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    How do I move the boot sector from the old drive to the new one?

    I installed XP on my old 320GB drive it went pear shape so installed Vista on a new 500GB drive, I've moved all my data onto other drives and my 500GB drive so now the 320GB drive is empty. I formatted using the Vista boot disk then Vista wouldn't start because I had formatted the boot sector, then I repaired the boot sector but it put the boot sector back on the old 320GB drive.

    Now am I right in thinking if I remove the 320GB drive or at least disconnect it, it will put the boot sector onto the 500GB drive or will it just go bonkers? thanks.

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    vista installs the bcd file on the first hard drive. so disconnecting the old drive and repairing the boot sector with the vista disk should fix it, but when you put the old disk back in you'll need to make sure its 2nd in the chain

    use ghost

    I had to read that a few times tbh. Retoring the boot sector onto the 500gb seems like the right thing to do. I had a bit of a problem when i installed xp onto my new 500gb, it just kept coming out with errors every second boot, so i used xp disc, select repair, press enter for blank admin password, then type FIXBOOT and now it works fine. Full list for xp here:

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    A guide for Vista:
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    wolf359;2732778

    vista installs the bcd file on the first hard drive. so disconnecting the … vista installs the bcd file on the first hard drive. so disconnecting the old drive and repairing the boot sector with the vista disk should fix it, but when you put the old disk back in you'll need to make sure its 2nd in the chain



    Agreed :thumbsup:, Op do this in the bios

    If you are doing this on the same machine ie for dual boot XP and Vista, you need to install XP first on one disk, then format and install Vista on the other. if you dont it will cause problems, when you re boot you should get a screen showing both operating systems (Vista and an earlier version of windows) just highlight the one you want to boot from and press enter, hope that helps

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    happy donkey;2732809

    If you are doing this on the same machine ie for dual boot XP and Vista, … If you are doing this on the same machine ie for dual boot XP and Vista, you need to install XP first on one disk, then format and install Vista on the other. if you dont it will cause problems, when you re boot you should get a screen showing both operating systems (Vista and an earlier version of windows) just highlight the one you want to boot from and press enter, hope that helps



    okay thanks guys, too late for that didn't think I was going to keep Vista so didn't reinstall XP but I find F8ing (boot choice) is just as easy than doing it that way.

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    okay an update, it didn't work said "error writing repair to drive"

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    logyon;2733671

    http://thevistaforums.com/lofiversion/index.php/t6080.html



    I've tried all that, no luck but it does me tell;

    "Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=D:
    default {current}
    displayorder {current}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (recovered)
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows"


    though

    happy donkey;2732809

    If you are doing this on the same machine ie for dual boot XP and Vista, … If you are doing this on the same machine ie for dual boot XP and Vista, you need to install XP first on one disk, then format and install Vista on the other. if you dont it will cause problems, when you re boot you should get a screen showing both operating systems (Vista and an earlier version of windows) just highlight the one you want to boot from and press enter, hope that helps



    no you don't.
    just 2 days ago i installed xp on a vista machine. after the installation is complete you simply need to run the boot sector repair for vista and then use something like vistabootpro to add the xp installation to the bcd file. you then get the normal boot selection screen asking you to choose vista or xp

    vistabootpro would probably help the OP as well. put both drives in and then run the vista boot sector repair option from the vista disk, then add the xp drive with vistabootpro

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    wolf359;2734522

    no you don't.just 2 days ago i installed xp on a vista machine. after the … no you don't.just 2 days ago i installed xp on a vista machine. after the installation is complete you simply need to run the boot sector repair for vista and then use something like vistabootpro to add the xp installation to the bcd file. you then get the normal boot selection screen asking you to choose vista or xpvistabootpro would probably help the OP as well. put both drives in and then run the vista boot sector repair option from the vista disk, then add the xp drive with vistabootpro



    I don't have XP anymore, this whole process messed up my activated Vista as well so had to 'cough' it :oops:
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