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Seeing harddrives on a dual Drive Dual OS System

Question: Seeing harddrives on a dual Drive Dual OS System

Ok,
Here's the story. I have 2 different OS's on 2 different drives. The main is Win 2k Pro and the secondary is Win XP Pro. I just have so much on the Win 2k drive I kind of want to ease into an XP state of mind. Here's the issue. On the 2k Pro Drive I can see all of my hard drives (7 in all) including the secondary OS Drive, but when I boot to the XP drive I cannot see any of the other drives aside from the OS drive. I have looked in the device manager of XP and seen that all of the drives are there, I've go to the admin tools/computer management and see them there. I've even tried to copy the same access and control settings as the XP drive to all of the other drives on the system and still no luck. The primary OS drive is on the MB main IDE channel and I also have a 400gb drive on that same chain, neither can be seen with the secondary OS Drive. The remaining 4 drives are on a single promise card and are accessible on the primary OS drive but not the secondary. I've checked the device manager on the XP drive to ensure that all devices have been installed properly and that no unknown devices exist.

I have tried everything that I can think of and I'm hoping its just some setting I'm forgetting. Can any one be of assistance?


Thx for all the help


SpYdeR

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Answer: Seeing harddrives on a dual Drive Dual OS System

Just too add:

I've already gone thru the Administrative Tools, Computer Management options and all drives are seen as healthy, even stating the drive name aside from the drive letter none with an unknown color or tag.

Just a reminder that all drives are on IDE chains either directly on the main board or on a PCI promise card.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

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

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

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

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

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

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Question: Dual Harddrives

JUST BOUGHT A HP COMPUTER WITH VISTA SYSTEM.
I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OLD HARD DRIVE OUT OF OLD EMACHINE AND INSTALL IT IN HP AND MAKE IT THE PRIMARY DRIVE SYSTEM. i'M TO OLD TO TRY TO LEARN THIS NEW VISTA SYSTEM.
THANKS FOR ANY HELP

Answer:Dual Harddrives

You would need to reinstall XP if you put it into the new machine im afraid.

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Have got XP pro as my os I'm thinking of installing a second H/drive with WIN98 as the os to store and play games on it. Can this be done IE, when i switch on my pc will i get to choose between operating systems.

Answer:dual-boot with two harddrives

No, not with an existing XP on the first drive.You can use third party software to create a dual boot. If you have Partition Magic, you can use it (and Boot magic that comes with it).If not, do the following. Disconnect the XP hdd first. Connect new hdd, set it as master (for the time being). Install 98 to the new hdd.After that, reconnect XP hdd, set it as master, the 98 as slave. Start computer and it should boot into XP.Then click here and download OSL2000 and unzip it. Read the ReadMe.htm file first and make sure that your setup is compatible with it - essentially if you use programs which rewrites the MBR, like GoBack or drive overlay software, you cannot use OSL2000. Otherwise, it should be OK.Then get a clean floppy ready. Double click the setup.exe file for OSL2000, when prompted to create uninstall disk, insert floppy to make it. Then just follow the prompts. After installation is complete, nothing seems to happen. Now you can restart computer.On reboot, you should get an OSL2000 table, listing out the partitions. Choose the first partition on the 98 hdd and you'll be able to boot into 98.

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HI,I've had the idea of dual booting 2 windowsxp hard-disks in my computer. I want to run 1 disk in fat32 and the other in NTFS. I want to run with no security firewall or antivirus on the fat32 hard-drive so I can use this as an online game-server...The game maps run much better with no security programs working in the background. When I want my home network to access the internet I can just boot into the NTFS partition complete with firewall/antivirus and connect to the net as usual.The fat32 drive will not detect the NTFS drive so I presume the NTFS home network drive would be relatively safe from hacking. Does anyone agree or disagree? thanks

Answer:Is it possible to dual boot 2 windowsxp harddrives

with a different installation of WinXP Pro on two separate hard drives. I use one for beta testing purposes, and one for everyday use. If someone seriously wants to hack your machine they will, and the fact that you're running different file systems on the drives won't worry a determined hacker for a moment. The chances of that happening are pretty remote however.

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ello, i'm not a computer person so there's gonna be lots of info missing here
- i'm trying to put a harddrive with xp into a computer already with xp. both hdd's sata.
- following http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/469259-dual-boot-xp-xp-2.html i ended up installing gag on both hdd's but no matter which i boot from, gag would only recognize the old one.

thanks
 

Answer:dual boot with two working xp harddrives

Whats the BIOS in the machine?

Can you see both HDD's in the BIOS

Is the BIOS setup correctly for SATA drives?

Also have you checked the cables?
 

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So I will dual boot vista and ubuntu.

I haven't really used a desktop in. . . 6-8 years? So I don't know what the normal OS/HD organization is because I'm used to only have one HD.

I'm thinking it would be best to get a 2 small fast drives for my OSes and at least one large harddrive for my non-OS files.

Could I get a few other harddrives and do RAID? I probably won't, just curious.

So, main question in topic: three hard drives?

Thanks.
 

Answer:New build w/ dual boot, 3 harddrives?

Most people will raid0 two smaller drives for the OS or buy a raptor.

For data, 1tb drives are about $99 now so that's all you need. Data backup is another story.
 

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I installed a hard drive with Win98 installed on it from an older PC in my eMachines w2686, running WinXp. I would like to know how to choose which OS I want to boot. I am new to this kind of thing, so please be detailed and most of all, patient. Thanks for any help you can give me.
 

