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Vista Boot Drive is BSOD'ing

Q: Vista Boot Drive is BSOD'ing

Hi all,
  I have this hard drive that has the OS on it, and it is blue screening and returning to boot options menu. it is running off a custom gigabyte socket 775  main board via sata cable. i hooked it up into another computer and it appears to be a fine disk, albeit partitioned. does that mean that the OS is licensed for another board only?  i have the speccy and SIW screen shots of it if that helps.
 is there a BIOS setting that is preventing it from loading?
 while i had it hooked up to the other computer, i did a chkdsk /r on it and it said it needed to be dismounted..

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Hi all,
  I have this hard drive that has the OS on it, and it is blue screening and returning to boot options menu. it is running off a custom gigabyte socket 775  main board via sata cable. i hooked it up into another computer and it appears to be a fine disk, albeit partitioned. does that mean that the OS is licensed for another board only?  i have the speccy and SIW screen shots of it if that helps.
 is there a BIOS setting that is preventing it from loading?
 while i had it hooked up to the other computer, i did a chkdsk /r on it and it said it needed to be dismounted..

 speccy.JPG   79.85KB

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

A:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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My desktop running WinXP Home gets a BSOD each time it tries to start normally, safe mode or last good config. The error code is 0x0000007b (0xB84C3524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
...and nothing else.

I've managed to boot the system on an old HDD that I hadn't deleted and have recovered all the important files on the problem drive but would like to try restore the system if possible.
All the files on the problem HDD are visible and the drive/partitions are recognised by windows, I just can't boot off that drive/partition!

I've tried using Testdisk and the Boot sectors are indentical, both MFT seem OK but don't match but I can't get into recovery console because setup can't find any drives installed. Running CHKDSK /f from the old HDD on the problem HDD completes without errors. Can't run fixmbr nor fixboot because I can't get into the recovery console.

Anything else I can try?

A:BSOD, boot drive contents intact but no boot

When you say recovered do you mean backed them up or just that you can access them from old hard drive? Also is their a particular reason you want to restore the system instead of a clean install? You can download the drive utility for your brand of hard drive and run different tests.

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evening one and all...

ive got problems, so here goes;

i have(had) a completely fully working and fine install of XPMCE 2005 on one of my SATA drives. i recently bought vista ultimate 32bit oem and a shiny new SATA drive to install it on.

to install vista i disconnected all or my existing SATA and IDE drives so that only the new SATA drive was connected. vista installed fine, 20 minutes from first boot to desktop.

once vista was running and had suitably updated itself i shut the system down and connected my old drives and booted the sytem, vista loaded just fine and detected the new drives... all good so far.

so i accessed my drives and installed various apps and utilities, copied over my documents etc, generally starting to put vista through its paces.

anyway, time came to run up xp so that i could do a quick bit of work before calling it a night, so i rebooted the system and then on reboot pressed F8 to select the boot drive (this is how i did things when i was running the Beta and RC1 of vista), selected the drive with XP on it and pressed enter...

xp wont boot, the system posts as normal but thats it, then i just get the blinking _ no error messages or notes, just _!

so that you know at which point i mean - this is at the point where you would be told you have an invalid system disk if that was the case.

i have tried disconnecting all drives apart from the one with xp on it, all to no avail - it just will not boot.

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A:xp drive will not boot after vista install on new drive

the master boot record is always on the first drive usually C
if you have five hard drives all with an op sys. the boot record for all will be on the first drive
vista uses a different boot loader to xp and overwrites it
during beta testing at first i used to disconnect the xp drive while loading vista
after a couple of months i had had enough and just went with vista

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I have two drives:
C: 67.4GB with 48.8GB used
F. 298GB with 183GB used

I currently have XP installed on my C: Drive and my F: Drive runs as a secondary expanding my space.
I want to install Windows Vista x64 on the F: Drive but still be able to access the F: Drives files while using the XP OS. I've had multiple suggestions most of which say I shouldn't have the 2 drives connected to my computer at once, The problem I have with that is that it limits my xp to 67.4GB out of a total 376GB available.

BASICALLY anyway of setting up the two OS's that I can use both and still access the F: drive via both operating systems would be great.

A:Boot Xp on 1 drive and Vista x64 on another

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I connected a 2nd SATA drive to my computer (my drive has XP on it) and started installing Vista on it but during one of the restarts it got all messed up so I just stopped it all and took the drive out.

Now when I boot up it get an error saying it could not find a file called winload.exe. Although I am still able to get into Windows by selecting to load a previous version of windows. I went into my boot.ini file to take out the vista part of it but it dosent exist in it, all there is is this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Comparing what it says there and looking at my drive in Computer Management it looks to be looking in the correct place. It's for sure Disk 0 but it might just be partition 1 instead of 2 like it says in the file. When I look at Disk 0 in the Comp Management they both have a blue bar over top of them which indicated they are the "Primary partition". (One is 47Mb FAT 'EISA Configuration' and the other is 148Mb NTFS 'System') So maybe 2 dosent exist? I also want to know what will happen if I change the 2 to a 1 and its wrong, will it not boot?


- I don't have my XP recovery or install discs anymore
- I already have Vista up and running on the other drive in another computer.

Thanks for reading!

