It came installed with windows vista. I then added windows 7 to the 2nd hdd. Everything was working well until I decided to wipe the hdd with windows 7 to install windows xp.
After wiping the drive clean upon restart I received a boot error msg. I was unable to access the drive with vista. I was able to use the Hiren boot cd to look around but not being completely comfortable with trying to diagnose the problem I did not make any changes.
I tried to re-install Windows 7, however it continued to say there was a drive missing and kept sending me to an option where I could load a driver.
I decided to take it to a local shop, to investigate the problem. In an email from the repair staff I was told this:
"The reason you were having issues finding the drive to install to, is that
> your board has a somewhat older chipset that does not support bootable
> volumes on all of the SATA ports. So, a drive on port 0 or 1 will normally
> be a viable OS drive, and a drive on 2 or 3 may not be. Moving the drive
> to a different port allowed it to be a valid target to install the
> operating system on.
So after 6 days and 170.00 I finally have my computer. So here are my questions:
1) Why did this happen after deleting the os off of the 2nd hdd?
2) Is the "tech" being honest about his assessment of the problem? If so did he physically move the drives or was this accomplished via software or some other means?
3) how, in the future, can make each hdd bootable?
I enjoyed running 2 os but I'm paranoid now. The Tech also finished by saying the following:
"So to make things clear; The top
> drive (behind the HP drive bay) is Drive 0, which Vista is current
> installed on. The bottom drive is formatted as a storage drive; I do not
> know for sure if <name deleted> connected it to a valid bootable SATA port or not.
> If you want to install Windows 7 on the second drive, you may need to move
> that drive's sata cable (on the end where it connects to the motherboard)
> into a different port."
I don't know if I'm being paranoid or not but the above doesn't seem right. I thought I would bring this issue here to get a professional opinion. I'd love to 2 bootable hdd's so If 1 fails I can still use the other.
Thank you to those who have read this entire post.