Answer:Dual Boot WinXP and Win98 on two harddrives

it won't work
try install win98 again with the hdd conected to the new sistem
Is better to install first win98 on the active partition (cand next install winxp on other partition
After that when boot you'll see a dialog for choosing between operating systems
You can edit the file boot.ini (located in c:\) to set up you default system to boot
 

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I'm going to be completely wipe my laptop harddrive and reinstall windows. My harddrive has two partitions right now, a windows partition and an Ubuntu partition. I want to:

1. Format Ubuntu Partition
2. Format windows partition
2. reinstall windows

Is there anything I have to be aware of in regards to the dual boot? If I simply go into my computer and format the Ubuntu partition from there, will I then be able to boot my machine like normal and have it go straight to windows? Because when I initially start up the machine, it gives me a choice to pick Windows or Ubuntu in DOS. So I am wondering there is anything else I need to get rid of before I proceed. If you need any more information just let me know!

Thanks!

Answer:Need advice for wiping entire system dual that dual boots ubuntu.

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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I have two harddrives, the primary one 584 GB, the secondary one 1.36 TB. When booting, my computer takes about a minute or two to fully load, but if I start to actually use it, virtually all programs will move slowly, consume lots of memory, explorer windows will take forever to load, and even cause my video card to stutter a bit.


A while ago, I unplugged the secondary drive, and found that my computer booted up much faster, and was infinitely more stable soon after loading.


But with two harddrives, in order to maintain stability, I often wait up to 5 - 10 minutes after booting to the desktop, just to be safe.



Is this a normal symptom of having two huge harddrives, both of which are filled with about 500 GB each, and programs like Norton security suite and messenger programs all needing to boot up? Or is this a problem with the second harddrive?

Answer:Dual harddrives affecting computer boot speed/stability?

Does the secondary drive contain anything other than data?

For all we know, you have an antique processor and/or very little RAM, in which case anything is possible.

I would say it's not normal if you have a modern processor and at least 2 GB of RAM.

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

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

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

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

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G'day all!

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

Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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I'm running Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.
I have another hard drive with win2k, that I use to use for a gaming only drive, and for some old apps.

A couple of times I got into Win2K using the boot manager of my motherboard, F9 or F12 depending.

The last time it told me Win2K was corrupt and wouldn't load.

Did Windows 7 kill my Win2K operating system?

My motherboard is a Biostar A770E3. I would expect booting from BIOS would bypass Windows 7 entirely?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Win 7 and Win2K Dual hdd, dual operating system

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I'm not sure how to answer your corruption query because I'm not sure, but this link shows you how to set up a dual boot with Win 2K and Win 7: THPC: Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows 2000 on your Windows 7 computer

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So as the title says, i have win7 on my main HDD. And i have vista on the second HDD. I want to delete the patition with Vista on it but it wont allow me, nor give me the option. What should i do?

Appriciate the help!

Answer:Dual Windows, Dual HDD's and two system patitions

Unplug your Vista drive and do a startup repair up to 3 times with your Windows 7 installer (dvd disc) your system files are on your Vista harddrive. That is why it won`t let you delete it. Reconnect your drive and you should then be able to delete it.

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my beloved a64 box has stood by me for 3 years, but now i have to use serious software for school (video editing, flash, photoshop, autodesk) so i need a stronger machine... i still need to figure out the specs ill need but i have one main question at this point, KVM switches.

right now (in the a64) i have a radeon 9800 256 pushing 2 monitors at 1280*1024 and a kvm switch that allows one monitor, the keyboard and mouse to click to my linux box when i hit scroll lock twice fast. is there a such switch that could switch BOTH monitors and keyboard and mouse AND sound between my a64 box and future dual core intel? (or whatever you guys recomend lol)
 

Answer:dual system- dual monitor setup

You could get a better AMD processor if it is a socket 939 and then there would be no need for a new motherboard, a Skt 939 Athlon X2 would be good, if you dont wanna upgrade ur mobo.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's the questions:

1. Will I have motherboard reporting issues when validating W7, si... Read more

Answer:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

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

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

2) The OEM version should be fine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  
Quote: Originally Posted by maxit


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

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

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

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

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Hi

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

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

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

I came across this mentioned in one thread:

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

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

Answer:Dual boot / Dual Drive queries

Hello qwikpix, welcome to Seven Forums!


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

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

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

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues not yet sorted out) I have occasionally to retrieve files from its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the full content of this external drive as G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive C:\ ?

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Answer:(Resolved) External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

The XP license for the Siemens is not transferable (OEM versions cannot be transferred).

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Hi there,

From my out-of-work PC 800 Scaleo Fujitsu-Siemens (Motherboard/RIMM RAM issues) I have its 60GB HD connected as Drive G:\ via 3.5" External Drive Enclosure to laptop VAIO VGN-FS285M.

My question:

I) Is it possible to have the content of drive G:\ either downloaded\transferred into VAIO Drive D:\ (43GB) currently almost empty and operate this HD in a dual booting system with VAIO Drive C:\ or

II) leaving all the folders as they are as drive G:\ but being able to select this drive as alternative to drive c:\ ??

In other words, when booting VAIO before going straight into Windows XP I'd like to have the black screen offering me the OS selection.

I understand that switching from one OS into another without first logging out and in again could also be possible. In this case both OS's are Windows XP Home Edition+SP2 +all updates.

Any conclusive help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much!
 

Answer:Solved: External Drive WXP onto VAIO drive D:\ as dual booting system or...

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Hello every one,

Installing a second OS, on the 2nd hard drvie, but no option is given other than C during installation

Details:
I have two hard drives, and I tried installing W2k on both of them just to have a clean copy of OS on the spare. I used the guidlines from one of our friend at the forum Pyritechips--Jim -- http://members.shaw.ca/pyritechips/dual.htm. Both HDs have logical drives as well.

I follwed the method showed, with the only major difference of installing 2k from 2k (instead of 98). As result (I think) i did not encountered the step 1 (Would you like to upgrade to windows 2000?). After step 5 my computer restarted (isntead of blue screen) then pressed enter at step 6, but the partition i wanted to install is not shown at all in the next screen, only C is there. I don't want to install it on C. I have PartitionMagic--6, but I don't know if it can resolve this problem.

Information: I have two HDs, Master and Slave (I belive). with W2KP on C of first with a logical E. The second one has Primary F (active) with logial G. Is it possible that I can choose instalation on my choice of partition (F) at start-up? It does not give me any option other than C right now.

