In my current configuration I have 3 hard drives, one, a 20gig ide, will soon be removed from my system, and can be ignored. My other two drives are a 120gig ide, and a 500gig sata. My problem is that I was once running vista on the 120gig, I then installed it on the 500gig, without formatting. Now, I have removed all of my data from the 120gig, and I want to remove it from my system, but all of the boot files are on it, and not the sata drive. How can I make it so that I don't need my ide drive?
I'm not sure what your saying, how did you install windows without formatting the drive? During windows installation, it has to reformat the entire drive, or at least a partition on the drive before it will actually begin installing Windows.
If you did a standard installation of Windows, it should have the same files as the 120, i would say you should be able to boot from the 500gb unless Vista does things differently.
ok, I got it working, used the bootrec /fixboot function of the vista dvd.