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Question: dual boot drive

I'm trying to set up an xp64 drive w/ a small partition for xp. First I formatted the larger partition, and installed it with xp64, leaving a 12G partition for xp. Now, though, I can't boot off of my xp disc to install it on the other partition. I tried both selecting from the boot menu, and also changing boot priority, to boot off of optical drive. Why isn't it recognizing my xp disc?

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Preferred Solution: dual boot drive

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Answer: dual boot drive

Dumb question, but are you hitting a key to start the XP install routine, instead of letting it bypass? If so, can you verify that the CD works on another computer?

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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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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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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.
Cheers
 

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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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Hi,
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,
Marc

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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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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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, si... Read more

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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Hi

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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I have had to reinstall both Windows XP and Windows 7 recently, and was pretty angry to discover that both the partition images I had made via Windows native backup facility and my Acronis images, when it came to the time when I needed them, failed me - both declared corrupt or incorrect! Taken me two days to reinstall everything - and I haven't finished yet. Luckily I am on holiday!

So I am trying Macrium Reflect (Free). My question is probably a daft one, but is there any advantage (with Macrium installed on both O/Ss) to making an image of the XP boot partition when I am in Win 7, and the Win 7 partition when I am in XP? Or would it make no difference at all?

I guess I'd only be able to restore the backups when booted into the O/S in which they were created...

Thanks,

Martin

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Hi guys
in my desktop I have two hard disks ( disk 0 and disk 1 ) . Disk 1 is a clone of disk 0 created by Macrium Reflect
Disk 0 : ( C: ) windows 10 pro , upgrade from windows 7 , ( E: ) windows 8.1 pro , ( G: ) Storage partition
Disk 1 : clone of disk 0
problem description : I see in msconfig / boot a wrong listing
windows 10 ( C:\WINDOWS) : Current OS ; Default OS
windows 8.1 pro ( H:\WINDOWS ) instead of ( E:\WINDOWS )
nevertheless the dual booting works fine as well as the shift between the disks via BIOS.
The question is , could I fix the situation using the EasyBCD of Neosmart Technologies to edit the bootloader ?
I see can change drive letter H: to E: and save the change , am I right or wrong ?
or any other way
any help appreciated , thanks .

Answer:wrong drive letter in msconfig / boot in dual boot system

from Admin command, type: bcdboot E:\Windows
From msconfig, delete the entry pointing to H:

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As my subject suggests, i am running a dual boot system comprising of two win xp systems. The second system (F:) is a clone of the first system (C:).

My problem is this: all the programs on the second system still have references to the C: drive (since there is no way to 'mount' systems). And so i need to able to CHANGE the drive letter of the second system to C: when i boot through that system, and vice versa.

To put it in another way... I need to be able to SWAP drives C: and F: dynamically, straight after i have booted through one system, where the active system is always set to drive C:.

Answer: Dynamically changing drive letters after boot on a dual boot system

Yes but i need it to AUTOMATICALLY change drive letters when i boot... so that the filesystem i have booted with is assigned to C: and the other one is swapped to F:

Cheers

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Hi guys
in my desktop I have two hard disks ( disk 0 and disk 1 ) . Disk 1 is a clone of disk 0 created by Macrium Reflect
Disk 0 : ( C: ) windows 10 pro , upgrade from windows 7 , ( E: ) windows 8.1 pro , ( G: ) Storage partition
Disk 1 : clone of disk 0
problem description : I see in msconfig / boot a wrong listing
windows 10 ( C:\WINDOWS) : Current OS ; Default OS
windows 8.1 pro ( H:\WINDOWS ) instead of ( E:\WINDOWS )
nevertheless the dual booting works fine as well as the shift between the disks via BIOS.
The question is , could I fix the situation using the EasyBCD of Neosmart Technologies to edit the bootloader ?
I see can change drive letter H: to E: and save the change , am I right or wrong ?
or any other way
any help appreciated , thanks .

Answer:wrong drive letter in msconfig / boot in dual boot system

from Admin command, type: bcdboot E:\Windows
From msconfig, delete the entry pointing to H:

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.
 

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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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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 drive...no 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.
HELP!!
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

Hi

Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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 have a dual boot between WinXP and Windows 7.
Windows XP is on a 80gb 2.5in SATA drive on a 30gb partition, the rest is storage for image backups of new installs.
Windows 7 is on a 40gb IDE drive that may or not be dying, Im not sure. Having intermittent issues with it. I have a 120gb IDE drive that Ive tried using Acronis true image to clone the drive over from the 40gb to the 120gb IDE.

But after taking out the 40gb and putting the 120gb in its place, the boot menu comes up and when I try to goto Windows 7, it says
"Windows failed to boot, please insert your Win7 disc and repair."

Windows Xp still works fine...
Ive tried it also with an 80gb IDE drive.

This is what my boot.ini looks like:
;
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
;
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECTClick to expand...

Will booting off the disc and hitting repair help?
Wondering if there was another option as I dont have my USB dvd-R with me...
 

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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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Hi Friends,
I have a win 2003 system on C: partition and my boot.ini looks like this:

Code:


[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition" /fastdetect

Now,I have copied a "Win 2000 advanced server" on the E: partition and I want to make this system dual boot ,so how would i modify this boot.ini.I tried this but didnt worked.
Code:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition" /fastdetect

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
 

Answer:How to modify boot.ini for dual boot (Acronis drive image)

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

Answer:recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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About a year ago I built myself a new PC, quad core, 8 gigs of ram, terabyte hard drive, etc. The problem is I was running XP home, so over half my ram could not be used. I recently got a copy of XP Pro x64 and decided to duel boot to ensure I could find all the drivers and make sure it's works fine. I repartitioned my HDD (only got the one) so I now have three separate partitions: /c which XP home is on and is stuck with 127 GB, /e which is my storage partition, and /i which has 5gb for XP pro. So far everything is working nicely.

What I want to do now is to remove XP home and stick with XP Pro x64. I would like to combine the /c and /i drives to a single partition and have XP Pro running from there. Would I need to uninstall XP home from the c drive or can I know just send everything there to the recycle bin?

I was thinking of using my windows boot cd to delete all the partitions minus my big storage drive and create a new one from the ashes. I would then just reinstalling XP on the newly created partition. I figure that way would be much faster than to re-size the partitions as it took over 5 hours to move 5gbs using Partition Magic.

What would be the best method to achieve what I want?

Answer:Want to go from dual boot to single and repartition the old boot drive

Hi the quickest route back up what you want to keep to a usb device or disc then start from scratch or this http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/...s-disk-manager is the other option

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I have managed to get myself into a situation where the "System Reserved" partition is on a different physical drive from my current C drive. This is, I presume, as a result of creating a dual boot system without fully understanding the consequences.

I need to correct this because I intend to wipe out the older drive (which contains the System Reserved partition which, I guess, is where the boot manager is located.)

Since I'm somewhat confused about the difference between a "system reserved" partition and a bootmgr and which is required where, I thought the easiest way to describe my problem is to describe the steps that got me here with screen grabs where appropriate.


At the start of this process I had a plain vanilla 32 bit install of Windows 7. The system resided on an OCZ 60 GB SSD, that contained both a 100 MB "System Reserved" partition and a second 55 GB partition that represented the C Drive as shown below.



When I periodically created a system image (using "Create a system image" from the Backup and Restore Control Panel) it would require me to include both the "system reserved" partition and the C partition, which was fine and what I expected.

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to move to the 64 bit version of Windows 7 and decided upon installing it on a new second SSD (a Samsung 830) using a dual boot setup to go back and forth between the two OS's during the time required to get all my a... Read more

Answer:My Dual Boot setup has the boot mgr on the wrong drive

Hi hwilker, welcome to SF

I think your half way there, all you need to understand is the boot manager resides at present in sys reserved partition so any backup will require the OS (whichever one your backing up) + boot manager & that can be on either drive.

