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Windows 7: help! computer disk hardware configuration problem


22 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 
help! computer disk hardware configuration problem

here's what happened...

i have windows7 and vista 64 on my SATA hd running perfectly until i re-installed xp sp2 on my spare IDE hd..

problem is when i boot my computer, it always runs on xp.. even if i change the boot sequence or try to manually boot the SATA from the boot menu.. it always boots the IDE hd..

i tried to disconnect the IDE drive hoping that this would leave the computer to boot the SATA hd.. instead i get this message on the screen..

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

below is a screenshot of my disk management.. (taken from xp)

you can see in the image that the xp drive is the boot drive..

is there any procedure or steps i can do to be able to boot my SATA hd?

can anyone help please???

thanks in advance..




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22 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



You will have to run 3 separate startup repairs as outlined in this tutorial at the link below to Windows 7 to recreate the boot files back to the Windows 7 partition and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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22 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 

thanks.. will keep you posted..
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22 May 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

IDE HD will always boot first.

You need add WinXP to your dual boot,
using EasyBCD, is best used in Windows 7.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7
Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
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22 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 

Hello.



Quote:
You will have to run 3 separate startup repairs as outlined in this tutorial at the link below to Windows 7 to recreate the boot files back to the Windows 7 partition and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
barefootkid.. thanks so much.. those threads really made everything simple..
+rep for you..


Quote:
IDE HD will always boot first.

You need add WinXP to your dual boot,
using EasyBCD, is best used in Windows 7.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7
Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

A bit more reading.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
thanks theog.. i'll read more about this.. might be useful.. problem is i'm running 3 OSes in this system.. can it do 3?
and besides, i think i already have that dual boot function on startup.. previously i have xp and Windows 7 on dual boot(when i replaced my vista with 7).. now i have the vista and windows 7 dual boot(this was when i replaced xp with vista; then installed xp again on my spare IDE; which messed up my startup). might be nice if there was winxp + vista + Windows 7... coz now if i want to run xp im like, steady watchin, waitin for the screen to enter boot menu.. cant just leave the system to boot by itself.. i thought its possible..

again, thanks guys..
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22 May 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

[quote]can it do 3?[quote]
YES.
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22 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 

ok. i'll give it a try.. thanks..
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22 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 

definitely gonna give it a try.. i thought everythin was ok.. as it turns out, i cant use/boot my xp..
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22 May 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Is your Windows 7 booting OK?
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22 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 CP
 
 

yes.. windows 7 is ok.. i have already downloaded and installed EasyBCD.. should i still do the command prompt stuff even if i have booted okay in Windows 7?
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