A:Drive with XP looks for Vista on boot

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About a 3 weeks ago I purchased some new RAM from newegg, specifically some Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800MHz RAM.(CM2X1024-6400C4)

The first set of RAM I was sent were faulty and were causing random beeping patterns on boot so I sent them back and today received my new pair.

Now, I am getting the computer to boot up, my BIOS sees all 4096MB of RAM now in my PC, but when the computer attempts to load Windows it will get past the scrolling bar phase, start to load windows and then crash with a BSOD. When I remove the new RAM everything runs smooth with my old RAM.

I have checked and this RAM is definitely compatible with my current RAM and motherboard but obviously something is wrong. The PC WILL start in Safe Mode tho, although Memtest is reporting errors with all 4 sticks in (0 errors with just my old ram). Is there something I need to do in order to get Windows to function with the new RAM, I mean does it require a reinstall or something? Or do you simply think that I have been sent my second faulty set of RAM in a row?

I am sure this isn't as clear as I wanted to make it but hopefully you can figure it out. Thanks!

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L305D-s5934 sitting in front of me. A friend asked me to repair it, and this one has me stumped. It will not boot into Vista, goes through post fine and gets to the loading screen on Vista where it sits for about 3 minutes then BSODs with a registry failure and reboots.

What i have done.

Vista recovery disk, start up repair failed to fix problems. No recovery points set. CMD prompt with a bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot both of which were successful, restarted and still no boot.

I dont want to reload this laptop, lots of data that I dont want to loose. Any ideas?

A:Vista No boot +BSOD

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Please help me fix my mom's computer! We're seeing BSOD almost 100% of the time on boot (0x000000D1) and at other times when I can boot(0x0000007F, 0x0000008E). System passed SeaTools and Memtest diags.

Dell 530

OS - Vista SP2
? x86 (32-bit)
? Original OS installation on system (OEM)
? OEM version (came pre-installed on system)
? 2 years old: Age of system (hardware)
? OS not reinstalled
? Intel Celeron (model 450, 2.2Ghz)
? Video on board (Intel chipset)
? Power Supply - brand & wattage unknown

Thanks for helping.

A:BSOD in Vista on boot (D1) or after (7F, 8E)

Any ideas? This is a mystery to me.

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I have an Acer Aspire desktop, model M1640 which will not boot up past the microsoft icon with the bar under it. It came with Vista (Pre-loaded) No hardware has been added lately. I couldn't follow most of the steps recomended by this site to post with this, as you must be in Windows to do most of them. I have tried launching in safe mode, did nothing. I tried launching using "the last known successful configuration" Also, nothing. I did get a blue screen once which said Windows has encountered a problem and shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.
It also displayed the following message:
BAD_POOL_HEADER.....also a long message that says:
0X00000019 (0X00000070,0X8121EA08,0X8121EA18,0X08020005)

A totally different screen I was able to get to said "EDIT BOOT OPTIONS FOR WINDOWS SETUP" at the top, followed by: PATH\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\BOOT\WINLOAD.EXE

This is followed by 5 lines of code within brackets with a blinking cursor at the end looking like it's waiting for something to be entered. Not knowing what, I pushed enter and the screen just went blank. I recorded the 5 lines of code if anyone is interested, but I have ordered the Acer recovery disk and will wait for that and hope I can a least get into Windows to restore factory settings or re-load drivers.
Sticker says Motherboard type MCP73 . This is all the info I can think of. I sure hope someone can help! Thanks....

A:vista bsod (will not boot up)

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I am having what seems to be a wide-spread problem with BSOD during boot (Vista x64), with the error:

***STOP: 0x0000007E (...)

*** CI.dll - Address FFFFFA60006F7841 base at FFFFFA60006B5000, Datestamp 47be5bb6

This started happening about three weeks ago, occurring about 50% of the time, now it occurs 100% of the time (including Safe Mode...).

I have run several different anti-malware/spyware programs (no serious threats found) as well as CHKDSK, SFC, memory diagnostics, etc

I followed the advice on another forum:
(i.e. replace CI.dll with copy from installation disk, then command window from bootdisk: bootrec.exe /fixmbr,
del C:\boot\bcd, bootrec.exe/rebuildbcd)

The system booted back up straight after this and worked for about a week (i.e. 2 or 3 restarts). MBAM did not find any threats after this.

But now the problem has returned (not that I can think of anything that would have triggered this), and this procedure now does not get rid of the BSOD.

Could you please advise how I might try to solve this? Many thanks for any help you can provide!

Below is the log file from the Farbar's Recovery Tool. Please let me know if I should prepare any other material.

(P.S. I should mention that the CI.dll from my installation disk was 372 kB compared to 374 kB for the one I found and renamed in /system32 ...)

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A:CI.dll boot BSOD, Vista x64

Hi BlueScreenAddict,Welcome to the forum and apologies for the delay.In case you still need assistance please update me about the current condition of the computer. A FRST scan with the latest version of FRST and the steps you have taken since you started the topic would be great.

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I am working with a Dell laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo. I was not with the laptop when the problem started but what I have been told is that the laptop got "stuck" on a web site and could not close the browser or turn off the laptop so the battery was removed.