You can use easyBCD to move boot manager and if you want delete sys reserve partition altogether BUT remember that windows keeps some recovery help in there also so make sure you have win install/recovery disks incase needed and always where possible take backups if your not sure

Hope this helps

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I can't boot into my xp drive from my Dual boot system. Primary and default boot is Win7 Secondary boot is WinXP. Both OS's are on separate drives. When I try to boot into the XP drive My error msg says:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file."

So far to this this I have reinstalled a Norton Ghost image of Windows 7. No Joy. I also tried to fix the boot sector from Windows 7 by using the repair function when installing the operating system. No Joy.

Evidently there are some other commands could use from the command prompt? Would they help. I have been using Windows since 1998 but I never learned the boot sector very well and am lost when trying to fix it.
 

Answer:Cannot boot into XP drive in Win7/XP Dual Boot System.

Install EasyBCD free version in Windows 7 and use it to add XP to the boot menu.

https://neosmart.net/Download/Register/1
 

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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 think I have a complex one here.

I have successfully cloned my primary c partition of a dual boot system with XP Pro on the 1st primary partition c: and XP Pro on the 2nd primary partition as d: I can boot into my XP on the c: drive with no problem, but when I attempt to boot into my XP on the D drive it hangs on the blue screen right before booting into the user profiles. And believe it or not it continuously loops making the windows startup sound and the shutdown sound. It does the same in safe mode.
I will try to explain the process on what I did so it can help you experts figure out this dilemma that I'm having.

My old drive an IDE 100GB IBM primary drive was partitioned into 3 parts:
c: 30GB FAT32 primary
d: 30GB FAT32 "
e: 30gb FAT32 "

All ran great in XP's on c: ,D: and :e except that i was running out of room in all the partitions and the drive is getting very old , I think (5yrs).

I used XXClone Pro v.0.58.0 to clone my old c: and d: partitions to a WD IDE 160GB. I tried many other cloning proggys like Acronis True Image, Drive Clone, Paragon Drive Copy, Drive Image 2002, HDClone 3.1 Pro but they all either changed my new drive NTFS file system to FAT32 or made exact same size copies. I formatted and partitioned my new drive as follows:
New Drive - 160GB WD IDE
c: 75GB NTFS primary "set as active"
d: 75GB NTFS primary
I don't care about old e: partition.

After cloning c: and d: from my old drive I unplugged the old drive from... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot XP will not boot after cloning drive

I had this same problem. Dual boot, one of the boot drives (not the primary one) going bad, so I bought a new drive and cloned the old system using Western Digital’s Data Lifeguard Tools. Then the old system drive died for good. No option to reclone with different software (which is what a lot of posts on the internet suggest to do).

I partitioned another disk, copied over the files (again using Data Lifeguard), and tried to boot, but it stopped at the blue screen with windows logo just before the login page.

Tried lots of dead ends (recovery console, fixboot, fixmbr, bootcfg, unplugging all usb devices), but finally figured it out.

Problem was drive letter assignments. Up that point in the boot sequence, drive letters are not used, but then when they are needed, they are incorrect! The boot drive now has a new letter assigned to it (mine was F) when it really should have had the drive letter of the original disk (in my case D).

Solution, boot into the other system (remember this is a dual boot), and modify the registry keys on the other boot drive (the newly cloned, but not working drive) to reassign the drive letters.

To do this, use go to Start, Run..., and type regedit.

Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and from the File menu choose Load Hive…

Now navigate to the new cloned drive and open the file named system in <new system root>\WINDOWS\system32\config

Name it tempSystem.

Expand that folder and choose MountedDevices.

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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]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[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]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[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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I retired my old XP Home sp2 machine (registry problems) and replaced it with a new Pavillion with Vista home premium preinstalled (and SATA). I'd like to take my old IDE hard drive (which still has XP on it) and be able to dual boot. I have the 2nd drive installed as a slave on the ATA line and can see it just fine. How do I proceed setting up a dual boot system. All I've found refers to new installs and partitions on the same drive. I guess I'd have to resolve the registry problem first on the old drive? Thanks.
 

Answer:Dual boot - 2nd drive already has XP

First thing's first... opening up your new Pavillion to add your old IDE will violate your warranty.

If this is of no concern to you, you will need some form of Boot Manager software. "GRUB" is popular among Linux users, though I imagine it should work for any OS.

Vista may offer a "boot alternative OS" option like XP supposedly does (I say "supposedly" because you're supposed to be able to do this by hitting F4 when booting, but I've never been able to figure it out). Investigate that first before installing anything else.

Your BEST option that would not violate your warranty and circumvent your Registry problem is to partition your existing C: drive and install XP on it (Google for details on how, it's not as simple as just inserting the CD).
 

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Question: Dual drive boot?

T61 If I were to add a second HD using the optical drive bay is there a way to install Win7 64 bit to that HD and, for the purpose of testing, determine at boot which HD to boot from; either the current internal drive with 32 bit or the optical bay HD with 64 bit? Mark

Answer:Dual drive boot?

Yes, and yes.The second drive should show up in Windows Setup as expected.Pressing F12 at the BIOS splash will allow you to choose a boot device.

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Dear All,

I have successfully installed Two OS WinXP professional on the same drive C:

The fact that, while the previous OS keeps restarting and did not boot up even on "Safe Mode" but it kept restarted, so I decided to install again the same OS WinXP and I did not touch the partition - I leave them "as in" as I have important files to recover.

I continued the installation, and I pressed escape until I was asked to which drive or folder the new OS be installed. I've chosen the same drive and the path looks like this \\WINDOWS but it was not accepted - it says "existed". So I tried once more, I added "2" on the same folder i.e., \\windows2 and it was accepted.

So I believe that the two OS are stored on the same drive C: since I did NOT create another folder or assign it to any drive.

Yet, I am prompted with two OS while the latest one works fine.

My question is how to unistall either one of the two OS's stored on the same drive? Other says if the second OS been stored at other drive e.g. drive D I can simply reformat the drive while working on new OS in order to delete it. What about they are on the same drive C: Any idea?

Please help!

Jerry

Answer:Dual Boot One Drive

There may be an easier way, but I would use GParted. It will be able to show you what exactly is installed and where, so that you can delete the install you don't want. Also, you'll be able to clear and resize the partition as needed.

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I purchased a new ACER with Vista Home Premium.

Put the old drive with XP Pro - both SATA drives - in the new computer.

I have re-installed some of my programs to the new drive but still have about 2 dozen on the old drive.

My problem -

I can get to and use my data from the old drive - and have also tnx my data to the new drive as well - but can't, of course, use any of the old programs.

Can I set up a dual boot to the XP drive? (I have tried to boot from it but it won't do so?)

If not, is there any way other than re-installing all my programs to the new drive? (I have seen something about cloning a drive but don't, of course, want to clone everything to the new drive.)

Tks for your time and have a great day - jb
 

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Greetings All,
I am running XP on a SATA HDD. I have installed Win 7 on a second partition with some problems. The main problem was random BSOD's. This I believe, I have traced back to the fact that the MoBo runs Nvidia chips. Have downloaded the updated Nvidia Win 7 chip drivers. So, I uninstalled Win 7 and removed boot loader via BCDEDIT.

What I would now like to try is to install Win 7 on a separate IDE HDD connected to the primary IDE controller. This is so I can sort out the Nvidia driver problem.

I can see problems with this. My questions are the following:
What will I set the IDE HDD to be, Master or Slave?
Then boot off DVD/ROM and then install Win 7 as normal onto IDE HDD.
If yes, I take it that the Win7 bootloader will not be installed on the XP SATA HDD.
If this is the case then I should be able to use EasyBCD to add the XP on the SATA HDD.
Most critical part of the whole deal will be to set the SATA HDD (with XP) to boot FIRST. I have been down this track before and the MoBo sets the IDE as Drive 0 (FIRST boot HDD).

I know that there is a simple answer to this. I just cannot see the forest for the trees at present.

Regards

Answer:Dual Boot - XP on First Drive (SATA) Win 7 Second (IDE)

Set IDE to either. This is only a drive location issue.

Plug ethernet if poss. Boot WIn7 DVD,

select "Keep connected to internet during install" to get latest updates/drivers.

select Custom install with Advanced drive tools so you can format first.

Windows 7 will configure the dual boot correctly, updating the MBR on XP and holding the boot files.

Not necessary to use BCEdit or EasyBCD since Win7 is installed last - Only if Xp was.

Give Win7 installer a shot to provide NVidia drivers first. It is driver-complete, updated during install, with newer arriving quickly via Windows Updates. THis is because MS funded the WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to develop Win7 drivers - MS paid, they have them first.

If blue screens, install your own Nvidia drivers in safe mode.

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I want to add Vista, dual boot, to my existing system.

I have my drive partitioned into three parts: C; for Windows XP Pro, D: for my data and E: onto which I have installed Vista Business. When I boot Vista I really want that D: to remain as D:. Some of my applications have drive letters encoded in their config files. But Vista insists that the XP Pro partition be called D:.

I am looking for a way to convince Vista to identify that partition as something other than D:?

Would it matter if I put Vista on a totally separate drive? I have a second drive that I could create space on.
 

Answer:Dual Boot -- Want different drive mapping

In Vista you should be able reassign the drive letters with the Disk Management tool "Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage\Disk Management" and then right click on the drive letter and select "Change Drive Letters and Paths..."

You will first need to reassign the XP partition to some other unused drive letter to free up the D: drive letter and then reassign your data partition to D:.

If Vista refused to allow you to change these drive letters in Disk Management you can still swap the letters manually by changing them in the MountedDevices key in the system registry.

Regards,
John Hensley
www.resqware.com
 

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I have sort of an odd question. I'm planning on buying a piece of pro audio software for my fiancé that will not run under my current OS (windows vista ultimate x64), so I'm going to need to set up a dual boot system. What I'm wondering is, in order to make booting simpler for her, would it be possible to install windows XP pro to an external drive, and then set up my pc to automatically boot into XP if the drive is plugged in on restart? What interface should I use? The enclosure I'm looking at has FW400, FW800, USB 2.0, and ESATA. Are there any problems I might run into with this setup?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted via Mobile Device
 

Answer:Dual boot from external drive.

Although your/her motherboard may support booting from USB devices, the sticking point here is getting XP installed on an external USB drive. There's a good bit of tweaking of the installation files and rewriting portions of how XP deals with USB and then burning all that back onto a bootable CD.

The simplest route would be to install XP on her machine in a dual boot, and intsalling the software package you speak of on the external drive through XP.
 

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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.
USER BEWARE: CHECK WITH YOUR SYSTEM MANUFACTURER WHETHER OR NOT YOUR WARRANTY IS VOIDED IF YOU INSTALL AND DUAL BOOT WITH WINDOWS XP. MANY OF THE NEWER SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED AND CONFIGURED TO ONLY RUN WINDOWS VISTA. HARDWARE ON YOUR SYSTEM MAY NOT BE DESIGNED TO RUN WINDOWS XP.
Preparation

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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I purchased a pc with Windows 2K on the master and XP Pro on the slave...dual boot. When I boot from 2K I can see XP but not the other way. Booting from XP I cannot see 2K in My Computer. I went to Disk Management and the drive appears but right clicking on same will not give me an option to assign a drive letter. Have went to Device Manager and uninstalled 2K and booting XP windows will pick up 2K but the drive will not appear.Any help. Thanks.
 

Answer:Hidden drive dual boot

Not sure why you want to access the 2K boot when you are in XP. If you need to do something to the 2k boot why not just boot it in that.

I have a dual boot XP Pro on both boots. I can not see the other partition when I boot the other one. Probably an XP thing. Make sure you don't go mucking up your system while you are in another.
 

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I am having a problem with my win7 installation. I have 2 250GB drives (1 with the original XP on it and 1 other with the new win7 installed on it). After I got all my files moved over and was happy with win7, I set about trying to reclaim the old xp drive to use for storage.

I followed the instructions from a previous post on here about using DISKPART to make the old XP drive inactive and running Startup Repair 3 times. Here are the instructions I was following:






Quote:
To accomplish what you want you must set Windows 7 drive as first HD to boot in BIOS boot order, mark XP and the Media drives inactive, mark the Windows 7 drive active, then recover the MBR to Windows 7 by running Startup Repair 3 separate times.

Back up your files and a Windows 7 system image externally or to the other drive.

Now reboot, Enter BIOS Setup by tapping key given on first bootup screen, set Windows 7 partition as first HDD to boot, after DVD drive. Save settings and exit BIOS.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery tools list and open a Command Prompt, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for XP drive)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION # (for XP partition)
INACTIVE
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 drive)
SELECT PARTITION # (for Media partition)
INACTIVE
SELECT PARTITION # (for Windows 7 Partition)
ACTIVE
EXIT

Return to DVD Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair 3 separate times to attempt repair and then rewrite MBR to Windows 7.

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Answer:Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

Here is a screen-grab from disk management console. Also I should not that the my situation obviously doesn't involve the media partition mentioned in the instructions I was following.

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The original installation is on drive C. I've placed the new installation on a separate hard drive. I get the boot menu, and everything works fine when I have the XP install CD in the drive. However I get the "hal.dll error" on one of them when the disk is not in. I've tried bootcfg /repair and every thing else I could find on the subject. Nothing works. Also, if I change the boot order in bios, the "hall.dll error" is reversed.

I've just about given up on trying to resolve this alone.

TIA
 

Answer:XP dual boot, problem without CD in drive

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I have a computer that is dual booted with 2 complete instances of XP Professional. They are on a 160 and 120 gb hard drive. After 9 1/2 months one morning my 2nd drive (120gb) failed to boot & I only saw a blank, black screen.

I have tried both the fixboot and fixmbr options without success. Recently I tried the MS nondestructive rebuild option. It too failed in that when the time came for a reboot of the system to finish the rebuild - it did not reboot and came up with the same blank black screen as before.

Both drives are seen in BIOS, at boot, and the non-bootable drive on my C drive (which boots normally) is seen in my computer.

Does anyone have an idea what I can do to to get this drive booting once again?
 

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Hi all!

I just setup a dual boot with XP home and Media Center. Media Center will be accessed by me and me alone, so what I would like to do is lock down the partition where Media Center lives. I went into sharing and security, but the option to make it privet is grayed out, see attachment. What do I need to do to make this partition confidential?
 

Answer:Lock down a dual boot drive! How?

I'm not sure if this will work - just off the top of my head: Go into disk management and remove the drive letter from the WMC partition. This should keep prying eyes out of your Media Center, unless they're really determined.
 

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1. My machine has XP on a single hard drive w/ 3 partitions. In order to try W7 the easiest thing for me to do is to install it on my E: partition. If I boot into W7, do the drive letters change around or do the W7 system files still show up as E:\WINDOWS?

Are there any downsides to this installation that I don't know about? If I got tired of W7 would it be a problem to get rid of the bootloader?

2. My original plan was to buy a second hard drive, install it by itself, and load W7 onto it. Then reconnect the original hard drive and dual boot by changing the boot order in the BIOS. What does this do to the drive letters? I would have one hard drive with 3 partitions and another hard drive with one partition. If I boot W7 I'm guessing that its hard drive would become C: and the other hard drive would become D:, E: and F:. But what happens if I boot XP from the other hard drive? Does it stay C:, D: and E: and the second hard drive becomes F:, or do the letter scramble differently?

Answer:what happens to drive letters when you dual-boot?

When you install Win 7, you will lose the ability to boot to XP. You will have to add the XP partition to Win 7's boot sequence in order to have a choice of either OS at bootup. Easybcd is commonly used for this.

If you install to what is currently E:, then boot to Win 7, Win 7 will be C:.

