Remove XP from Dual Boot

I realize another poster had a very similar situation, but I didn't want to hijack that thread. I was dual booting XP and Vista, but am now ready to loose XP. My XP Installation is set up on a RAID 0 array, and Vista is installed on a seperate SATA drive. I removed the XP entry via ebcd and tried to reformat the XP drive (D: when I'm booting Vista). Vista would not let me reformat or delete the partition. So I tried brute force and unplugged the RAID 0 drives containing the XP partition. Then the machine would not boot at all. It recognized the SATA drive with Vista on it, but I guess my approach messaed up the boot files somehow. Next, I tried running a Vista repair from the CD, but the repair utility did not recognize a Vista partition. Plugging it all back in gets me back in business with Vista (whew) but I'm nowhere on my original objective. Plus, once I get XP out of the picture, I'd like to move the Vista installation to the RAID array. Any help is appreciated.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Hi jrettew, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies.

Give this a shot (need to view hidden os files first):
Copy the BOOT folder from the XP drive to the Vista drive.
Copy BOOTMGR from the XP drive to the Vista drive.

EasyBCD | Useful Utilities | Power Console:
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

Then remove the XP drive and attempt to boot from the Vista one.

Good luck.