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  • Hi,
    I have a computer with XP SP3 installed on HDD1.
    Later on, I have added a second HDD and I have installed Vista Business on second HDD (the first HDD still on computer).
    Everything looked ok. When I reboot the computer I get the boot manager options on which OS to boot.
    Now I want to get rid of the first HDD (with XP installed). When I left only the second HDD on computer, it says: No boot device found.
    So it looks that Vista installed the Boot Manager on the fist HDD (were XP is installed).
    How may I fix the problem (to be able to boot from the second HDD alone) ?

    TIA
    Costica
    Monday, January 5, 2009 6:24 PM

Answers

  • Hi Costica

    When you install a dual boot with XP and Vista, Vista places all of the bootloader files on the primary hard drive (XP drive), so when that drive is removed or formatted, you lose the ability to boot to Vista.

    The Boot Configuration Data (BCD) file must be repaired after the primary drive is removed.

    I recommend using VistaBootPRO which is a free for personal use utility. This utility makes the repair a very easy process, instead of a complex command line procedure.

    VistaBootPRO - Windows Vista Boot Manager - BCD Edit:
    http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    They also have their own forums if you have any questions about using this utility.

    PROnet Support Forums:
    http://www.pronetworks.org/forum/forum-185.html

    Hope this helps.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Monday, January 5, 2009 8:06 PM
    Moderator

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  • Hi Costica

    When you install a dual boot with XP and Vista, Vista places all of the bootloader files on the primary hard drive (XP drive), so when that drive is removed or formatted, you lose the ability to boot to Vista.

    The Boot Configuration Data (BCD) file must be repaired after the primary drive is removed.

    I recommend using VistaBootPRO which is a free for personal use utility. This utility makes the repair a very easy process, instead of a complex command line procedure.

    VistaBootPRO - Windows Vista Boot Manager - BCD Edit:
    http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    They also have their own forums if you have any questions about using this utility.

    PROnet Support Forums:
    http://www.pronetworks.org/forum/forum-185.html

    Hope this helps.



    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Monday, January 5, 2009 8:06 PM
    Moderator
  •  Ronnie,
    Thank you for your answer.
    So it looks that always the BCD is written on the primary drive existent on the system at the time of installation.
    Unfortunately VistaBootPRO is not free, even for personal usage, so I will try the command line procedure.

    Costica
    Friday, January 9, 2009 6:07 PM