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Triple Boot Problem since Installing Windows 7, any help really appreciated

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  1. xchief

    xchief Thread Starter

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    Hi! Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

    I was running a dual boot with two installs of windows xp. One called Gaming XP just for gaming, and one called Windows XP for internet, testing new software , torrents etc... I have these xp installs on two 640gb in raid 0.

    Everything worked fine until I installed Windows 7 on another partition on the two 640gb in raid 0.

    Now when I try to boot into windows xp, it freezes at a black screen, before the windows logo even appears. If I try to load it in safe mode, it freezes at disk.sys. Gaming xp works fine, and so does Windows 7.

    What could have happened during the windows 7 install that would make my windows xp install freeze? This has been driving me crazy. Any help is greatly appreaciated.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    I suspect it is a co-incidence, since you use that partition for testing and torrents, you may have a virus.

    Some bios settings can cause freezes also. Check the bios clock while you are in there.

    Run chkdsk on that partition

    Don't be too quick in blaming W7 for the issue.
     
  3. xchief

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    Thanks for the quick reply Mumbodog. Lets say it wasn't Windows 7. I was running norton antivirus and firewall (well norton 360) and keeping it up to date. I didn't have any strange behaviour indicating I had any kind of problem. Also, that windows xp partition booted fine right up until Win 7 was installed. I ran a chkdsk and everything was fine. I'll have to check the Bios, but nothing was touched in there. Is there any way I can get back into my windows xp install even though it's freezing at disk.sys? I would like to do a repair installation, however windows xp doesn't give me an option to do a repair install. It's like it sees all my partitions, but doesn't recognize that any os is installed.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    Viruses and malware get past AV all the time, not a problem for a good malware coder.



    When doing an XP repair, the CD you use has to be the same SP level as the installation you are trying to repair.

    W7 install changes the MBR and doing a XP repair may overwrite this, making W7 non bootable. You would then need to do a W7 startup repair.

    I have a triple boot myself, it had XP and Vista, then I added W7 with no issues.

    Not sure what happened in your case.


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  5. TerryNet

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    Please don't be insulted by this question. :) Are you sure that you installed Windows 7 in a different partition instead of accidentally overwriting the test XP?
     
  6. xchief

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    Hi TerryNet. I'm not insulted. Yes I installed windows 7 on another partition. I actually had to resize a 400gb partition on the raid 0 array to 350gb, to give me a 50gb partition for windows 7. After resizing this partition, I was still able to boot into Windows xp and Gaming xp. It's only after installing windows 7 on the new partition that Windows xp starting freezing at boot.

    Thanks.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Since I didn't insult you, let me try again. :) From what you said you know that the resizing didn't mess up the XP installation. But, what confirms that you installed as intended?

    On the Windows 7 in Start - Computer do you see the other two partitions as drives (maybe D and E) with sizes and free space to indicate that they are the XP installations? Does the file system in the test XP seem to be intact?

    Or look in Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management. You'll see much of the same information plus indication of the relative locations of the drives.
     
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