Vista boot issue x2

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Apr 6, 2008
Hello all,

I was installing windows vista ultimate on new hard drive (i'll call it HD2) on my main computer (PC1). The 1st hard drive's (HD1) OS is also Vista Ultimate. The installation went fine. I removed the HD2 and plugged it into my media pc, PC2. I switched on PC No1 and got the following error message:

Booting 'Windows Vista'
Vista Loader 2.1.2
fallback 1
find --set-root /bootmgr

{this hangs for a while then the following attempt occurs:}

Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Windows NT/2000/XP'

fallback 2
find --set-root /ntldr

{this hangs for approximately 2 minutes then the following occurs:}

Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Enter Command Line'

Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line.

{from here I press any key and get taken to get taken to GRUB4DOS 0.4.3}


It says: [minimal bash-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename. ESC at any time exits. ]


Pressing TAB lists the following commands:
acpi, background, blocklist, boot, cat, cdrom, chainloader, clear, cmp, color, commandline, configfile, debug, default, displayam, displaymem, embederrnum, errorcheck, fallback, find, foreground, fstest, geometry, halt, help, hide, impsprobe, initrd, install, ioprobe, is64bit, kernel, lock, makeactive, map, md5crypt, module, modulenounzip, pager, partnew, parttype, password, pause, quit, read, reboot, root, rootn, overify, savedefault, serial, setkey, setup, setvbe, splashimage, terminal, terminfo, testload, testvbe, unhide, uppermem, vbeprobe, write

I tried a couple of suggestions regarding this, but eventually gave up, as I'm sure I was doing something wrong.

I tried repairing the OS using startup recovery from the Vista DVD, but it wasn't fixed. I tried reinstalling windows on it (i keep the OS on a separate partition so wasn't worried about losing any data) but it was unable to find the hard drive. The strange thing is that the repair process did see C: on HD1 before trying to repair it.

Anyway, I used HD2 on PC2 and everything was great with that PC until i decided to recover the data from the 2nd partition on HD1. I plugged in HD1 on a spare SATA slot on PC2, and got the same long message as i got on PC1. I turned off the PC, and unplugged HD1. I thought everything would go back to normal, but now PC2 won't boot either! The options available during POST are not working (ie hitting del to enter setup brings up a black screen with a bunch of yellow vertical lines, hitting express recovery fills up the monitor with lines of text, not quite scrambled, but you can't read what it says, and the same when i try to go into boot options. I've also noticed that it's not recognising any of the sata drives, just the IDE connection for the DVD. If i don't select any of the options available i just get a black screen.

I'm hoping someone has some idea of what is going on, i'm completely baffled, and very upset i lost 2 computers in one day!
This is really 2 questions into one, need to find out what I can do about HD1 and if there's a way to fix PC2.

Any suggestions would be welcome!


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