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Dual booting w/ 2 hard drives and seperate partition for Grub.

Question: Dual booting w/ 2 hard drives and seperate partition for Grub.

Okay, here's the tenitive plan. This PC has a 30 gig hd and a 320 Gb hd.

I want Grub on a separate partition so my system will still boot if I uninstall one of the OS's

partition 1 -Grub
partition 2 -Arch
Partition 3 Vista

partition 1 - misc linux files (home directory)
partition 2 - misc vista files
partition 3 - a large partition for data.

Is there anything I'm overlooking?

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Answer: Dual booting w/ 2 hard drives and seperate partition for Grub.

thats not how I would have set it up...but, anyway
Here is how I do it.

I put Vista on my 200gb drive. Then I split up my 300gb drive into 150gb, then the rest amongst three partitions for nix.

I put all of my Vista data on the 150gb partition, and grub on the /boot partition I set for nix.

Then I use EasyBCD to have the Vista bootloader invoke Grub on the other drive.

No fuss, no muss.

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Not sure where this was supposed to go sorry in advance, I want to dual boot windows 7 and windows 10 on 2 seperate hard drives is it possible?

Answer:Dual booting on seperate hard drives?

Hello xcaliber,

If you upgraded to the free Windows 10 from this Windows 7, then that would violate the EULA. While 10 is installed, you are not suppose to have the 7 key activated. If you do, then you risk having both invalidated.

You would need to purchase either Windows 7 or 10 if you wanted them both installed and activated.

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Hi, have hp laptop in which I have installed seperately 2 hard drive which runs Windows 10 Proff. And Windows 7 Proff. These have to be installed to the same bay, independently, when they will be recognised. Recently I obtained another dvd drive bay in which I installed the second hard drive which runs Windows 7I have not tried to see if the bios will recognise them this options, do not want to loose the boot partitions, will the bios recognise the hard drives as drive C and drive E or drive D which the dvd drive will have been previously and will be again when I swap the dvd drive back, A lot long-winded question for someone to help and advise about. I previously have lost the boot sections of hard drives and I do not want to loose any on these drives. Thanks Dave

Answer:Dual booting with 2 seperate hard drives

What ever drive the o/s boots from normally become c even if when booting from another drive its d or e are you going to boot by changing the boot order in the bios?

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I have tried to look on Google for what I am about to explain but I guess I don't know what exactly to call it but I do know what I am looking for the end result to be. Ok...

I do computer repairs and builds around where I live. I have a customer who had me build him a system previously. AMD X2 6000, 2 GB RAM, 36 GB Raptor, DVD burner and Windows XP. Well, he wanted to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB but I told him Windows XP will only recognize just over 3 GB and not the total 4 GB. Well he asked what it would take to recognize all 4 GB and I told him the 64 bit version of Windows XP would do. So what does this man do?

He buys his 4 GB kit, Windows XP x64 AND another raptor drive. He now would like to install Windows XP x64 on the new raptor while retaining his copy of Windows XP 32-bit on the other. Now mind you, this man plays no games. Does no video and/or sound editing. He is just your typical web/word processing user with the obsession to have the best he can.

So my question now, how do I do this?! I have looked into hardware solutions for switching which drive you would want to boot from and I tried to looking into editing the Windows Boot.ini file but could not really find a solution I felt comfortable trying out. I am really stuck here trying to find an answer. I hope I can find an answer here.

Answer:Dual booting from seperate drives...

The process is the same as any other type of dual boot system. Put the second Raptor drive in, and boot from the XP x64 CD. Point the XP x64 install routine to the new unformatted Raptor, and when finished, you should see a menu when you boot. You may want to edit the boot.ini file to clearly label each version.

You could also try to convince him that he doesn't need both versions, unless he's running some old 16 bit software.

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Its my understanding this is much easier (even though i'd prefer the same drive)

my set up is convoluted and complicated however. This is due to both my ssd drives being in raid 0 and having windows instealled on them, and my data hdd's are also in raid 0 but have nothing installed on them.

Ideally what i'd like to do is use the ssd's for osx as well and be done with it - however since from the reading ive done, that basically isnt going to happen without nixing my windows install - it leaves me with the data drives.

Unfortunately the data drives are not only slower (hdd vs ssd) but HUGE in comparison. 4tb vs 500gb.

What im here to ask is, does a way exist to partition a chunk (maybe 25%) off of my hdd array and use it for osx, while keeping the remainder intact within windows 10 to use for data/storage/backup etc?

if so how?

tooootally new territory for me :P

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Its my understanding this is much easier (even though i'd prefer the same drive)

my set up is convoluted and complicated however. This is due to both my ssd drives being in raid 0 and having windows instealled on them, and my data hdd's are also in raid 0 but have nothing installed on them.

Ideally what i'd like to do is use the ssd's for osx as well and be done with it - however since from the reading ive done, that basically isnt going to happen without nixing my windows install - it leaves me with the data drives.

Unfortunately the data drives are not only slower (hdd vs ssd) but HUGE in comparison. 4tb vs 500gb.

What im here to ask is, does a way exist to partition a chunk (maybe 25%) off of my hdd array and use it for osx, while keeping the remainder intact within windows 10 to use for data/storage/backup etc?

if so how?

tooootally new territory for me :P

Answer:inquiry about dual booting win10 and osx on seperate drives

Be aware that installing an Apple OS on non Apple hardware is a violation of Apple's EULA. If you want to run OSX it is best to buy a Mac.

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This article describes how to create a separate System partition and configure the boot environment to start both Windows Vista and Windows 7. The System partition is the disk partition marked as Active and contains the boot files used to start Windows. Windows Vista is usually installed on a disk partition that is marked Active.
Installing Windows 7 to a new partition on the same disk does not change the Active partition. However, creating a system image backup from Windows 7 includes critical boot files from the System partition, which may also include Windows Vista files. Using a disk configuration with a separate System partition for boot files supports a multiple boot configuration and allows a system image backup of Windows 7 without Windows Vista files.
Full tutorial on Technet.

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Hi all,

I have two 20GB hard drives. I want to set this up for Win98 SE to be on its own on the first drive and Win XP Pro on the second hard drive, not to use partitioning on the same physical HDD, but 2 OS's on 2 physical hard drives. When I was using Linux, I managed a setup using PowerBoot 3.0 that had 98, Mandrake and NT on 2 hdd's (mandrake and NT on the second physical drive (PowerBoot can hide the 98 on the first physical drive). How do I go about setting this up, if at all:


Answer:Booting Win98 SE and XP Pro on seperate hard drives

Are you wanting them hidden from each other? You should be able to use boot-manager to do that

If all you are interested in, is a basic dual boot and you don't care if the two can see the others drive, then you can just install 98 first on the C: and then Install XP onto the D:. XP has a built-in basic boot manager that will let you select which OS you want to boot from. It will not hide one from the other, just let you select which version of Windows to boot.

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Hello all!

I am wondering if anyone can help with this question...

I would like to install Windows XP onto two hard drives in the same computer but also have a seperate user log on to each of the hard drives.
Basically, I want to have one hard drive for my mom's log on and the other hard drive for my dad's log on.
Can this be done?? and how would I go about doing this??

Answer:Dual XP on seperate hard drives

Welcome to TechSpot

Yes, that can be done. Once the first XP is in place, boot from your XP-CD and install XP again on the second HD. For Microsoft this will look like a re-install (as far as I know), so you won't have any issues with (re-)registering, as it is the same PC.
The second install will insert an extra entry in your boot.ini file on the first HD, thus causing a Start-menu to show up when you switch the PC on. With Notepad you can change the entry-names, such as "Win-XP for Mom" and "Win-XP for Dad".
They will have 30 seconds to make up their mind which XP to start.
The disadvantage of doing this is, that you will have to install all other programs, such as Office, a second time as well. If you don't mind that, they will never be able to mess up the other's XP, once both are installed.

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I have two hard drives and they are both on there own.C Drive contains my xp windows operating systemD drive is a seprate drive and I have nothing on it yet.I tried to install a Linux system onto D Drive and I wanted it to Dual boot with C Drive.I can not get D rrive to dual bootI did download Vista Beta and tried to set it up to dual boot.When I got to the final stage of the installation I was informed that Vista had failed to install completely.When I tried to open up my XP Windows on D Drive it was not possible all I got was a blank screen.I blamed Vista for this and I should have more sence than to try.Is it possible to dual boot a seperate hard drive and put a different operating system on the drive.Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot two seperate Hard Drives

I don't think this counts as "Absolute Beginners" and I know I only check this forum irregularly so you might find you get more help there.

