One HD with Vista keeps turning off the HD with XP Home. Tags: Hard Drives Windows Vista HD Windows XP Storage Last response: March 19, 2008 5:34 PM in Storage Share Dunkel March 18, 2008 9:15:42 PM I have searched everywhere and checked all connections. When I run the HD with Vista, the other HD with XP Home powers up and down every 45 seconds - 2 minutes. It's loud, it's annoying, and I need help. I had to unplug the HD to get some peace. It's not the power saving option in Vista. I turned that off. I checked all power and SATA connections. Is there something in BIOS that could be doing it, but only when I'm in Vista? The Vista drive doesn't turn on and off when I'm on the XP HD. That makes me think it's Vista. More about : vista turning home | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove johneng March 19, 2008 5:34:44 PM With dual boot systems you have to install XP first When You install Vista it writes files to the boot Drive (The XP Drive) SO I assume Vista is reading and writing to the boot drive Also if I am correct you cannot just format the Vista drive, XP won't boot as Vista has modified the XP install. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>One HD with Vista keeps turning off the HD with XP Home.> Related ressources: ForumVista is turning my HD on and off very frequently. Please help. ForumAcer aspire 5334 laptop screen keeps turning off . ForumCustom built computer keeps turning on and off !!!! ForumFirst build, keeping old HD w/ Vista home premium 32-bit OS ForumLabtop Keeps turning off itself when playing a game ForumeSATA HD randomly disconnects/disappears ForumComp keeps turning off while playing games ForumVista keeps restarting ForumLabtop Keeps turning off itself when playing a game ForumPalit HD 2600XT Sonic KEEPS CRASHING Forum[Solved]PC keeps turning on and off ForumHD 2900XT xfire up to 3x faster than 8800GTX sli under Vista ForumFormat HD , reinstall XP Home - no floppy drive ForumUSB hub keeps switching on and off ForumHD Radeon 7850 driver crashing and recovering ForumBRAND NEW PC keeps turning off ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumProblem with XP Hard Drive size counter Forumso very frustrated, samsung dvd drive and vista ForumHard drive keeps changing to pio mode More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !