On Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:50:01 -0700, jamesph
>during install of Vista ultimate to new system with 2 x 750GB Sata HDD..I
>partitioned 100GB of the first disk (0) to take the Vista system. Windows
>asked where to put the installation and I highlighted the new partition but
>then it indicated it needed space to put what I thought it said was the
This is a warning that the drive you're installing Vista on is not the
drive that the BIOS is set to boot from, meaning that the System
partition won't be placed on that drive.
> and that there was enough space on the disk 1...now I thought
>it meant partition 1 and highlighted that and clicked yes in the dialogue
>window...after the install I saw that it had placed a file of 8kb namely
>BOOTSECT.BAK onto the second HDD. In disk management disks show as c: Simple
>Basic NTFS Healthy (Boot,Page File, Crash Dump, Primary partition) and the
>second disk as D: simple Basic NTFS Healthy (System, Active,Primary
>Partition)....Also Both disks show total storage as 698GB each ?
The reason the drives are only 698GB in Windows is because the GB that
Windows uses (1GB = 2^30 = 1,073,741,824 bytes) are larger than the GB
that drive manufacturers use (1GB = 10^9 = 1,000,000,000 bytes).
> Whats going
>on and can I do anything other than a new install ? If a new install is
>needed (I havent activated vista yet) what should i do second time
>around....thanks for any help
Windows setup places its System partition on the physical disk drive
that the BIOS is set to boot from. Go into BIOS setup and check the
setting of Hard Disk Boot Priority or Hard Disk Drives. The drive that
is at the top of the list of drives is the one that Windows setup is
supposed to put the boot manager files. Having two identical drives
can make it confusing as to which drive is which.
Go into BIOS setup and move the other 750GB disk drive to the top of
the drives list. Then you can reinstall.
Or first run Disk Management and mark the C: partition on the Vista
drive as Active. Then go into BIOS setup and move the other 750GB
drive to the top of the drives list. Then place Vista's boot manager
on the Vista drive by following steps 2 through 15 at
Ignore any references to Windows XP.