When the laptop is powered on, Windows Vista attempts to start and then give the BSOD driver_irql_not_less_or_equal stop: 0x000000d1. When I first started troubleshooting the problem I got into Safe Mode and set the computer back to the most recent restore point but it did not help. Now I can not get Safe Mode again to launch to view any error logs. The system gets to crcdisk.sys and hangs before giving the same BSOD. I have run a memory test and a hard drive test and both passed with no errors. I have attempted Last Known Good and the start up repair options with no success.

Thanks for any suggestions,

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Yesterday I was using my laptop without any problem. All I was doing was playing a PC game that I had played many times before and then I visited a website about the rotation of the moon to resolve an argument amongst some people playing a quiz game at my home! I did not install anything that I am aware of and I shut down the laptop as normal.
Later I tried to turn on my laptop and about 40 seconds into the boot process and before it gets to the logon screen it comes up with the Blue Screen of Death which says the following:

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
The verification of a knownDLL failed, system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc0000020 (0x8c7003f8 0x00000000).
The system has been shut down.

The system then restarts and gives the option to go into Startup Repair mode. So I tried Startup repair and after several failed attempts to fix the problem it told me that the problem cannot be automatically repaired. I also ran a memory check and disk check and no problem was reported.
I also tried starting in safe mode and got the same BSOD. However, some information that may be useful that I got from trying to boot in safe mode is that the last driver to load before the BSOD is \Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys. But it says this driver has Loaded so maybe that is not the one that causes the problem?

My Laptop is an HP Pavillion DV9689EA. All the specs are on the HP website if needed. I can post any information on here if reque... Read more

A:BSOD when trying to boot into Vista

What sort of Disk Check did you run? How did you get the software to run - was it something built into the system?The 0xc0000020 status means that the media has changed - but from what and to what, we don't know.STOP 0x21a errors are security errors - so malware must be considered first.Do you have any way of scanning the hard drive to see if it's infected? If not, then try this boot disk which has some antivirus programs supplied with it: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/If the system is infected, and if your cleaning removes the source of the error - Windows may boot up.Please let us know the results of this so we can make further suggestions.

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Hello BC friends,

I cannot get past a BSOD upon powering on my laptop.

Dell Inspiron 1525
100GB HD

0x000000ED (0x83D03968, 0XC00000B5, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I tried booting from the Install disc and going into the Repair Console, but this did not solve the problem. What can I do, and will anything crucial be lost? This just occurred an hour ago!

A:Vista BSOD - OS will not boot

That error usually means some hard drive problem.Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Sometimes when i boot windows vista it shows me a bsod and i don't know why.

LC Power 550W
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
OCZ Kit 4GB (2x2GB) 800MHZ XTC Titanium
XFX Geforce 8800GTS 320MB
320GB Samsung SataII 16mb buffer
Windows Vista Ultimate x64

When i am able to boot into windows vista it says:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 2070

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 6b
BCP2: 0000000000000003
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:

There's the mini dump file, can someone analyse it please?

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I am running Windows Vista on my laptop. I got a new drive, in the form of a compact flash card with a SATA-CF adapter. After installing my new drive, Windows now takes approximately 5-10 minutes longer to boot, during which point the drive is being accessed nonstop. This happens every boot. Once booted, Windows behaves perfectly fine and is perfectly nice to the card. Anyone have any idea what's going on or how I can fix it?

A:Vista Slow Boot After New Drive

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I just replaced my laptop hard drive ...copied files from old drive to new drive.. but laptop not booting... does not seem to find boot files. Tried vista recovery disk..that also does not seem to see Vista.

What do I need to do to configure or set up for new drive?


A:New hard drive..Vista won't boot

Did you copy any Hidden Files and Did you Recover the Master Boot Record?? If not then this is Most Likely your Problem

Please may I advise that you do a Clean Install Rather than Copying all the Files this can Cause a number of Issues Some cannot be repaired

Please see http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/68...n-install.html If you have an Upgrade Version of Vista

And Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista If you have a Full Retail Version of Vista

Also using a seperate HDD Backup all your Data and Format the HDD When you install Vista

You may be able to boot by Repairing the Master Boot Record to do this please Boot into a Recovery Disk and Open a Command Prompt Window after that Enter this:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
And Press Enter

Hope This Helps,

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I've configured my system to dual boot into Vista64 (OEM) and Vista86 (retail) on the same drive - 2 separate partitions in a raid 0 configuration.

Vista64 partition: is used exclusively for music recording with 64 bit software only - yes they do exist, I use Sonar.

Vista 86 partition: is for general computer use: Internet, email and such.

I understand that vista64 runs both 64 and 32 bit applications well enuf, I simply want to keep both uses apart from one another - thus my reason for a dual boot.

... so here's my question :^) Has anyone done this before, on a raid 0 using two instances of Vista? If so, could you tell me how well it's worked for you?

...also, concerning the "pagefile.sys". Since I have both vista's on the same drive in separate partitions and vista doesn't like running two pagefiles on the same drive. Should I move one to a second drive? If so, which should I move the x64 or the x86. Maybe both, eh?

thanks in advance to any and all replies,
katdog and Randy

MY Computer:

Dell XPS 420
Intel Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz
2x500 SATA HDD raid 0
1x500 GB, 16 MB cache, Seagate SATA/300 Berracuda
4.00 GB Ram
Vista X64 and X86

A:Dual Boot of vista x64 and x86 on same drive.

