12-08-2006, 10:49 PM
| | Re: Boot problem with second SATA hard drive
The mistake you made was disconnecting the Original XP harddrive as you
loaded the copy of XP onto the second SATA drive. As you apparently did not
know, when you have a dual boot system, the C: drive, which in this case is
your Original XP drive, has to contain files noting that there is ANOTHER
drive in the computer that ALSO has XP on it. The Original XP drive then
gives you the choice each time you boot as to which XP drive you want to
"Oenone" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I have three hard drives installed in my system, a SATA drive containing
>Windows XP, another SATA drive that was until this morning empty, and an
>IDE drive with data on it.
> This morning I disconnected the power to my WinXP drive, and then
> installed Vista on the other SATA drive. I did it like this as I want the
> two to be entirely independent of each other, and planned to simply set
> the primary boot drive to switch between the two operating systems.
> Vista installed correctly and booted up fine on initial installation. I
> then reconnected the WinXP drive and this booted into Windows XP fine.
> I am no longer able to boot into Vista, though. When I set Vista's drive
> as the primary hard drive, I get post the POST and then get the message,
> "SYSTEM BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER."
> The only way I can get the system to boot is to restore the WinXP drive as
> the primary boot drive and boot back into XP.
> Is there something I'm missing that is preventing me from being able to
> boot using the Vista drive?
> Thanks in advance,