I have 8 hard drives on my 2 year old self built athlon system. Most of them have two partitions. One for active booting and playing with OS like windows and Linux–the other for data.
Yesterday, I could set which harddrive/OS to boot from by setting the order in my bios. Yesterday, I installed Vista Home Premium to a spare partition and it was up and running without any real issues to mention but right now I am not committed to it until I find software that drives all my requirements (like sound from Soundblaster) --so I disconnected the hard drive totally from my system and reinstalled a hard drive with XP on it that was working perfectly yesterday.
Today, none of the 8 hard drive boot partitions will work. System will post and show the hard drives but then freeze further on in the bootup at various stages. I then swapped the XP hard drive with the Vista hard drive that worked yesterday and YES, here I am with a working Vista boot partition trying to find out how to get back to what I had yesterday. While initial post shows my harddrives, not all of them are shown after Vista is running AND none of the non-Vista drives show any content–ie no folders or files are presented. The total size used and available are shown in total, but no individual files are accessable.
My only idea is that somehow the bios has been corrupted and needs to be reset:???–like take the battery out for 30 minutes??? I don’t think even reinstalling XP would work here but I might give that a try first as the “more ususal” thing to do?? I’ve read several articles on getting Vista and XP/Linux in a dual booting system and no one has mentioned my type of problem.
Any ideas on what has happened, how to fix it, how to avoid it in the future?
I could write my signature in CAPS now, but instead will continue researching. Any ideas/thoughts is appreciated. /// Bobbo.