Boy, it's been ages since I've posted on Eggxpert! I'll try to make this as thorough as I can.
Several days ago I had
- 1x 160 GB HDD with XP
- 1x 250 GB HDD with Vista on 1 partition and Windows 7 Beta on 2nd partition
I wiped the 250GB disk and reformatted, then installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I kept XP on the smaller disk so I could still dual boot. I started setting things up in Windows 7 and noticed that my 750GB E-sata external drive was not being recognized, did some googling, and found I needed to install the Jmicron sata controller for my motherboard. I had already restarted several times at this point after installing Windows 7 and installing the necessary drivers for it.
On the boot manager where you can pick which OS to boot to I noticed that Windows 7 was listed twice but put off fixing it until later. The first listing would put into W7 and the second would not. It gave me some sort of error although I'm not sure what it was. When I got around to googling that issue I followed these steps
The easiest way to remove an entry in the Windows 7 Boot Configuration is to use msconfig.
To launch msconfig:
1. Click Start
2. In the Search text box, type msconfig
3. Launch msconfig by selecting it from the search results above the search text box.
After msconfig is launched:
1. Go to the Boot tab
2. Slect the boot entry you want to delete.
3. Click the Delete button and then click OK.
sure to be logged in to the Windows 7 partition you want to keep when
performing these steps so you don't delete the good installation by
The steps seemed to work OK and the second entry for Windows 7 disappeared. I worked and played on my computer in Windows 7 for several hours then needed to boot back into Windows XP to work with some programs I hadn't installed on W7 yet. When my computer got past the initial motherboard logo screen it gave me the black screen that is labeled with the Nvidia title and says "Detecting Array.."
It will sit there for about 5-10 mins and eventually it got to the boot menu and I selected XP. The same thing happened when I restarted and went into BIOS to see if anything looked fishy.
After I got out of the BIOS I tried booting up XP again and it gave me "Disk Boot Failure, Insert Sytem disk and press enter" I inserted my windows 7 installation CD thinking that it may correct but my system rejected that and just repeated the message.
As it is currently I can get into the BIOS after the 10 minute wait at "detecting array" but I cannot get to the boot menu.
My internal HDDs are listed in the BIOS still so I suppose they aren't completely dead.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.