You will like 7. If you don't, you can then set the XP partition as active, boot straight into XP and then format the 7 partition. 7 gone.

Another hard drive is recommended way to go, but of course, not necessary.

You do not want to keep going into bios to change the boot OS. I mean you can, but no need no matter what the configuration or drives in use.

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Hi

What I would like to do is install two instances of windows 10 on one machine, each on its own ssd hard drive with a normal hard drive for data etc.

However I do not want them to be able to access / see the other operating systems drive, thus creating two separate systems

Any suggestions

Answer:Dual Boot without access to other drive?

with a normal hard drive for data



That suggests to me you have 2 SSDs and only 1 HDD in which case there probably is no way to prevent them intermingling.

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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 recently downgraded from Vista to XP home edition on my Dell Inspiron 1521 for multiple reasons (mainly the lack of networking ability on Vista). But now I would like to install XP (Home or Pro) on the Recovery drive (D:) and then encrypt that entire drive with Truecrypt.
Is this possible? If so, how do I do it?

Thankyou

(I realize that this drive (D:) would only be 10 GB)

Answer:Dual Boot XP with Recovery Drive (D:)

Hi .

I don't have any experience with recovery drives/partitions...but it's my understanding that eliminating such or otherwise overwriting it may prevent future recovery efforts (using the partition) from succeeding.

Are you sure that you want to install an O/S on that partition?

If so and you lose your ability to use said partition in recovery efforts...do you have a MS install CD as a means of doing future repairs/installs of XP?

As I read your post, you say that you downgraded to XP already...does that mean that you have XP installed currently on your C: partition...and want to install another XP partition on the same hard drive? You want to do a multiboot?

I don't employ encryption at all so I know nothing at all about that. Out of curiosity, I guess that I have to ask what you think you gain by doing so.

Thanks.

Louis

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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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Have an issue...
Installed Windows 8 first, then installed Win XP to a second partition on the same disk.
In windows 8, the XP partition is seen as D:
If I boot to XP, XP sees itself as I:
it sees the windows 8 partition as C: and that is what I want, is C: being win 8 and XP being D:
Is there anyway to change the lettering on the XP partition?
Thanks

Answer:Dual boot drive letters

The drive lettering is for you, windows does not look at things by drive letters.

Heres the procedure from Microsoft.com

How to change a drive letterTo change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:
Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then clickChange Drive Letter and Paths.Click Change.Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.
The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

Reference: How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

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I have two 8GB jump drives and I frequently use a winpe type bootable program on one and I use the other for a linux bootable drive for installs or troubleshooting. What I would like to do is dual boot both jump drives so that I can have more functionality and not need to get more jump drives. The winpe program I mentioned is actually a program called PC Rental Agent. This is a program that I install on our inventory computers and it allows me to remotely lock down a computer if the customer has not made a timely payment. When I boot to this drive, it has a menu that allows me to either boot to the PC Rental Agent program, or proceed with booting to xp, vista, or 7, whichever is installed. Perhaps it would be possible to partition the drive and add a section into this menu to boot to either partition of the drive. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Dual boot a jump drive?

Sorry without knowing the software or the boot menu that it uses we cant be of help. Since it isnt Windows based, meaning uses the boot.ini like XP or the BCD like Vista/Win7 there is not going to be a way to do it. Maybe using Linux and GRUB you can. But since that software has its own loader you will have to contact the developers of the software and see if there is a way to add a Linux entry or see if you can get GRUB to do it.

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Since I can not run Feedback Hub, I do not know why, I need to write it here hoping that some could help or it is Windows Bug.

Before Fall Update, I had very satisfying Dual Boot situation like this:

Disk 1 - Win 10 x32
Disk 2 - Win 10 x64 (have to have both of them)

When I start computer, there is a blue screen where I can choose what to boot and then:

Scenario 1
Finished work and Shut Down Win x32. After I turn on computer and choose from the menu to boot Disk 1, with Win x32, it would proceed WITHOUT restarting computer.

Scenario 2
The same situation. If I finished work on Win x64, shut down computer, start it again and choose to boot Disk 2 with Win x64, it would proceed WITHOUT RESTART.

Now.
If I finished work on Win x64 on Disk 2, shut down computer, start it again after a while, IT WILL ALWAYS RESTART computer and boot to Disk 2 and Win x64.

Yes, I did turn off Fast Start Up.

The question.
Is it possible to shut down computer on one of disks, start it again, and if I choose the same Win I previously shut down, to be able to proceed to it WITHOUT restart. I think something is changed in shut down procedure and now it has some new sequence which makes my computer to restart whatever I choose. If it can be setup somewhere in settings, I can not find it where or it could be the new situation chosen by Microsoft which is really annoying. Since I want it as it was before Fall Update, can someone from Microsoft accept this bug announcement or to instruct me how to do... Read more

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This is a tricky one I think.

I had a computer setup with dual-boot for XP and XP64. The OSes are on separate hard drives. The XP drive just failed and it was the original boot disk where the dual boot menu was set up -- so now I can't boot up at all.

I've tried changing the initial boot disk to the XP 64 drive in BIOS but it doesn't seem to work.

Is there anyway I can set up that "Dual boot menu" again on first boot so it will see the xp64 partition -- or any other way to get it directly boot into xp64?

I have one advantage in that I can get into Windows XP and mess around a bit because I stuck an old boot drive in place of the failed one. The old drive doesn't know about the xp64 partition so dual-boot isn't activated on it... but I can get into Windows and mess with files or whatever.
 

Answer:Had dual-boot but lost one drive...

You need to boot from your XP x64 CD and run a repair on the boot sector and boot files on the secondary drive (and it would be easier if this drive was the only drive in the system).

This is why I am not a fan of dual booting, as I prefer keeping my OSes separate, and either using swappable drive cages, or VirtualBox.
 

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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?

Cheers!

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!

Kari

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The original installation is on drive C. I've placed the new installation on a separate hard drive. I get the boot menu, and everything works fine when I have the XP install CD in the drive. However I get the "hal.dll error" on one of them when the disk is not in. I've tried bootcfg /repair and every thing else I could find on the subject. Nothing works. Also, if I change the boot order in bios, the "hall.dll error" is reversed.

I've just about given up on trying to resolve this alone.

TIA

Answer:XP dual boot, problem without CD in drive

You get this error with which one? The old install or the new?
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
May have the answer.

Normally, when there is a hal.dll problem you need to do a repair install or from the recovery console .

Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;314058&

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Has information on how to use the repair install option to do an inplace reinstallation / repair of XP.

From the recovery console you would use a command similar to this
expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll

Where D is your cdrom drive letter and c is the drive letter of the corrupted instal.
Normally this would be sufficient to fix it.
But if it is not, then a repair install is likely to be needed.

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I've configured my system to dual boot into Vista64 (OEM) and Vista86 (retail) on the same drive - 2 separate partitions in a raid 0 configuration.

Vista64 partition: is used exclusively for music recording with 64 bit software only - yes they do exist, I use Sonar.

Vista 86 partition: is for general computer use: Internet, email and such.

I understand that vista64 runs both 64 and 32 bit applications well enuf, I simply want to keep both uses apart from one another - thus my reason for a dual boot.

... so here's my question :^) Has anyone done this before, on a raid 0 using two instances of Vista? If so, could you tell me how well it's worked for you?

...also, concerning the "pagefile.sys". Since I have both vista's on the same drive in separate partitions and vista doesn't like running two pagefiles on the same drive. Should I move one to a second drive? If so, which should I move the x64 or the x86. Maybe both, eh?

thanks in advance to any and all replies,
katdog and Randy

MY Computer:

Dell XPS 420
Intel Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz
2x500 SATA HDD raid 0
1x500 GB, 16 MB cache, Seagate SATA/300 Berracuda
4.00 GB Ram
Vista X64 and X86

Answer:Dual Boot of vista x64 and x86 on same drive.

Hello Katdog and Randy,

I have never tried it with a RAID configuration, but I do not see a problem with the 64 bit and 32 bit versions dual booting as long as they do not share the same partition for anything.

