An alternative to this is simply to disconnect all drives except for the
intended installation drive. Perform the install and then reconnect any
additional drives. The problem is that any drive above the installation
drive that is formatted as a Logical drive has an 8MB Unallocated space
preceding the Allocated space. For some reason, the Vista Installation disk
will attempt to load the boot sequence into this unallocated space on first
and then finish on the desired drive. This results in a corrupted boot
sequence. The installation may, or may not actually take place on the
intended drive and may be found to boot correctly if booted from the DVD
drive instead of the Hard Drive once installation is complete.
For whatever reason, it does not do this on all platform configurations with
mixtures of SATA/PATA and IDE drives.
Unfortunately, no patch will fix the installation DVD.