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Removed IDE hdd and winxp will not boot!

By impliedparadox
Jul 5, 2006
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  1. I have winxp installed on a sata drive. I have an ide hdd that acts as backup storage. If I remove the IDE drive, my computer will not reboot (it gives a boot failure). When the IDE drive is connected, no problems. I need help people, so thanks in advance.

    -- Jared
  2. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    hi and welcome to techspot :)

    first off, are you sure that XP is installed only the SATA drive? if there is an XP copy on both, then your mobo may default to the IDE drive first.

    if you remove the IDE drive and format and install XP on only the SATA drive then it should work no problem.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    never mix IDE and SATA. Windows defaults to IDE during errors. Use one type or the other
  4. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 278

    back to the roots

    also make sure that the boot files are on the sata :)
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    nothing wrong with mixing the 2 drives at least I never had problems
    configuration can be confusing
    check the drives make sure your ide is not the system drive
    in bios make sure stop on drive errors is unticked
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