You should also be fine with the page files to since they are in separate partitions that act like separate drives. I would not move them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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hey guys,
Right, i have dual booted XP Professional from a single drive before with the following procedure for quiet some time now (3/4 years)

1:Format Drive, Create partition (50:50)
2:Install XP on one partition
3:Make a image of XP partition with Acronis True Image
4:Restore the image on the second partition

I have always ended up with dual boot XP on a single drive (after editing the boot.ini)
When i went into the first partition, which i named 'General Use' it was C: drive
and when i booted into the second partition named 'Gaming Only' it was C: drive
(While I'm running on a partition, the other partition shows up as D: drive, but once i restart and select that partition, it shows up as C: drive and the other partition becomes D: drive)
This was all good and well and just what i wanted

Last week my motherboard died and i got a free upgrade (under warranty)
Anyway, my old hard drive images were useless because of the different drivers installed during XP, so i decided to start fresh, formatted the hard drive, went through the usual procedure but this time, when i boot into the second partition (Gaming Only) it said it was D: drive and i got a windows error message.
No matter what i try, it comes up with D: drive, which isn't what i want.

When i restore the image with Acronis, i set it as Active (i have a choice of Active, Primary, Logic/al [cant quiet remember the last one])
Could this have anything to do with it?
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Answer:Dual Boot XP Single Drive

You can use Drive Management by going to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk management to change the second drive to any ID other than C:
The first boot must be on C:, or whatever the first avaiable drive is other than C: and the second boot can be any other drive other than C: but it cannot be C:, and it cannot be any other drive with the same ID as that on which the first boot is installed. The boot drive ID cannot be changed.
 

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I have a system that is setup to dual boot between NT4W and XP pro. When installing XP I installed a new drive (300GB) and configured it using MaxBlast for XP.

After installing the new OS everything worked fine with the HD. After rebooting to NT4, the new drive appeared with the full capacity available. However, when I switch back to XP there is a HD check and posible corruption.

Is there a way to get NT to either play nice or ignor the 300GB drive altogeather?

Mike
 

Answer:Dual boot NT4 and XP with 300GB Drive

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I have a dual boot drive with windows 98 on the first partition and windows XP on the second.  After cloning the drive using norton ghost 2003, I can access windows 98 but I cannot access windows XP.  XP will start to load then stop when the blue screen with the windows logo appears. Need help.  Thanks.

Answer:cloning dual boot drive

Cloning to what, another computer?

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Since I can not run Feedback Hub, I do not know why, I need to write it here hoping that some could help or it is Windows Bug.

Before Fall Update, I had very satisfying Dual Boot situation like this:

Disk 1 - Win 10 x32
Disk 2 - Win 10 x64 (have to have both of them)

When I start computer, there is a blue screen where I can choose what to boot and then:

Scenario 1
Finished work and Shut Down Win x32. After I turn on computer and choose from the menu to boot Disk 1, with Win x32, it would proceed WITHOUT restarting computer.

Scenario 2
The same situation. If I finished work on Win x64, shut down computer, start it again and choose to boot Disk 2 with Win x64, it would proceed WITHOUT RESTART.

Now.
If I finished work on Win x64 on Disk 2, shut down computer, start it again after a while, IT WILL ALWAYS RESTART computer and boot to Disk 2 and Win x64.

Yes, I did turn off Fast Start Up.

The question.
Is it possible to shut down computer on one of disks, start it again, and if I choose the same Win I previously shut down, to be able to proceed to it WITHOUT restart. I think something is changed in shut down procedure and now it has some new sequence which makes my computer to restart whatever I choose. If it can be setup somewhere in settings, I can not find it where or it could be the new situation chosen by Microsoft which is really annoying. Since I want it as it was before Fall Update, can someone from Microsoft accept this bug announcement or to instruct me how to do... Read more

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I want to dual-boot my XP acer laptop when my upgrade disc arrives. the article in the pc advisor mag says to make a 15gb partition and install vista on to that.but my laptop has 2 hard drives so can i just install it on to the (D)drive

Answer:dual-boot vista on to (D) drive

hold on.is the d:\ drive the cd drive or a hard drive?

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I'm using norton ghost to try and back up my os disk, which has two partitions in it, xp, and vista. i've used ghost to backup storage drives before, without problem, but i can't create a bootable disk image with it. i'm using the "copy" function, and in the advanced options i am selecting "set drive active (for booting os)", and for one of the partitions, according to what i read in help, i select "copy mbr". one thing it won't let me select is "resize drive to fill unallocated space", which is weird bcz i am ghosting it to a bigger drive, and it does seem to fill the space, it doesn't create another partition anyways. I have the destination drive formatted for one 125G partition, and one 25G partition. it copies all the files over exactly but i can't boot from it. i also changed it to primary boot drive in bios. i've never cloned an os drive before, so i don't know if i'm not doing it right, or if it has something to do with the dual partitions.

Why isn't this working?

thx,
rlr
 

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Hi

I am using windows 7 ultimate now . i have a 150 gb hard disk . c drive 30 gb (7installed) . d drive just partitioned and formatted and made primary (empty 10 gb for windows xp) and e drive(with all my stuff) . how do i installl xp in d drive and then get the dual boot to work error free .

Answer:How do i installl xp in d drive for dual boot

Have a read of those tutorials:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use - Page 7 - Windows 7 Forums
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...wont-boot.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...dual-boot.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

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I have Me installed on C:\ drive and XP on a secondary master drive. If I change HD0 to HD1 in bios XP starts fine. Is there any boot programs that can start either\or. Most only work with partitions on the main C drive.Unkphilip

Answer:How do you dual boot ME and XP on secondary drive

If you can get hold of a copy of Boot Magic which comes from Power Quest as does Partition Magic it will allow you to boot from either HDD on start up. You may be able to find a free download for an early copy if you 'Google' it.

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Hi i have little ideas about how virus spread but not that much , so i plan to make a dual boot on separate drive on my computer. I want to have 2 windows XP , one to be used for thing that i want to be secure and another one for installing program that may not be safe , to download try and test you know ?...

What i want to know is will the virus or spyware and all of their familly will spread from one XP to the other one ?

Do i have to hide the drive of my secure XP when i boot on the unsecure one ?

Is hiding a drive protect the content of this drive against virus ?

(By hiding a drive i mean maybe using "NoViewOnDrive")

Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot Hidden Drive

While I've never heard of this method, or anything similar to it, being used in this manner, I would guess that it would protect you against the lesser quality viruses, but that rootkits and really nasty viruses may be able to bypass it. Perhaps one of the more experienced members will be able to answer you more definitively.
In any event, be sure to keep your antivirus, antispyware, firewall, and Windows itself up to date, and run the scanners regularly.
It should be noted that running two copies of Windows without buying two product keys may be a violation of your EULA, even if it's on the same computer.

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Hello. Anyone know if it's possible for the x220 to dual boot between two OS's installed on different drives? I am considering leaving windows 7 on the internal HDD, and then booting a 2nd OS on the mSATA SSD I'm installing myself. Then I'm going to resize the windows 7 partition and use some of the extra space for storage on the 2nd OS. Can anyone confirm this is possible and give me a hint on how it works? Can you dual boot say, Windows/Linux on two separate phyical disks on the x220? Thanks! Daniel 

Answer:Possible to dual boot with one OS on each drive? (mSATA + HDD)

You should. Both drives should show up if you press F12 at the ThinkPad POST screen (along with other attached bootable media).

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trying to partition my drives so that i can run both vista and se7en on same comp. i have made 20gb unallocated space but when i try to "make a new simple volume" in vista disk management i go through all the motions fine but when i go to finish doing it i get an error message saying my disk already has the maximum number of partitions. i haven't done this before, the only partitions i have is the recovery drive (1ogb), but when i looked further into this i have A 2.5gb Healthy drive whatever that is. Can i extend one of my existing drives and run it in there or can i delete a drive? or is there another way to fix this.

