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Question: Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

Here is a weird question; please help if you can:

I'm running XP on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. I have two 160 GB hard drives, each in caddies that remove/replace in seconds from the laptop. Shut the laptop down, flip a door open, slide out the HD, install the new, close the door, boot up again. Poof...done.

The computer has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6 ghz, 3.15 (actually 4 but the XP can't read it all) gB memory. It's got the guts needed.

I would like to purchase and install W7 Pro on one of the drives. I can as such 'ease' into familiarity with W7, experiment with compatibility with work software, but still have the full functionality of XP at hand with the other hard drive.

When/if it all works out, I can migrate data over as needed from the XP drive to the W7 drive with an external USB drive, and abandon XP.

Dual boot on one drive is not workable; the XP drive does not have the space to make that possible....I would be forever fooling around with space limitations. And, I have the extra drive/caddy already in hand (it's a spare for imaging from my backup in the event of a failure).

I'm very experienced with computers; typically people come to me for help.....but 7 is uncharted territory for me. I've given the process a lot of thought, and want to do it this way, so toward that end, your expertise on the following questions would be appreciated!

Here's the questions:

1. Will I have motherboard reporting issues when validating W7, since it is the same motherboard already registered and remaining active with XP?

2. Can I use the OEM W7 pro version, or should I buy the full install?

3. Would you recommend the 32 or 64 bit W7 version? I'm tempted to use 64, but
have some worries about backward compatibility with older software. Are my fears grounded in any reality?

Thanks a bunch for your help!

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Answer: Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

I'll answer as best i can here...

1) You should have zero issues here...MS would be more than happy to have as many installs out there as possible. Remember you are buying a 2nd OS to install on 1 machine...i can't see how this would upset them

2) The OEM version should be fine.

3) As far as this goes this i can only see being dependent on driver support since it's a laptop. If the drivers for your machine are available for 64bit by all means go for it...

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.

Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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If you're running an IDE hard-drive and upgrade your PC by adding a SATA hard-drive, you may want to load a fresh installation of Windows onto the SATA and then copy all your files from the old OS to the new.

I did this with the intention of formatting the IDE once all the files were copied. However, when I formatted the IDE, I wiped out all the boot files which were on the IDE, and the SATA would not boot.

In a previous thread entitled "Dual Hard Drives", pcaceit kindly helped by showing me how to copy the boot files from the IDE onto the SATA, and run various "fixmbr and fixboot" commands under XP CD Recovery Console. Once this was done, he suggested I delete the IDE partition to remove it's active status, then re-create it and format it. I did all this and it worked fine.

Then quite by accident I discovered a much quicker and easier way to do it. Once you have transferred all your files from the IDE to the SATA OS, simply delete the IDE partition. Windows XP then automatically creates new boot files in the SATA OS.

If you only format the IDE partition as opposed to deleting it, it still retains it's active status and the PC will still try to boot from it, but there are no boot files as they were lost when it was formatted.

I tried this on two PCs and it worked fine on both. One had an ASUS P5LD2 SE mobo and the other had an Intel D915GEV mobo. I can't guarantee this will work on all mobos, but it does seem to be... Read more

Answer:Dual Hard Drives - Shortcut to safely remove dual boot

Yes in all my posts on these subjects, I always state to remove the partition(s) and continue Windows setup

Unless of course one of the partitions is a recovery partition
You wouldn't want to delete that

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I?d like to set my Windows 8.1 computer for dual boot.I have 2 drives installed (Windows 8.1 & Vista Home), and I?d like to have the option of choosing which OS to boot with.Is that possible?Much thanks!Windows 8.1Intel® Core? i5-440CPU @ 3.10 GHz12gb RAM64-bit Operating System, x64-based processorIntel® 8 Series/C220 Chipset Family SATA AHCI ControllerSeagate ST2000DM001-1CH164 (Win8.1)Seagate ST3750528AS (Vista Home)

Answer:How to setup dual boot with dual hard-drives?

Your ONLY option is via the bios and setting which drive boots.Otherwise you have to reinstall the 2nd drives OS while the first drive is booting. Then you can do a multiboot.Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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After looking through several posts on this and other forums it seems that everybody that operates with two hard drives has they smaller drive as the master and the larger as the slave. Is there any reasoning behind this?I have two hard drives, but I have the larger as the master with three partitions separating the operating system (XP pro, Sp2 etc) from the installed program files and my files and folders (documents, media etc.), while using my smaller, slave as a backup for my files.Can anyone advise me which arrangement, if any, is better and why?Thanks

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

No, entirely up to you how you arrange them. Many people start off with just one drive then buy a larger drive at a later date. This will explain why the O/S is on the smaller of the two drives, but of course there will be other reasons as well.If I was to reformat a system with two drives, I think I would separate the smaller drive into two partitions, anything upto 10Gb for the operating system and drivers required for hardware then a similar or slightly larger partition for all the applications such as Office etc.Second or slave drive would be in two or three partitions, first one for a backup of everything on the C: drive then two partitions for all my data.There are no hard and fast rules for this and many members will have their own preference, some with the opinion that with modern machines and operating systems there is no need to partition a large drive and in fact better not to. You can also mix drives of different speeds on the same IDE channel and the IDE controller will let each drive run at its respective speed.So, some people will have their master hard drive and one optical drive on one channel then their second or slave drive on the other channel with another optical drive.

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

Answer:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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hi i am running vista home premium 64 bit and i would like to put windows 7 on . it is gonna be on a new hard drive since i'm getting one anyway. my question is after i have installed and formatted the new drive can i set in the bios to boot to that drive with the windows 7 dvd in the dvd drive? or something else. and when windows 7 goes to install i understand it will also by default name my new hard drive c .does this mean there will be 2 c drives or should i change the drive letter?

Answer:Dual boot on new hard drive

No your master drive (Win Vista) will still be drive C:.

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I have a friend who wants to setup his computer to be dual boot, but use 2 different hard drives (with Windows Vista on the primary drive and windows xp on the slave drive). With it setup like this, when he boots his system, will he get a screen that will ask which one he wants to boot to?

Answer:Can I have dual boot with an OS on one hard drive and the other on 2nd HD

NOTE: Check that Windows XP drivers for your system are available from the manufacturer of your system or from the motherboard manufacturer before attempting to install Windows XP. In particular, if you are using an SATA drive, make sure that you have Windows XP SATA Controller drivers available as they may be necessary for Windows XP setup to be able to "see" the partition on which you intend to install it. This is an important step especially with new Laptop and Notebook systems as well as OEM Desktop systems from manufacturers like Dell, HP and Gateway.

The fact that you do not have a bootable Windows Vista DVD with such systems, may also limit the ability to successfully create a dual boot with Windows XP.

The first thing one needs to do is to create a new partition on which to install Windows XP. This you can do by going to Computer>Right click>Manage>Disk Management.

Now right click on the blue primary hard drive at the bottom section of Disk Management and select "Shrink Volume". You can then choose how big the new partition that you want for Windows XP should be. It's suggested that you take into account that you may want to install programs a... Read more

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Hi All,

I currently have a system running XP with two IDE hard drives and 3 partitions.

I have taken Windows 7 as a chance to get myself some much needed extra space! and purchased a new 1tb SATA drive.