Secondly, it is not a biggy, but on Startup and Recovery (tab of my computer properties), now I have "MS W2KP Startup" along with ".../fastdect". I disabled it from there, but don't knwo how to get rid of it?

Looking forward to all experts
 

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

E1200 celeron Dual core
Gigabyte GA 945 GCM -s2c
2gig DDR2
WD 320 XP/Vista Dual boot SATA 2 HD
Athena 400 watt MATX psu
8400GS
samsung 16 x PATA DVD burner
 

Answer:second hard drive in dual boot system

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

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Hi,

I'd like some advice on installing Vista so that programs and systems files are on one drive and my documents and personal files are on another drive. What's the best way to do it? I've looked around this and other forums and it appears to be something not generally asked. As mentioned I want to separate my program/system files/folders from my personal stuff.

I'm about to reinstall Vista onto my laptop after trying to resolve a problem that went south. My laptop has a single hard drive partioned into three drives (C:, D:, E:). Advice would be appreciated.

Cheers

Answer:Vista setup on dual drive system

hello,
iv'e experimented with this, and the best way IMO is as follows..
say everything is on C: go to start>computer>D: right click (on an empty spot) and mouse over "new" and choose folder ,when a new folder appears name it Pictures (with a capitol P) so now you have a folder on your D: named Pictures...close that window...

go back to start>username>RIGHT click on Pictures and choose properties>location tab, click "move" a destination window opens up..
choose computer (left hand side) then D: there you will see your new Pictures folder (you just created on D:) choose it...then apply, you will be asked if you want to move all (or something like that) click YES, (this may take a few minutes depending on the size of your folder..

then just follow the same steps to move any/all you personal folders your wish..

just be sure to name the folders on D: the exact same as C: (capitol 1st letter)

the great part is that your documents,music,pictures still show in your start menu, and the path takes you right to wherever you moved them to.

there may be an easier way but I don't know it..

g day mate (always wanted to use that) ..lol

ps substitute drive letters that you want!
this is after you are done installing windows of course.

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

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I hope I don't get in trouble for this. I "moved" this to hardware.Topic 38996

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I have been using DI2002 and since installing a second boot partition (both are WindowsXP Home)I have sometimes had problems opening DI as it would freeze. I am tempted to upgrade to DI7 but I read a review somewhere saying that it will not operate on a dual boot system although there is no mention of this in documentation or packaging. Is anyone using it in this way?

Answer:Drive Image 7 on Dual Booted System

I am using DI7 on one pc.Dual boot xp/98se.No probs at all..

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

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

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

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

Thanks all!

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

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

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

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Ok I have read the tutorial.
This is my first post..HI
I have Win XP 32 bit on my old drive. I buy Win 7 full retail and a new HD. I set bios to boot from cd etc. Win 7 starts up. It shows the 2 drives, so I select new drive...no problems. It starts install. I leave it to do its stuff.When I come back its up and all ok.I dint get any option to boot from XP. The drive was listed as "SYSTEM" but not old Windows or anything.
HELP!!
Also ASUS chipset drivers dont work and they were listed as 7 drivers.I tried Vista drivers but it normally shuts down and restarts. Nothing. Took only a second and screen pops up asking if it worked? how do I know lol

Answer:dual boot dual drive

Hi

Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

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

If you remove your new drive will XP boot?

Check the tutorial you may have missed a step.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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

Answer:Dual Boot, Dual Drive

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I installed a new second hard drive on my system, so that I could set up the second hard drive to my likeings before making it the primary drive. Now that I have it loaded properly, will I be able to just unplug the primary drive, put the jumper on the second drive to the primary position and be ok??

Both of the drives have Win XP Home... but I noticed that when I boot to the second hard drive, it takes allot longer to boot up than the primary drive does. So I wasn't sure if some of the actual boot records are still on the primary drive, and that is why it takes longer for the second drive to boot up.

My final intentions are for the new second drive to be my primary drive, and then maybe use the old primary drive as a data drive.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Wayne
 

Answer:Dual Boot system back to single drive.

Can anyone advise me on this?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Wayne
 

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I am unexperinte with partitions and boots on Windows & (and other systems too). I had installed Windows 7 x64 ultimate on my computer in a 150GB hard drive.
I bought a new 1TB HD and created 3 partitions (two with 250 GB and another with 500 GB). I copied my system from 150GB drive to the first 250GB partition on my new HD and had a dual boot system installed (my old 150 GB system and my old system copy on my new 250 GB partition). I following reinstalled the Windows 7 x64 system in my second 250GB in order to reinstall all my programs again to clean up all dirt stuff I had installed since I installed Windows 7 the first time.
Now I had 3 boots working fine (my old system, my copy, and my new system).
I in sequence formatted my old system in the 150 GB and did a new boot and what a surprise! The system did not boot any more.
Surprised and desesperated I reinstalled the Windows 7 again on my 150Gb drive and everything started normally again, but I had 3 boots (my copy, my new system where I was installing my programs again and the system in my 150Gb HD).
I looked now on my Disk Management and get the following:
Disk 1 Drive E: 250,60GB NTFS Healthy (Active, Primary Partition (my copy)
Disk 1 Drive C: 251,23 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition (the system where I am installing my programs again)
Disk 2 Drive F: 149,05 GB NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
I realize that when I did a format in my 150GB partition it... Read more

Answer:How to format a drive with Windows 7 Dual Boot system?

Reading your post, all I see is one big mess, & not sure what stage you are at.
From what i can see, your HD Drive layout may be like the screenshot below.



Take a look at this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)

But you may like to start afresh with a clean install, with the 1TB HD Drive as Disk0 & the other HD Drive physically disconnect.

You also say you are dual booting, Windows 7 & OS unknown.

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Hi all

Please bear with me I'm new at this and a little unsure as to exactly what I'm doing.