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I added XP to a system that already had Vista. In the XP installation the Windows partition is F. The Vista partition shows up as C. I tried to change the drive letter of the Vista partition but it said you can't change the drive letter for a system volume.

Is there a way to install XP so that its functions as both the system and boot volumes.
 

Answer:Dual boot drive letters

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I have an HP Pavilion m7670.uk-a with 2 internal hard disk drives and 1 external drive. The 1st internal drive has partition "C" plus partition "E" holding the recovery files, while the 2nd internal drive has partition "D"(as yet unused). I have received the Vista upgrade disk plus an HP Vista drivers disk. Ideally I would like to "clean" install Vista on my 2nd internal disk drive(partition "D", keeping XP on the 1st internal disk drive.The HP instructions are to run the Vista drivers disk first and then upgrade XP to Vista. I have read in the forum (and subsequent links) the method for performing a "clean" install with an upgrade disk but............. If I run the HP drivers disk, won't the drivers will be placed in the "C" partition and Vista (if installed in the "D" partition)will then not be able to see them? If the above does happen, will I have to create an Acronis 10 image of my "C" partition with the HP Vista drivers installed onto the "D" partition and then start the Vista "clean" install on the "D" partition.I have been unable to get any sense or clear answers out of HP Support (even after weeks of delays in answering) and I was hoping that the PCA forum talent might be able to shed some light on this query. Many thanks in advance for any guidance.

Answer:Dual boot and 2nd internal drive.

If you are not going to upgrade to Vista, I can't see a reason to install drivers 1st. Perform your fresh install on D: then use the drivers disk and device manager to update all the nessecary drivers. Any problems and windows update in Vista can usually pick up and driver updates you might need. BTW I presume you are using BB with Ethernet cable?

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I want to dual boot my current Vista Os along with server 2008 r2. Does the partition for the second OS (server 2008) need to be on a primary partition or can I just use a logical drive to run the second os?
It would be much simpler to use a logical drive if possible since all I need to do is to shrink the partition volume and create another logical drive.

Thanks

Answer:dual boot/logical drive

If I remember right, I believe it has to be a primary partition.

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Hi

Like the proverbial bad penny I'm back for more advice. This time my problem is that I have a PC which is dual boot with XP and I want to remove XP. Snag is they are on separate drives and the Mobo only gives me the option "Hard Drive" to boot from - NOT a choice of either of the two drives installed. I am therefore assuming it is imperative to get Win7 onto drive 1 - but how?

I've been going round in circles this afternoon trying to sort it out but everything I've tried has fallen to ashes and I've been struggling to get a working system. Thankfully I have four bootable CDs (Windows 7 Repair CD, Partition Wizard, Paragon Rescue Kit 11.0, Acronis TrueImage Home 2010 with Acronis Disk Director 10.0) that are specifically for times such as these and between them they have enabled me to get back to where I started, i.e. a dual-boot system with XP and Win7. So, where do I go from here?

Since I will be asked for a graphic of the disk management window I attach it here for your perusal. Incidentally, the Win7 partition on drive 1 is simply a copy of that in partition K: done using PW. At this stage it has only been copied with nothing whatsoever done with it - it is just a copy of K: which is on drive 2.

Tracey

Answer:Removing XP from dual-boot (not on same drive as 7)

Unless the Windows 7 is on an Extended partition, if it is this will not worh; if the Windows 7 partition is not "System, Active" disconnect the XP HDD and set the Windows 7 HDD as second boot device after the CD/DVD drive, make the Windows 7 partition the Active partition and do the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the Windows 7 partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


I don't see a snip of Windows disk management at all.

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Hello,
Thank you in advance for taking the time and interest to help me with some computer issues and questions. I really appreciate it, and appreciate the work you have put into computers to learn, and gain the experience to help others. First so you know who you are dealing with, I have been gaming since about 1983 with a Commodore 64, and then a Commodore 128, and then I moved to a 286. I started with a 300 baud modem, and by the time I had a 900 baud and even an outrageous speed of 1200kps I ran a bulletin board and loved it. I have paid many people to fix my computers and watched them like hawks, asking every question I could think of. So I did tech support for Prodigy, and set up my own computer repair business out of my home. Since I was a Respiratory Therapist and an EMT I called it the PC MEDIC Computer Repair Shop. I am self taught, and know just enough to fix many things, and enough to destroy other things. I really wish my computer knowledge was better rounded.
SITUATION: I just bought Vista 64 Home Premium, and another 250MB hard drive, only this time; I went with a SATA drive. I am running on a crappy motherboard in my opinion which will be up graded in the next 3-4 months. I am disabled now, after 4 heart attacks, 2 Open Heart Surgeries, numerous angioplasties, and stents, plus a new pulmonary disease that has left me with “3-5 years” I don’t buy that, but sometimes doctors are right. My point being resources are almost nonexistent.
Motherboard: Chaintech ZN... Read more

Answer:SATA DRIVE WITH IED and DUAL BOOT UP

There is no problem using sata and ide drives in same system, though I would encourage you to start OS with sata drives as they are faster, quieter and will last longer. You have to be certain the bios is set to boot to the correct drive and the easiest way to accomplish that is only plug one drive in while install Vista and then plugging others in afterwards. That will also insure your main drive will be C drive.
Now if you want Vista to boot several OS then have it be the second install to an already operating XP or whatever else you want to install, and then it will boot both OS.
 

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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 done...is 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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Been reading as much as I can and know there are limitations to what I'm asking. But when I dual booted all drive designations show up normally in Win 7.

In XP it shows the OS on drive I: Drive letters E thru H are taken by USB ports. This will cause a lot of confusion for the person that will actually use it. Is there a way during set-up that I can disable the USB ports so XP will show up on Drive letter E?

I'm willing to do a fresh install again. Have only loaded the OS for Win 7 and XP so far.

I installed Win 7 first then XP. Used Easy BCD to repair boot file. If installing XP first is better, I'm willing to do that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks just for reading
Robb

Answer:Win 7/XP dual boot drive letter question

Robb -

I think your idea to reinstall with XP being installed first this time will solve all of these issues.

Win7 when it is installed last will correctly configure the drive you are booted into to always be C and auto-install the Dual Boot Menu.

This is so much easier and more convenient that it's worth the trouble to reinstall.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Clean Install Windows 7

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I have a Dell Inspiron laptop which I recently upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium from Vista doing an inplace upgrade. Everything works fine. I wanted to dual boot with XP so I followed the tutorial from this site to do so. The dual boot works just fine but XP is always drive E:, whether I'm in Windows 7 (which is always drive C: ) or in XP. Isn't the currently loaded operating system supposed to be drive C: and the other drive will be assigned a different letter? Or is that only on systems with two physical hard drives? And, does it matter? Seems to me some programs are going to choke trying to install and run on drive E:

A few more details on my system and what I did: I started with a single 93 GB partition and shrunk the volume in Windows 7 so the drive was roughly split in half. I left the unallocated space as unallocated and booted with the XP disc. I selected the unallocated space and XP made a partition using all but 8 MB and left 8 MB unallocated (not sure why it wouldn't use it all). I installed XP on this new partition, updated drivers, etc. and then ran EasyBCD as shown in the tutorial. When I boot the machine now I get the option to select which OS I want and I can boot into either just fine.

Advice? Thoughts?

Thanks.

Answer:XP stays as Drive E: in Dual Boot With Windows 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine


The dual boot works just fine but XP is always drive E:, whether I'm in Windows 7 (which is always drive C: ) or in XP. Isn't the currently loaded operating system supposed to be drive C: and the other drive will be assigned a different letter? Or is that only on systems with two physical hard drives? And, does it matter?


Hi! Welcome to SevenForums!
1. NO Windows isn't always supposed to be on the C Drive
2. It doesn't matter








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Peregrine


Seems to me some programs are going to choke trying to install and run on drive E:


They won't. The ONLY reason that they install on Drive C is because that's how it's set in the registry.....