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i currenlty have win 7 x64 on my main 500gb ssd and want to dual boot with windows 10 on a seperate hard drive. and this is what i did.

unplugged the hard drive witn windows 7 connected blank SSD. installed windows 10 booted up just fine. shutdown pc. connected win7 500gb ssd and now boots up to win7. i tried to press f12 on boot up and select the win10 ssd and it still boots into windows 7 ssd.

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Please be patient! New to all of this!
Here's my scenario!

- I have a new PC.
- 4 GB RAM
- 2 500 Gb seperate hard drives.
- Vista 64.
- Apart general computer stuff, it's being set up for home recording studio.


-Even though I thought I had carefully researched my hardware requirements,e.g. a ESI 49+ USB keyboard controller, Sonar software, it appears that I have compatibilty problem with ESI keyboard controller. Even though I even contacted ESI, and they replied that there would be no problem with the keyboard controller. Well, they were wrong. And found out after that, they haven't and have no intention of developing 64 bit drivers. OK, will live with that!

Now I got suggested that perhaps a generic 64 USB driver may fix the problem,(Cypress Generic USB device), but unsure as to taking this path.

So to avoid any other hardware or software problem, the friend who built this system for me, decided that perhaps Dual Booting the system would be the way to go. Fine by me!

Now Vista 64 is already installed on one drive, the other drive is empty. He hasn't done a dual boot before so were both learning. So we installed XP disc, it allowed me to install on the empty drive, all good so far, copying files,etc. But then it needed to reboot, and then when back installing the XP software again! I understand now that there is a problem with Vista 64 being on there first, but is there a way to install XP?

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Answer:Dual Boot Vista 64 & XP Seperate Hard Drives

Hello Colyn Gypsy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Check with this tutorial below, it can help guide you through installing XP to dual boot with Vista.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

Afterwards, while in Vista, you can change what OS you would like to have the computer to start by default. The tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Boot Partition - Default

Hope this helps,

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Can you dual boot windows 10 32 bit and 64 bit on 2 seperate hard drives on the same computer and which do I upgade first?

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If I wanted to dual boot vista and xp, is this possible to do when installing them on two different hard drives?

I have an existing hard drive from an old pc that has xp on it, and i'm going to put it in my new machine. This will be using an IDE cable.

I am then going to add a SATA hard drive with Vista on. Is it possible to choose between the two for this as well or not?


Answer:Dual boot XP Vista on two seperate hard drives?

Yes, you can do this, but you must remember to install XP before Vista. To configure the bootloader you will find it easier if you use a program such as VistaBootPro or EasyBCD.

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I'm trying to utilyze two seperate hard drives so that I can seperate two users. This is a new 64, HP with XP Media as the operating system on a 200 gig drive.

First of all, when I went in to the BIOS to investigate how this new computer was set up I noticed that it recognized the hard drive (200 g) in channel c and in the "3rd" group. Shouldn't the primary IDE be on Channel A, and be recognized as the "0" representing that this is the master drive in this system. Furthermore the DVD was on Channel B and it was recognized as "0".

Needless to say, I was wondering what the jumper settings looked like on the hard drive, it was one of those new drives that I have never worked with. It had one plug on the left side of the drive, and it plugged in to the motherboard as a plug of some type, leaving the standard IDE Master plug on the motherboard empty. Is this part of that problem? Anyway, I plugged my 2nd hard drive in direct to the master drive and when I went in to the BIOS, the system was only recognizing the DVD player, and it showed neither hard drive. When I plugged the (2nd) hard drive in to the straps with the DVD, than the BIOS recognized both drives and the DVD, however the DVD was once again in the "0" IDE Master position, the 2nd drive that I wanted to add was recognized in the "group B" Channel B, and the original real master drive was recognized in Group C, Channel B, position "1".

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Answer:Dual Boot with Windows XP / xp media two seperate hard drives

i have a sata drive and a 20gb IDE drive on my computer, both set with jumpers at primary. When i installed vista (since i didn't have 2 drives when i installed XP) i gave me an option to put the operating system on the IDE 20gb drive OR the 120gb 1st partition OR the 80gb second partition.

I think you either messed up somewhere in the settings installing XP or it didn't have that option.

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

Answer:Dual booting dual hard drives help!

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

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I would like to have Win98 se and Win XP operating systems installed on seperate drives on my machine - I have put Win98 on the Primary Master disk and WinXP on the Primary slave disk, on boot up it goes straight into Win98 with no option to go into XP. I appreciate that there are already loads of articles about this, but would appreciate any concise information on how to achieve my aim, and if indeed it is a simple process or not.

Answer:Dual booting with 2 hard drives

I'm not too sure but if you put Xp as the master and 98 as the slave, Xp should recognise 98 and give you a boot option.Try switching the hard drives around.

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Is it possible to dual boot using two hard drives,both will have operating systems. tia.

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I have windows XP installed on two separate hdd's. I am trying to dual boot them by modifying the boot.ini file. Here is what I have:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional 1" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional 2" /fastdetect
I don't know why it puts "WINDOWS" on two lines, but its not really like that.
I have the first drive set to master and the second one set to slave, but whenever I select the second one, I get an error saying that it can't the boot directory. Both drives will boot to windows if I plug them in one at a time. I copied the boot.ini file onto both hdd's so they are both the same, but it didn't help.

What am I doing wrong?


Answer:Dual Booting with two hard drives

The Slave drive doesnt have the MBR. That is why it wont allow to be booted.

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Alright so heres the issue. Any advice that can be offered would be fantastic.

So I currently have 2 hard drives on my desktop computer. The first is a 120gb and the second is 500gb. Each drive has a fresh format and install of XP Pro SP3.

Is what I am trying to do is be able to boot to either hard drive with no correlation to the other whatsoever, without having to unplug the one I am not using. I would like to use one drive for downloading/web browsing etc. and the other for more secure things. Ideally I would turn on the computer, hit delete, go into the bios and quickly change which hard drive I want to boot from. If this doesn't make sense as to my goal, please ask me to clarify.

In essence there would be two separate computers, different hard drives, but operating off the same ram/processor/ other hardware.

So the way it is setup now, I can choose which hard drive I can boot from, and it will boot from there and load the drives respective desktop/files etc. but in the My Computer screen I can still see the other drive.

How do I change it so that the drives are in no way shape or form available from one another. Is this even possible? What are my alternatives to accomplishing my intended purpose without buying a separate computer.

Thanks in advance for any help,

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I have two 320gig hard drives. One is connected to Sata Port 1. The other is connected to Sata Port 2.

The drive on Sata 1 is the one I installed Windows XP on. Then when I connected the second drive to Sata 2, when Windows booted up it detected it and installed it as a slave drive.

NOW, here is the question:

I'd like to take the drive on Sata 2, total wipe it by deleting the partition, then install Windows Vista on there by creating/formating a new partition with my Vista installation disc.

The question is, will I still be able to dual boot from two separate hard drives on two different Sata ports? I was under the impression that dual booting can only work when dealing with different partitions on the same drive.

NOTE: I basically need to have the option of choosing at start up between my Sata 1 drive with Windows XP and my Sata 2 drive with Windows Vista.

Answer:Dual Booting From Two Hard Drives?

Well, if you want to keep the drives separate, so you specifically boot off of each one individually, you probably want to disconnect the XP drive when you install Vista. It will work fine. Of course, you could keep both drives up, and let Vista install a bootloader onto the first drive and choose them from one boot menu. Either way, it should be fine. You should note that your second SATA drive is not a slave. Both are master drives.

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I want to know how I get get a prompt when booting my pc to boot between two hard drives. I want this because I want to continue using my Vista on one hard drive and Windows 7 on another. Is this possible or does this only work with one hard drive using partitions?

Answer:dual booting using 2 hard drives...

If you're just dual booting between Windows installs it's pretty painless. Just install Windows on the second drive and it will add an option to the boot menu.

