Can't boot to either hard drive

May 6, 2009 at 09:28:19
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Intel E8400/3 GB OCZ
my system drive died on me a week and a half ago. fortunately i had a dual boot system in the event of such a scenario. i've been booting to the second OS in the mean time and my replacement drive arrived last night.

i put in, booted to my backup OS, formatted the drive, then rebooted and ran the XP install from scratch. all went perfectly normal. i booted up to the fresh install for the first time and everything was fine.

then i decided to reboot to the backup OS so that i could continue what i was doing and deal with the fresh OS later. but, now, magically, i can't boot to EITHER drive.

i have no idea what's going on. i changed NOTHING. all i did was reboot. my bios shows all the drives correctly but tells me that there is a disk boot failure and it can't find any bootable drives.

i was able to put up into an Ubuntu live cd and all the drives are there and all work just fine and all my data is in tact.

furthermore, on the Ubuntu boot menu there is an option to boot from first hard disk, which i tried. the selection for both installations of XP are there as they should be (which means that drive's boot sector is working fine since that menu came up) but when i try to boot to either of them the system hangs!

what the hell is going on? i am all out of ideas. i'm not sure if the motherboard has something wrong with it but i don't actually think that's the case.

please also note that i have a rosewill rc-208 controller card as an add-in. i have one IDE hard drive connected to it and one IDE dvd burner connected to it. the hard drive is just a storage drive and is not either of the drives i am trying to boot to.

one of my boot drives is SATA and one is my old IDE drive with the old system on it (connected directly to the MB).

any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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#1
May 6, 2009 at 14:43:01
"i put in, booted to my backup OS, formatted the drive, then rebooted and ran the XP install from scratch. all went perfectly normal. i booted up to the fresh install for the first time and everything was fine.
then i decided to reboot to the backup OS
"
Looks like you installed XP on the new drive with the old one connected.
In the process the old boot system was overwritten and when you tried to boot the old system, it corrupted the new one.
A repair install should fix it, but disable the drive you don't want to boot.

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#2
May 6, 2009 at 14:51:58
thanks for the advice. i will definitely give that a shot tonight when i get home.

but what i don't understand is why that would happen. why would installing with the other connected destroy the boot sector and boot information on the new drive?

well i'll give this a shot first to see if it's actually the problem before i start asking questions as to why that's the reason. lol.


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#3
May 7, 2009 at 07:54:07
yep. that was it. you were correct. new drive running perfectly. old drive running perfectly after a repair install without the new one attached.

can boot to both as i had it originally set up.

thanks a lot! this was a quirk i was not aware of!


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