WARNING! BEFORE EDITING THE REGISTRY, MAKE A BACK-UP BY GOING TO FILE THEN EXPORT IN REGEDIT
To change it open Registry Editor (Write regedit in the start bar and press enter)

1. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion and click on it.

2. Find ProgramFilesDir in the right bar.

3. Right-Click it and click Modify

4. Under Value Data write in the location you want your files to install for exampe D:/Programs

Remember you have to reboot for your changes to show.

Thanks!
ZeshanA
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I hate to ask this question because I'm sure it's been asked and answered in this forum (a number of threads of which I've read) but I'm now more unsure than ever.

My current drive is set up for two OS's (both Win7), one data partition and a System Reserve as can be seen in the attachment below. I just completed a clean install of both and would like to image it with the ability to restore just one or the other of the two unadulterated OS's later in time. Most all the backup & restore apps talked about in this forum seem to be capable of cloning and restoring the entire disk but I'm not sure if any are capable of a single partition (OS) restoration from the disk cloning.

I lieu of this I might just ask (like a broken record) for opinions as to which app you would choose simply to make a disk image given my dual-boot scenario.

Answer:Suggested B/R software for use with dual-boot drive?

After a bit more searching it looks like I have my answer via, once again, gregrocker. Seems my WD Acronis should allow individual OS restoration.

How to make a system image for a dual boot system

*EDIT* -- Also notice DavidW7ncus verifies he uses WD Acronis for backing up individually and restoring individually on a multi-boot.

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Hello,

I just partitioned my new 120GB hard drive into 3 separate drives. I installed WinXP pro on 2 of the partitions leaving the third one to just store files.
When I boot into the first WinXP the drive letters look like this:

Drive C: - 80GB (WinXP Pro #1)
Drive D: - 30GB (WinXp Pro #2)
Drive E: - 10GB (Empty)

Now, when I boot into the second WinXp the drives are all mixed up and look like this:

Drive c: 30GB (WinXp Pro #2)
Drive D: 10GB (Empty)
Drive E: 80GB (WinXp Pro #1)

Is there any way I can make all the drives the same no matter which WinXP partition I log into?


Thanks for you help in advance guys.
 

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I have a dual-boot setup. Volume C runs Vista Home Premium. Volume F runs Vista Ultimate. (Vol. D is a recovery volume.) I would like to blow away C: and boot only from F. Would the following be a possible/advisable solution?

1. Boot from F.
2. Delete C.
3. Rename F "C".
4. Expand F (the new "C") to include the old C.

Thanks!

Answer:Can I delete the C drive from a dual boot system?

i dont think its possible without screwing up all your installed programs.

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I recently installed Vista on my laptop along with XP. Within XP my local hard drive (partition) letter is "C" and my Vista partition has the letter "V" . With in Vista my main partition has the drive letter "C" and my XP partition is "D". How can I make each partition drive letter the same for both OS.
 

Answer:Drive letters after dual boot install

If you have other programs installed on the XP partition, reassigning drive letters can make those programs difficult to access.
Vista always wants the C; partition, wherever it sits.
Basically, the easiest way is to reinstall both xp, and Vista, with Vista being the first one you put on, then XP, then drive letters will be correct.
If you have any external hard drives, be sure to connect after installing both systems, so as to keep drive letters in order.
I use HyperOs, and have both, but I renamed any extra partitions so that I know which contains what programs - I have copies in a backup on the C drive, and, at present six partitions over two hard drives, and by keeping the correct order, I can use the second hatd drive to boot from (disconnecting the first hard drive) - so giving me a G partition to boot from on the second hard drive - its easy to live with.
You can use
VistaBootPro, but I have not used it - look up the archives at majorgeeks, as several have used/tried that way.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/VistaBootPRO_d5625.html
 

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I've got a bit of a perplexing problem here that I hope somebody can provide some insight on. Set up the dual boot with your (very awesome) tutorial and everything works perfectly there. Windows 7 was installed first to the C: drive, XP is on an E: partition of the same drive. The D: drive is a second physical drive that is just used for file storage. If it matters, both physical drives are paired drives in Raid1.

The problem comes when I've loaded into Windows XP, I can't access the D:\ storage drive. It reads as size 0, and can't be formatted or read.

Under Windows 7, everything works. I can access the storage drive fine and have no problems using it.

I originally thought it was a permissions thing because the D:\ drive was formatted in Win7, but in XP I can read from the win7 C:\ drive just fine.

I am at a loss, can anybody offer any suggestions as to why the drive would read fine under 7 but not when in XP?

Answer:XP cannot access other drive with Windows 7 dual boot

  
Quote: Originally Posted by NinjaPirate


I've got a bit of a perplexing problem here that I hope somebody can provide some insight on. Set up the dual boot with your (very awesome) tutorial and everything works perfectly there. Windows 7 was installed first to the C: drive, XP is on an E: partition of the same drive. The D: drive is a second physical drive that is just used for file storage. If it matters, both physical drives are paired drives in Raid1.

The problem comes when I've loaded into Windows XP, I can't access the D:\ storage drive. It reads as size 0, and can't be formatted or read.

Under Windows 7, everything works. I can access the storage drive fine and have no problems using it.

I originally thought it was a permissions thing because the D:\ drive was formatted in Win7, but in XP I can read from the win7 C:\ drive just fine.

I am at a loss, can anybody offer any suggestions as to why the drive would read fine under 7 but not when in XP?


Hi NP and welcome

I assume the drive is NTFS. what are the permssions like. since the HDhas been in two OS maybe the inherited rights are different.

Not much help sorry

Ken J+

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Hi all,
I hope I am in the correct forum.

I have a Sony C series 64 bit laptop.
I have a 2.5" IDE drive from my old laptop which has XP.

I was thinking to image Win 7 on my Sony to a cd; so that I have a clean disk.
How can I then clone my XP ide drive onto the new laptop drive - which is an Hitachi ATA (mSata?) - so that I will have a dual boot system?
Although if the XP works fine, that is what I will use.

I had it suggested that I do a sysprep 1st, then use Bart PE. However I
believe Bart PE only goes to XP SP3, and I only have the whole drive - with
all my docs on it. No installation disk.

Do I need to do a "sysprep"?
Is it possible to "slipstream" a whole drive with all the necessary drivers?
Will it be an issue if the XP is 32 bit, and my new machine is 64bit?

Can you advise me; what is the best way to do this?
Thanks

Answer:How can I clone an ide xp drive to dual boot on i5 laptop

Either SysPrep or run a XP Repair Install after reimaging it onto the space you create on the new laptop HD. Partition or Volume - Shrink

However XP wont' start on most newer hardware because it doesn't have modern SATA drivers and there's no way to insert them from CD without floppy support. They'd need to be slipstreamed into the CD so the Repair Install will inject them: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

THis is purely experimental as sometimes it won't even offer a Repair Install when reimaged, but then you could clean install if the SATA drivers are in the CD.

As you can see it really is a dying OS.

I'd use free Macrium or the premium Acronis cloning/imaging app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix if you have one.

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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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I am running a HDD with windows 8 32-bit, & a SSD with windows 8 64-bit. Whichever drive I select, my two data HDD's show errors, e.g recycle bin corrupted, or they are simply missing data that was there when loaded via the other platform.
All drives are cleanly installed, & AHCI was selected in the BIOS before installation. I need both versions, as some of my vital 32-bit programmes won't work with the 64-bit W8 & vice-versa. I use the BIOS to select the platform that I want to use, & they seem to boot up just fine.
Can anyone suggest a cause & solution please?

Answer:Drive errors on windows 8 dual-boot

Your two Windows installs and user accounts will have different security IDs associated with them. If the data drives are formatted NTFS (and they usually are) the ownership/permission to access the data files will depend on which Windows 8 install and which user account you used to create or manipulate the files. You can try creating a FAT32 partition to share data, which won't have the same security issues but is a less robust file-system than NTFS.
Recycle bin problem is due to the same issue - they're system folders and one OS isn't allowed to access the recycle bin created/used by the other.