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I have two hard drives which i am trying to get it so i have the option of which drive i want to use.Computer specs as follows:Intel 350MHz CPUNvidia Vanta 8mb Graphics CardI'll have to get more specs when i get home, i'm at school right now.The primary master is a 20gig HD with Windows 2000 installed on itThe Secondary Master (i think this has to be slave but my Bios doesnt have an option to change it) is a 6 gig with Windows 98 Installed.What i have so far is i have edited my boot.ini file on the 2000 drive and now have the option of which Hard Drive to boot at start up, which is this:[boot loader]timeout=10default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 2000 on primary drive" /fastdetectmulti(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 98 on Backup Drive" /fastdetect The problem i am having here is that when i try to boot the 98 HardDrive it says there is a certain .exe file missing which is used on windows 2000 (i will have to get the exact name when i get home)So the trouble here is i think the computer is recognising the hard drive as the windows 2000 one but trying to boot from 98, i need it so it just boots as 98Another problem is that the 6gig hard drive has labled itself D and has uninstalled my cd drive which is a little frustrating.And last but not least, when i booted the 2000 hard drive the 6 gig showed up in my computer as D drive, which is fine, but when i reset t... Read more

Answer:Need help with dual booting 2 hard drives

Well, I don't know how to fix it other than to format your drives and start over.  But, I do know that Win 98 needs to be drive C.  So, that's part of your problem.  This is why Win 9x should be installed first in a dual boot configuration.

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Has any dual booted with 2 hard drives? If so, how did you set it up?

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Yep...I had a drive with 98SE and added a second drive setup as slave and installed XP ...XP setup the boot file pretty much automaticlly if I remember correctly ( it was a while ago)

You can also unhook the first drive and set the second drive up as a complete seperate unit then rehook the first drive and use a third party boot loader such as the one that come with Partition Magic

plenty of threads about dual booting if you use the search feature


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The original one had Windows Vista on it along with my apps, programs, etc.

I clean installed Windows 7 on a second drive that had nothing on it.

They don't seem to recognize each other and I can only change which one boots through F8 and the BIOS settings.

How do I get them to recognize each other at boot up?


Answer:Dual booting question: I have 2 hard drives.

Check out this Tutorial

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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I have WinXP with service Pack 2 installed on two separate drives in the same PC. one is the C: drive the other is the F: drive (D: and E: are CDRom and DVD Rom)

I want to use one for the kids, for games etc and the other exclusively for work and professional.

At the moment the PC Boots to C: and I can see and navigate F: with explorer.

My drives are set up as Cable select (CS).

How do I set the PC up so that it offers a choice of booting from either C: or F: (The only solution I found so far is to power down the pc and physically change the drive connections.

But surely there is a way of setting up the PC as a Dual Boot pc?

Hear is my current BOOT.INI file. What do I change?

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

Answer:Dual Booting two WinXP Hard Drives. How do I do it?

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Hello community, currently I have a machine with Windows 8 pre-installed already. But now I don't like Windows 8 as much because certain programs I want to use requires Windows 7. Though I would still like to keep Windows 8 because it's licensed. I have an extra hard drive lying around with Windows 7 loaded in it already. Now I would like to dual boot between these two drives. Do I have to turn off Secure Boot and change the boot orders around to boot the Windows 7 hard drive? Thanks for the responses!

Answer:Dual booting on separate hard drives.

Welcome to EightForums

Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

You will need a PC with UEFI/BIOS firmware, that will let you install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode

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I have win7 32 on my main partition and just installed 64bit on the smaller. Now it only boots from the new install. how can i get a prompt to start either one or the other? thanks.

Answer:Dual booting on same partition hard drive?


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I was wondering if you could help me. I'm currently running a 64-bit Vista Ultimate, and it's a problem because I've still got programs ('SplitCam' and my printer drivers) that won't work on a 64-bit OS. That's why I was thinking of going for a dual-boot setup. I've already gone through the troubles of searching the web, but none of them seem to fit my situation.

Basically I've got 5 hard drives. Here's a screen shot of my "diskmgmt":

I don't have any strict preference as to what OS to dual-boot to, but since I've only got two minor programs to run, XP would be really applicable and sufficient enough.

What I'm feeling anxious about is that before I've had countless problems on booting, i.e. missing NTLDR/BOOTMGR etc. All how-to's and guides I'm finding on the web are only for one hard drive scenarios, but not for multiple hard drives.

I guess the basic question would be: is it alright to install XP/Vista (X86) to my other hard drives and not worry about the booting stuff?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Dual-booting and multiple hard drives question

Anyone in here?

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Here's my situation I recently bought Windows 7 Pro and a new Sata Hard Drive. My intent was to add Windows 7 to the new hard drive and leave my XP installation alone on the other Sata hard drive plus I have another Sata hard drive I use for Storage. At first I tried installing it with the 3 hard drives plugged in but after win 7 copied its files over and restarted I got the "Insert System Disk and Press Enter". So I tried installing it again but it ended up the same way, so I unplugged the other hard drives and installed windows 7 Pro on the new hard drive. So now it loads win 7 on power up and the only way for me to access XP is to change the boot order in bios or pressing F12. I tried installing win 7 again with all 3 sata hard drives plugged in but it still won't give me the dual boot menu. I tried using bcdedit to add XP to Windows 7 boot manager and that did add Windows XP to he boot menu but when I choose XP all it does is restart. So my question is, is there another way to manually add XP to the windows 7 boot manager?

In case this makes a difference:
In XP, it says XP is Drive C and Win7 is Drive D
In Win7 it says Win7 is Drive C and XP is Drive D

Answer:Dual booting Win7 Pro & WinXP Pro with 2 Hard Drives

I just found out that when I choose XP from the Windows 7 boot menu I get this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root> \system32\ntoskrnl.exe

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Last year I upgraded an old T410S for my girlfriend for her graphic design work. I upgraded the ram, replaced the screen and added a second hard drive where the DVD drive was.  Her primary hard drive was a 1.8" 60-80g SSD and the new drive is a 750GB HDD.  A year later, the trouble is that things must be defaulting to save on the SSD and not on the HDD and she's having trouble. 1.8" drives are expensive so I don't really want to upgrade it. My other idea was to clone the two drives and remove the 1.8" drive completely. Can you boot from the secondary drive? And how would I go about setting this up? Thanks!

Thinkpad W510 - Intel i7 Q720 - 12 gb of ram - 1gb Nvidia graphics card - Samsung EVO 500gb SSD

Answer:T410S - Dual hard drives - booting from second drive?

Hi and welcome, SanForzaHDD in the DVD bay is slow enough to be the system drive.Why not to use msata to sata 1.8" adapter? Or even the m.2 to sata 1.8" adapter? The latter allows to install SSD 22x60 mm, presently 512 GB drives are available. Adapter costs $7...10.Regarding the boot capabilities, check out BIOS Setup, Boot menu. There should be HDD visible in the DVD bay.

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Morning All! I was told by a friend your forums might be able to help me...
In my computer I have 2 hard drives with a copy of Win XP (home) on each. I'm looking for an easier way to select which drive I want to boot with out having to go to my "bios" boot priorty to tell the computer which one I want to use??? Any help will be fully appreciated.

Answer:Dual booting Windows from 2 sata hard drives?

can't do that.... sorry...

and it's not a good idea to have it on two drives on the same system....

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Hello everyone. I have a dual boot with grub. I have win7 with grub installed with it, and winXP as my second hard drive. My problem is that I need to format Win7 because It will not run backup successfully. It stops half way through and then stops. So I want to format Win 7, and reinstall it to get rid of a suspected virus. Will grub be erased when I reinstall Win 7. If It erases Win & then I cannot use Win XP either.

Answer:Dual Booting with grub.

Hello noel1d, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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I have a computer with two hard drives in it. I have Windows 8 Release Preview installed on the first Hard Drive and I wanted to install XP on the second Hard Drive to be able to play older games that Windows 8 has issues with.

My first attempt didn't work. I installed Windows 8 on the first Hard Drive then tried to install XP on the second hard drive, it formatted it, copied the basic files then started the windows setup and crashed on the device installation section. I rebooted the computer and it only restarted in XP, came to the same point and crashed again with a blue screen with 'IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL' message. When I rebooted with and tried to boot into Windows 8 with the system boot menu, it crashed.

I have tried google info, but most people suggest disconnecting a drive, setting up a OS and then doing it for the next OS on the next drive. Others suggest partitioning one drive.

I would like to have Windows 8 on one drive and XP on the other with a boot menu at the start like my son has with his Windows 8 and Windows 7 Dual boot.

I hope someone can help.



Answer:Dual Booting Windows 8 Release Preview and XP on two Hard Drives

Try in the reverse order , format both drives to ensure they are cleaned up.
Install XP first on the first hard drive available , which is the boot drive.
Check it boots correctly.
Then install W8 and then choose the second drive it should then overwrite the master boot record on drive 1 to allow dual booting but installs windows8 on drive 2. ( Installing xp second overwrites the MBR on the W8 type of dual boot record.)
Hope this helps.
But personally if you are using 2 completely different drives and can choose which one boots first in the bios by some means (pressing F12 key on mine), I would do so individually as per the suggestion you found on Google. Iit gives you more flexibility to install and change drives around without the sort of problems you have run into.

