Vista won't boot with 2 sata drives installed.
Posted on 2010-01-05
I have a Dell XPS700 running Vista Ultimate.
It came with two 320gb sata drives installed, Raided. I broke the RAID right away as I was having boot problems. After that it worked fine - for the most part.
I now have a 500GB WD Sata drive that came out of my Imac. It was partitioned with boot camp on it so half is NTFS the other half is formatted for the MAC.
When I install the 500gb drive, as DRIVE01 (removing the other 320gb drive), my system hangs when the Windows Progress bar appears - sometimes it will go beyond that to a black screen. If I try safemode, it hangs at the CRCcheck line.
My frustration is - if I had OLD technology - XP and EIDE drives, I'd make the 500gb drive a slave, and no problems. Seems Vista wants to incorporate that drive in the startup somehow and it's causing a failure.
I just need to access this drive to pull some data off - the MAC partition is corrupted and not bootable from the IMac.