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Question: dual hard drive

hello everyone,

im considering adding another hard drive to my computer for more storage for my media (mp3 files). i have decided to go with another internal hard drive, due to the fact my income consists of being a paper boy.

my current system is:

amd athlon xp 2400+
2.0 ghz
512 mb ddr ram (480, 32 mb shared video)
80 gb hard drive.

im thinking of buying a 40 gb, but, i need a couple of questions answered:
1) do i need to install a driver, or anything with the hard drive (can i hook it up and it will automatically show as the E: drive?)
2) if my system were to crash, and the 80gb hd is the one im running the OS on, would the 40gb harddrive im using as a storage drive lose all of its content, or would it remain untouched?

also, the reason why im keeping the 80gb hd as the OS drive is because it has a legal version of xp pro., whereas if i purchased a 40gb, i could only install a bootleg version, and i'd rather run on a legal version.

thanks for any input,


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Preferred Solution: dual hard drive

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Answer: dual hard drive

you will need to partition and format the drive.
in xp you can do it in windows or use the disk that came with the drive(or can be downloaded).the second will be faster.

if something happens to the 80GB drive,the 40GB will be safe.

i suggest buying OEM.a retail just comes with the utility disk(can be downloaded) a cable and brackets

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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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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.

Answer:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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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!

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Answer:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

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

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

2) The OEM version should be fine.

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

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Question: Dual Hard drive

I'm having trouble Putting two Hard drives to work at the same time, The computer reads it but i only see drive c Not D or anything.
Can anyone help me please?

Answer:Dual Hard drive

Are they both IDE hard drives? If so, did you set the jumpers correctly? If you know you set all the jumpers correctly and everything, go to start>control panel>Administrative tools>Computer Management>Storage and see if the hard drive is shown there. If it is, it means it has not yet been formatted and you must format it before you can use it. However, if it doesn't appear here, that means either the jumpers are improperly configured or the hard drive isn't plugged in properly.

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Question: dual hard drive

Hi all i am considering having a master and slave drive system master for windows and programs slave for downloads and games now a question is if the slave drive gets a virus or such installed on it then am i correct in assuming that virus or such cannot integrate with and mess up my master drive programs

Answer:dual hard drive

The terms "master" and "save" refer to IDE jumpering. If you have multiple hard drives configured in Windows, regardless of how they're physically connected, a virus or malware can affect any or all of them.

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I have a question that hopefully has an obvious answer. I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with 2 hard drives. Last night, I had removed my wifes hard drive from her computer, and removed my slave drive. I then put her drive in place of my slave drive and copied a few files over to my primary hard drive. XP never asked me to install drivers for her drive or anything. When I was done, I then removed her drive and replaced it with my slave. Now, my computer is very sluggish, and won't do much of anything. When I click on Control Panel and Add Hardware, I get an error message saying that I can't access it because it is currently installing a device. I assume it is trying to install the other hard drive. If I open the task manager, system shows 99 and CPU Usage is at 100%.

Please help me. I don't want to reformat my computer. If I need to, then I will, but someone must know an answer.

Thank you in advacnce!!!

Answer:Dual Hard Drive Problems

It may be possible that you not only copied a few files from your wifes Hard drive you may also have copied a virus. You can do a free system scan for virus's, worms and trojan horses at the Symantech Website under security scan. It detected a worm I had that my Anti Virus didnt. they also have removal tools for many of these maladies that you can download for free.

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

Answer:Dual Boot with ext. Hard Drive

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

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

Thanks in Advanced.

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Ok, I have 2 different HDD and both of them are plugged into SATA ports inside my tower. I am running Windows Home Edition on my primary master.

My other hard drive is just for storage and is my secondary master because for some reason it won't read it as a slave drive.

Windows XP Home Edition recognizes both drives.

My real problem is that under Computer Management, it says that both are "Primary Drives" and every time I try and install something, it automatically goes to my secondary master and tries to install it there and I want it to install on my primary master drive.

Help Please!

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I have two WD 30gig HD with data and I removed them from my other computer and installed them in a computer with 1000mz, 256mem, intel board.
The two drive are in the BIOS one as a master the othe a slave.
But I only see the master in win me. I also tried them in another and I see both on that computer.
Can anyone help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I just picked up a new HP Envy DV7-7259nr. The laptop has two drive bays and I just added a SSD drive. I installed the drive in the primary hard drive bay, and moved the SATA drive to the secondary one. I made no changes to that drive. I installed Windows 8 using the HP restore disks that I created. I need to create another set, but I will open a separate thread for that. I had some issues with the restore set, but was able to finally get Windows 8 installed on the SSD. The other drive was not connected while I did this. Everything worked fine until I re-connected the SATA drive. Now the laptop is booting from it instead of the SSD. I cannot seem to find any information anywhere on how to make the laptop boot from the primary drive. I thought it would do that by default! There is no options in the BIOS to alter this, so I was looking for something to edit in Win8 to make this happen. I cannot change the drive letter of the boot drive in Disk Manager. I suppose if I just took the second drive out of the system and just formatted it that would work, but I would realy like to keep it as is for the time being. Has anybody else tried to have a setup like this? Any and all help would be appreciated!

Answer:Dual hard drive setup

Is your BIOS mode UEFI or legacy? Whichever, apparently you are able to get to your BIOS. When there, are you unable to access your boot menu? What happens when you try to access your boot menu using an F-key? Consider trying to boot to the startup options menu (Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8), and seeing if you can boot to the SSD from there. Also, consider this tutorial: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8.