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I am getting a 120gb drive and i have a 40gb, im running windows xp but cannot get the service packs to work and there is a 130 or so gb limit i here on xp, but i wanted to have linux on the 40gb drive anyway, so I assume this is possible if i just make the partition for windows on the 120gb drive? is this right? if anyone has any links to how to duel boot theyd be much appreciated

Answer:dual OS on seperate drives

you're correct. Installation procedure is:
install windows
install linux

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I'm a new linux user who has been experimenting with linux for a month now. I want to use boot magic as my bootloader because my pc is a family pc and it's just easier to use for my family. Well this is how i tried to do this. First I used partition magic to create a linux partition and swap partition so I could install Kubuntu on my pc. After I did that I installed boot magic as my boot loader. Then when I tried to install linux on my computer, it couldn't read the partition I made with partition magic(which was active for installation). I reformatted the partition and installed linux but then when I loaded windows and checked partition magic it gave me an error.(I figure its becuase I reformatted the partition) Right now both OS work fine but I could only use Grub as my boot loader,,but I would really like to use BootMagic. If any body could help me with a solution....or perhaps recommend a different distribution(with ease of use in mind) that allow this.....I would really appreciate it. By the way my friend recommended Slackware to me, I would also like to hear you opinion of this distribution and experience....Thank You.

Answer:dual booting linux with bootmagic instead of grub....Help

Grub is easy to use. I haven't tried using Bootmagic so I recommend using Grub or Lilo. As for slackware, it is an 'advanced linux distro'. If you like installing linux with nice and colorful GUI's and dont want to always edit text files, then slackware is not for you. But using slackware can help you learn how linux works.

I'd recommend Fedora or Suse for you. I haven't used Fedor or Suse yet but as what I've read, it's good for beginners on linux.

BTW: Slackware was the first the distro I've ever used

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I usually build my own system and install an oem windows OS on one drive.

But I've never done a dual boot system with separate drives before.

Current Main drive is kinda full so no partition, hence the separate drives.

My current OS is Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit that's on drive C

I plan on adding Windows 7 Pro 64bit on it's own drive so that I can ad more memory and get past the 4 gig memory limit running some 3d apps nicer.

I need to keep old OS to run some older apps, But I plan on the new 64 Bit OS to be my main drive, but must have occasional access to older OS

Here's what I planned on doing to accomplish this.

1:With comp off, Unplug drive c ( I don't want to mess that up)
2hysically add new drive
3lace Win 7 disk in dvd drive and start Comp.
4:Install new 64 bit OS to new harddisk.(I would like to assign the letter C to this new Drive)
5:Turn off comp and reattach old OS drive

Now the rest is where I'm lost.

I'm not sure what to do next?

I don't know what to do in the bios and I don't know what is the most convenient way to

switch back and forth between Operating System.

I don't know if I should change the name old C drive letter to D so that my new main Drive can be named C ( i don't think I can run 2 Named C)

Can someone give me a step by step process to pick up at step 5 where I left off and let

me know if steps 1 though 5 look ok?

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Answer:Another Dual boot seperate drives?

Your motherboard will happily detect the two different operating systems, and automatically ask you to choose which one you want to load during boot-up (normally with a countdown timer before jumping to default).

I have dual boot system atm, and I didnt remove any drives before installation. I installed the new hdd (for the second OS) and let the current OS recognise it, restart, then format the drive and set it as D:/. Windows 7 can install while running Vista, and allows you to choose which drive you want to install it onto. Therefore, after installing the second drive, boot up into Vista, and run the Win7 disc and just follow the steps. Make sure you select drive D:/ for installation, and if needed the disc can format the drive for you if you forget.

Thats about it.

If you are absolutely paranoid of making mistakes, by all means you can remove your C:/ drive and do a clean install onto the new drive. Don't worry about the possibilty of two C:/ drives, as that cant happen. Vista will only recognise the drive its running from as C:/. Any other drive will be labelled seperately (D,E,F,G etc). Same applies to Windows 7

Hope this helps, shout me if you want a play-by-play, i tend to confuse myself while writing!


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I recently installed Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive with a single partition. My Windows 7 is on the other disk and I am set up to dual boot.
I want to separate the two installations and just boot into Windows 8.1 and not be dependent the other installation. I'm not sure which disk the boot.ini file is located(or what ever it is called now). I would also like to keep on original installation of Windows 7 (bootable). Is this possible?


Answer:Seperate dual boot drives

Can you please explain how your dual boot is currently arranged relative to your boot sequence and how you get the option to select which OS (drive) to boot from? This is important to know before making any specific recommendation.

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Firstly my apologies for being a complete Noob with PC's and wordings used etc.

I would like to seperate the two hard drives so they act as seperate drives, please could you tell me how I do that or link me up to a guide for how to do it. I apologise if I'm being too vague here but not sure what other information I should share, lmk if there is anything else and will reply staightaway.

Thanks very much for any help.

Answer:How do I seperate my hard drives to act as seperate drives again ?

PS I plan a full install of Windows 7 again so it's not important I keep any data.

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I want to set up a dual boot system with windows 10 and 7. I have both already installed on separate drives in my desktop system and was wondering if it is still possible to set up a dual boot. Now I just switch boot priority in BIOS, but sometimes when I start up 7 it wants to perform a chkdsk. I always aboard these since it screwed up one of my drives before, with unrecoverable data as a result. How do I get it set up so I don't have those chkdsk issues anymore?

Answer:Dual boot windows 10 and 7 on seperate drives

You have to turn off Windows 10 Fast Startup:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

To set up dual booting, in Windows 10, assuming you can see the Windows 7 installation on the other drive, open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt. Type

BCDBOOT E:\Windows /addlast /d

The path in red will be to the Windows 7 Windows folder.

You can then set your menu timeout, order of the boot items, and default by holding Win key + R to open run dialog. Run MSCONFIG. Select the boot tab.

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I want to set up a dual boot system with windows 10 and 7. I have both already installed on separate drives in my desktop system and was wondering if it is still possible to set up a dual boot. Now I just switch boot priority in BIOS, but sometimes when I start up 7 it wants to perform a chkdsk. I always aboard these since it screwed up one of my drives before, with unrecoverable data as a result. How do I get it set up so I don't have those chkdsk issues anymore?

Answer:Dual boot windows 10 and 7 on seperate drives

You have to turn off Windows 10 Fast Startup:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

To set up dual booting, in Windows 10, assuming you can see the Windows 7 installation on the other drive, open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt. Type

BCDBOOT E:\Windows /addlast /d

The path in red will be to the Windows 7 Windows folder.

You can then set your menu timeout, order of the boot items, and default by holding Win key + R to open run dialog. Run MSCONFIG. Select the boot tab.

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Hi,I'm a newbie to this. I wonder if anybody can advise me if I'm liable to have any problems with setting up a system as follows:- I have just purchased an i5 processor 3.3ghz. 2 Terrabyte drive, have also a 500 gig drive and a 300 gig drive. The motherboard will be a Gigabyte Z67? board. My idea is to have the 2TB drive with 64 bit windows 7 Home premium, XP 32bit on the 500 gig and finally thinking of putting Linux on the 300 gig drive. Will have 8gb DDR3 1330 RAM. My worry is the 32bit only reading 3.5 gig would it be affected does anyone know please?

Answer:Multiple booting Win7(64) + XP(32) + (possibly) Linux, Seperate drives

XP will not be able to use the whole 8Gig just as you thought but it will still work fine and map out 3.5 and the rest just does not get used. Have you thought about running Linux as a virtual machine that way you dont need all the extra drives.

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I would like to know how you do this, please.

Answer:How do you dual boot XPx64 and Vista on seperate drives?

If you want to dual boot the Microsoft way install XP to one drive and then select the other drive during the Vista setup. The vista boot loader will be installed to the XP drive and you will get a boot menu when you boot up the PC. You just pick which OS you want. The downside is if you format or remove the XP drive Vista can't boot up. Also removing the Vista boot loader from the XP drive can be a pain.

If you want them totally independent disconnect one drive and install XP. Then unplug that drive and connect the other back up. Now install Vista to the second drive. Power down again and connect both drives. Your Bios boot order will determine which drive the PC boots from and determine which OS loads up. The downside to this is if your bios doesn't have quick access to the boot menu switching OS's could be a pain.