I really dont want to lose the exisitng data I have so my original plan was to take my main IDE harddrive with most of my data stick it in an external USB carrier and then start fresh in the system with the 1tb and Windows 7.

What would be cooler would be if I could add the 1tb to the exisiting system and install Windows 7 on that (ideally with that as C and either then have much quicker access to transfer data to the new drive or even dual boot with XP at first incase I have any issues with Windows 7. Can anyone advice me on how easy/risky this is? And what they would suggest to someone trying to maximise the uptime of their PC?


Answer:Dual Boot with New Hard Drive

Hello James and welcome to the SevenForums.

Adding an extra HD gives you a possibility to keep your XP system intact while adding the capacity to install Seven. I see no reason why you should remove your main HD and use it externally.

You should start by reading this excellent tutorial by one of our administrators Brink. It is as far as I know the best and most complete guide to create a dual boot XP / 7 system. Quite in the beginning of this tutorial you can find related links which together with the tutorial help you to setup your system as you like.

Good luck with setup!


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Just like the title says.. can I dual boot using an ext. Hard drive. I found an old 250gb phanton hd I've never used. Figured I could throw it in there. Would vista dual boot to that. Or no??

Answer:Dual Boot with ext. Hard Drive

Let me rephrase this.. can I dual boot with a External Hard Drive that uses USB..

I know as long as the PC see's the HD. I can Dual Boot. But I meant to ask if it was ok if that HD uses USB for the connection, or is USB not fast enough, compared to say SATA with an internal.

Thanks in Advanced.

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I have a Windows 7 Home Premium x64 desktop computer and an old Windows XP sp3 x32 desktop. The old hard drive is an N0804, 80GB, Seagate-Alpine. How do I reformat the old hard drive to use it as storage and place it into the new machine? I'm hoping someone can point me to the right tutorial.

Alternatively, I'm considering installing the old hard drive in my new machine and setting it up as a dual boot.

I see the forum has a tutorial on setting up a dual boot machine. I hate to ask what may seem to some to be terribly dumb questions. Nevertheless, I assume that both OSs have to be either x64 or x32--right? Or can I add a Windows XP x32 hard disk to my Windows 7 x64 box?


Answer:Add hard drive, storage or dual boot

1)Is your Old HD Sata or Pata?
2)If Pata has your mobo have Pata port?

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I have an external SATA drive that was installed on a laptop and used Win XP. I have a new laptop with Win Vista but the software I use for work will not function with Vista. Am I able to set up the laptop to boot into Win XP from the external drive, and how?
Thank you!

-need to get back to work!


Answer:Dual boot Win XP from external hard drive?

Hi there,It's possible , but not officially supported by Microsoft as it involves modifying the Windows XP install CD. Please do so at your own risk.Cheers,WalkerWindows Outreach Team

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I want to dual boot with Windows 7 and XP. I hear I need to partition my hard drive. This is new to me so I'm not quite sure whats going on. When I do this does it mean I also have to reformat my drive or lose information? Also any links or suggested methods of partitioning? Thank you.

Answer:Dual Boot/Hard Drive Partitioning

Okay well I guess I got the basic idea and materials... this is how I have it setup:-GParted is extracted to a USB flash drive waiting to be booted into...-Windows 7 installation will be extracted on my external USB Hard driveAll I'm wondering is once it's partitioned and I run the setup, how will it know where to install? How do I know it's not installing over XP? And also I'm still wondering a little if partitioning formats the drive?Thanx.

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ok, heres my problem. I have two hard drives installed on my computer. I cannot get it to boot with only one hard drive. Even though xp is fully functionaly on drive d it somehow needs drive c to boot. Is ti posiible for the operating sytem to boot from c and run on d? I have tried every combination of jumpers .. When i enter the bios it only has one option of booting from drive c.. Do i need to change the drive letters? Also i cannot format drice c.. Once again drive d is the primary drive which has the operating sytem that works. All i want to do is uninstall the second hard drive .. how do i fix this??

Answer:dual hard drive boot problem

Would help a LOT if you said what TYPE of DRIVES hooked up HOW to What!


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I have Win 98sd and want to put XP on another hard drive and need to choose which drive to use.I am only thinking about this at the moment. I have Boot Magic V5 does anyone know whether it would work? as there does'nt seem to be any provision for XP.

Answer:Dual boot win98sd & XP on hard drive each

You would not need boot magic; if you install 98 first (it wants (needs ?) to be on C drive) then do a custom install of XP and it will install its own boot manager.

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I am in a dual boot system with Win7 on 1st HD and Win Xp on my 2nd HD.

I want to remove the HD with just XP on it from the system and only have the HD with Win 7. When i tried removing the xp HD i could not boot back into win7.

How do i boot back into win 7, will it be a repair install?

I am prepared to lose all the stuff on the drive if worst comes to worst but if there is a way to keep the stuff it would be great


Answer:Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

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Fscapture free download

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I have a dual boot system with an OS on two separate hard drives. XP came originally on the computer and thanks to this forum I was able to install Win 7 on a second HD and run a problem free dual boot for a while now.

The problem now is that my second hard drive with Win 7 is starting to fail and I need to replace it. I?ve tried searching all through this forum and other sites but can?t find the steps to do this right. Everywhere I?ve looked it has been, ?Removing XP from a two hard drive dual boot? or ?Removing 7 from a partitioned dual boot.? I?m hoping I can get the help I need from here.

I want to remove 7 from my dual boot so that the XP hard drive is the only one the computer recognizes and is booting up from (The same way the computer worked before I created my dual boot). I then plan to install a new second hard drive and follow the original steps to recreate my dual boot setup.

I appreciate any help I can get.

Answer:How do I remove Win 7 from a two hard drive dual boot with XP

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition. We will make sure XP is bootable on its own or show you how to make it so, so that you can unplug Win7 HD confidently.

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Hi, i just bought a laptop with win7 home premium 64 bit and I want to dual boot it with win7 32 bit..Can you teach me how to dual boot with external hard drive?

Second, any external hard drives will do?

Answer:dual boot with external hard drive

You cannot install Windows to a USB device.

To Dual Boot follow the same steps given here, making sure to boot the installer as it will not run from another bit-version: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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I just got my xp/vista dualboot machine back up. I want to put in a second hd.
will both vista and xp both be able to properly use the drive? It woudnt be locked to vista or xp?
I will be using it only for data storage or a working folder for video conversion. No games or program installs.
Thanks! for any advice

E1200 celeron Dual core
Gigabyte GA 945 GCM -s2c
2gig DDR2
WD 320 XP/Vista Dual boot SATA 2 HD
Athena 400 watt MATX psu
samsung 16 x PATA DVD burner

Answer:second hard drive in dual boot system

Format it to NTFS and it should automatically show up on both OS installations

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A friend has XP on his new pc but does not get on with it and wants to go back to 98se.Is it possible to partition his 40gb hard drive to say a 10 and a 30 gb each and install 98se onto the 30 gb partition then put all programmes etc onto that.Would XP and all his other files etc on the 10 gb partition just sit there and do nothing and could they be copy and pasted to the bigger partition if neededLastly how would the pc boot up into 98se and not XPHe's got a copy of 98se on cd from his old pc.I have a copy of 'Partition commander 6' from pc plus magazineCan this be it fairly easy...what do we need to watch out for if we tried it ..??Thank you....!!! ; ))

Answer:Partition hard drive for dual boot

This link should get you started. click here;en-us;q306559

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I am currently dual booting vista with ubuntu, I pick whichever to boot via the grub menu.Currently my ubuntu partition is not working after I tried to configure the ATI Radeon drivers. I've posted questions on various linux forums but have not had an answer that has helped me fix it.I want to "delete" the linux partition and reclaim it for windows and then "virtual PC" Linux in future.Can I use a partition manager to extend the windows partition over the linux one? What would happen to the grub menu? Would it go back to a normal windows boot?I'd appreciate any help.

