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I was running Windows on a 250 Sata disk. My dad asked me to try to get some files back off a IDE HDD from a dead pc with XP on it. I plugged it in the IDE and booted. It booted XP right away and bsod. When I tried to restart it asked for a boot disk and crashed. I tried changing hard drive priority but now it keeps asking for a boot disk even after I remove the IDE HDD. I tried resetting everything, using just my SATA Vista HD nothing works. Can anyone help?

Edit: Thrashed everything and fresh install did it....
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uh oh, I could be wrong but I seem to remember that if you place two hard drives in a system each with an OS on them which ever HD is not booted from loses it's OS functionality. In other words if your system booted off of your dads xp drive it may have screwed up your vista drive. I could be wrong but I had similar situation in the past and I recall having similar problems. Hope your situation turns out better than mine.
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I think you're right, at least I got through XP and found some of my Vista files back. If I reinstall Vista will it kill the XP installation on the other disk?
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I don't know that one. I don't have vista so I'm not sure if that's something that has changed or not. Sorry I can't be more helpful there, but there may be only one way to find out and that's by trying it as unattractive as that proposition may sound.
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post #5 of 7
Interesting, you should be able to just put the XP dive in and be able to read it with out any problems, as long as you have your sata disk to be the primary boot. If all else fails get a linux boot disk and save everything to a usb drive.
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I think you're right, at least I got through XP and found some of my Vista files back. If I reinstall Vista will it kill the XP installation on the other disk?
Yes, and you should get a OS selection screen before Windows ask which OS you would like to boot.
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You can use speedfan to check the discs S.M.A.R.T. status. It doesn't seem like a drive issue but who knows.
    
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