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I have 2 internal hard drives, 1 running XP and the second SATA drive I bought was just to use for storage (Does not have partitions and still has over 100GB space on it.

I would like to install Ubuntu on my second drive and dual boot with XP.

How should I go about doing this? The 2 instruc-tions I have found only address this issue in a one-drive only scenario so I was wondering if there's any difference in my situation.

Thanks very much in advance.

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So i had my laptop dual booted with windows and linux but i decided to take linux off cause i was using it in a virtual machine and i wanted more hard drive space so i followed a video tutorial and i used easybcd to fix the mbr and to skip the boot menu but when i restarted my laptop it sent me to the rescue grub loader. so i put in my windows disc that came with the laptop thinking i can repair the windows 7 OS but i won't let me because it's not compatible with my laptop for some reason. Is there any way for me to get back to my old install of windows without having to reinstall it and all my old programs because i had alot of stuff for school on there.

Answer:[SOLVED] Dual booting deletion didnt delete grub loader

i even tried using a program that would reset my mbr but it still went to the grub rescue screen and i looked and the only partitions i have left are the ones that are used for the windows system

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Bought a new computer with windows 10 installed, but my work from home job requires windows 7. I don't want to get rid of windows 10, as I will need it for other things, so I'm trying to install windows 7 onto a separate partition so that I can dual boot between the two. I downloaded a legit copy of windows 7 ISO and used Rufus 2.8 to make a boot disk out of a 16gig flash drive and I changed the boot order in my bios to read from removable drives first, but when I reboot, nothing happens, it just boots up windows 10. If I try to run the setup from the flash drive in windows 10, it starts but then says I need 692 MB of memory on the boot disk, even though the flash drive has 12 gigs free after putting the ISO file on it, and gives error 0x80070490. Is there any way I can get this to work?

Answer:Running Win10 want to install 7 on seperate partition for Dual boot

Probably need to disable secure boot in bios.

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Bought a new computer with windows 10 installed, but my work from home job requires windows 7. I don't want to get rid of windows 10, as I will need it for other things, so I'm trying to install windows 7 onto a separate partition so that I can dual boot between the two. I downloaded a legit copy of windows 7 ISO and used Rufus 2.8 to make a boot disk out of a 16gig flash drive and I changed the boot order in my bios to read from removable drives first, but when I reboot, nothing happens, it just boots up windows 10. If I try to run the setup from the flash drive in windows 10, it starts but then says I need 692 MB of memory on the boot disk, even though the flash drive has 12 gigs free after putting the ISO file on it, and gives error 0x80070490. Is there any way I can get this to work?

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Hi all. Up until recently I have been triple booting W7x64, Vistax64 and Linux Mintx64.
Windows 7 and Linux Mint are on one 1TB drive, with Mint occupying 2 partitions that come to about 50GB.
On the other 1TB drive is Vista and a couple of storage/backup partitions.

Up until recently I was able to choose any of the three at startup via GRUB. A recent re-install of W7 has knocked out GRUB so I can no longer access Linux Mint.
This is not particularly a problem as I mainly use W7 and Linux Mint was there as a safety precaution.
Now I am thinking that it is time to get rid of Vista as all I do is update it now and then.

What I'd like would be to preserve my current W7 install as my main OS and have that remain where it is. Wipe the Linux install on that disk
On my other 1TB drive I'd like to do a fresh install of Linux Mint and get rid of Vista.

So I would like a dual boot with W7 and Linux mint on two seperate drives.
The remainder of the Linux drive could be partitioned for storage and backup.
Would anybody be so kind as to list the processes I need to carry out to achieve this.
I've looked through tutorials and there doesn't seem to be one that covers my particular situation.
As I say GRUB has now disappeared so I have the Windows boot presenting me with W7 and Vista in that order at startup.

I attach a pic of disk management, as you can see Disk 0 is the Vista install plus two storage partitions. Disk 1 is a 500GB storage disk and Disk 2 has the Windows... Read more

Answer:Losing Vista, Dual boot W7 and Linux on seperate drives. Help Sought.

This should get you started.

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Hey, I have a labtop at home, and have a seperate hard drive that I want to boot up from. Any Ideas on how to do this?

Any help would be great.


Answer:Booting Up from a seperate Hard drive

Is it a laptop hd? can you disconnect the hd in the laptop, that way you could just plug in the other hd, that is if its a laptop hd..,,.

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Hey guys and gals
I just recently purchased two wd Raptors 74gb at 10,000 RPM.
But im trying to decide on how I want to set them up.
Im a big gamer and also I do alot of computer graphics
as in alot of photoshop, 3DsMax, aftereffects, illustrator
etc. I have been debating or not if I want to do the whole
raid 0 thing or if I should put windows xp pro and all of
my computer graphics programs on the first hard drive
and all of my games on the second hard drive. I have
searched through alot of the RAID topics on this forum
but have not really found an answer to this. I know raid 0
is fast, but is there benefits to keeping them seperate and
having the OS on one and all your games on the second?
Or should I go with a RAID 0 setup?
I know with RAID 0, if one hard drive goes bad you loose
all of your data, but backup is not really a big deal with my
internals because I have a 250gb external that I put all
of my important files on.
If you need to know about my computer setup it is in my Signature.
BTW, I have also googled this question and have not
found an answer.
Thanks for the info ahead of time!

Answer:Raid 0 or Seperate Hard Drives??

RAID 0, you will get mych better performance. Since you are a huge gamer, this would be your best bet. In theory, since you have two drives acting as one, you would get twice the performance. Like you said, if one fails, they both are messed. But they are new, Raptors no less, very high quality stuff. So you dont have to worry about one or both failing on you, since they are new and you are not running a server that has huge hdd activity at almost all points of the day.

RAID 0, and drive fails shouldnt be of any worry to you.

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Friends,I just tried to install ubuntu on my pc.My hard disk is of 80gb.Now when i uninstalled it and installed windows 7 the ubuntu combinded my hard drives to one drive of i want to seperate it in to total four drives of 19.5 gb.How to do this.

Answer:How to seperate hard disk drives?

Use a program such as the following to split the one large partition into as many as you need:

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Hi. I have two hard drives on my system which i would like to be treated as one. Can anybody suggest to me how i would go about doing it and the pros and cons of this process?

Answer:Merging two seperate hard drives

Some details please!Size of HDDs, space available, opertating sysem?

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On my c drive under the folder
C:\Documents and Settings\raymc,everything under that is being duplicated on a separate hard drive under E:\Documents and Settings\raymc.
If I add or delete a folder or file anywhere below C:\Documents and Settings\raymc, it will add or delete that same file or folder in E:\Documents and Settings\raymc, in the same place. Or if I change anything under E:\Documents and Settings\raymc it changes it in C:\Documents and Settings\raymc

It works good for instant back up to another drive but I have no idea how this happened. It's like the folder raymc on C and E are mirrored. So anytime I add something to my pictures or my documents or desktop its being copied to both C and E drive at the same time because those folders are under the folder raymc my user account folder/Could anyone explain to me how this is set up?

Answer:Same folder on 2 seperate hard drives but act if it is the same one.

Nebe, welcome to the windows 7 forum.

The possibility is that one of your folders is really a shortcut to the original folder.
by right clicking on the second folder, look at the properties.


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Howdy yall
Im pretty sure this question has come up before so it should be easy for someone to give me a feasable answer...
What im wanting to do is run 2 seperate hard drives in one computer. Now by running them i mean, totally seperate from each other. I want to run, we will call my 2nd drive, the D drive, without having to have my C drive hooked up. Or at the same time, run them both like i am now. My C drive is most likely gonna stay put all the time tho, and so is the D drive, but, i want it to where if i did unhook the C drive, then D would still start up without any hassle or errors.
Keep in mind these are not hot swap or removable drives or anything like that, they are just hooked in to the regular cables. I know that the D drive is not bootable because i took out C and my system freaks out on me and said it couldnt find the boot drive or something like that. And it wouldnt configure it in CMOS either
Anybody get what im tryin to say here? lol... in other words i want them to be able to run totally independently if the other isnt present, and be able to coincide at the same time.
And here is the other thing, on my D drive i want to run Windows 2000 and my regular (c ) i want to have my factory WinXP home.
Oh yeah, here are my hardware specs in case they are needed...
Dell P4 3gig/1gig ram/ATI Radeon 9800pro/sb audigy/.. 2 80gig harddrives and i have a ATI TV Wonder w/remote card... which i would like that to be able to run with only either of the drives in... oh... Read more

Answer:Running 2 seperate hard drives..