Answer:Repartitioning Hard drive after dual boot

If you still have a valid windows partition, then it might be an idea to reclaim your linux space by using a tool such as:click hereIt's free, and you can reclaim the corrupt partion on your \hdd.Bear in mind that you will lose your dual boot linux ability, although you can reinstall this after saving all crtical data

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Some of my older applications do not support this platform. My processor does not support Window Virtual PC and Windows XP mode so I was hoping to add XP as a dual boot. Is it possible to boot XP from an external harddrive or USB instead of having to partition the internal hard drive. Or do you have any suggestions on how I can load XP after Windows 7 is already loaded. Thanks for any help or advice.

Answer:Dual Boot with External hard drive or USB

Hey Rockhead, Welcome!

Try reading this tutorial.

Hope this helps,

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Answer:Partitioning the hard drive for Dual-Boot

What would be the best way to partition the hard disk so that I could run both Windows Me and Xp on my system.The Hard drive will be clean so I need the step by step aproach.

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To allow discussions on the development of the windows OS over the years I wonder if it is possible to create a dual [or even triple] boot system using an external hard drive.We have win95b , 98 and ME disks and all PCs to which this question applies are running xpHome.If it is possible then could someone point me towards an "idiots guide" to setting it up?Thanks in - I won't be able to return to this thread until late this afternoon.

Answer:Dual Boot using External Hard Drive.

Very difficult to put 98 after XPDrive C: must be FAT32 to be able to install Windows 98 after XP is already installed. The 98/Me installation routine cannot write to an NTFS partition.You must have a second hard disk or partition formatted for FAT32 in order to be able to install Windows 98/Me, installing 98/Me to the same partition as Windows XP is Not recommended!Use a Windows 98 Startup disk for this procedure. You should ensure that DEBUG.EXE is on your Startup disk. On a 98 Startup disk, created from Add/Remove Programs, its in the EBD.CAB file on the Startup disk. For a 98 Startup disk created from FAT32EBD.EXE its on the floppy.1. Use a Win98 Startup disk (with CD support) to boot your computer.2. Insert your Win98 CD into the CD Rom drive.3. At the A: prompt type X:\Win98\Setup.exe where X: is your CD-ROM drive.4. Proceed with the install. When prompted for the install location, you'll see C:\Windows.000. Choose Other directory and change this to the drive you wish to install 98 to and name the folder Windows (or something else if you prefer).5. Complete the Win98 install. Allow the computer to boot into Win98.Repair the Windows XP Boot Loader1. Create a Win98 Startup Disk2. Create a Notepad file with the following entries, exactly as shown:L 100 2 0 1N C:\BOOTSECT.DOSR BX0R CX200WQ3. Save the file to the Win98 Startup Disk as READ.SCR4. Boot the computer with the Win98 Startup Disk and at the A: prompt typeDEBUG <READ.SCRSteps 1 - 4 create the BOOTSECT.DOS file n... Read more

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My SSD crashed, with the boot program on it. Can I get my HDD to boot  the comp? It's not partitioned for it. I have a 32 gb 3.0 flash drive. Running 8.1. Already tried to recover, and restore the ssd, partition isn't there. I think it's toast. 

Answer:Dual Hard Drives, SSD (Only boot Drive) Crashed, Can I get HDD to boot?

A couple more details. I'm hearing a beeping sound when I power up now. The ssd isn't even recognized when I scan the comp. If I use this comp, also a dell, and running 8.1 to load my flash drive with 8.1, will it boot my laptop, then can I set up my hdd to boot?

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After struggling with a problem at my office for a while, a helpful member of these forums managed to sort it in a few minutes so I'm back for some advice on my home rig!

My home rig is basically split between work use and recreational use. Currently I have an OS drive with a couple of storage drives - all mechanical SATA drives. I decided that I was going to get myself an SSD and use that with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (Home Premium) as a gaming install. I need to leave my current Vista install intact because it has a number of programs set-up for my work and will continue to handle this side of things.

I was aware of multiboot setups, though I have never done one before, and as such have read a number of threads on the subject, including the great series of guides by Brink found on this site. At the moment I'm thinking of keeping the installs seperate, not technically a dual-boot I suppose, by removing all the other drives whilst I install Windows 7 to the SSD. Choosing the OS will then I believe be a process done within the BIOS by selecting the drive boot order.

I came across this mentioned in one thread:

"Use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger the HD not set to boot first"

I think this means a key for choosing the boot order? I have an Asus X38 motherboard (Asus Maximus Formula) with an AMI bios and I can't seem to find anything at POST or in the documentation that suggests a key to get a boot sequence s... Read more

Answer:Dual boot / Dual Drive queries

Hello qwikpix, welcome to Seven Forums!

The BIOS hot-key to trigger the ASUS one-time boot menu is the F8 key at PC startup.

Both Vista and Windows 7 will use the C: drive letter while booted to each respectively and "the other" OS will have the next available drive letter in the booted OS.

The other partitions will have different drive letters between the 2 OS but you can reassign the letters as long as that won't break any installed prog/app associations by doing so.

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As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable boot sector, or is that even the problem?

Answer:How do I keep Win 7, Dump XP from dual drive, dual boot

Quote: Originally Posted by maxit

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable bo... Read more

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I have a computer with a dual boot system. I have Win ME on the C: drive and XP on the D: drive. I want to remove the smaller of the drives containing Win ME and just run Win XP from the larger D: drive (which would obviously become the C: drive) but when I remove the smaller drive and reboot I get an error saying NTLDR is missing. I searched on another computer running Win XP and it is in the folder I386 so I copied the whole of this folder to D: and removed the small C: drive again but still get the same error. How can I get the drive with XP on it to be the sole drive and get windows to load without errors??

Answer:Remove hard drive from dual boot system

In your dual boot, all the boot files are on C. D has no boot files. If you don't mind the drive letter changes, try the following.Your hdd where XP is installed needs 3 files: ntldr, and boot.iniNtldr and are in the i386 folder on the XP CD. They are also on the ME partition.Reinsert your ME hdd and boot into XP.Copy the 2 files from the CD or from C drive to the current D drive (so that they become d:\ntldr, d:\ntdetectcom) - copy, not move the files.The boot.ini file, you can either use XP's Recovery Console (bootcfg command) or do it manually using Notepad.First have a look at the existing c:\boot.ini file. click Start, Run, type c:\boot.ini and press Enter. Just have a look at the format of the text file. Don't change this file. Close this file.In Notepad, create a new file by typing:[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetectSave it as d:\boot.ini (DO NOT overwrite c:\boot.ini).Click Start, Run, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.Right click your XP partition and see if there is an option to mark partition as active. If so, select it. I suspect it's greyed out, that's OK.Turn off computer. Disconnect ME hdd. Set XP hdd as master. Restart to see if it will load XP.If it doesn't load XP, post back error message.But in the meantime, you can insert XP CD and restart from CD. Press R for Recovery Console, press ... Read more

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I currently have a 2 HDs in my machine (10 gig and a 60 gig), as well as my DVD Rom and DVD burner. I recently bought a 250 gig HD and wish to replace my 10 gig HD.