A few months ago I was having trouble with an incredibly slow system running Vista 32 bit. I run some RAM hungry programs so decided I'd try a Win 7 64 bit system, and if it was stable I would then look to increase my RAM beyond 3GB (Apparently my motherboard will take 8GB of RAM)

A screen shot of my basic system info is here...
I obviously now want to stay with Win 7 64bit and format the Vista drive for the storage space but have no idea how to make my Win 7 drive the system drive and then format the old Vista drive.

I hope I've given enough info, and my request makes sense.

I'd be really grateful of a fairly straight forward "how to". I'm reasonably savvy and can follow instruction but certainly no expert.

Many thanks in advance

Chris

Answer:Cant format old system drive after dual boot install

Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Active
Than
Physically disconnect the old HD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.


Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the other two HD, as Disk1.




Mark the Windows Vista HD Drive INACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Inactive

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Hi there,
Im sure many of you must know the answer to my situation.

I have 2 Hard drives : C: and E:

C: 120gb XP PRO ( HOME USAGE )

E: 80gb XP PRO LEOPARD ( BUSINESS USAGE )

.... Windows have automatically created a dual boot screen for me to go into either OP.

But as E: drive is newly installed, everytime i installed some selected software, it automatically installs in C: Drive. But there are some small softwares where i can manually change the installation Destination folder.

My E: Drive has windows sp2, and i have sp3 cd update from windows. WHen i install it, it automatically installs it on my current C: Drive.

===================================

???? Is there anyway, when i do login to a selected operating system, that i become automatically C: ?????


eg. if from dual boot i select "XP Leopard" whats actually installed on E: but when i do login, and go to my computer. I automatically become C: drive and make the orignal C: to E: like switching. So i stay main installation drive.

Im really comfused and dont know what to do, or use. Could someone experienced in this area help me out.
 

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

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

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

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

Welcome!

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

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

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

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

Answer:Remove hard drive from dual boot system

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

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My 7 year old XP laptop has just received EasyBCD and a new partition with W7.I now realise that the new partition has stolen a letter F:\ which has always been used for a special partition on my external Hard drive, and I want it to stay that way.I believe drive letters are only held in the registry and have no effect outside the O.S. in question, therefore W7 will not be affected by me changing the letter which XP uses to view it.Please confirm it is safe, or explain my error.RegardsAlan.

Answer:Wrong drive letters on Dual Boot System

What is on f: Drive? And what do you mean the partition "stole the letter f:"? What did you do that reassigned drive letters?

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Here is what I did:

1) Installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a new system with two physical disk drives (c: is an SSD, d: is standard disk)

2) While installing, used SYSPREP to move Users and ProgramData to d:\

3) Pulled the D:\ drive to copy info on it from the system I am replacing

4) MISTAKENLY booted the system and attempted to log in. Got an error (Userprofile was on the missing drive) and shut down. NOTE: Login Picture was missing.

5) Replaced the d: drive.

6) When I boot, I see my profile pic, but I get the error "The user profile services service failed the logon"

7) I had not yet created a second account or enabled the admin account.

8) Opened Repair. In the dos prompt, I see that the boot drive is now "E:\" and the data drive is coming up as c:\ (d:\ = temp and e:\ = DVD for the repair).

9) I tried to restore, but cannot locate a restore point (I know one was created by an install process just before I pulled the drive).

Any ideas? I haven't even created the Admin account in the Repair because I am afraid it will be created with the wrong drive references.

Answer:Dual disk system booting with incorrect drive letters

Take a look at this Tutorial:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7
SSD Alignment
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation


Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

Screenshot tools.
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How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums
Snipping Tool - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows
Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots
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Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

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Hi, I hope someone out there can give me some advice on what I need to do.

I've just bought a new computer for making music on, this is an upgrade from my old XP system. The computer comes with (when it arrives) windows Vista, I have also bought another copy of XP.

What I would like to do is create a dual boot system with XP and Vista but after looking into this I came across a problem. I have a second hard drive with all my music files on which is an E: drive. After reading an installation guide for a dual boot system I read that the second OS installation automatically installs the OS as E:.

My problem is that my 200GB E drive is full with music project files that need to run from the E drive because they contain audio files, changing the drive letter would cause each project to be unable to locate it's audio files.

What I need to know is if there is a way I can install the two OSs on one hard drive and keep my other hard drive as E:.

I've heard about virtual PC but I'm not sure if using this it would be possible doing it this way either...

If anyone's got any advice it'd help me out loads

Thanks

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.

Answer:Swapping System Drive Letters in Dual Boot Setup

See MS site: Change, add, or remove a drive letter
Not sure if this still applies, but in early development versions, if you had dual boot XP & 7, booting in XP destroyed 7 System Restore points.

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.

Answer:Swapping System Drive Letters in Dual Boot Setup

The problem you are faced with is that by default Windows looks for the boot files on your C drive and that is why you've got a problem.

I'm fairly certain there is no other way round your problem, but to boot into Windows 7 and change the system (Windows) drive letter to C.

I'm just intrigued as to why you dislike the default settings so much.

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Here's the situation. I have a 17" Sager laptop with two hard drives set up with dual boot. The first drive is the OEM drive that came in the laptop and Win7. After I installed my work software, and made sure the machine was stable, I used the computer in this configuration for a few months. I then decided to set up dual boot using a Crucial SSD drive with Win7 in the vacant 2nd hard drive bay. This allowed me to work from the old drive while I organized the SSD with my work software. (AutoCad, Rhino, etc) and made sure it was stable. After the SSD setup, it became my primary drive, and I never used the OEM drive again.

Now, with Win 10 about to be released, I was thinking about removing the idle l OEM drive and adding a new SSD and Win 10. (This would let me keep working from the Win7 SSD) However, If I remember correctly, the dual boot information (Boot Manager?) is on the original drive. Wouldn't removing that drive also disable the current Win 7 SSD?

