Copying system files problems

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    Copying system files problems

    I'm having problems with windows, it's been bugging me alot, my 700MB drive is the favored dumping grounds for temporary files for any of my programs that use such a feature (even if I tell them to put the temp stuff somewhere else). Tha'ts one reason for switching, anyother is that it's a slow drive. Eitherway, I've used the DOS sys command (sys C:\ D when both drives were in, and I've hard-copied the C: drive onto the D: drive, but when D: becomes master I get a non-bootable disk error.

    Recap in english: Small drive contents put into big drive, big-drive has everything it should need to be a boot disk, but still doesn't act like a boot disk.

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    Have you installed an OS on the D drive? My bet is that you don't have a master boot record on the drive (something that occurs during OS installation).

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    C: drive is my current boot drive, and everything that is on c: is now also on d:.

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    So you formatted drive d using the /s switch, correct? Or did you just copy files across and do a sys command?
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    Haven't formatted the D: drive
    I just used a sys command.

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    When you copy over all of the files, it doesn't copy over the MBR, which your PC needs to boot. I'm not sure how to write the MBR from Windows, though.
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    Format d: /s
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    Is the bootable flag set

    Have you used fdisk and checked to see if the disk was made bootable. I forgot a couple of times when I installed Linux.
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    I've looked at fdisk, but I don't know what area tells me if it is bootable, I have primary dos partition active on the d: drive, but can't make an extended dos partition, due to a lack of space...

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    Originally posted by RobR
    Format d: /s
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    Originally posted by RobR
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    Won't that wipe the disk though?

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