1st Problem:
My current OS (Win XP), and most of my applications are installed on the 10 gig. I'd like to not have to rebuild the entire drive, because reinstalling all of the software would be a big pain. it would be best if i could find a way to move the data, including installed programs onto a partition on the new drive. I do have norton ghost as part of systemworks, and think i can use this and/or the transfer file wizard in XP, but have no idea where to start.

2nd problem:
I'd like to have a dual boot win 98/xp because some of my older games will not run on XP. My thinking is to partition the 250 to at least 2 parts. (one for OS/apps and the other for data; then use the 60 gig for 98, and it's apps. Are there apps that i can install that will allow the win 95/98 programs to run in XP? should i do the dual boot? How do i do the dual boot? Anyone have recommendations for partition sizes?

Any suggestions?


Answer:Installing a new Hard Drive and setting up dual boot 98/xp

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Answer:extra hard drive/dual boot setup

I am thinkink of adding another hard drive to my comp so I can use 2 op systems (Win2Kpro/XPpro)(I can run them both on single drive, but when I install XP service pack 1 it wipes the boot files for Win2k) and was wondering how the boot setup would work with this? would windows sort it out or would I have to use bootmagic/partition magic or something? Also if I get a 7200 drive will my old 40gb drive slow it down? (how do I check speed of old drive?)

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I am trying to add a third hard drive to a system that dual boots win98 and 2kpro. 98 boots off of the 60gb IDE drive (full specs bellow) which is the master on IDE 1. 2000 boots off of a 37gb WD Raptor. Everything is cool until I try to add the 250gb IDE drive on the as a slave to the 60gb drive.

The error message I get when trying to boot 2000 is ".....couldn't start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.

The error message leads me to believe that bios is looking at the 250gb hard drive to find windows system files and not finding them. I've tried swithing the boot order in bios so that HDD 0 (the 60gb win98 disk) is first and SCSI (the win2k raptor) is second. I also tried disabling other boot devices and various other permutations, to no avail. Is it not possible to have the 250gb NTFS storage disk on the same IDE as the FAT32 disk?

I've run out of ideas. Finally, system specs:

mobo: Abit NF7-S
OS: win 98 SE and Win 2kPro
hard drives: a) Seagate barracuda IV 60gb 7200rpm IDE
b) Western Digital Raptor 37gb SATA
c) Western Digital Caviar 250gb IDE

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I have a new machine with 64 bit windows 7 and is running just fine. Another machine is running windows xp pro 32 bit and I want to take it's C: drive with xp running and stick it into my new machine and use it for a dual boot drive without messing up the register.
I have several apps running on that machine that would like to keep running just as they are but under the cover of the new machine.

Both machines are sata drives. I can put the old C: drive into the bay on the new box but obviously can't run the XP apps that I want to run.

I also do not want to mess up my nice new windows 7 OS. Are any of the tutorials addressing this where the XP OS is already installed?

Answer:want to dual boot with a xp system hard drive from another machine


You probably will have issues with drivers, moving a hard drive from one machine to another. I have to recommend a clean install of XP.

Check out this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You may try adding the XP boot entry into 7's boot loader using EasyBCD 2.0: Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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I have a Dell Inspiron 531S PC. It came with a new serial ATA hard drive. My previous PC is a Dell which came with an 80GB Seagate Barracuda ATA IV hard drive. I would like to connect the Barracuda ATA hard drive as a secondary hard drive to the new serial ATA hard drive. I noticed that the new serial ATA hard drive has newer, different connections connecting it to the power source and motherboard than the older Barracuda ATA hard drive requires. I would like to install Windows XP on the secondary hard drive in order to dual boot XP and Vista.

Is it possible to still connect the older hard drive to the new PC or is it not possible?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:connect secondary hard drive to new pc for dual boot

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Hey guys,

I apologize in advance if this question has already been raised. I currently have windows 7 64-bit installed. I want to install windows 8 on a 4TB hard drive and run dual boot.

1) Do I simply install the 4TB hard drive and windows 8? I have a 990 FXA-UD3 revision 1 motherboard.
2) Also, when running a dual boot, is it safe to hide all the hard drives (through admin tools) associated with windows 7 when booting into windows 8 and vice versa?
3) Are there any applications that will make managing a dual boot system easier?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dual Boot - Installing Windows 8 on 4TB Hard Drive

1) Should be as simple as putting the 4TB drive in there then booting from the install DVD and selecting the new drive to install the second OS to. The installation should automatically re-write the bootloader, at least it usually does.

2) Yes you can hide your drives, they're still physically seen, just not logically. Unless you actually disable them.

3) Besides Virtualization, not that I'm familiar with. Dual Booting is an ancient way of running multiple operating systems that has been loathed as far as I can remember. The ease of screwing things up or causing your more headaches if you decide you don't want to dual boot anymore, can be annoying to say the least. This is why people choose a solid OS first then just virtualize everything else they need. With multiple cores and massive memory densities this is relatively trivial for most cases.

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Hi can anyone advice me on how to Partition my hard drive for dual boot, I was thinking to have 3 partitions one for windows xp, one for window vista, and one for holding all the other programs and data. Has anyone done this before because i am told that if you have the operating system in it own partition it works faster?

Answer:Solved: Partitioning the hard drive for dual boot

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I downloaded W8 over W7 and am very unhappy with it. I then partitioned my
drive and loaded vista on the second partition. I tried using microsoft directions
for reformatting the W8 side. When I tried to format it I got the message
"Windows was unable to complete the format" I am trying to clean this partition
so I can reload my Vista and W 7 upgrade again. Any ideas?


Answer:remove one side of a dual boot hard drive

Post a screenshot of Disk Management so we can see what is going on with your existing partitions. I'm unclear on whether you have 1, 2, or 3 operating systems.

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I am purchasing a new hard drive and I want to create a dual boot win xp and linux on. Should I install win xp on it first or linux? Basically, what steps do I need to take to do this. Thanks in advance

Answer:Making dual boot from a clean hard drive

It is best to install XP first. Leave enough unformatted disk space for your linux partition/swap partition.

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I have a dual boot system with Win 98SE install on 20m hard drive (C. and have a second hard drive (D with Win XP SP2 installed.
My quest is I want to remove the win 98 HD and reconfigure the second HD to C:. After going through the forum for a while reading similar threads on reconfiguring dual boots, I have sort of put together a plan to accomplish this and I desperately need to have someone confirm that I’m on the right track. Don’t want to have to reinstall everything again, been there and done that.
It has been a while since I set this machine up and assuming that C: was set up as master drive and D: as slave, I can remove the C hard drive, reset the XP hard drive to Master and boot up with XP CD. Then use fdisk /MBR to repair master boot drive.
Am I missing anything, if so how much?

