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BootLoader - Very Confused

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#1 opticalchapstick


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Posted 21 June 2011 - 10:03 PM

Here are the drives I have on my computer:
-Windows 7 installed on a 1TB drive
-Windows XP on a 500gb drive
-2TB drive for storage.
-1TB drive for storage
-500GB drive for storage

Windows 7 was installed before XP, and I believe XP came after the physical installation of the 2TB drive.

I always have to press F8, and then select the first hard drive in the list, and then I'd be able to select to boot "Windows 7." Otherwise it'd give me "boot disk boot error, please insert system disk." The drive I'm selecting is my 2TB drive.

My computer won't boot if the 2TB isn't plugged in. I've tried Option One and Two from here with no luck:

Anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it? Thanks

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:20 PM

Life Lesson # 2135: ALWAYS unplug ALL hard drives EXCEPT one when you are installing an OS.

Otherwise, you're going to end up with a mess like this with bootloaders and stuff scattered all over the place.

The thing is, even if you tell the OS installer to install to hard drive "ABC", the bootloader is installed on the first disk (Disk 0) in the system. The boot files (C:\Windows, etc.) are still on the drive "ABC" you told the installer to use, but the bootloader that points to them is on another drive (hence why your computer won't boot if the 2TB isn't plugged in).

Make sense?

We can try to unscramble it (it's possible, but can be a pain sometimes). However, the best policy is the first line of my post.

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