Hello Katdog and Randy,

I have never tried it with a RAID configuration, but I do not see a problem with the 64 bit and 32 bit versions dual booting as long as they do not share the same partition for anything.

You should also be fine with the page files to since they are in separate partitions that act like separate drives. I would not move them.

Hope this helps,

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I've been troubleshooting this one all day. If anyone can give me some insight it would be much appreciated.

Just built a new system, ECS Black deluxe mobo, i7-2700, 4GB ram (took the other 12 out to trobuleshoot), thermaltake SP-1000M psup, and a LG ODD.

MOBO link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813135283
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 20SP-1000M

I can't get the DVD Drive to read my windows 7 boot disc. I've installed a Vista HDD from another machine which boots fine and runs everything except for the ODD. The ODD does respond to eject commands from Vista. I've tried plugging it in to multiple SATA ports and switched the SATA cable with ones I know to be good from the HDD. I've also tried using the Vista install disk for kicks but no dice there either. More than that, I've tried swapping the DVD Drive with a known good one and I get nothing out of it.

Any ideas? Am I missing something with the way the SATA cables/connections have to be configured?

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Hey guys,

I hd xp on my IDE c: installed vista onto SATA x: Now I cant unplug c: as when I do it says "invalid boot disk" or something. Plug c: back in and vista boots ok from x:, Unplugged c: Changed x: to be top of boot list in bios but still "invalid boot disk".

Installed vistabootpro which says that boot manager is on C:, and boot loader is on X:, not sure what the difference is between these.

I want to unplug my C:, my X: to be independant (and if poss change it to be C:(partition magic isnt vista compatible))

Thanks for any help this is really winding me up!


A:Installed vista, cant boot it without old drive in

Format X (Vista)
Disconnect C either the power or data cable
Reinstall Vista on X
RE Connect C
Install Vista boot loader

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I have a Dell Dimension 9200 running Vista Home Premium 32. I currently have a pair of 500G SATA drives in a RAID 1 mirror using the Intel Matrix pseudo-RAID. I bought 2 2TB drives to increase my storage and I would like to replace the existing drives with the new drives in the same RAID 1 configuration. Right now I have all of my data on this RAID array (i.e., all user folders, My Docs, etc. are on this drive; OS and program files are on a different drive).

What is the best (and cheapest) way to do this? I basically want to seamlessly substitute the new pair of drives for the old ones.

Can I clone the drive using dd and a Linux boot CD, and then expand the partition? Do I need to break apart the RAID first before doing a clone operation? I think I still have 1 free SATA port on the motherboard.

Or could I pull out one of the old 500G drives and replace it with a new 2TB drive and let the RAID rebuild the array? Then I could pull out the other 500G drive, replacing it with the other 2TB drive, and rebuild the array again. And then extend the partitions? Would that even work?

A:How to Upgrade Non-Boot Drive in Vista

Hi Newbs,

Welcome to the board,

You can simply set up the two 2Tbs in to what ever DAID you like and then mirror the original to it with True Image (this is the one I am familiar with and it works). Don't forget any RAID would show up as one drive; so treat it as one drive. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.


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Just bought a new pc and a seperate copy of windows vista ultimate. I inserted the disk and I got to the screen that said "loading windows files" then after this it went black for a second the blue screen of death appeared.The first part of the error code was 0.0000007F and the rest were 0's. Anybody had this or know what it could mean? Here are the build

G31-M7 TE motherboard
intel quad-core 6600 processor
4GB ram
geforce 9800GT
1TB sata hard drive

A:BSOD on boot installing vista on new pc

When I read your issue I thought to myself, "That sounds like a memory issue." Here is the code and definition:


One of three types of problems occurred in kernel-mode: (1) Hardware failures. (2) Software problems. (3) A bound trap (i.e., a condition that the kernel is not allowed to have or intercept). Hardware failures are the most common cause and, of these, memory hardware failures are the most common.

Try this: Take out one stick of RAM at a time and try to load it. Any BSODs?

Do this: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic62524.html The good thing about this test is it engages almost immediately as you boot-up.

It could be your harddrive as well.

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Hello, everyone.

I have a problem. My mother's computer (Vista Home Basic) has underwent an odd problem recently. After a video game CD was inserted, the computer froze, gave a BSOD and rebooted. From then on, any attempt to boot (via Safe mode or Last Known Good Configuration) has met the same BSOD, followed by a reboot.

STOP: 0x0000007e (0xC0000005 0x84462292 0x887aea68 0x887ae764)

I have attempted to use the Windows DVD in order to set up the System Restore option, but it ignores the existing restore points (System Restore has been used before already). Startup Repair claims there are no errors. Memory Check returns no RAM errors, CHKDSK returns no hard drive errors.

Could anyone please help?

Thank you in advance.

A:Vista Boot Cycle, BSOD

there are a number of causes you need to post the full error message

d/load and run the h/drive makers diognostic utility on the hard drive


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Hi all! Hope someone can help...

I have a triple boot xp/vista/ubuntu machine which up until recently has worked beautifully.

I use vista for work purposes, xp for gaming, linux for fun/development.