Answer:Reconfigure Dual boot - remove C hard drive

Sounds right, sort of. Be sure you use fixboot D: (or whatever drive letter is assigned by the Recovery Console. Use "map" to be sure.). Your drive letter must remain D:.

fdisk is a DOS tool, so use the Recovery Console and the XP tools.

If necessary, use fixmbr from the RC, too.

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hey i have recently dual booted vista on the same hard drive as a fresh xp install partitioning the drive 50/50 to start with.
i am using the vista boot manager editing it with eacy BCD.

my problem is that when i switch back from xp to vista my second hard drive i use for storing files on cannot be seen by vista untill i reboot from vist back into vista. any help woudl be greatly apreciated thanks, Tom

Answer:xp/vista dual boot hard drive not showing up

Are you saying that when you run XP, restart, and then choose Vista and boot it up, that the second drive is not seen by Vista? How about going the other way?

What kind of drive?

How about when you shut down from XP and then start up, choosing Vista?

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hi there does anyone know if I can install vista 2 an external usb2 hard drive,(I have xp on my c drive) or will I have to partiti on my c drive

Answer:dual boot xp vista usb2 hard drive?

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I was wondering if i would be able to upgrade the hard drive in this laptop and if so, is this specific hard drive compatible:  Also, i've had a few friends that ran into some trouble when setting up a linux partition.  Are there any drivers that i need to install for ubuntu or mint??

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I am going to buy a new Win8 PC and will want to dual boot it with Win7.

Since I already have all my Win7 files and applications on a separate hard drive, can I simply physically add that drive back into the new PC and have Win8 recognize that there is a second OS and create the dual boot?

I know I can install Win7 as a dual boot but would like to avoid having to re-install all of my applications etc since they are all self-contained on their own drive.

Is there an easy way to get the Win8 PC to recognize and set up a dual boot simply by adding the old drive to the new system?


Answer:Solved: Dual boot win 8 by adding a Win7 hard drive?

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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?


Answer:How Do I install a Dual Boot XP to a Single Win98 Hard Drive

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Alright guys here's my question:

I am running a Vista Premium laptop and I would like to boot XP Pro from an external USB hard drive. This is a very important problem as I'm having compatibility issues with some of my programs.

I cannot partition my hard drive because the last time I tried it damaged essential system files and I had to reformat. I will not risk going through that process again. Besides, I'm already running low on space spending 10gigs on XP files won't help.
Any thoughts on how to do this?

Answer:Dual boot XP on a Vista computer using an External hard drive.

You can NOT run and Windows OS from a USB external drive.

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How to dual-boot Microsoft Windows XP and Sun Solaris 10 on same hard drive but separate partitions?

I am running MS Windows XP Pro on my PC. When I first installed the OS, I made 3 partitions:
1.) the OS plus applications
2.) data files (.mp3, .doc, .wmv, .jpg, etc.)
3.) 10 GB unallocated space for future use

I reserved that 3rd partition for an alternative OS. I finally got around to downloading and burning Sun Solaris 10 onto a DVD. I threw the DVD into the drive and restarted my computer and I went through the steps to install Solaris 10 in that 10 GB partition. (I was careful to not use the other 2 partitions). Everything looks like it went well.

I then rebooted the PC. I was expecting to see a list of options upon boot up asking me which OS I want to load. However, it went straight into Windows XP. Once I got into Windows, I confirmed that System startup (right click "My Computer", select "Advanced" tab, then select "Settings" under "Startup and Recovery" says:
"Microsoft Windows XP Professional /noexecute=optino /fastdetect

Also, the "Time to display list of operating systems:" and "Time to display recovery options when needed:" were both set to 30 seconds (which I then changed to 10 sec.).

Do I need to edit the startup options (which sounds risky) so that it forces my PC to list both OSs upon boot-up? What else would you suggest? I would like it to default to Windows if I don't choose from the ... Read more

Answer:How to dual-boot Microsoft Windows XP and Sun Solaris 10 on same hard drive?

You need a boot loader in you MBR. this will allow you to select the OS you want, and default to one or the other if no sleection is mad in "x" amount of time. I am not familiar with Solaris, so I do not know if it comes with a boot loader that you can choose to install when you install Solaris.

You can use software such as bootmagic to edit you MBR after the fact.

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I am having problems loading linux onto my computer for school... Wouldnt you know that its final week and my other computer that had unix loaded on it died and now I am trying to install unix on my Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook computer. When I start the process it tells me that that it doesnt recognize any hard drives on my computer and ask to find it... When I try to find the computer it just pulls up items on COM Port 3. I have no idea what is going on and how to fix it. Please help!


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Hello there!

I am trying to dual boot Windows 8 release preview along side my present Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I understand that windows 7 only lets four partitions at once. My PC came in with four partitions, namely:


So when I try to shrink the space in the C drive and go through the new simple volume wizard in the Disk Management, a message comes up saying the disk will be converted to dynamic if I proceed. I was a little confused and stopped there. I read a few threads online and downloaded the minitool partition wizard but I am really lost as to what to do. To summarize it all up, I am trying to dual boot windows 8 release preview but I have four partitions already so is there anyway I can delete one of them or create an extended partition? I also included screenshots of my partitions. Please help! Thank you in advance.

Answer:Hard drive partition problem in Windows 7 on a HP laptop for dual boot

You don't need the HP Tools partition, delete it and then shrink C to create unallocated space to create a new partition, then, when u install 8, use the setup.exe in the Sources folder, this allows for a custom install where u designate the partition. ...and welcome to the forum sneakymode!

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I am at the point of buying a new hard drive for an old computer. I've been told that it is possible to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu with a 80GB hard drive, but 120 GB would be preferred. I can get an 100GB (PATA/IDE) hard drive at a reasonable price. I just use simple email (not Outlook), internet browsing, MS Word, PDF documents. No games, no photography, no CAD/CAM or other activities that require a lot of space.

QUESTION: Is a 100GB enough hard drive space to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu?

Thank you,

C. (Bob)

Answer:Is 100GB hard drive enough space to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu?


Eighty gigabytes should be fine. Forty can be accomplished. A full Windows XP installation should be less than 20GB and can be slimmed down greatly. Ubuntu's requirements state 5GB. I wouldn't recommend purchasing a larger drive without need for multiple software installations.


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I had a dual boot system on my 2 hard drives, i had windows xp pro sp3 on the first drive and windows 7 32 sp1 bit on the 2nd hard drive. The 1st hard drive gave problems and i was forced to reinstall windows so i lost the dual boot mgr. What files do i need to copy to the 2nd hard drive so i can boot from it? It keeps asking for ntldr although it's a windows 7 32 bit, not xp. It's a dual core pc with 1 gig ram. I can't seem to find any info on the internet, the closest i found was editing the bcd or bootcfg I think it's called. Anyone know what to do? Thank you.

Answer:dual boot mgr gone, need to boot from 2nd hard drive

Does noone have an answer or idea?   