It has been about 3 years since I dug into a computer and much has changed. I'm hoping someone here can give me info, suggestions, or even a step by step procedure to get this right.

thanks in advance.

Answer:Remove original drive in dual boot system and replace Win 10 SSD? How?

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
with all drives connected.

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I set up an XP/Win7 dual boot system using 2 partitions on a single hard disk (XP was pre-installed). All seemed to go smoothly, except for the fact that I couldn't boot from the Win7 DVD for some reason. The process would start loading files from the DVD but would keep stalling just after the progress bar got to 100% and disappeared. After several attempts and trying 2 different DVD drives, I ended up just running the Win7 setup.exe from XP and that got the install completed.

The problem is when I boot into Win7 the system drive is designated as "W:\" not "C:\" ("W" is the letter I assigned to it when creating the partition that would hold Win7). I hate this. Some people mentioned in different how-to's I checked out that their dual boot system automatically designates the system drive as "C:\" regardless of which OS they boot into or partition letters assigned to each OS. How can I get that to work?

Everything else seems to be working properly when in either XP or Win7.
 

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I`m trying to setup a dual boot. The primary drive has Win98SE. In error, Win2KPro as a new fresh install ended up setup on the primary drive. What is the proper proceedure to remove all traces of W2000 Pro on the pri drive and reinstall on the secondary drive. The second drive (as per Maxtor Support) previously had the Write Dick Pack option (low-level format) using the PowerMax utility. Then using MaxBlast to reformat and partition the 2nd drive. Could you outline the proper proceedures. I class my computor skills as beginner. Although I have installed and max`ed out my PC133 memory. Added a graphics card upgrade, and a 2nd drive. Please make the sun shine again? Thanks, Bruce. PS: I could run a Diag Utility AIDA32, if you need more info. tnx!
 

Answer:Win2KPro installed wrong drive, dual boot system.

Since you are dual booting, the best way to Uninstall Windows 2000 is explained in this guide. http://www.budja.com/w2k/uninstall_w2k.html

However, on the other hand, if you just installed Windows 98 with nothing to lose.. you might as well wipe the drive clean using a format and resetup everything.
 

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Hi...I'm new to the forums here, and need some help. I have an HP dv8000 laptop with two 80GB hard drives (160 total), "C" and "D", and I can't access anything on "D"...a long time ago I was able to create some picture folders on that drive, but it never let me put pictures in the folders. Then I tried to delete the folders, and it wouldn't let me...I would get the warning dialog box stating "D:\My Pictures D\photos is not accessible. Access is denied". I hate to think that HP would have given me two 80GB hard drives, and only one of them is usable. I was hoping someone here could maybe tell me some simple solution to allow me the use of this otherwise useless 80GB HDD...a way to "turn on" the access to it...can anyone help me???Thanx,TheresaP.S. I have Windows XP Professional

Answer:Help! Dual drive system-can't access "D" drive

Hello. First of, I'm pretty sure that your computer only has one harddrive with two partitions. I could be wrong, but I have never seen a laptop with two harddrives in my life. So you are having trouble accessing your D: partition? It seems like you dont have the appropriate permissions. So, you have to take ownership of all the folders in the D: drive. This article explains it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Hope this helps, let us know if you need help.

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Dual boot XP with windows 7 on 2 Harddrives - (Windows 7 already installed)

I've read that i should install XP first. But I already have windows 7 installed and dont want to wipe that drive clean and reinstall.

Is this possilbe? To add a new sata hard drive and install xp 32bit to an existing PC running Win7 64 bit. With having a boot option at start up?
 

Answer:Solved: Dual boot XP with windows 7 on 2 Harddrives - (Windows 7 already installed)

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I have got two separate hard drives one running win7 one running xp. I need to be able to chose which os to run but currently I can only do so by pressing F12. I have tried EasyBCD but it wont work - does anyone know how I can do this?
To clarify what I really want is a list of the two os to come up at startup so I can choose

Step by step instructions would be ideal!

Answer:How to dual boot Two separate harddrives, 2 separate operating systems

Hello Tbagz, welcome to Seven Forums!


Most prefer a BIOS managed dual-boot but if you prefer a Windows managed dual-boot, so you can get the correct advice, please post a snip of a maximized Windows 7 disk management so we can advise from there.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot

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(Win98se, Athlon 1.4.)
Hi, I have two mobile racks with my primary C: in one and I put my backup D: in the second to make a Ghost Clone for backup weekly.
To test the clone I have to pull both hard drives out of their racks and switch master slave jumpers. (As compared to just switching the two mobile racks which I think I could do with cable select.)
I am using an 80 pin, primary cable with a red edge on it, there are no markings but one of the cable to hard drive connectors is white and the other is black.
Question 1: Will this cable work with Cable Select and how do I use the Cable Select setting so I won’t have to switch jumpers?
Question 2: Is it possible to open and slide those connectors along the cable if they won’t reach one of the mobile racks or will I have to buy another cable?
Thanks in Advance, Meta
 

Answer:How To Setup Cable Select For Dual Mobile Hard Drive System

Meta, if i understand your question right you need to make both drives cable select ? . If that is the case will need to either look on the drives and should see some kind of schematics which should tell you how to move the jumpers to make it cable select.
If there is no drawing on the hdd cover, get to the site of the manufacturer and should see under Support how to make a hdd cable selected enabled.
As for your second question i don't quite get it... Which connectors are you refering to? The ones in the mobil rack or on the hdd itself..
 