My problem is that when going into Vista, chkdsk complains about one of my partitions and starts a scan, doesnt find anything and then boots vista normally. The problem is the partition in question is no longer accessible...get an error saying file or directory corrupt.

When I then boot into XP, chkdsk launches on that too, goes through fine and boots into XP, and I have access to the drive again.

Subsequent boots of XP will not start chkdsk, but as soon as I go back into Vista, chkdsk starts again and I can't access the drive.

Have tried running chkdsk e: /R in XP and Vista and the XP tool finds no errors, the Vista tool won't complete - gets to verifying file data (stage 4 of 5) and seems to stop. (Left it for 2 hours no progression).

Had various boot cds with different hard disk tools on and everything I run on the drive comes back with a clean bill of health.

Any ideas?

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Hi folks,

Hope someone knows a way to fix this problem!
I just built a new system. Worked perfect for a week.

I left the computer for about half an hour, but when i came back the screen was blank, like sleep mode. I couldn't wake it.

When re-starting the hard drive tarted clicking repetitively, and wouldn't boot.

Just got a message saying 'Boot Disk Failure', 'Please insert installation disk'.

I put in my copy of Vista Home Premium x64 to see about using the system repair options. It takes forever to bring up the menu!

Once it does, i find that the hard drive isn't there! (Even though detected in bios)

Anyone know about this?

A:Hard Drive Clicks, No Vista Boot!

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any suggestions on how i can format hard drive through vista boot cd command promt?

A:Hard drive format using Vista boot CD

Just boot using your Vista Install DVD. Select the repair option

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Hey There BleepingComputer Community,

I have 2 laptops - a Gateway MA7 running Windows Vista Home Premium and a Sony Vaio VGN-NS240E running Windows 8 Pro (which was upgraded from Windows 7). My Gateway laptop all of a sudden stopped booting up, so I went out and bought a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter to connect the Gateway hard drive as a slave drivonto my Sony Vaio laptop so I could get all my data files off the drive. I was able to do this successfully. I'm still having problems with the Gateway hard drive, however.

In order to see if the Gateway hard drive was bad or if it was something else with the Gateway laptop, I changed the boot order of my Sony Vaio laptop to first boot from an external device (i.e. the Gateway hard drive connected as a slave). I restarted my computer and it booted (well attempted)to boot from the Gateway hard drive, but after the Vista splash screen showed up, the computer restarted (this is the exact same thing that happened when the Gateway hard drive was in the Gateway laptop). After restart, I received the option to either 1) Start Windows Recovery Counsel (recommended) (I don't know if those were the exact words, but I'm sure you understand what I'm talking about) or 2) Start Windows Normally. I chose to start the recovery counsel. When I chose this option, I received the BSOD with STOP: 0x0000007B code. So I did a hard shut down on my laptop and attempted to reboot to the Gateway hard drive again. The exact same thin... Read more

A:Cannot Boot Up Windows Vista Slave Drive

Moving a hard drive with Windows already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Each motherboard chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you change the motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error.

If you have the installation disc you might be able to correct this by making a repair installation.

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I know I am talking about SBS2008 but someone pointed me here as there is a fairly relevant but old post relating.

Thing is I have a RAID one drive C: with every thing on it but the Boot system - on D: There's a lot of files there.

What would be the easiest (and secure - I don't want to be left with an unbootable system!) way to get D: onto C:. The suggestion is I "simply" shut down - remove the D: drive physically - put in the install disc and do a repair. Is that right?

Should I copy all these files over first into the same location or a "preserved" folder in case I need them?

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I will try to make this as detailed and short as possible. This all started yesterday.

I used to dual boot Windows XP and Vista Ultimate. My XP was on my 160g HDD and my Vista install is on my 250g HDD. However I hardly use XP anymore and decided to turn into storage so I formatted it. I was also aware that I need to repair the boot files so I did using the repair function my Vista DVD. So I did that and my computer restarted fine. However, I restarted again today(I never shutoff my computer unless restarting) and I get the following message along these lines:

The following is corrupt boot/bcd


However I notice Vista boots fine when I have the DVD in the drive. I tried everything off the repair console and nothing works. The "Repair startup" option doesn't detect any problems with booting up(even though I get that error message). I even tried using EasyBCD 1.7.2 but I really don't know how to use it that well. Another thing I should mention is that when I use the "bootrec /rebuildbcd" command in the command prompt, it doesn't detect any Windows installations(even though there is one). Now another odd reason is when I'm in the Repair prompt it says my Vista is on F: drive but when I'm actually in Vista it says it's C:

Can anyone help me out? Maybe this could be fixed with EasyBCD? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I know I don't have to format because the OS is working fine minus the boot files.
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A:Urgent Help needed! Cannot boot Vista without DVD in drive.

try these;

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I have Vista on one drive and Windows 7 on a separate hdd dual booting.
I want to remove the Vista drive and only retain Windows 7, so that I only need to have one drive to boot from and to backup the Windows 7 OS drive.
I have no further use for Vista, I haven?t used it for months. Space no problem, just a nuisance to have to include it in the image backup and make larger files.
Vista is drive C: Windows 7 is F:
I have 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade disks and Repair disk.
4 hdd?s installed and 2 DVD Writers.
Any help on an easy solution would be much appreciated.

A:Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7

Hello Jonmor68.

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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I just put a new rig together and installed and updated Vista up to SP2. About every other time I start Vista will not load when there is any disk in the DVD drive. When I hit eject on the drive it boots up. I like to leave games I am currently playing in the drive so this is kind of annoying.
Right after this screen the DVD drives start spinning/ reading, the screen stays blank and Vista does not boot.

A:Vista doesn't boot with a disk in the DVD drive?

Originally Posted by bxmedic

I just put a new rig together and installed and updated Vista up to SP2. About every other time I start Vista will not load when there is any disk in the DVD drive. When I hit eject on the drive it boots up. I like to leave games I am currently playing in the drive so this is kind of annoying.
Right after this screen the DVD drives start spinning/ reading, the screen stays blank and Vista does not boot.

It sounds like you have your BIOS set up to boot from the DVD drive first, go into the BIOS and change the boot order to the Hard drive as #1 then the DVD drive as #2

Since you just installed Vista, I'm almost 100% sure your BIOS is set for DVD 1st then hard drive. Change it, and it should boot into Vista right away instead of looking at the DVD drive
Should fix it.

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I have a new'ish PC with Vista 32.

The main drive(s) is two 250Gb drive configured as one 500Gb RAID drive, which was identified as the C drive and included the windows install.

When an additional drive was installed the computer of its own volition labeled it the B drive.

The computer now fails to boot up windows and says it cannot find the windows installation.

I have determined that the computer seems to have renamed the previous B drive as the C drive and the previous C drive as the D drive. (All my previous data seems to be there and intact from what I can tell)

Could this be why the computer cant find the windows as it is now looking in the wrong place...

I have read that computers 'reserve' the A and B drive designations for floppy drives. Did the computer 'realize' that it had incorrectly designated a hard drive as B and in correcting this screwed things up?

How can I correct this? I do want to avoid a fresh install as all my data seems to be intact and it is just a case of a shifted drive designation.

The twin RAID hard drives (the ones with the windows VISTA 32 installed) are Western Digital WD2500KS if it helps.

Help please...


A:HELP: VISTA 32 - Changed Drive letters so no boot

Go to the BIOS a make sure that your Raid array is the first in the boot order. Some systems will change the boot hard drive priority (order) when a new drive is installed.

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First off let me say that any help would be greatly appreciated, I am at a total loss as to how to fix this problem.I am not sure on the version of vista that my computer is running but I bought the computer when vista first came out so it would be a early version. My daughter messed with my electrical breaker box in my house and reset the electricity when I turned on my computer windows did not boot, instead a black page appeared saying that I would need to boot from a disc or dvd. I didn?t have a disc or dvd so I downloaded a boot disc(I don?t remember the name of the site that I got it from)I then followed this tutorial that I found here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/ which is about using startup repair. When I got to the place where it is supposed to list operating system instead of showing vista it shows nothing at all. I still went ahead and pushed next anyway and it said that startup repair can?t repair my computer. On the screen that pops up on whether or not to send information to Microsoft, there is an option to show problem details this is what it says:Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2Problem signature 01: ExternalMediaProblem signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386. signature 03: 0Problem signature 04: 65537Problem signature 05: unknownProblem signature 06: NoHardDriveProblem signature 07: 0Problem signature 08: 0Problem signatur... Read more

A:Vista won't boot, I am afraid this is the hard drive.

when you boot up, enter the BIOS to see if the hard drive shows up there. you do this by pressing a key (like del) during the boot process. check your manual (download from manufacturer if you don't have one) to see how to enter BIOS.
also download drive manufacturers diagnostic utility from their web site and boot from it to test the drive.

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Hallo everyone. I bought a Western Digital 250gig HD, plugged it (in caddy) to a USB port, and used WesDig's own Data Lifeguard prog to clone the still-installed 120gig drive to the new HD. Took out the 120, installed the 250, tried to boot. Immediately after the PC maker's screen, "error loading OS" appeared. Ctrl+Alt+Del took me into setup, but nothing I dare do had any effect.
I think the problem might result from my failure to remove my bios password before cloning, didn't understand the required method so left it installed.
I either need to blank the new HD totally (including the hidden recovery partition) and redo the clone ; or to correct the fault in the existing clone to enable the drive to boot.
Note - the cloned drive shows all files and OS correctly when viewed as an external USB device, so it seems as if the only fault is in the boot.
Can anyone please send me some *****-proof & jargon-free instructions about fixing my problem? I read about "fixmbr" & "fixboot", but can't find them. Are they Dos commands in WinXP, perhaps ? You see, I'm a relative novice at this !

A:New cloned hard drive won't boot Vista

The new HDD dont have any Sata drivers installed for the new HDD. Reinstall the old HDD and boot from it with the new HDD still hooked up by Sata, reclone the old HDD to the new one.

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Recently I tried vista on one of my two hard drives. One had vista and the other was my primary drive which was xp pro. Too many of my programs were not compatible with vista so I put xp back on the other drive also. After installing vista, and still now after putting xp back on I can not boot into my original xp drive. I can get into the files on the drive when I am in the working drive. Another thing is the new drive will only boot into xp when I have the xp cd in my cd rom.
Any advice on how to fix this problem would be GREATLY appreciated.

