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Vista Boot Problem..

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jhhunt, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. jhhunt

    jhhunt Thread Starter

    Mar 28, 2007
    I recently installed Vista 32bit on the following system.

    INTEL E6600
    320GB sataii <<<<< (Drive A)
    80GB Seagate Barracuda <<<<< (Drive B)
    x1950 pro 512mb pcie
    500w psu

    Okay so i tried running vista from my old hard drive (drive B) and it wouldnt work. So i reinstalled vista on to Drive A. installed all the latest drivers/software etc...
    and it worked fine.

    Now here is the problem when i disconnect drive B it wont boot at all, it just says "system failure please insert boot disk and press enter"

    When i reconnect it , it works fine

    Is there anyway around this without Drive B? Or do i have to reinstall without Drive B connected, i hope not :-(

    Someone care to shed some light, please..

  2. ebrahim


    Jun 29, 2008
    hmmm.... i am not sure.
    Do you have the disks in some sort of raid mode or so?
    Have you checked to see if your disk A is initialised (in the POST/BIOS) when disk B is unplugged.
    If you have, then I am guessing that your bootloader must be on Drive B, while the OS is on Drive A, so taking out B will make the computer seem not to have any OS as there is no bootloader. I am not sure how to configure the bootloader in Vista though. You may try to google and see if you get better answers, or wait for a more qualified techie to answer your question here.
  3. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    Boot up with the Vista install disk and select the repair start up option. (That may not be the exact wording but similar) you may have to do it a couple of times due to some quirk in the operation.
    Second choice is to download and install easybcd (It's free) and change your startup configuration in there. It is a very easy program to use.
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