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Windows XP runs in a 20 GB partition C:\, with 50% space unused.Before creating an image of C:\ I purge unwanted junk.The latest image is then "validated", but this does not prove bootability.To PROVE bootability, the image must be restored to C:\ and the computer restarted.If the computer failed to restart, the latest image was worthless,AND C:\ is now TRASHED so it is too late to create another image.Therefore I never "test" bootability of an image that probably will not be needed,and when I NEED to restore an image I am a little nervous.For Christmas my Laptop received a much larger hard drive.I now have 20 GB C:\ active, plus 15 GB R:\ primary, plus other logic partitions.Now I can restore the latest image to 15 GB R:\,and a file/folder comparison with C:\ gives a little more confidence.Please advise me of a Boot-CD that can change quickly swap the partitions,e.g.  hide 20 GB C:\ partition, and make 15 GB partition Active as C:\,so I can see for myself that the latest image is (or is not) bootable,AND regardless of bootability, to subsequently hide the 15 GB partition, and make the 20 GB partition active as C:\ with no loss of data.I have Easeus Partition Manager which :-under Windows can change which partitions are active, but cannot hide or alter the letter of the partition which was active, nor the partition which is to become active.It provides a Boot-CD that uses Linux, and avoids confusing me by concealing any knowledge of drive letters - it... Read more

Answer:Please recommend a BootCD to juggle drive letters, or a Dual Boot system.

Image files with a decent image app can and should be verified at the time they are created...What app do you use ? ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,
Marc

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

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

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

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

Let us know how this goes.

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can anyone help me out with this?

Thanks.
 

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

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

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I have recently purchased a W540 and connected to my Dell u3011 30" monitor. I used the Dual Link DVI-D cable that came with the monitor and plugged it into my Ultra Dock. The maximum resolution i can get is 1920x1080? When i change over to a Display port cable i can achieve the full 2560 x 1600 resolution? Is there something i need to do in addition to achieve the full 2560x1600 resolution with the DVI-D dual link cable? I want to be able to connect 2 laptops to the one monitor and only have 1 display port input so i need to be able to use the DVI cable on the 2nd machine while still achieving 2560x1600 resolution.













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:W540 - Dual Monitor Display Resolution with DVI-D Dual Link Cable

DVI-D port on the Ultradock is single link only. If you need DVI-D at dual link resolution (i.e. 2560x1600), you need an active displayport to dual link converter. Startech makes them, they should be around 80 USD or something of that region.

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So I just ordered an 8800gts to replace my 7800gts in Vista x64. I was wondering if keeping it and running my secondary monitor off of it would alleviate the stress aero puts on the video card when running dual monitors and gaming and increase my performance. Would I be better off keeping the 7800gts for the second monitor? Is this even possible?
 

Answer:Dual Video cards, dual monitors, and Vista game performance

It is certainly possible, you can use both cards at the same time, assuming your mob supports it.

I doubt if you'll see a huge increase in gaming performance, as aero essentially shuts itself off when needed (gaming), but it won't hurt anything either.
 

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is anyone running this app w/ dual dual cores? my two single cores are maxed out and i'm now considering an upgrade to (2) 2.0ghz dual cores...

does anyone have any suggestions for any software comparable to pinnacle studio 9 (that's really cheap)? my primary use is choppin up MPEG clips.






regards,

kirk

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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 am not sure how to do this. I originally had XP and added another drive installing windows 7 professional (64 bit) and have a dual boot system. I transferred or saved all of the data from the XP drive and want to format it, however it will not allow me to format it.
I boot up on drive C: which is w7 but can select to boot up on drive D: which is XP.
I have attached screen shot of the disk manager, but
Disk 0 is D: is NTFS Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition) which is the windows XP drive.
Disk 1 is C: is NTFS Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) which is the w7p drive.

Not sure how to do this without loosing the w7p drive. I thought about unplugging the w7p drive and booting from the w7p disk, but not sure how that would work when plugging the original w7p drive back in.

Thanks.

Answer:How to format drive (windows xp) on dual boot system (windows 7 pro)

I'd guess your problem is that you want to boot from C and format D, but Windows frowns at that when it sees that D contains your system files.

This probably happened because you left the XP drive connected when you installed Windows 7 to the other drive.

I also suspect that if you disconnect the D drive you can't boot at all from C. Is that correct? That would also be because your system files are on D.

If your system files were on C, I think you could then boot from C with D disconnected.

And you should also then be able to boot from C and format D.

You can use an application like BCDedit to copy system files from C to D.

Or you may be able to do it by disconnecting D and running system repair from a Windows install DVD--you may have to run it several times.

Others may have more ideas. That's my best guess just looking at the pic you posted.

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

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

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

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

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Hello, I just got my E560 on 9/27/16. It has windows 7, 64 pro installed. I plugged in the battery and waited an hour or so before turning the system on. Everything booted ok and I entered my hidden router for my wifi. Unfortuanly, it would not connect. I finally dug out an old ethernet cable to hook up and test the system and download some software. I then unhid my router and still was not able to find it. Everyones router in the neigborhood showed up but mine. I call tech support but they claimed that it was my routers software. I have 4 other devices working just fine on the wifi and I even set my printer up for wifi while the router was hidden with no problem. I checked the Lenovo site for updates but the system said everything was up to date. I went to the Intel site and downloaded their current driver for this card. The laptop finally noticed the router while it was unhidden and I again hid the router and rebooted my Laptop. This cured the problem. However, I was displeased with Customer service they tried to tell me it was a problem with my router and not the system and all my drivers shipped from the factory were up to date. I hope this will help anyone who has a similar problem.

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I have recently installed the ASRock 775 dual-vsta motherboard and Intel e6400 duo 2 processor.It's running fine but despite fitting two 512mb sticks of DDR333 memory in the correct slots (the board takes DDR and DDR2 memory) when the machine boots up it tells me I'm running in single channel mode.I've gone into the BIOS and changed the DRAM BUS selection from 'Auto' to 'Dual Channel' (options are Single, Dual & Auto) but nothing has changed.I've also enabled the memory flexibility option which give a 'better tolerance for memory compatability' - again no change. It does say that 'for dual channel configuration' you need to install 'the same brand, speed, size and chip type' and mine are not the same brand or chip type, but worked perfectly in dual channel mode on an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe.Am I stuffed until I upgrade my memory?TIA

Answer:Dual Channel Memory Issue on ASRock dual-vsta

I'm running two sets of memory (4x256Mb - with two differing brands & cas latencies) in dual-channel quite happily on a Gigabyte mobo. It could be a motherboard 'brand' issue - Asrock not being a very good make compared to Asus/Gigabyte, so something lacking perhaps?To save money, instead of upgrading all the memory, try to get a 512Mb module to match one of your existing modules. Getting it off eBay could make it cheaper too.Or, you could leave it as single channel. The differences between single & dual is negligible for the majority of users, as this article testifies click here. Though it does say at the very end that dual channel may be the best option for optimum performance in the long run especially for gaming click here. G

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I bought the lumia 530 in a promotion, and realised after that it wasn't the dual sim model. Is it possible to simply add the second sim module, or is the base chip different?