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Is this possible on a laptop? If yes how would one decide to boot from one or the other?

Answer:Installing two operating s on 2 seperate hard drives...

yes it is possible to do.

you will need a boot manager to switch between the different os's

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I have a striped raid array of two sata hard drives and a single ide hard drive running independantly. i have windows installed on the raid and linux installed on the ide. the ide drive also has some of its space partitioned to be used in the windows os. is there a boot manager that will detect os's from the raid and the ide, or will i have to make a partition in the raid for the linux os. thanks for the help.

Answer:boot manager for seperate hard drives

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I have 2 Hard Drives in my computer. Some how, can't remember how I did it, but each hard drive has XP on it and I get a message on startup as to which hard drive I want to boot from.

Now here is the problem.
I am trying now, after about a year of having this setup, to clone the main hard drive I use, to the other one but Ghost says I am about to write over this main one with the one I don't use, even when I choose the correct one as the source and the other as the destination.

Does this setup of having a choice of which Hard Drive to boot from confusing Norton Ghost? If so how do I remove this option of having a choice of dual operating system startup so I can clone my Hard Drive?

One option might be to reformat the destination Hard Drive but is there another way? Not sure if this would mess up both Hard Drives or not.

Thanks and Have a Great Day,

Answer:2 Hard Drives with seperate bootup ability????

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Right now, I am running Vista Home Basic (c:) drive. I shrunk the volume and made another portion (z:) drive. I intent to install WinXp Pro onto the (z:) drive.

I would like to run winxp pro from the same hard drive. I've already shrunk my primary hard drive and created another one (WINXP Z:).

Whenever I boot from Xp pro disk, it starts loading the files and when it gets to the part where it says windows is loading i get error code 0x0000007b (pci.sys)

I am running vista at the moment and have looked at many tuturials on how to install xp and vista on same hard drive with WinXp Pro on the seperate partition. Any help would be greatly appreciated and communication would be faster via Yahoo! Messenger or w/e you reply for quicker communication.

Hope someone can help, it's getting extremely annoying!

I created a winxppro sp2 iso disk to boot from and it makes it thru loading the drivers then when it says windows is starting it bluescreens with 0x0000007b error (pci.sys).

More info: I am not trying to install Win Xp Pro on the some portion vista is on (c:). I am trying to install Win Xp Pro onto the (z:) drive i shrunk off the (c:) drive.

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

Answer:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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How do I install 2 hard drives from seperate computers into 1 computer? I have tried the plug and play routine without success. Both hard drives have the XP OS on them and they work in their respective chassis. I know that one will have to be the master and the other the slave but I am not sure how to set everything up. Additionally, their are many programs and drivers on the prospective slave that need to be accessible. Help?

Answer:How do I install 2 hard drives from seperate computers into 1 computer?

One master and one slave but if you think the master will boot up, it won't happen because another OS on the hard drive will not boot right up on new hardware. You will need to clean install XP onto one drive or the other.

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Hello everyone, this is my first post in the forum, so I will try and explain as best as I can.

I currently have Vista installed in one hard disk and I have an extra one that's 160GB that I want to install XP on so that I can dual boot the two, is this possible?

Keep in mind that there is no partition involved here.

Answer:Dual Boot Vista and XP in seperate hard disks?

Yes, this is possible. Once you've installed XP, you'll need to use a Vista disc's recovery options to rebuild the boot manager (since XP's boot manager will only see the XP installation - Vista's will see both).

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

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i have almost zero linux knowledge. i used it a little for wardriving, and now I wanted to get rid of it, i didn't use it anymore.

Under winXP, i deleted the linux partitions. on my next reboot, i'm stuck on a black screen with a grub> prompt

what do i do from here? later on i'm gonna try booting off winxp cd and doing a format /mbr or fixboot to see if that works

thanks for any suggestions

Answer:laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

boot off the windows xp disk and do the recovery console option then do

as described here

or you can download and configure another boot loader if you want to have a choice between some other os

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I currently have windows 8 installed. I wish to install another windows 8 os on a separate hdd on the same pc. I wish to do this because I share this pc with my brother who is paranoid that my constant tweaking somehow breaks his games installs. Is dual booting two windows 8 installations possible? If it is, what is the best way of going about it? I have an external hard drive that I backup all of my partitions to using acronis, so I'm not too worried about breaking something.

Answer:Dual boot 2 seperate windows 8 installs on seperate hdd's

Originally Posted by antitheist69

Is dual booting two windows 8 installations possible?

1. Press whatever key (ex: F11) it shows to boot to your motherboard's boot menu, and select to boot from the DVD or USB.

2. On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen select empty partition or for example "Drive 1 Unallocated Space", and then select Next.

3. After the Windows 8 installation you will choose which operating system you want to use.

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It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,

Answer:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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I had xp pro installed on 2 partitions on the same hard drive-I formatted one and reinstalled th os- now i can only boot into the new partition though the other one is intact....the partitions are c and d and on startup i used to have a choice, now , the names changed but have 2 choices only the new one works---how do i fix this while maintaining all the settings in the other partition--it seems that the solution is simple but my brain is old and fragmented--thanks for any help!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:booting dual xp partition

Copy and paste your boot.ini file so we can have a look at it please.

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What would be the easiest way to do a dual boot? Would it be:

1)Use a second hard drive, one with XP one with Windows 7? If I did this would I be able to plug the XP drive in and see it as my D:\ drive? What if I went and switched it back in the bios to the XP hard would I see windows 7 stuff in D:\? I’d like to do this since I have two hard drives one that is brand new.

2) Just partition my current hard drive and dual boot. If I did this would I be able to switch back and forth and see files on both boots? Also what about if I added my other new hard drive would both see it easily?

I don’t know much about dual boots so please fill me in and answer my questions.

Answer:Dual booting, two hds vs partition?

I put my W7 in a separate HDD ....
Didn't want to take a chance and break a perfectly good XP system.

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I installed Win2K on an old PC and selected new install from the install menu, and now my HD has even less room on it than it did before the install and it asks me if want to run Windows or Windows 2000 Professional at start up. Did it install the new one and is waiting for me to uninstall the original? How can I reclaim my HD? It is a 6GB HD and Win2K should not use much of that, so my old junk must still be there somewhere, right?


Answer:Why am I dual booting on only one partition!?

This can sometime happen when you install Win2k/XP from the DOS prompt. Edit your boot.ini file and remove the option of booting to the copy of Windows you don't want. Then, since you installed Win2k, it should be in the C:\WINNT directory, so you can safely delete C:\WINDOWS which contains your old version. This is why its really better to do a fresh format.

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I've just gotten Vista Ult. I have trusty old xp pro on my 150 Raptor. I have installed vista on another H.D. I'd like the option of booting one or the other with ease. No partitions. Can one of you techies help a noob?:freak:

Answer:Dual booting xp and vista ult. on 2 drives.

I have seen software for sell, boot pro. And tons of info on dual booting on one drive. I understand that this option tends to have more pitfalls. Is there a way to dual boot, easily with two drives?

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I just bought A200-S01-PC and I want to dual boot with WXP, Vista is pre installed and I want to install WXP onto my second drive so I can use it for college next year.

I have tried booting from the CD but I get an error say that it cannot find any drives installed.

Plz I need help?

Answer:Dual booting with Vista-XP on two Drives


I do not believe you can install second OS on second HDD and I really do not know if this second HDD can be used as bootable device. I really do not know but you can check it alone. My A200 has one HDD only.

But what you can do for sure is to install WXP on second partition of the first HDD. There is no problem and I have done the same on my notebook.

So back to invisible HDD. This issue has nothing to do with dual boot. Plese check this thread. There you can find nice discussion how to install WXP when HDD is not visible.

Bye and good luck!

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I just upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit from Vista 32-bit. I had Vista on hard drive A, however I installed W7 on hard drive B since I would have to do a clean install anyway. Now, when I change my boot priority to drive B it tells me to "Reboot and change boot priority or insert CD/DVD media to boot from." So basically, right now my boot priority is my old drive with Vista and every time my computer starts up it asks me if I wish to launch W7 or Vista. Why can't I change my boot drive to be drive B?

Answer:Dual Booting from 2 drives problem

Mess with the jumpers on the drives or put them to cable select and place them in the proper location.

or are these SATA drives?