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I installed Ubuntu on a older Toshiba laptop. When I boot up it asks me to select either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. I want to get rid of the Ubuntu disk partition and give that 2.9 GB space to my primary hard drive. I go into compmgmt.msc but I can't execute any commands on that disk partition. Any ideas?

Answer:delete dual boot Ubuntu partition and convert to primary hard drive c:

So you wanna get rid of ubuntu totally?
first tap F8 multiple times to enter recovery environment
select "command prompt"
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

-now the default MBR has been restored (don't know if ubuntu did change that)

list disk
sel disk 0 (or 1 or 2)
list part (note the number of ubuntu partition)
sel part X (if X is number of ubuntu partition. be very sure to select right partition!!!)
delete part

try to boot. post output of "disk management" afterwards

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I installed Vista on a entirely separate hard drive because I did not want the Vista bootloader on my XP drive, or any mingling of the OSes at all. To remind everyone, to do this right, you must have already installed Vista with your Vista drive as your system drive - that is, you installed Vista with your BIOS boot order and bootable device set so the Vista drive is FIRST. If you haven't done this, as you probably know, Vista has already installed its bootloader files on your XP drive, and you will have a heck of a time changing back (fixing the bootloader is easy, but you can't easily remove the hidden "boot" folder or "bootmgr" program - they are protected, even in XP and DOS mode.) It is possible to recover from this situation, but that's another topic. (Here's one hint: if you install Vista, the fail-safe thing to do without touching the BIOS is to simply physically unplug all your other hard drives.)

Fine, but switching the boot order in BIOS (I can just hit F8 to get a list of devices to boot from but I miss it all the time) is annoying. Here's how to get your XP to boot from your Vista drive, insuring no Vista files and no bootloader are on your XP disk.

1) In BIOS, set your Vista drive as the boot drive. You should also have a list of bootable drives in BIOS under your boot menu that is not the boot order. This screen determines which hard drives will appear in the actual boot order settings (on my mobo, you have a maxi... Read more

Answer:[GUIDE] Dual-Boot Vista on Separate Hard Drive WITHOUT Touching your XP Installation

No offense, but I think it's ridiculous when people say "I don't want the Vista bootloader to touch my system" or any comments like it, but then they go and use some third party bootloader like VistaBootPro and trust it with their systems. Pretty sure the Vista bootloader is the best possible one you're going to find presently for Vista, bar none.

I wouldn't trust third party bootloaders if you paid me: VistaBootPro, GRUB, LILO, etc, no way in hell.

That procedure you just mentioned is awfully complicated, frought with possible things that could pooch an entire system, installing Vista more than is necessary, and other haphazard things that I would never recommend.

Install XP, install Vista, you're done. How tough is that?

If anyone finds the "guide" useful, more power to 'em, I guess. I'm just saying it seems a bit of long path to do something that is pretty simple to do in the first place. The "I don't want the Vista bootloader to touch my system" comes across as paranoia to many people, and that's not a good thing to spread around right now with Vista being just launched.

As always, YMMV, and these are my opinions and mine alone.

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Ok I have read the tutorial.
This is my first post..HI
I have Win XP 32 bit on my old drive. I buy Win 7 full retail and a new HD. I set bios to boot from cd etc. Win 7 starts up. It shows the 2 drives, so I select new problems. It starts install. I leave it to do its stuff.When I come back its up and all ok.I dint get any option to boot from XP. The drive was listed as "SYSTEM" but not old Windows or anything.
Also ASUS chipset drivers dont work and they were listed as 7 drivers.I tried Vista drivers but it normally shuts down and restarts. Nothing. Took only a second and screen pops up asking if it worked? how do I know lol

Answer:dual boot dual drive


Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

If you remove your new drive will XP boot?

Check the tutorial you may have missed a step.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I'm trying to dual boot 2 different installs of xp pro from 2 drives using the Windows boot loader. I've edited the boot.ini every possible way I can think of, but nothing works.
I've done this plenty of times using a linux boot loader or dual booting from a single drive but I cant figure this out. I haven't been able to find any reference to this subject anywhere, but I think it would work. Anybody have a clue as to how to do this? I know I can use a different boot manager to accomplish this, I just wanted to make the Win boot.ini work.
Or, does anybody know of a good boot manager if I cant make this work?

Answer:Dual Boot, Dual Drive

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My computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on an SSD. It's that free Windows 8DL MS offered before Windows 8 was released. My son did the 8.1 upgrade. This is the boot drive.

The second OS is Windows 7 Ult. x64 on an HHD.

Until last week, the SSD had Windows 7, and 8 was on the HDD. The SSD is the primary boot drive, and the default OS.

RIGHT before I did the swap, The boot menu came up in GUI, thought it was nicer than the text one.

The boot drive followed Windows 8. [Was the HDD, now the SSD]

After the swap, I'm back to a text based menu.

After a search without results, I sent a message to Brink who very quickly pointed me to the link I wanted. [This one: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 ]

I was so happy to see that in the first picture of the command prompt, my "default" and my "identifier" was the same as in the picture, but the "description" was different. My logic told me that the desc was not as important, so I did a copy/paste of the command from Brink's post to turn on the GUI, and rebooted to find a text based boot manager.

Answer:Dual drive, dual OS Boot, not GUI boot menu.

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

Answer:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

Answer:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Here is my situation. I have 2 hard drives. C:, which is where I have Windows XP installed and D:, where I have various music, movies and games installed. Basically D: is my storage drive.

I decided to set up a dual boot configuration with Windows XP and Vista Ultimate. As I said Windows XP was already installed on C:. I used partition magic to reduce C:'s size so I would have enough space to create a new partition on the XP drive for Vista. I created it and installed Vista fine and now I can choose whether I load XP or Vista on startup.

Vista seems to be running fine however when I open explorer I encounter a problem. C:, which in Vista is the main partition displays and can be accessed fine. D:, which is the main partition for XP (and is displayed as C: when booting in XP) displays and can be accessed fine. E:, which is the storage drive I mentioned (displayed as D: when booting in XP) earlier is named Access Denied in Vista. When I click on it in explorer it says Access Denied. When in XP all drives and partitions display and can be accessed fine. When in Vista, all drives and partitions except E: (D: when in XP) display and can be accessed fine.

I have read in some forums that I should "take ownership" of E: (in Vista) and that will allow me access. As I understand it this would then deny me access to it while in XP and that is obviously not good because the reason I chose to dual boot is so I can access everything from both operating systems.

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Answer:Hard drive "Access Denied" in Vista with dual boot configuration

Wow...just wow. Disabled User Account Control and everything works fine. What an awesome "feature."

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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

Answer:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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OTG is not supported in my lumia 535 dual sim hand set, what about this hybrid dual pen drive will support ????

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I want to install both Win98Se and Win ME on the same HDD but I am really finding it impossible to do this...once I install 98SE and I want ME to be installed but it keeps telling me it cant install as there is another OS on the HDD already...the disk has been partitioned and both partitions have been formatted...does anyone know a way around this and also when both are finally installed how can I dual boot from one to the other? thanks...

Answer:Win98SE/WinMe dual install/dual boot

You need to use a boot manager.Many are available from downloads - click here but if you have Partition Magic, Boot Magic, it's associated application works well and is fully documented.