Answer:Is it possible to purchase the dual sim to make the nokia lumia 530 become the dual sim model?

No you can't it probably needs a different mobo and software to support it. You can try exchanging it

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Hey,
First off thanks for taking the time to help me on this. I just recently started using a dual monitor setup. The whole reason I wanted to run this was so that I could run a web page while i was running a game. It did not take me long to realize the inadequacies of my foresight in this quest for freedom from alt tab quirks, like the mouse not syncing with the game reticle (how is that word spelled!?) or color skewing, because the game locks the mouse inside the window the game is running in. So panning over is a no go. My question is whether or not there is a way that I can set up a dual mouse system. I have a custom built computer. My main monitor is plugged into my graphics card and my off monitor is just plugged into the HDMI port on my motherboard.
 

Answer:Dual screen dual mouse setup for Game and web page use

If anyone has any other ideas let me know. I have never seen the setup Willburforce is looking for.

You can plug multiple mice into a PC, and both will work, however, both will control the same single mouse pointer. Even if you had a mouse and a touchscreen, the mouse's pointer will immediately go to your finger the second you touched the screen.

Anyone else....
 

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I wanted to know whether it was worth upgrading from 2xP3 [email protected] to 2x P3 1.3Ghz or to just start a new rig with a dual athlon mobo and 2x Athlon MPs (or XPs modded to MPs).

I only wanted to know because intel are stopping production of the Pentium 3 soon, and wondered whether it was worth upgrading yet.

But then again it may be some time until Intel kill the P3, because the P4 is hardly a server chip, is it?

This is one of the problems I am facing - to upgrade or build a new rig. I currently have Dual [email protected], but would like maybe some more speed in the near future.

Do i :-
A. Upgrade to higher speed PIIIs, before they are discontinued
B. Scrap the whole lot and go dual athlons
(C). Win the competition Prize
 

Answer:Multiprocessor Motherboards - Upgrade Dual PIII or switch to Dual AMD XP

It all depends on your money situation I believe the Pentiums are way overpriced, but if you have the money then I say go for it. I like my Athlon, and I don't plan on changing unless Intel does something drastic to change my mind.

Personally, the prize wouldn't be a bad deal at all
 

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

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

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

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

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Help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I'm new to building my own PC. I've taken a really bland class on Computer Architecture, so I know the basics of the basics.

I just guess I have a question that I'm begging to be answered. :dead:

So does anyone know if there's conflicts with the idea of Dual Core Proc. in a Dual Proc. Motherboard?

And of course, is it worth it?
 

Answer:Dual Core Processors in a Dual Processor Motherboard

No there will not be any conflict. If the motherboard has a BIOS that supports dual-core processsors, it will use both cores present on each processor.

READ: Opteron 285 review @gamepc.com
 

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I want to get the "Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Processor - 2.13GHz (2048KB L2 Cache) 1066MHz FSB CORE2DUO"

It says 2.13ghz. Is that per core? 2 x 2.13ghz = 4.26ghz total CPU power?

Simple question, simple answer. Thanks

Jack
 

Answer:Dual cores, whats is a 2.13ghz dual core?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We need to install 2 pieces of GTX1070 cards in a z840. They can not be securely tighten in the chassis, the PCI retaining clips can not be closed properly. Any solution?

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

Answer:Win98SE/WinMe dual install/dual boot

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

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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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i have 2 ati radeon hd 4850's. right now they are connected with the crossfirex bridges and i'm only using one monitor and running crossfirex. i'm thinking of getting a second monitor for better gaming/seeing more stuff in flight sim X.

what i can't find is how to use 2 monitors with 2 cards. do i remove the crossfirex bridges and connect one monitor per card, or do i keep the crossfirex bridges and connect both monitors to the first card, still running crossfirex?

thanks!

Answer:dual graphics cards, dual monitors, ati crossfireX

I would just connect the 2 monitors to the one card and then extend the desktop using either desktop properties or Catalyst control center.

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hello all,

I have several questions here:

1. How do i install a 2nd monitor and my graphics card has one output?!! Actually it has the normal o/p that accepts monitor's cables and another o/p that i'm still figuring it out


2. If i suceeded in installing a 2nd monitor, how can i turn my PC into a server (or 2 PCs-in-1) ? In other words, how can i and my brother use the same PC AT THE SAME TIME, such that, he's using one monitor and i'm using the other and we have two sets of terminal devices, i.e. two keyboards and two mice?
 

Answer:Dual monitor == Dual PC == multi-terminal Server

Zeratul said:



hello all,

I have several questions here:

1. How do i install a 2nd monitor and my graphics card has one output?!! Actually it has the normal o/p that accepts monitor's cables and another o/p that i'm still figuring it out


2. If i suceeded in installing a 2nd monitor, how can i turn my PC into a server (or 2 PCs-in-1) ? In other words, how can i and my brother use the same PC AT THE SAME TIME, such that, he's using one monitor and i'm using the other and we have two sets of terminal devices, i.e. two keyboards and two mice?Click to expand...

1) That second output may be DVI, or S-Video, what does it look like? If it has a lot of holes, it's DVI(newer LCD monitors) if it's black and has 4(i think) holes and a rectangular hole, it's S-Video and goes to a regular TV.

