By rudy ·
I need urgent help!

I have 2 hdds, dual booted with vista and Xp on seperate drives. When i removed my xp drive I could not boot into vista. I investigated and saw my boot record is sitting on the xp drive and the Vista OS on the other drive. I tried several senarios like inserting the vista cd and running the repair tab but it does not detect my drive.
I made a mistake by making the XP drive a Dynamic partition and which is also a system partition. I cant even format the Xp drive. I want to use the vista drive on its own and need to know how to move or recreate my Vista drive to boot on its own.

please help. I would not want to re-install right now.

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Is it being detected in the BIOS

by Jacky Howe In reply to Partitions

Check the hard disk controller options settings in BIOS. Make sure that the settings reflect your drive and it is being detected.
Check the cables and power by disconnecting and reconnecting them. If it is a Sata drive make sure that it is on Sata0 or Sata1 whichever is the lowest connector.

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Under these conditions I'm not sure that a Repair will even work

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Partitions

If this is a STA Drive which I'm fairly certain it is you may be required to Press the F6 Key when the first blue screen in the Vista Installer appears and then insert a Floppy with the M'Boards SATA Drivers copied to it's root and press enter when Windows Prompts you to.

Some M'Boards BIOS do not fully support the SATA Drives and you have to include the SATA Driver so that the Windows Installer can see the HDD.

But even if you can proceed with the Repair of Vista I'm not 100% certain that it will replace the Primary Boot Files here because they where originally written to the Primary Boot Partition which isn't any longer present.

This is all Hardware Related and has nothing to do with software. You may be required to reinstall Vista here to get all of the necessary files in the correct place.

This will of course require you to reinstall all of your software but provided you do not Format the HDD your Data should be safe though I really would recommend a Complete Backup of your Data & Settings before you proceed any further.


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