Won't read 2nd drive for Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by LMO, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Aloha all. This may be OT, so maybe someone can point me in the right
    direction...but I always get good replies here, and those people that don't
    like OT...well, I'll givew them something to grump about...
    I'm using Vista Home Premium. I have a spare 250GB SATA drive, so I thought
    I'd install XP on that, then dual boot with my original Vista drive (AMD
    Athlon dual-core at 3 GHz, 4GB RAM, 64 bit Vista Home Premium...when it
    boots). The XP install seemed to go fine, in that the drive would boot up
    alone (with the Vista drive disabled). But when I plugged my main Vista
    drive in, the system would not boot up at all. I would get a Drive Read
    error.
    I don't get it. Both drives boot up fine by themselves, but when both are
    running, neither will boot. Do I need to set one drive's jumpers or
    something? I don't know SATA drive jumper settings, or if that's even the
    issue.
    Can someone give me at least a starting point?
    Thank you.
     
    LMO, Mar 10, 2009
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  2. Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows
    operating system in a dual-boot configuration:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529


    Aloha all. This may be OT, so maybe someone can point me in the right
    direction...but I always get good replies here, and those people that don't
    like OT...well, I'll givew them something to grump about...
    I'm using Vista Home Premium. I have a spare 250GB SATA drive, so I thought
    I'd install XP on that, then dual boot with my original Vista drive (AMD
    Athlon dual-core at 3 GHz, 4GB RAM, 64 bit Vista Home Premium...when it
    boots). The XP install seemed to go fine, in that the drive would boot up
    alone (with the Vista drive disabled). But when I plugged my main Vista
    drive in, the system would not boot up at all. I would get a Drive Read
    error.
    I don't get it. Both drives boot up fine by themselves, but when both are
    running, neither will boot. Do I need to set one drive's jumpers or
    something? I don't know SATA drive jumper settings, or if that's even the
    issue.
    Can someone give me at least a starting point?
    Thank you.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Mar 10, 2009
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  3. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Part two of my previous msg. Instead of XP, I installed Windows 7 beta on
    the spare drive. By itself, it booted up fine. However, I wanted to have
    Vista be the main drive, and Win 7 be the secondary drive, but when I have
    both drives up and running, the Win7 drive always boots up. I get no dual
    boot option.
    Can I get the Vista drive to be the primary drive?
    Thanks again.
     
    LMO, Mar 10, 2009
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  4. Use the Windows 7 beta DVD instead and follow the instructions in this KB article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529


    Part two of my previous msg. Instead of XP, I installed Windows 7 beta on
    the spare drive. By itself, it booted up fine. However, I wanted to have
    Vista be the main drive, and Win 7 be the secondary drive, but when I have
    both drives up and running, the Win7 drive always boots up. I get no dual
    boot option.
    Can I get the Vista drive to be the primary drive?
    Thanks again.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Mar 10, 2009
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  5. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Carey;
    Appreciate yout tutelege. Howqever, the article points to installing an
    earlier version of windows with Vista. The latest problem I had was using
    Vista and Windows 7 beta, which is newer than Vista.
    Would it work if I installed 7 while Vista was still running on its own
    drive? Would that make a difference?
    Thanks.
     
    LMO, Mar 10, 2009
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    andy Guest

    You have to go into bios setup and check the Boot Sequence. If Boot
    Sequence just shows HD, then there's a secondary boot sequence for
    hard drives called Hard Disk Boot Priority or Hard Disk Drives. Move
    the Vista drive to the top of this list.

    If the Vista drive is connected to the motherboard, and the bios is
    set to boot from that drive while Windows 7 is installed, then dual
    boot will be created on the Vista drive during Windows setup.
     
    andy, Mar 10, 2009
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  7. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Okay, I have the Vista and Win7 drives loaded and working. Minor issue now
    is that the Win7 drive seems to be the default drive. When the screen comes
    up giving me the choice of which system to load, it is so brief that unless
    I am sitting at the computer, with my hand on the Vista key, I miss it, and
    the Win7 drive boots. Not what I want.
    Is there a way to lengthen the time that choice screen stays up? Else, I can
    try Andy's suggestion to go in to BIOS and change the default drive.
    Thanks, all!
     
    LMO, Mar 11, 2009
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    webster72n Guest

    There is, you can press the pause/break button, but not tooo long, please.

    Harry.
     
    webster72n, Mar 11, 2009
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  9. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Okay. I decided this was a PITA, not worth the results. I removed the second
    drive and want to boot up normally into Vista Home Premium, as orginally set
    up. However, when I boot up now, I am still getting the Dual Boot screen,
    which offers Windows Setup, Windows 7, and Vista. If I don't quickly choose
    Vista, it tries to continue with setup, then goes in to a reboot cycle.
    HELP! How do I get rid of the dual boot screen, and just bootup into Vista?
    Thanks!
     
    LMO, Mar 11, 2009
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  10. LMO

    LMO Guest

    Thanks, Frank. Nifty little utility that did the trick nicely!
     
    LMO, Mar 11, 2009
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    SIW2 Guest

    Hi LMO

    Type msconfig in Start search box - open it when it pops up
    Click the Boot tab. Highlight the Vista entry , click Set as Default

    You can also alter the Timeout figure to increase the time boot option
    are displayed at startup. Apply, Ok

    If you really want to delete a boot entry, highlight it and clic
    Delete

    Hope it help

    SIW
     
    SIW2, Mar 11, 2009
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    jaf Guest

    Hi,
    Vista, and presumably Win7, no longer use a boot.ini file to define or change the startup drive.
    There is now BCD and the info is located in bios memory.
    To change the default o/s you need to get a BCD editor.
    Here is one. http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    Do a google search for BCD vista for other options.

    John
     
    jaf, Mar 11, 2009
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