my computer in any
way. It says delete partition, but is that just deleting the windows xp from
c or deleting the c drive?

Ext User(db)
04-06-2007, 12:33 AM
if you delete the partition
you will likely delete the
boot manager.

instead i would like to suggest
that it might be a good idea
to keep it as a spare and
a backup in the event the
main o.s. crashes on you.

what might be helpful is
to modify the boot menu so
that it defaults and launches
the d drive instead of the c
drive.

further, you can rename the
descriptions on the boot menu
to be something like
Main O.S and Backup O.S.
or something to that affect.

on mine, the backup o.s. is
virgin and has absolutely no
updates and no "other software"
installed except "windows xp sp2"


"Marianne" <Marianne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:C486C456-D30A-4450-B4D0-A4E51855E705@microsoft.com...
I have two windows xp's on my computer. One is in the c drive and one is in
the d drive. I use the one in the d drive. I would like to know if booting
from my cd and deleting the one in the c drive will harm my computer in any
way. It says delete partition, but is that just deleting the windows xp from
c or deleting the c drive?

Ext User(Patrick Keenan)
04-06-2007, 02:22 AM
"Marianne" <Marianne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C486C456-D30A-4450-B4D0-A4E51855E705@microsoft.com...
>I have two windows xp's on my computer. One is in the c drive and one is in
> the d drive. I use the one in the d drive. I would like to know if booting
> from my cd and deleting the one in the c drive will harm my computer in
> any
> way. It says delete partition, but is that just deleting the windows xp
> from
> c or deleting the c drive?

That is removing the partition that contains the drive.

If you delete the partition, you will most likely render your system
unbootable, pending a re-install.

If you clear the C drive, but leave the boot loader, you may also delete
much of your data, and programs, depending on whether they went to C or D.

So the place to start is with a backup of all your data, documents, email
and addresses, and a list of what your installed programs are.

The next thing to do is determine where they actually are. Then, if
*none* of it is in the C drive, you can clear it - most of it, anyway.

You need to be very, very sure about what you are doing when you take these
steps. It's very easy to lose a lot very quickly.

HTH
-pk

Ext User(Marianne)
04-06-2007, 03:11 AM
Thank you, I have decided to just keep it on my computer, and changed the 30
secs to chose a windows to open to none. Now my computer starts normally
without asking which.
"db" wrote:

> if you delete the partition
> you will likely delete the
> boot manager.
>
> instead i would like to suggest
> that it might be a good idea
> to keep it as a spare and
> a backup in the event the
> main o.s. crashes on you.
>
> what might be helpful is
> to modify the boot menu so
> that it defaults and launches
> the d drive instead of the c
> drive.
>
> further, you can rename the
> descriptions on the boot menu
> to be something like
> Main O.S and Backup O.S.
> or something to that affect.
>
> on mine, the backup o.s. is
> virgin and has absolutely no
> updates and no "other software"
> installed except "windows xp sp2"
>
>
> "Marianne" <Marianne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:C486C456-D30A-4450-B4D0-A4E51855E705@microsoft.com...
> I have two windows xp's on my computer. One is in the c drive and one is in
> the d drive. I use the one in the d drive. I would like to know if booting
> from my cd and deleting the one in the c drive will harm my computer in any
> way. It says delete partition, but is that just deleting the windows xp from
> c or deleting the c drive?

Ext User(db)
04-06-2007, 07:13 AM
you're welcome.
"Marianne" <Marianne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:A0A26AF2-419A-40D7-BEB7-897943BE114E@microsoft.com...

Thank you, I have decided to just keep it on my computer, and changed the 30
secs to chose a windows to open to none. Now my computer starts normally
without asking which.
"db" wrote:

> if you delete the partition
> you will likely delete the
> boot manager.
>
> instead i would like to suggest
> that it might be a good idea
> to keep it as a spare and
> a backup in the event the
> main o.s. crashes on you.
>
> what might be helpful is
> to modify the boot menu so
> that it defaults and launches
> the d drive instead of the c
> drive.
>
> further, you can rename the
> descriptions on the boot menu
> to be something like
> Main O.S and Backup O.S.
> or something to that affect.
>
> on mine, the backup o.s. is
> virgin and has absolutely no
> updates and no "other software"
> installed except "windows xp sp2"
>
>
> "Marianne" <Marianne@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:C486C456-D30A-4450-B4D0-A4E51855E705@microsoft.com...
> I have two windows xp's on my computer. One is in the c drive and one is in
> the d drive. I use the one in the d drive. I would like to know if booting
> from my cd and deleting the one in the c drive will harm my computer in any
> way. It says delete partition, but is that just deleting the windows xp from
> c or deleting the c drive?

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