Windows found one or more legacy failure-tolerant (FT) disk sets on this computer


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Guy Rouillier

I installed RC2 from MSDN without issue. Now I wanted to try RTM also
from MSDN. I have it downloaded, and verified the SHA1 checksum. I'm
using VCdControlTool to mount the ISO image and run setup from there.

From within XP Home (dual boot), I reformatted the partition
containing Vista Home Premium and then ran setup. I bypassed the net
compatibility check and told it to continue. It pops up a message
that says:

"You must make the following changes before installing Windows

Windows found one or more legacy failure-tolerant (FT) disk sets on
this computer. Windows no longer supports these disks. If possible,
convert all FT disks to dynamic disks. Otherwise, backup all
information on these disks, re-initialize the disks as basic or
dynamic and restore the information into new volumes."

I have two hard drives on this box, and Computer Management says they
are both "Basic". I don't understand why I'm getting this error,
since RC2 installed without issue. Help appreciated.
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Guy Rouillier
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Try booting with the Vista dvd and formatting the target drive with the
Vista tools. NTFS was updated slightly from XP days.
 
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Guy Rouillier

Colin Barnhorst said:
Try booting with the Vista dvd and formatting the target drive with the
Vista tools. NTFS was updated slightly from XP days.

Hrm, that worked in that it let me install. Thanks. Now the problem
is that it made it's install partition the C: drive. But XP is
installed in the C: drive, and knows the Vista partition as the E:
drive. When I installed RC2 from VCD within XP to the same partition,
it let itself be known as the E: drive. How come it now wants to be
C:? This messes up a bunch of tools I have installed under XP on C:
that I'd like to use from both installations, like text editors (TSE
Pro) and news readers (FreeAgent). Ugh.
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Guy Rouillier
 
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Colin Barnhorst

Don't worry about it. Each OS has its own hardware enumeration. They don't
conflict because only one of them is valid at a time (whichever one is
running).
 
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Guy Rouillier

Colin Barnhorst said:
Don't worry about it. Each OS has its own hardware enumeration. They don't
conflict because only one of them is valid at a time (whichever one is
running).

Well, the problem is trying to run anything on the XP partition that
has recorded C: in some file somewhere - for example, a batch file
saying to run a command from c:\somedirectory\somecommand.exe. Since
the XP partition is D: while booted under Vista, those apps will
malfunction badly. What Vista should have done was to leave the XP
partition as C: and make itself E:.
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Guy Rouillier
 
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John Barnes

If it really bothers you or has meaning, you can reinstall Vista from within
XP and it will retain the XP drive lettering.
If you are trying to run programs that are installed in xp from the Vista
partition, why? Install and run them on Vista.
 
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Guy Rouillier

Some apps have a lot of data associated with them. Reinstalling them
all is a waste of time and resources.

I suppose the reinstall method is the only solution, though the reason
I resorted to a DVD is that installing from XP was not working. I'll
probably just leave it like it is, and if I decide to go with Vista,
I'll just install it over the top of XP.

Thanks.

John Barnes said:
If it really bothers you or has meaning, you can reinstall Vista from within
XP and it will retain the XP drive lettering.
If you are trying to run programs that are installed in xp from the Vista
partition, why? Install and run them on Vista.
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Guy Rouillier
 
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John Barnes

Good luck. None of my upgrades of XP ever resulted in a usable system. I
had to redo all with clean installs. Hope your apps will work.
Incidentally, you can share data across platforms after installing the
application. If the apps are hard coded to C you would have to do the
install from within XP to retain XP volume as C in Vista.
 

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