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I've tried to install two different IDE hard drives, but once they are plugged in I can't boot vista on my original drive. It just hangs at the vista load bar... Is this a problem with vista or am I doing something wrong? I currently have 2 SATA drives connected to my PC. Once the new drive (IDE) is connected, the bios recognizes it, the only problem is not being able to boot into vista.
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try formatting the new hard drive and do NTFS, if its new vista wont recognize it
    
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How can he format the new drives when he can't get into Vista?????
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try formatting the new hard drive and do NTFS, if its new vista wont recognize it
How's he going to do that if Vista isn't booting. Never the less, I'd try formatting them with a Linux live CD using QParted. DSL is nice, small, and will do the job.
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post #5 of 12
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try formatting the new hard drive and do NTFS, if its new vista wont recognize it
Sorry I'm a bit uninformed about hard drives, how do I format it without booting? Boot from CD and use cmd prompt?

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How's he going to do that if Vista isn't booting. Never the less, I'd try formatting them with a Linux live CD using QParted. DSL is nice, small, and will do the job.
I have Ubunto on a CD already, can I use that instead?
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idk bout vista but using the xp cd you can format the hdd, see if vista has the same thing
    
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post #7 of 12
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idk bout vista but using the xp cd you can format the hdd, see if vista has the same thing
I'll give it a shot and report back.
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If you have an IDE hard drive in the system AFTER your Vista install, it will screw up the boot. For whatever reason, Vista will write the bootfiles to the IDE drive during install. So, if you add an IDE device later it will cause the boot to hang due to the files not being there. The cure is to blow away the partition, but DO NOT format it. Once the partition is erased, boot to Vista (it should boot normal at this point) and use Disk Management to create a partition and format it. Everything should be OK after that.

Hope this helped!
Edited by r_stanley - 5/19/08 at 12:48pm
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Sorry I'm a bit uninformed about hard drives, how do I format it without booting? Boot from CD and use cmd prompt?



I have Ubunto on a CD already, can I use that instead?
yep, QParted is labeled "Partition Manager" under System >> Administration
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Quote:
Originally Posted by r_stanley View Post
If you have an IDE device in the system AFTER your Vista install, it will screw up the boot. For whatever reason, Vista will write the bootfiles to the IDE drive during install. So, if you add an IDE device later it will cause the boot to hang due to the files not being there. The cure is to blow away the partition, but DO NOT format it. Once the partition is erased, boot to Vista (it should boot normal at this point) and use Disk Management to create a partition and format it. Everything should be OK after that.

Hope this helped!
Thanks for the clarification. Interestingly I've never had this happen, even though I've add an IDE after install, but it is Server 2008 so it's probably different.
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