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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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Hi guys,
I ve managed to install Win XP after Win7 installation as in tutorial. Win 7 is on Drive C and Win XP on drive G. Then Ive decided to only keep the XP version and move it on drive C (currently occuied by Win 7).
What is the easiest and safest way to do this?

Thanks
Cfb

Answer:Easiest way to keep XP and move it on drive C in dual boot?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Win7 Start Menu.

You want to remove Win7 and leave XP? Why?

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Hey guys -

I was wondering if there was any way I could dual boot my external Firewire/USB drive. I would like to dual boot with XP and Mac OS 10.3. I use this drive at work to clone other Macs with images but I would also like to be able to have a Windows XP OS on there. If I cannot dual boot them, can I partition them and only install Mac OS X on 1 partition?

Thanks!
 

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I have clean installed XP Pro on two seperate drives one an IDE and the other a SATA. The installs were done independently (disk by disk). After installing successfully on the SATA drive I reconnected both drives configuring the IDE as master. I then went through the Recovery Console to enter a 'Load Identifier' for each to make things easier. Upon restart I was given the option of the two drives (the IDE being C: and configured as master, and the SATA being E:)and chose the name I had given the SATA Drive. However, the IDE drive loaded insttead. Thinking I had obviously got the two the wrong way round I restarted and then chose the other drive. Wrong! The Ide drive was again the drive that loaded. I can't figure this out as I've done this process successfully before but with two IDE drives (admittedly after asking advice due to having limited knowledge), so is the SATA the problem? I know I'm missing something obvious. The boot.ini file reads as follows:default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="drive1" /fastdetectmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="drive2" /fastdetectmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetectIn order to have the two drives bootable what should this read and how do I go about rectifying this prob?

Answer:Dual Boot XP and XP on seperate drive probs

There is only a defined disk of which they all point to the same disk. So each option points to the same disk...So chage to: multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="drive1" /fastdetect To whatever line to disk.

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Hi everyone ! this is my first post. i hope someone can help me with this question..

I've just got a new HP laptop with windows 7 Home Premium.
Anytime Upgraded to Ultimate.

i want to boot to windows XP (SP2) on this new laptop..(Not necessarily Dual-Boot). there is only on program i need to use under XP.

the dual-booting tutorials here are quite in depth and potentially problematic for none techie like me. i would prefer not re-partion the drive and 'hide' one operating system from the other, so what i would prefer to do is this...

1. Plug in an External hard drive (USB 2.0).Clean and factory formatted.

2. Go into my BIOS > Disable boot from internal hard drive > enable boot from CD Drive (first)

3. Exit BIOS having saved changes

4. insert win XP Install disk in drive.

So, in theory XP Install should be like on a brand new machine.

when i want to use windows 7 i would reverse the BIOS changes and make sure external drive with XP is not connected.

So, windows 7 would not know XP is even in use.

Is all this viable... or is there something that would prevent it from working?

Thanks

Tony8

Answer:Dual-Boot windows XP from External Drive

I have a similiar problem. I have a new Windows 7 computer and an old computer running XP. I can mount the XP hard drive into a USB enclosure. If I change the bios to boot from the USB port first, will I be able boot from the XP drive when the drive is connected and boot from the internal drive when the xp drive is not connected?

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I installed windows 7 on my desktop where XP was already installed. Now, unless I have the RC1 DVD in the drive, the computer automatically boots to XP with no option. If I leave the DVD in the drive it gives me the ''press any key to boot from CD or DVD" then automatically goes to win7 if I dont press anything. I used BCD while in 7 and it didn't seem to have an effect. Help?!

Answer:Dual boot issue with Windows 7 and XP with DVD in drive

Have you tried going to the BIOS menu and selecting boot from Internal HDD?

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1) I currently am running Vista on a laptop on which it is the only OS. I want to install 7 on a second partition for dual boot. However, to keep things tidy, I would like to make Win7 Drive C: (which currently contains Vista). Is there a way to image the hard drive then reload it onto drive D: after I install 7 on C:?

2) I guess my other option is to install 7 on the formatted HD, then create a D: partition to run the Vista recovery disks on... at least that would restore my drivers, etc. But I really wanted to keep my current configuration around for those programs that are slow to catch on to the new OS. (Or do I even have to worry about this?)

3) If all this dual boot stuff is too complicated or if I really don't need to worry about the driver/software compatibility, I might just do away with that idea and clean install it on the C: drive and forget about Vista. (reluctant to do so since I rely on this computer for school). I will be keeping my C: drive image that I took yesterday so taht I can recover to Vista if need be.

Edt: 4) I just had anther thought... If I install Win 7 clean could I then take my Vista hard drive image and make it into a VHD? that would pretty much solve all my troubles I think. Unless I would need to reinstall Vista onto the VHD.

Answer:Questions about Dual Boot and Drive letters

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I originally did the same thing, for the same reason. But never used Vista again after the first time with Win7.
All programs that I ran on Vista work on Win7.
If you don't have the Win7 driver for something the Vista driver will work.

Just keep your Vista backup image, you'll probably never use it but, keep it for safety sake.

Use the Clean install method and use Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers to get all your user settings from Vista, you will still have to install all the programs. It will make the transition easier.

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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?

Thanks.

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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Well, this is quite a complicated one I think but I'll give this a shot.

I need to dual boot windows XP along side my current windows 7 installation. But here is my biggest problem, I only have sata hard drives (3 that are in RAID) and have no floppy drive to load drivers. As such, whenever I boot the windows XP disc, I get a blue screen (0x0000007B).

Now I have the installation files on one of my other hard drives, and can access them through "Safe mode command prompt" and launch winnt32.exe (I get an error when I run winnt.exe becuase of windows 7 been 64bit) and am presented with the installation menu. Three problems here -

1) I am not given the option of where to install
2) It will overwrite the windows 7 boot loader (and possibly windows 7)
3) Once it is installed, it wont be able to boot becuase it doesn't have sata drivers....or am I wrong in that assumption?

I have spent the last 4 hours trying to find ways to install XP with no floppy drive (I litterally don't own one), and have even attempted to create a customised CD with the drivers on but to no avail.

So my question is....Is there a way to install windows XP Pro (SP2) along side windows 7 (either boot loader is fine) with no floppy drive to load up drivers?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Installing XP, in dual boot, on a SATA drive!

this link should help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-7-xp.html

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The simplest way to put my problem is that in DOS, I could solve it with "sys C:\" then FDisk to make sure the drive I want is Boot, Active and System.

Some years ago, I set up a 1 TB SATA drive to dual boot XP Pro 32 bit and 64 bit. Lots of things changed since then but drives C:, D: and E: are still there. I bought Win7 Pro the day M$ made it available, installed it on a new 640 gig SATA drive and somehow set up dual boot with 'older OS' (XP Pro 64, no longer runs), Win 7 Pro RC and the full retail Win 7 Pro 64. Right, the only functioning OS in the boot menu is Win 7 Pro 64 retail. I discovered yesterday morning that the new 640 gig Win 7 drive is NOT the system drive. The old 1 TB drive did not spin up and the boot menu returned the error "ntldr not found, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to reboot." DUH.

Back in DOS days gaming, I had to know how to do all this stuff manually. You sure didn't get any help from Windows! But I haven't had to even install an OS often enough to remember much about the process in years.

So, is there a simple, easy way to make my Win 7 installation drive the System drive? Then can I do away with the multi boot menu and just boot straight into Win 7 Pro like I want to?

Thanks all!

Answer:Two HDD's, Dual boot, Wrong Drive is SYSTEM

We need to see a picture of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings - using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu - to give you the exact steps. Screen Shots

Tell us what is on each partition, which you want to keep and elminate, and whether you want to recover the disk space for those deleted and to where.

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