The isn't a requirement that the boot files be on the first partition.
They are required to be on the active primary partition of the drive
selected by hardware to be booted from.
The process that you are talking about doing is somewhat complex, you need
to make sure you have a complete backup and are prepared to rebuild the
system which may be easier than reconfiguring the drives.
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'Darrell Gorter[MSFT Wrote:
> A couple of comments.
> 1) the drive should be at least 1.5 gig. you need at least one gig
> to do backup so the 1.5 inlcudes some buffer.
> Plus you need around 350-400 meg free if you ever want to upgrade or
> Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 setup from within Windows. You
> be blocked from running setup unless there is that much free space.
> 2) In addition to the boot files, you need to reset the boot sector, to
> able to boot. ( Repair process should work here is all the files are in
> place and you have set the partition as the active boot partition)
> 3) you need to be sure to set the partition with the boot files as the
> active primary partition.
> Darrell Gorter[MSFT]quote
> Thks Darrell,
> - Since you have the knowledge, please answer these questions.
> i'm a bit confuse because I though the Boot Files where pn first
> Partition of my DIC0 but the only file there is one named BOOT.BAT,
> There is no NTLDR file or BOOT.INI
> - How do I reset (Repair) the BOOT sector once I moved all BOOT file to
> my USB Stick Memory, started Vista, re-partition and reduce to 2GB the
> partition I wanted to have the BOOT file and sector?
> Tks again for your reply.