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So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

Answer:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

Answer:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?



Answer:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Carsomyr said:

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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ok basically here goes - I have Win7 on primary hard drive, I purchased a new hard drive same exact one and installed win XP on it, went through this whole ordeal trying to restore the MBR for Win7 and being able to dual boot the system. I finally was able to restore win7 MBR to get back in, trouble is now in win7 it is not showing the second hard drive only the unpartitioned portion. Please help me! I want to be able to dual boot my XP (secondary HDD) with my Win7 (Primary HDD)
NOTE: Easy BCD when booting into winxp errors out and is unable to run due to MBR error (Tried reinstalling xp to no avail) EASY BCD does not detect the secondary HDD either
NOTE: Please help! Good karma goes to those who help someone in need

Answer:Dual booting dual hard drives help!

I think it has to be on the same physical drive for EasyBCD to work.

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I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

Answer:Convert dual installation into dual boot?

Originally Posted by shmu

I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

I'm impressed you were able to clone onto an SSD. I can't seem to get my friends SSD drive to even be recognized at boot. Here's the link to our porblem: Install Windows 8 on SSD
Now to yours; I'm sure there is a way to do what you hope to achieve, but wonder if you've considered a Linux install to dual boot to, say Limux Mint16; just a thought.

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I have Vista Home Premium x32 on HDD0 and am installing Windows 7 x64 on HDD1-- to end up with a Dual Boot configuration.

In my research I've found that some advise to disconnect HDD0 while installing Windows 7 on HDD1, and then reconnecting.

I have 2 questions:

1. What are the benefits of disconnecting vs not disconnecting first HDD while installing on second HDD? Which strategy is safest?

2. If a disconnect install is the best way to go, when I reconnect HDD0, will Drive C be re-assigned to the Windows 7 installation on HDD1? If so, will that impact the Vista installation finding files formally mapped to C drive.

Note: On my HDD0, I have 3 partitions: C: Vista installation; D: Special documents; E: main Documents directory, Contacts, Favorites, Music, Videos


Answer:Dual Boot, Dual HDD Installation Question

Hello aaron1948 and welcome to the forum

May I ask why you are dual booting those two? Usually people dual boot Windows with Linux. Windows 7 is the better OS of the two you want to dual boot, so I am wondering what makes you want to keep Vista

How big is your hard drive? It would be much easier to partition your hard drive and install an OS on each partition. This is far easier to configure and I would highly recommend doing this - if you have the disk space

This tutorial covers both options (same hard drive and different hard drives) and is written by our very own Brink:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Forums


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If everything goes well I'll be building my first gaming desktop later this year.
One of the scenarios I'm considering is having 4 hard disks and two OSs,
a1, a2, b1, b2
the a disks would be 128 SSDs each with its copy of Win7,
the b disks would be 1 TB HDDs with data.

I want a1 (when I boot with it) to recognize only b1, the same with a2/b2.
In sum, I want one of the data disks not to be seen/accessed by the "other" OS.

Is this possible, and if yes how?


Answer:Windows 7 dual boot dual disks

Just remove the unwanted drive letters in Disk Mgmt and it will not be seen in Explorer.
During install of each OS, unplug all other drives. Set preferred OS to boot first in BIOS setup, then trigger the other OS SSD using BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key.
If this isn't to your liking install EasyBCD to add the secondary OS to a Windows Boot Menu. This way the drives will still be independently bootable to come and go as you please. They would not if you leave the other one plugged in during install.

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can I dual boot my pc with windows 7 and windows 10 please?

Answer:dual booting. Can I dual boot my PC to start with

Yes and click here to see how to do it

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My intention is to setup a dual boot system for a person who knows very little about computers. The problem with conventional methods such as grub is that from my understanding, one of the hard drives must be modified in order for it to work.

This is a problem for me because if he hard drive with grub or a similar program fails, the second hard drive will not be able to boot properly.

Ideally, I would like something that can be run off of a flash or floppy drive, which gives the option of which hard drive to boot up. Again, I don't want anything to be changed with either hard drive. If grub can be run off of a floppy or flash and control two sata hard drives I think that will work for me.

Answer:Creating a Dual Boot with two hard drives without touching MBR/boot.ini

I've run XP and Win 7 for a time on two drives independent of one another. I selected which OS/drive to run from the motherboard bios. If I recall I used f12 on boot which brings up a list of installed drives, but you need to know the drive you want (Seagate, Samsung, etc.). By default it went into Win 7. Install each with the other drive disconnected so they don't interfere with each other. See if your MB supports it.

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To begin with I will apologise as this is going to be a long message. (just to get all the details)I recently bought a medion windows 7 computer from a third party (tescos) and as such I do not have a windows 7 disk.Windows 7 worked perfectly but I wanted to create a dual boot system.(how hard could it be)lolFirst I had no option but to disable my windows 7 hard drive and instal another. (As I didn't want to corrupt the w7 os) As I got xp pro installed I new it was going to be fun and games (installing drivers to take xp from ide channel to ahci without a floppy drive) So that both Os can run without going to bios everytime I wanted to change Os'sFinally managed to get both operating systems running in ahci and both Os's are running well.My problem now is my bootloader(always something it seems) I have configured xp to read in bios as part 0 and W7 to run as part1.If I swap these in bios both Os's run(but only the one that gets loaded first)Both Os read the other hard drive and can move files back and forth (should I choose)I also put xp as the first bootable drive so that if it all goes wrong I can reinstal xp as I dont have a W7 disk this seems like the most sensible thing to do.Is there anyway I can alter or change xp's bootloader program (or something) and get xp to read the W7 disk at startup and finish creating my dual boot dual disk setup?I am not very bright when it comes to working with reg file and the like so a step by step guide would be greatly appreciated.Many t... Read more

Answer:dual boot from two hard drives xp and 7

If you have loaded the OS on both drives you need a Boot Manager click here

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I recently took the 20 GB hard drive (with Windows ME installed) from my old desktop and added it as a slave drive to the 30 GB hard drive (with Windows XP Home SP1 installed) to my newer desktop. I want to set up a dual-boot configuration, and while I know enough to be dangerous, apparently I'm not dangerous enough for this task.

I do not want to format the 20 GB hard drive - there are programs installed on there that I have, over time, lost the install disks for. For whatever reasons, I'm just not willing to lose those programs. I'd rather not have to format the 30 GB hard drive, or install a 3rd party program, but I will if I must.

I've tried modifying boot.ini to include the location of ME on the slave drive, but when I select ME from the list as I boot up, it gives me an error message, usually that a particular XP file is missing from my <windows root>/system32 directory. That wasn't the type of error I expected, so I'm guessing that playing with boot.ini is not going to help me.

Is there anything I can do short of sucking it up and setting the 20 GB ME drive as the master, re-formating the 30 GB drive (with FAT32, right?) and re-installing XP?

Thanks in advance for any help - this has been driving me nuts.

Answer:Dual-Boot with two hard drives

What I would do would be to pull the drive with xp on it. Boot your system with the me drive; it will need to re-detect all hardware. In addition you MAY have to install drivers. Once you get it all up and running correctly, put your xp drive back in and set the me drive as the slave.
Now follow these instructions; you should end up with a dual boot system that works and a boot menu.

