Problem replacing a corrupted SATA Drive on XP Pro PC with a new SATA drive

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We have a PC where the OS has become corrupted. Drive is Maxtor 80GB SATA. As we want to recover data from this drive, we have put another SATA 80GB drive (Seagate Barracuda)in system on the primary SATA, formatted this with XP CD and created the XP OS on this drive. When we come to put the original drive back in the system on the secondary SATA Motherboard connection, in order to transfer data, we find the system boots from the original drive and ignores the Primary/Secondary connector status. Is there some setting on SATA drives that sets up the equivalent of the old ATA drive "primary boot device" setting and,if so, how do we remove it

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While I’m sure there are a multitude os answers to your question, the two which come to mind are:

1. Check you motherboard BIOS settings – the boot order should be able to be adjusted to allow ONLY boot up from the new HDD (dev0, most likely).

2. There is a debug routine which will overwrite the boot sector of a hard drive and relocate it (useful if the hard drive is physically corrupt or if there is a boot sector virus). The script can be modified to simply erase the boot sector.

There are probably a dozen more ways to do this – let me know if you want the script…

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