Hard drives showing up as devices in new XP install

I've used XP for a long time. I switched to Vista and now decided to dual boot. I'm expecting to use majority of XP. Anyways, I installed XP on a single hard drive. I previously had it installed on my RAID 0 array where Vista is now installed. There reason I tell you this is because I have several questions. First, is there a large performance difference between XP on a RAID 0 partition (the raid 0 is made up of 2 raptors) and a single 16MB cache 250 GB WD hard drive? It's only been a week, but I'm noticing the XP install is acting up. Maybe it's just me.

Second question, when I boot somehow the computer thinks there are 2 XP installs on the computer and the menu with 2 XP installations comes up. I'm not sure which install to delete on the boot.ini tab in msconfig. I'm assuming the second one??

The last question: Everytime I boot into windows XP the XP install recognizes the hard drives and I get the "found new hardware wizard". I have several drives. The single non raid drives are installed themselves with no problem. The two hard drives that make up the raid array won't install. if I run the found new hardware wizard, it says it can't find a driver for the device and the the single RAID 0 drive doesn't show up the XP. I don't necessarily need it since Vista in installed on it, but it should show up right away so I don't have to go through the wizard each time i boot up. Also, the hard drives, even the one XP is installed on, show up in the "safely remove hardware" window if I open it. I noticed it when I was removing a jump drive. I've never seen this before and don't know how to fix it. Do I have to install drivers for hard drives. The hard drives are SATA.

I'm using a EVGA 680i mobo
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    I'm not sure which install to delete on the boot.ini tab in msconfig.
    I do believe the OS installs are listed starting with the most recent install down to the oldest.
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    Also, the hard drives, even the one XP is installed on, show up in the "safely remove hardware" window if I open it...I'm using a EVGA 680i mobo
    This really doesn't affect anything. Starting I think with their NF4 chipsets Nvidia gives the ability to hot-swap SATA drives. The only thing I would make sure of is in the device manager, under properties for each drive, just make sure it's set for "optimize for performance".
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    Everytime I boot into windows XP the XP install recognizes the hard drives and I get the "found new hardware wizard".
    I don't know if this will help, but do you happen to have any kind of card reader/external drive or those 12-in-1 media drives hooked up? In the past I've had a couple motherboards where if I booted up with some type of usb drive hooked up it would mess with the boot sequence and getting into Windows the new hardware wizard would pop up.
  2. Yes, I have been booting up with a USB jumpdrive plugged in the back. Maybe this is it??? I'll take it out and see what happens.

    Also, I forgot to mention the computer won't restart or shutdown. It hangs after I go to shutdown. The monitor turns off and everything, but the machine won't power down.
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