Vista possible bootloader problems HELP

Posted: 01-16-2009, 07:46 PM

I have three drives which consist of one that has Vista, another with XP and
just recently i installed Windows 7 on the other drive. After installing
Windows 7, and tinkering around with it i decided to get back to Vista to
work on somethings. i went to my BIOS and changed my drive to boot to the
Vista drive, but i would get a message that states to use a drive that is
bootable or insert media to boot from. i reverted back to windows 7 and i
noticed both my XP and Vista drives didn't have a drive letter and wasn't
assessible even after attempting to rescan drives. I then attempted to boot
to my XP drive, but the same message was prompted. Now i'm concerned that the
install must of some how messed with both my OS's and am stuck on getting
them to boot.

Since i had some space on my Vista drive i inserted my Vista installer, and
noticed when given the option to pick a drive/partition to install the OS in
it recognized the drives/names of both my XP and Vista partitions
(Vista=Phatcat XP=Fatcat), which leads me to believe that they are still
there, but for some reason unaccessible.

So I reinstalled Vista on the second half of the same drive, with the non
functioning Vista, and was able to get all three OS's to show up during the
boot up, but only the new Vista and Windows 7 load up properly. The original
Windows Vista gets to the loading bar and then you hear the disk spinning,
but then restarts.

I loaded a easybcd to review boot log and recognize the partitions and
noticed that
Vista has a C drive and Windows 7 has F,which are available under My
but my old Vista has \Device\HarddiskVolume3. Any thoughts on how to access
that partition to perform a chkdsk or rebuild possbily the bootloader on
that partition? Or maybe it needs to be assigned a drive letter?

There are a total of 3 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 5 seconds.
Default OS: Windows Vista
Entry #1
Name: Windows Vista
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows
Entry #2
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {eae036b3-e35c-11dd-b54e-83faf3dc47c1}
Drive: F:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows
Entry #3
Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (recovered)
BCD ID: {eae036b4-e35c-11dd-b54e-83faf3dc47c1}
Drive: \Device\HarddiskVolume3
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

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