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So I tried installing vista64 yesterday and it turned out that the dvd was defective. However, when I installed it my main hard drive was reformatted. Since vista wouldn't work I reinstalled XP on that drive. Now every time at the post screen it says something about disk read failure or boot failure. I ran chkdsk /p and chkdsk /r, chkdsk still reports errors.

What is really weird is I installed xp on a second drive I have and that drive boots up fine, however when I have the main drive and the second drive connected, the main drive will boot up fine....

I can boot up xp on my main drive and my second drive.
If I have the second drive disconnected, I cannot boot xp on the main drive.

Anyone have an idea of what is going on???
    
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vista uses a different ntsf file system than xp.
use a win 98 boot disk to delete the vista partition
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i ran a zerofill program on my main drive after the vista installation failed, so the entire drive was wiped with 0s

I installed XP after this and it won't work without the second drive attached
    
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the 74 gig? ide or sata?
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ide, the second drive is sata
    
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post #7 of 21
make sure the ide jumpers are correct. some hd have it so that if its the only drive in the computer that you need the pins set up a certian way, not just on master or slave.
ie 2 jumper or no jumpers instead
post #8 of 21
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how can I tell if the jumpers are correct?
    
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Should be a diagram
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by shoot2thrill View Post
how can I tell if the jumpers are correct?
either look at the drive itself it should tell you on top or takr the make and model number to the mf website
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