A:xp drive wont boot after vista install

Which drive is the first boot drive in your bios?

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This is a strange problem. I got a new USB drive for backups (my Old Firewire WD got too small).

Since I installed the drive, my Vista64 Ulitmate no longer boots while the drive is connected. If I unplug the unit, or turn it off, the PC boots fine.

I checked the BIOS, and see on option for USB boot to disable. Not sure what else to look for.

I saw a post from a Microsoft support for someone with a similar issue - the fix was to turn the hard drive off when booting. Well, that may be a workaround, but it is not a fix. I am leaving for vacation in few days, and I have to choose if I should leave the drive plugged in and have backups while I am gone, or unplug it in case there is an update that requires a reboot. If that happens my PC will not come on, and I will not be able to access it remotely.

Any ideas would be appreciated.


A:Can't boot Vista 64 when an external USB drive is connected

Hi zrinko,

That's does sound strange indeed. Have you checked the cables? Also, have you looked at the instructions that came with the unit for any "special" procedures/configurations that might need to be peformed? There shouldn't be but...

Also, is this a WD or different brand?

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Evening all,

A friend asked me to install a game on his Vista laptop, so of course I did and all was well until BSODs started to happen. Initially the system just needed a reboot and all was well but at some point a 'major' one must have occoured.

After post the screen goes blank, but the laptop still accepts num, caps and scroll lock. After an indeterminate period, pressing the power button again causes the Vista boot loader menu to appear offering me a memory test or F8 for advanced options on Vista. The memory test goes through, but pressing F8 (or indeed enter) causes the screen once again go blank and back to nothingness.

Has anyone any idea of waht might be wrong, and possible fix's (other than get him XP)?

A:Vista BSOD, now the system doesn't boot.

Unless you have a VIsta dvd to use to repair the system, and you could try to get to safe mode and/or use "last known good configuration" (which I have yet to see ever work), you probably need to access the Recovery Partition and start over. Vista does njot forgive incompatible installs easily.

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Hi, i'm having problems with booting up Vista after attempting to partition my hard drive and dual boot XP and Vista.

Okay, so i have Vista installed and wanted to install XP for games so it would be faster. I started by Partitioning my HD in Vista and all went well. I booted the XP install CD after a restart and put it on the partitioned part of my HD. It extracted the files it needed and restart itself. Then came the problems. It started itself up and gave me an error on a black screen that was like:
So i Repaired Vista with the install CD and booted Vista up. I thought it was something to do with the partition so i deleted it, created a fresh partition and started again. It failed a second time so i rested my BIOS to fail start defaults or something and tried to install again. After some fiddling around i gave up and deleted the partition in the XP setup and restarted. After this i got a BSOD with the stop error:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage
to your computer
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK / F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.
Technical information:
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A:Dual boot Vista & XP on partition. BSOD

Hi. . .

Here is a thread from Hardware Support that contains the same BSOD error:

Tech Support Forum - Hardware Support - BSOD - 7b

regards. . .


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FIX (with SavePart, tried other partition utilities and editing MountedDevices to no avail)

Hope this helps someone else with Wrong Drive Letter Problems

Installed WIN7 RC and all was well with XP Dual Boot.

After some experimenting(BSD,LINUX,etc), WIN7 would not boot, so popped in the DVD and let WIN7 repair the boot.

WIN7 now booted, but when booting XP on E: , it was now assigned the wrong Drive letter D: and would boot to just before the Logon Prompt and hang(same in safe mode.)

After much research and trial (including editing the HKLM/SYSTEM/MountedDevices hive of the XP install from within WIN7 to change the drive letter) this was the fix.

This particular XP boots from Partition/Drive E: in Windows.0 directory (yeah, i know, been this way for years)

downloaded SavePart "AKA Partition Saving " Partition Saving

Boot from a FreeDOS Floppy or USB stick and run SavePart.exe

within SavePart (navigate with TAB key, Selected items turn BLACK)


Update Windows 2000/XP/Vista Registry
Choose element where boot configuration are stored (Disk number 0, in this case)
Choose element where boot configuration DATA are stored (Partition) where the XP(2000 or Vista) is located
Select the Directory where the XP (2000 or Vista) is located (Windows.0 on D Drive, in this case)

You then have access/ability to the change Drive Letters for that particular Windows Installation:

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A:*FIX* Wrong Drive Letters in Multi-Boot XP,Vista, W7

Quote: Originally Posted by 8253timer

FIX (with SavePart, tried other partition utilities and editing MountedDevices to no avail)

Hope this helps someone else with Wrong Drive Letter Problems

Installed WIN7 RC and all was well with XP Dual Boot.

After some experimenting(BSD,LINUX,etc), WIN7 would not boot, so popped in the DVD and let WIN7 repair the boot.

WIN7 now booted, but when booting XP on E: , it was now assigned the wrong Drive letter D: and would boot to just before the Logon Prompt and hang(same in safe mode.)

After much research and trial (including editing the HKLM/SYSTEM/MountedDevices hive of the XP install from within WIN7 to change the drive letter) this was the fix.