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My son is of an age where he wants to use the computer but I don?t really want to just let him loose on the main PC as there?s lots of data on there that I don?t want him to mess with.

So this is my cunning plan. The machine has a spare drive and I intend to make the PC dual boot so that he can effectively have a new machine all to himself. Here?s the catch, I want to hide the other drives so that a) he can?t see, update, delete any of the data and b) if he ends up getting a virus or malware I?m safe in knowing my data is inaccessible.

I know I can hide the drives by removing their drive letter and have also toyed with setting the drives as offline in Disk Manager ? question is will this give me the complete separation I want or would anything nasty be able to get access to my precious stuff?

I will off cause be running suitable AV and Firewall in the new instance and have everything super important backed up a number of times elsewhere?.

Thanks in advance for any help

Answer:Isolating Drives when dual booting

If no reply here, you may want to post in this forum.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have my PC dual Booted (Vista Pre-installed) with XP and Vista. Vista is my C drive and XP is my D drive. I used Vista's built in Disk Management to shrink the volume in D, which freed up some unallocated space. I want to take that Unallocated space and use it to increase my Vista partition C drive. I wasn't able to extend the volume in the C drive Using the Vista D.Mamagement as it is greyed out. I tried to install Norton's Partition Magic, but got an error 117 with something saying can't recognize disk drives(couldn't install). I tried using Parted Magic, but had the same problem. It will allow me to extend the D drive volume by using the unallocated space, but not the C Drive. I know there must be a way to do this. Please help. Thanks

Answer:Extending a Partition after dual Booting!

I am sorry if this does not make sense, but here goes:I think the partition called "D" is inside an extended partition. (Starting with Win 98, I think, you cannot have two primary partitions that are bootable with Windows installs on them, regardless of the boot manager used. That is why I say this.) Now that you have shrunk D:, move it towards the end of the disk (or towards the end of the extended partition), then move the extended partition's beginning point away from the Vista partition. Now you should be able to expand the Vista partition into the empty space you just created.If this is not correct, or you are still having problems, I recommend GParted, found on the System Rescue CD. Burn the ISO, set the BIOS boot order to boot from CD first, and hit enter. You can try parted, but it is command line (I'm comfortable with the command line and even I had problems). Instead, type "wizard" or "startx" to get to the GUI version, GParted. It will be one of the icons at the lower left of the screen.Partition Magic 8.01 is starting to show its age. GParted is free software, and is more likely to continue to be updated for new filesystems, any bugs found in new BIOS chips, and whatnot.Please back up any important files first, including *.wpa (google "XP Activation"), and let us know how it turns out!

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I hope this post is in the right place.

Can I safely dual boot Linux and windows XP on a HP media center (m260n)? When I get to the partitioning screen for Ubuntu it looks like it will format the recovery partition along with the windows partition. It's a 120G drive with a 20G recovery partition, and Ubuntu wants to format 120G not just the 100G currently used by windows. Any suggestions?



Answer:Dual Booting on an HP with a recovery partition.

i don't think the recovery partition is necessary, but don't take my word for it. generally a linux dual boot with windows will work best if you make the windows partition first, install windows, then partition and format the remaining space for linux and install.

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I currently have Windows XP installed on a 500GIG HDD. I currently have 148 gigs free. The used space is vitally important files that I am unable to back up at the moment, so nothing can happen to these files.

Is there a way to somehow partition off a portion of the remaining free space (maybe 50GIGs) and install a copy of Windows 7 I can dual boot to?


Answer:Split A Partition for Dual Booting?

Absolutely. You just need to use one of the partition management programs you can find here at MG, and create the new partition. One note. You probably want to defragment your drive prior to trying to make a new partition. This will give you the maximum amount of contiguous free space.

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Hey,I have 3 partitions on my system.C: Windows 98 Second EditionD: Windows XP Professional EditionE: Storage (Largest of the 3)Now, after i got my PC back from my friend, it had:C: Windows 98 Second EditionD: (Blank/Storage Partition)E: StorageAnd i proceeded to install XP on partition D:I believe that C: would be my primary partition. But i want to format it, as 98 is not working properly and i would like Linux in its place. I have been told i cant just format C: as it could mess up the booting process, and i need to keep some files on there.I want to format C:, could anyone tell me if the problem stated above is true, and how i can get around it.Note:C+D: FAT32E: NTFSThis screenshot should help:click hereThankyou,Peter Oconnell

Answer:Formatting first partition, Dual booting 98 + XP

Yes, you will have to proceed very carefully otherwise you will end up with a PC that will not boot. Firstly, backup those files you need to keep from 'C' before doing anything. Secondly, it would probably be easiest if you installed XP on your first 'C' partition, afterwards you can consider installing Linux on your second partition (hda2 in Linux terms), if it is a modern distribution of Linux, it should be a fairly straightforward install, although you will have to be careful as to where Linux wants to install to as it usually defaults to the first partition (hda1), also, unless you are using a third party boot manager like Bootmagic, make sure that the Linux bootloader (usually LILO) installs to a floppy disk and NOT to your MBR (master boot record) which is on your first partition. Failure to do this could make Windows unbootable!

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My computer right now is running windows XP. It has two partitions; a smaller one with XP installed on it, and a larger one with just files and music and stuff.
I want to dual boot windows vista and install vista on the big part partition. If i did this would it delete all my files on the big partition when i install vista, or will everything stay?
Hope I'm being clear,
Any comments welcome.


Answer:dual booting vista with XP on different partition

Yes it will destroy the files.
Back-up your data, defrag the "big" partition, and split that partition again.

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Hi there all,

Currenlty got an issue where i have a user who wants to dual boot with Vista and XP using sata disks.

The general rule of thumb when doing dualbooting is to install the oldest operating system first, and then gradually work your way up.

The way it will be setup is as so

Vista - Primary partition of the 1st disk
XP - Primary partition of the 2nd disk.

Now, The way i was thinking of doing it was to install XP first, then install Vista, And modify the boot.ini to find the entry for XP.

The question i have is, Is there any difference in modification of the boot.ini file when using sata drives, and is there any difference when making mods in Vista (As i have only edited the boot.ini in XP)

Can someone please advise of the correct way to do this?

Answer:Dual booting Xp and Vista with SATA drives

Give this article a look see:

Dual-Booting Win XP and Vista &#8211; PC Magazine,1895,2109434,00.asp

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Just purchased a Vista Desktop.

I would like to keep Vista on C:

I intend to use Acronis to copy my XP drive on my old computer to an extra SATA disk. This disk will then be inserted in my new Vista Computer. I understand there may be driver errors......

My XP drive is already known as D:

What I would like is to be able to choose which OS I boot from on startup - Vista on C: or XP on D:

I also have a DVD drive.

Just curious if anyone has a remedy for this setup


Answer:Dual Booting XP & Vista on 2 physical drives

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I have Windows XP Home installed on one 40 gig drive
I installed Redhat Linux on a second 40 gig drive

When I rebooted I got the boot option to run either Linux or DOS
I chose DOS to boot to XP (which obviously isnt right) and I was given the choice to do a System Recovery or System Restore.....

Is there a way to change the boot.ini file in xp to include Linux ? Or a way to get Linux to include "Windows XP" rather than "DOS" in the boot menu?

Thanks for any input


Answer:Dual Booting Windows and Linux: 2 different drives

go into linux.

ensure that /etc/grub.conf is correctly pointing to your linux installation.

/sbin/grub-install /dev/hdb1

where hdb1 is your linux /


dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

creates bootsect.lin file in pwd, copy this to c:\

boot into DOS, run this command:

fdisk /mbr

reboot, you will go straight into XP.

with bootsect.lin file in c:\, edit boot.ini to have the following line at the end:

c:\bootsect.lin = "Linux"

Save and reboot, you will be able to boot linux from the XP boot menu.

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Yesterday i formatted my C drive with Win 7. On the E drive I have win Xp which was my main boot drive. What then happened was that there was no option any longer on startup to choose which OS to boot into, it would go right into the Win 7 install on C. I downloaded this program called EasyBCD to try and make a new boot file. I set it up so that it showed E as a win xp install. Now when the system booted up I had the choices to finally pick from Win Xp or Win 7, however when I chose to go into Xp, it actually rebooted the system.

I then just reinstalled XP on the c drive so i can at least have a boot.ini to edit so i can boot back into the Xp system on E which is successful; I'm on it now.