Boot your computer with the Windows XP CD. When prompted to Setup or Repair, choose Repair. In the Recovery Console, enter the following commands:

FIXBOOT, answer Yes

CD \









In the last two commands, X is the letter of your CD drive.

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(I've tried to find this out under a different subject line, but thought I'd ask the question here directly)
I've run a dual boot (Win98 and W2K) system for awhile now, but would like to change and put each operating system on a separate hard drive.

Can this be done without the use of any 3rd part boot manager software?(I'd like to keep using GoBack3, which you can't use with 3rd party boot manager programs according to Roxio)

Is this possible?

If so, please tell me how to do it and how I choose which O/S boots.

(I've already checked and it appears my motherboard is too old to give me multiple hard drive boot choices)

Answer:Dual boot with O/S on different hard drives?

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Wondering if it would be possible to install a copy of Windows 98 SE on a partition of an External Maxtor USB backup drive on a computer that currently have Windows XP installed.

If so I will have to make the entire USB drive FAT32? Will the Windows 98 installation support a USB external drive to install to?

Answer:Dual Boot Win 98 Using USB Hard Disk

I don't think this is possible because USB drivers are loaded when windows starts. Because of this, your computer will have no way to boot off the drive.

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I just installed xp pro on my new second hard (master) drive with ME on the slave.
How do I go about making this deal work so I get my choice of OS at startup???

Help Guys!!

Thxs again


Answer:Cant Dual boot/2 hard drives

How do I get into BIOS??

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Is it possible to have two hard drives in the computer and to be able to choose which one to start with ?

I have in mind that one hard drive has all my normal programs and the other is used for Flight simulation program.

Both hard drives would have win 8 installed. I appreciate that I could use one hard drive and partition it so the flight sim is on a separate partition. However, for two reasons I wouldn't want this as the flight sim with scenery requires a lot of Gigs. and secondly I believe that it would run faster on its own hard drive.

So. Is it possible to set up the computer to decide which Drive I wish to start ? and if so can someone tell me how to set it up ?


Answer:Dual boot in Win 8 using 2 Hard drives ?

Welcome to EightForums.

Yes, you can install Windows 8 on both HD Drives, but money.
Microsoft Windows 8 DVD - 32 Bit - OEM | WN7-00367
from the above ?67.45

One for each HD Drive, ?67.45 x 2 = ?134.90.

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I want to dual boot my computer with XP Pro, and XP Home. at the moment, i have XP pro installed on one hard drive. I want to put XP Home onto the second hard drive but still be able to dual boot. Is there any special instructions? or is it a case of install to the second hard drive and go?

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Please can some experts tell me .

I have two hard disks at the moment , and i have installed windows ME in both. but i want to install winxp in one of the hard disk.

the question is if i install winxp in one hard disk, can i get the dual boot working from two different hard disk.

please help me on this

Answer:Dual boot in two hard disks !!!

Yes it's Possible .. Once u finish installing Xp on the one harddrive .. Just edit the boot.ini file n' add a line for your Winme boot path ..

To edit the boot.ini
Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

In Control Panel, start the Performance and Maintenance tool, and then click System.
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Under System Startup, click Edit.

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Is it possible to install Windows Me on one physical hard drive and then install Linux onto a second physical hard drive and get the PC to dual boot (as opposed to on the same hard disk in differnet partitiions)?

Answer:can I dual boot fom two hard drives?

click here

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I have a question.

I have 2 hard drives on my PC. One hard drive has Win Xp installed on it. The other I would like to intsall Win Vista beta and be able to dual boot between the 2 drives.

My question is do I have to format the second drive as a primary or logical drive and does it have to be partitioned. Or can I install Vista onto that drive as is without partioning it.


Answer:How to Dual Boot between 2 Hard Drives

Thanks for your reply.

One more question, On the second drive can I leave it as one whole partition and can it be in the NTFS format.


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How can I dual-boot Windows XP and Ubuntu with two hard drives?

C-Drive with Windows XP and D-Drive with Ubuntu on it.

Need Help!

Answer:dual-boot two hard drives?

Linux will install a boot menu for you. If you already have xp up and running, just boot with your linux dvd/usb and install on the other drive. You will be presented with some options; install alongside xp, wipe drive and use the whole disk, etc. Choose to install alongside.


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Hi all,Is this possible?I have Vista Basic Home 32-bit running from a SATA 250GB HDD while I have XP on a partition on an 80GB IDE HDD. I left the IDE drive off when I installed the new drive and added after everything was installed. I've been having trouble with gaming and stuff so I wanted to run XP from the other drive. As they're on two drives, I appreciated that to start with XP I would need to change the boot device in the BIOS but I'm not really too bothered about this. However, if there is a way to boot with the option... ;)Any help would be appreciated before I start off, thanks in advance...

Answer:Dual boot from two hard drives???

bumpy bumpy

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can someone explain how to implement a dual boot i have main sata 1t with windows 7 installed and a second sata 250g on which i want to install windows xp mainly because grandkids fav games wont run in windows 7

Answer:dual boot using two hard drives

I have W7 on one HDD and XP on a different HDD for the same reason - grandkids games
I don't dual boot though, I just have one HDD connected at a time. It means when grandkids come they can't mess up any of data on my W7 HDD as I disconnect it. Means I don't have to worry about what they are doing and I can happily leave them to it :)

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I have a M2010 running W7 ultimate using raid. I was wondering if I put in a hd in the secondary spot if I could add XP Pro and dual boot. I have some things that work better under XP. I put my old laptop drive in and set the bios raid to auto detect/ata. It booted to 7 and installed drive E:. I didn't change any Matrix software settings so it's a raid/non raid setup. Thanks for any help. GBY

Answer:Dual Boot With W7 And XP With Two Hard Drives

Welcome to the forum.

I would disconnect the Windows 7 drive, then install XP on the new drive.
Then reconnect the Windows 7 drive a boot to it.
Then using a program such as EasyBCD (it's free), add XP to the boot menu.

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I have a Win 98 system with 2 hard drives. Can I install Win xp on the second drive while keeping Win 98 on the first drive? If so I have some other questions:Should I change the jumper settings on the 2 drives to ensure that Win xp installs on my second drive or is it better just to disconnect the power cable to the first drive when installing xp on the second drive.AlsoIf I can have a different operating system on each drive, how does the computer know which operating system to boot from. Will the starting up screen give me a choice of which op system to boot from?Any advice appreciated

Answer:Dual boot on different hard drives

"Can I install Win xp on the second drive while keeping Win 98 on the first drive?" - Yes you can!"Should I change the jumper settings on the 2 drives to ensure that Win xp installs on my second drive or is it better just to disconnect the power cable to the first drive when installing xp on the second drive." - Set the jumpers for master and slave configuration and leave both drives connected when you install XP to the second hard drive. XP will "see" the 98 installation and make the chnages to give you a dual boot system."Also If I can have a different operating system on each drive, how does the computer know which operating system to boot from. Will the starting up screen give me a choice of which op system to boot from?" - Yes the XP installation will make the changes so that you have two options to choose from when you start your computer. By default it will boot into XP with a count down. You can in/decrease the countdown and chnage the defualt target OS.

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