This particular XP boots from Partition/Drive E: in Windows.0 directory (yeah, i know, been this way for years)

downloaded SavePart "AKA Partition Saving " Partition Saving

Boot from a FreeDOS Floppy or USB stick and run SavePart.exe

within SavePart Choose: (navigate with TAB key, Selected items turn BLACK)

Update Windows 2000/XP/Vista Registry
Choose element where boot configuration are stored (Disk number 0, in this case)
Choose element where boot configuration DATA are stored (Partition) where the XP(2000 or Vista) is located
Select the Directory where the XP (2000 or Vista) is located (Windows.0, in this case)

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Hi recently i bought a new computer at a auction for $150 they said it didn't have a operating system but turns out that its 750G hard drive was broken so i just transferred my hard drive from my old computer over and it worked the old operating system was windows xp pro, media center edition. and while it was on there i upgraded it to windows vista home premium 32x but i noticed that even though this computer had a better cpu dual core. that it still only had 1G of RAM i was just going to transfer the extra RAM cards over from my old computer but then i noticed that it only had 2 slots where as my other computer had 4 and there were all the same size RAM cards so i couldn't do anything and since i like to play games the computer just can't handle it the games i play for its lack of RAM so then i decided to go back to my old computer when i moved the hard drive back i couldn't boot from the vista partition i don't know why. so i thought i'd just install a new one and and transfer the files over but i can't since there isn't enough free space and and the installation CD will only let me browse the hard drive and not delete anything and i have no devices to transfer the files to. but i noticed there was a recover partition installed with a repair feature but when i tried it, it asked me to type in the administrator password so i tried mine of course and it wasn't it so then i tried nothing since the default administrator account doesn't have one which also didn't work so now i'... Read more

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Hey everyone. I obtained a student copy of Windows 7 back in October like many of us did, and like many of us, I installed as a clean install, not an upgrade. Or so I thought.

I was running Windows 7 for months before I decided to finally remove the Vista harddrive (I installed Windows 7 on the Intel 80GB X25M.) Apparently, when I removed the drive, I wasn't able to boot into Windows 7. Now I thought I had done a clean install of Windows 7.

I think I should mention that during bootup, my Bios gives me two OS's to choose from, and they both say Windows 7. But, only one actually worked. The second choice would just bring me back to my Bios rebooting and brought me back to the OS choice screen.

So for now, I have reconnected my Vista harddrive so I am able to use my install of Windows 7.

Why would this happen if I did a clean install (installed by burning the upgrade setup to the DVD, then onto a clean new drive, and activated it successfully.) And why would it show my two Windows 7 choices at bootup?

I hope you guys can answer these questions for me. Can't seem to understand what went wrong.

A:Removed my Vista hard drive, now Windows 7 won't Boot?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in Reply box. Label or explain the drive contents.

Then we can advise you the exact steps.

You likely have a Dual Boot which needs the MBR recovered into 7 - we help do it every day here.

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hi there does anyone know if I can install vista 2 an external usb2 hard drive,(I have xp on my c drive) or will I have to partiti on my c drive

A:dual boot xp vista usb2 hard drive?

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I've just installed windows 7 on a new hard drive. I kept my old C drive (plus a few storage drives) plugged in and haven't wiped it yet so I could still get at my old files if anything went wrong with the backup / if I needed to transfer anything across to the new win 7 install.

So effectively I'm dual-booting vista and win 7 at the moment, on separate drives.

Anyway. When both are connected and I boot up, I am offered a prompt screen asking which OS to boot into. Choosing either works fine and I have been using win 7 for a few days.

But when I disconnect the old vista drive so I can just boot from the new win 7 one (about wipe the vista drive and shift it to a different PC) I get told: Disk Boot Failure - please insert system disk. Same thing happens if I change the boot order to put the new win 7 drive above the old vista one.

What's going on? If the vista drive isn't in the system, surely I should just be able to boot from the win 7 one with no issues?
Thanks for any ideas

A:Disk boot failure when removing old vista drive...

the master boot loader is on your vista disk and thats what points to 7. put in the 7 disk and boot from your 7 DVD. Run an automatic repair and it'll fix.

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hey i have recently dual booted vista on the same hard drive as a fresh xp install partitioning the drive 50/50 to start with.
i am using the vista boot manager editing it with eacy BCD.

my problem is that when i switch back from xp to vista my second hard drive i use for storing files on cannot be seen by vista untill i reboot from vist back into vista. any help woudl be greatly apreciated thanks, Tom

A:xp/vista dual boot hard drive not showing up

Are you saying that when you run XP, restart, and then choose Vista and boot it up, that the second drive is not seen by Vista? How about going the other way?

What kind of drive?

How about when you shut down from XP and then start up, choosing Vista?

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Here is my dilema....

I provide computer support as a business.
On a regular bases I need to attach a customer Hard disk to my machine.

The attached disk will have the customer OS and Apps on it.
When I attach this disk to my desktop (running Vista Ultimate) through SATA to USB or IDE to USB, I notice that Vista removes the boot sector on this attached disk with the result that you can not boot from the disk when re-installed in the original PC/Laptop.

This is not the case when I attach the disk to my XP machine.

So my question is as follows:
- Can this boot sector removal be disabled in Vista?


A:Vista removes boot sector from external drive.

Does anybody have any idea if this can be disabled in Vista?

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