So heres what i want to do.. i want to reformat C with Win 7 again BUT this time I just want to be prepared to know what to do once its installed to be able to set it up to dual boot. i imagine I'm going to have to edit something (from what i gather win 7 doesnt use a boot.ini anymore which is what that EasyBCD was there to use to edit) to get it working, so if anyone has any tips before I delve into this again that would be great

Answer:Issue dual booting XP / Win 7 on separate drives

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"You may be able to free up some valuable space if you're using two disk partitions, using two physical drives, or dual-booting between XP and Vista on the same machine."

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

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

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

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So I just recieved my copy of Vista RC1, and I am looking to install it on my main PC, which already has XP MCE on it. I want to dual-boot the two, but to do so i need to be able to take part of my XP MCE partition and make a new one for Vista.

I understood that Norton Ghost could do this. I have Save and Restore, which is reportedly Ghost plus more. How do I do this???

Answer:Vista dual booting partition creation

Modred189 said:

So I just recieved my copy of Vista RC1, and I am looking to install it on my main PC, which already has XP MCE on it. I want to dual-boot the two, but to do so i need to be able to take part of my XP MCE partition and make a new one for Vista.

I understood that Norton Ghost could do this. I have Save and Restore, which is reportedly Ghost plus more. How do I do this???Click to expand...

You should be able to use any partition editor to shrink the NTFS partition and create another one next to it for Vista. I don't know anything about Norton Ghost's ability to do this, but you can always use the free GParted LiveCD to do it.

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I seem to always one into this problem every couple of months it seems.

I have a dual boot pc. One Partition has Windows 7 the Other XP. The XP boot looks like it got corrupted because when it boots it asks for I have to select "Last known good configuration".

I hit that it the xp boot screen comes up but it never gets past it. It looks like it searching for something that is missing.

I have EASYbcd but there help notes are not great.

Is there a simple way of fixing this with EASYbcd ? Or do I have to put off the Windows 7 DVD and fix it that way.



Answer:Dual Boot: One partition has stopped booting

Hello shawn306.

I'm going to post 2 links, it's said one is hard to get started with and the other is fairly simple, see if either is a help to you and be sure to post back with an update so we know how you get on.

How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP

How to Perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP

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I have 2 Windows 10 (7 Upgrades) Installed,

...I would like to set them up, so I can Dual Boot them, without re-installing them.

Answer:Dual Booting 2 x Windows 10 OS Drives (Existing Installs)

Hello Xtownman Welcome to the Ten Forums!

When you say twin upgrades from 7 to 10 are you referring to having two separate editions of 7 such as 7 Home Premium and 7 Pro each upgraded to 10 Home and 10 Pro? each on separate drives? To add a boot entry for one of the two you can easily download a BCD editing program called EasyBCD which can add the boot for into the BCD store(boot loader configuration) of the 10 upgrade that happens to be on the drive set as the default Disk 0 usually but not always but which drive is set as default in the bios set up program.

Note for each and every download of the EasyBCD program or other free OS utilities seen at Neosmart you will have to re-enter the email address used the first time to register at the sight there. This allows support to contact you as well as you to contact them if you have any problems with the free for home use of their utility programs. Buy options are intended for corporate and other then home type applications.

If you elect to see the upgrades which could become buggy replaced by a clean install of one or the other that will automatically detect and add the boot entry in for you. You can also reset the default OS by opening up the msconfig tool by right clicking on the Start button and scrolling down the right click menu there to the "run" command line option and simply "msconfig" and press the enter/return button to bring that screen up where you click to open the Boot tab and click to highl... Read more

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I recently bought a PCI ATA 133 RAID Card from Compusa so I could add an Iomega ZIP drive to my computer without loosing one of my other drives. I learned that it wouldn't work that way, so I connected my primary slave hard drive to the RAID card and made the ZIP drive the new PS drive.Everything works fine. But what I want to do now is somewhat complicated.I currently run Windows XP Pro SP2 on the Primary Master drive (hereafter, "drive 1") and I use the second hard drive (which used to be the PS but now is connected to the RAID card) for storage (hereafter, "drive 2"). Both drive have a single partition formatted in NTFs.I want to setup a dual boot with Windows 98SE/XP Pro. I know that Windows 98 must be on the first partition of the boot drive. So, I want to move Drive 1 to the RAID card then create a FAT32 partition on Drive 2 where I will install Windows 98. What makes it so complicated: I really, really do not want to have to reformat, repartition or otherwise damage the data on either drive, though the data on Drive 2 could be burned to a CD and restored after any such formatting. Additionally, my experience with RAID setups is extremely limited. Any help would be appreciated. My head starts hurting even when I'm just thinking about this.

Answer:Two Ide Drives, One Scsi Raid Pci Card, Dual Booting

First off, don't add the Zip drive to the primary IDE channel as it probably works at only 33MHz. This will force your primary IDE master device, the boot hard drive, to slow down from 100MHz to 33MHz. You didn't say why you didn't hook up your zip drive to the secondary IDE channel, but I suppose its because you already have 2 optical drives occupying it.

You might try moving what is now your slave optical drive to the RAID controller and configure it to be a master, then configure the zip drive to be the slave device on the secondary IDE channel. You also didn't say why the zip drive didn't work on the RAID controller. It should have worked, other than for the fact that zip drives have always been problematic to hook up.

As for creating a dual-boot setup, you may have to bite the bullet and be prepared to wipe drive 1, create 2 partitions on it and format the first physical partition to use FAT for 98SE and the second to be NTFS for XP. This can all be done by using an XP install disk without actually installing XP into the first partition. Once the partitions are set up, install '98 onto the first partition. Then install XP onto the second partition. XP is smart enough to detect the existing '98 OS and pop up a screen at boot time to select which OS you want to boot up.

Note that this configuration keeps drive 2 unchanged as the slave device on the primary IDE channel. I hope this helps.

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I installed a copy of the RTM version of 7 Ultimate on a second primary ACTIVE partition with Vista on the first primary partition (doing it this way allows me to get rid of the Microsoft Boot manager and use GAG to dual boot either OS) and it works great.

My problem is sharing documents which I keep on another Logical partition labeled DATA. Using My Documents on this drive in Vista has always worked fine. When I booted to Win 7 and "moved" My Documents from C:\User\... to D:\My Documents I could use the files no problem in Win 7...

but when I booted back to Vista and tried to copy or move any of the files on D:\My Documents from within Vista I get a "you do not have permission to" error when I try to do anything with those files. It seems Win 7 has taken possession of the permissions on the files and will not relinquish them to Vista.

Using XP and Vista in the same dual boot scenario did not have this problem.

What if anything can I do to resolve this problem?

Answer:Dual Booting 7 and Vista with DATA Partition problems

Have your tried right click and "take ownership" ... you will have to be logged on as the Administrator.

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I have Installed Windows XP like ages ago and then there was some error with the XP back then while booting up so I called up my technician, He dual booted my system with Windows 7 Ultimate.

I've stopped using XP since a while so I thought of removing I from my system, The XP files and Windows 7 were on two different partitions of same HDD. So I used Minitool Partition wizard to remove the Partition in which XP files were there. It even prompted a message saying that I may not be able to boot if I format the specific Partition. I clicked on continue and it showed me that the specific partition is in use and the asked me to restart it and minitool will delete it by itself while restarting. And after it deleted the XP partition, my system can't Boot Windows 7 now. I just don't get it.

I've even lost my Windows 7 OS DVD to try repair the OS. Can anyone help me to Boot into my Windows 7 without losing any data from that Partition.

Answer:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

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I have XP installed on the only hard drive in the PC in a partition that uses all of the C: drive - there is no unallocated space.

I want to install Win7 and dual boot.

[ I have done this on another PC by installing Win7 on a second hard drive. Although it always booted straight into Win7, with no option to boot XP, I fixed this by using EasyBCD to add XP to the BCD.]

So my problem is this: how do I get another partition added to the hard drive on the PC that has a C: drive using up all the hard disk space?

I presume I need to reduce the size of the C: partition first, then create a new partition from the unallocated space that is then freed up.

But I've never done it before and could do with some pointers.

I do have Acronis True Image 11, and thought about making a system image and storing it on a USB drive, wiping the C: drive, re-creating a smaller C: partition, and then restoring the image to this smaller C: partition.

But I'm not sure if Acronis True Image 11 would be happy squeezing an image from a bigger partition into a smaller one, even though the data is much smaller and would fit easily into the new C: partition that I would create.

Any help gratefully received.

Answer:Solved: Dual Booting Win7 and XP - how to create partition?

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