2) I don't think that's possible with one PC, but I could very well(and probably am) be wrong.
 

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I have two issues, I recently purchased an imicro usb spanish keyboard. I want to be able to use my internal laptop (dell latitude E6410) for english and an external keyboard for spanish. First off I can't get the external keyboard to be recignized correctly. Yesterday I updated my chipset and bios and got it working but when I tried to plug it in today it wasn't working again, I'm getting error code 34 in device manager. I checked the manufacturers website but couldn't find a driver, so I emailed the place I purchased it from and am waiting for a response. Any ideas on the driver issue would be appreceated. When it did work yesterday I changed my language settings and could get both keyboards to be english or spanish but not one of each, any help on how to set this up would be apprecated as well.
 

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What is the best setup for running dual monitors with dual video cards?

Plug one monitor into one card and the other into the second card with Crossfire off, or turn on Crossfire and plug both monitors into the same video card?

Both monitors are the same.

Answer:Dual Monitor Setup w/ Dual ATI 4870x2

crossfire on, same card

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

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

Yes and click here to see how to do it

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I got the Y410P with 12 GB of RAM because I use a lot of the adobe suite products for graphic design and also enjoy playing games when I have the time. Today I found out that in slot 1 is a Hyundai Electronics 8GB stick and in slot 3 is a Samsung 4GB stick. Will this still run a true dual channel or did I get hosed?

Answer:Y410P 12GB of RAM Dual dual channel????

what do you mean by hosed im so slow .. 

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should i got with dual Nividia geforce gtx 295 with 3.8ghz and more memory or should i get dual ati radeon 5970 with 3.2ghz with lest memory? hellp me decide

Answer:Dual Nvdida GTX 295 or Dual Ati radeon 5970

First can you fill in your system specs with the troubleshooting guide in my sig? I can't recommend anything without your CPU/RAM/PSU - the CPU will be a major bottleneck with either cards.

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My processor is AMD Athalon(tm) 64x2 dual core processor 4600+ I have the opyion on the sidebar for the cpu usage gages and I notice that one does a heck of alot moer work than the other.I know its not much of a processor for gaming at 2.4Ghz but it will have to do untill $$ improves.I am wondering can I somehow push them to capacity so I might get better performance out of my games.Mind you I am not to woried about taking chances within reason I just upgraded to vista home premium from xp any ideas

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Hi

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

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

Is this possible, and if yes how?

Regards

Answer:Windows 7 dual boot dual disks

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

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I am building the ultamate gaming pc and i have most of the parts eg. hd drive , blu-ray drive writer , dvd wrighter, card reader , 2x 4.2 amd processors and 2 512 geforce nvida grap[hics card but i cant fina a mother board that supports 2 4.2 processors and those 2 graphicas cards and also if some one cold give me a link to a cheap water cooling system for my old pc and a dear realy good one for my new one that would be great .

Answer:dual processor and dual agp graphics motherboard

I thought SLI was 2 cards running in PCI-express slots, not AGP?Which processor?and lastly blu-ray? is that out yet?

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Hello,
I just registered on this board, after learning a bit about dual channel memory from posts here. Didn't learn enough though...

First off, thanks for the scoop on why dual channel doesn't work with Athlon XP. I once had it in an ASUS board that was supposed to run dual channel. I could not tell the difference in performance when it booted up in dual channel mode vs single channel. (The BIOS displayed which it thought it was running on boot-up.)

I am now building up a system with a Pentium D (805) in a ECS P4M800Pro-M mobo. This is claimed to support Dual Core operation.

A couple of general questions...

1) Regarding Dual Core and Dual Channel Memory operation, are they totally independent...? Will both features work together, or can you just get one or the other (or neither) on this combo...? I see NO mention of dual channel memory in the mobo manual.

2) I plan to run Win 2000 on this machine. Does that support Dual core, Dual Channel, or both. Or are these modes totally independent of the operating system software...?

3) My understanding of Dual Core operation is minimal. I guess it means you could have one core running MS Word while the other runs MS Excel, or plays a game... Is this correct? If so, is the operator in any way aware of the machine operating in this mode, or have to do anything to make it operate in the dual core mode? Or is the operator totally unaware of the dual core operation, except for, hopefully, bet... Read more

Answer:Dual Channel memory & Dual Core P-805

Faster memory will work at a slwer speed, you can use both at the same time, and I think your Mobo supports Dual-Channel, but im not sure. You will notice the differance either way with more memory.
 

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Hi all I no the title of this topic maybe hard to understand, basically im in the market to be upgrading from z77 to a newer z97 board, I have a few in mind that range from $180 all the way to $400, and when it comes down to it, it is the pci express lanes. I'm currently running dual 7970s and I noticed a lot of motherboards run 2x8x with dual video cards but some boards will run at 2x16x, so I was just seeing if anyone can tell me if theirs a big diff between running 2x8x and 2x16x with crossfired cards. thanks a bunch!
 

Answer:Dual 16x vs dual 8x pci e motherboards for graphics cards

No real difference.
 

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Hi, I am building a new computer and I want to go with a dual screen setup. I was wondering if I should go with a GTX 670 2GB GPU or two Sapphire Radeon 7870s. If not specifically these cards, let me know what you think.
Is it better to have a single GPU with dual DVI output or two slightly cheaper GPUs using crossfire?

Answer:Dual Screen, Dual DVI GPU vs. 2 Single DVI GPUs

hi,

The only thing that changes is the graphics performance you will have.
Two Sapphire HD 7870s beat a single GTX 670, but I'm not a Crossfire fan, so I suggest you to get a faster single GPU, because a lot of applications won't use multi-GPU technology.

What you need to do with your new pc?

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

Answer:Convert dual installation into dual boot?

Originally Posted by shmu


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



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

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

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

I have 2 questions:

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot, Dual HDD Installation Question

Hello aaron1948 and welcome to the forum

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

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

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

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

Tom

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