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i have two different hard drive one is 150gb which had xp home edition and in newly attached hard drive i put xp proffesional. now the problem is when i start the computer it should give me boot option;however it doesn't and boots directly windows xp pro.

i can view other drives from this harddrive. help needed. xp home was already installed in master 150gb, i put xp pro in slave drive which is 40 gb!

Answer:Dual booting two different hard drive

You can only boot from 1 hdd.Both o/s would need to be on the same hdd Why would you need both XP, and XP pro? If you have Pro, it will do anything Home can do.

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

Answer:Dual boot on new hard drive

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

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having a problem hope someone can help i have a asus cusl2 motherboard pent 3 running one 40 gig with win xp home with is primary master and another 10 gig running win 98 as secondary master in order to switch from one drive to another i have to go into my bios and choose is their another way to do this shouldn't i got boot option on boot-up instead

Answer:dual hard drive booting

I believe a repair installation of XP will put the boot manager in place........however, wait for a second opinion

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I have my old IDE hdd with old data on it an purchased a new WD sata hd. Is there a way to get XP to recognize both drives? The device manager shows both, but only the IDE hdd shows under My Computer.....

I can't even seem to be able to do a dual boot setup, that was my original plan.

Answer:Dual Hard Drive Question

Hi jpierce55. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

Have you changed the jumper on the back of your old drive to 'Slave'?

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I am looking for some help in finding an exterior hard drive that will work for both mac and pc. I plan on using it to store mp3 files. Someone please help

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Can you move the WINDOWS and Documents and Settings folders to a second hard drive to open up more room for the Program Files folder on the first main hard drive?

Also, is there any advantage as to which folders to have on a 10k RPM hard drive? (all I have atm is WINDOWS, Program Files, Documents and Settings, and Logs) One of my hard drives is a Raptor the other is a 250gb Seagate. Thanks for the help!

Answer:Dual Hard drive organization

Yes you can.

The only advantage would be a millisecond access time. Not noticeable by the human eye.
^For XP

John Barnett's Windows Vista Support: Move Documents Folder To New Location

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Hi All,

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

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

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

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


Answer:Dual Boot with New Hard Drive

Hello James and welcome to the SevenForums.

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

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

Good luck with setup!


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I'm thinking of putting in a dual hard drive setup, a more tech savvy friend of mine explained that one disk is read only with the OS on it, then the other I would save everything else to, such as games and the like, what are your thoughts? Would this be an efficient setup? Are there any problems I would encounter? Any input at all would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Regarding Dual Hard Drive Setup

Yes, that's a good setup - I have the same. I have an 80GB SATA which I have my OS on, and a 640GB I use for storage.

It's more efficient because you can load things from both drives at the same time, i.e. you can play a game from the storage drive while also doing stuff on the OS drive.

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I have a HP Pavilon 752n running XP. Their was a bad volume the other day and it would no longer boot up, so I did the system recovery.  The system hastwo hard disks. (Or one which is divided? not sure, I'm clueless here.)  C: which has 52GB of space and the D:(recovery Drive) which has 6GB of space. Currentlyit's running on the recovery drive so obviously I'mrunning out of space. I know C has been formatted because there is anenormous amount of freespace (much more than beforethe recovery).  So how do I get it to boot off justthe C: drive so I can have more space. The harddrive brand and model is Maxtor 4D060H3 if that helps.Am I being totally ignorant? I thought the recoverything was pretty straight forward but now I'm reallyconfused. I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give me. I'm lost!

Answer:Dual hard drive problem (?)

You have 2 partitions on 1 drive.You are running on c drive.

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Hi Folks!  This post is related to one I sent in last weekend. My problem then was a dead computer, ( board and cpu bad) and at the time I had some options.  So, what I have done is I have purchased a decent compatible tower from my work ( used but adequate) instead of buying a whole new computer. My old computer was just for surfing, etc, but I had good antivirus loaded on there(loaded by a tech so I have no disc!) as well as a music site that I pay for annually ( I make cd's but rarely store files). So here is my dilemma now>> This tower I bought is clean and bare bones. 40g h/d, 512 ram, etc. etc. My OLD comp was the same. Both towers have a Western Digital hard drive, same size. SO I loaded my old hard drive into this tower thinking I could plug it in and run it, but it does not show up. I reconnected it as a slave drive, using the drive the new tower came with as the primary, which now the primary runs ( I'm here writing) and the old one still does not show up anywhere. I might have it jumpered wrong? I would like to use the old drive as my primary, and the "new" drive as my slave for storage, etc.  Does this make sense? I need clear directions on how to be able to do this.  Any takers for the mission? Thanks in advance! Lyle.  PS. both towers have XP. 

Answer:dual hard drive problem

you need both h/drive jumpers set 1st h/drive set to master 2Nd h/drive set to slave on the same ribbon ide 1 then have CD ROM set on ide 2 set as master this will help but set it in the bios try auto set up if not the set it up manual this should work

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Okay here's the deal. I have two hard drives, 1st one is a Seagate Baracuda 320GB with standard IDE connection which has been formatted, only going to be used for storage. The 2nd one is a WD Cavier 250GB with SATA connection. I have and old Dell Dimension 4550. I originally had these running the way I wanted until WinXP crashed but can't remember how I had them connected to be Master and Slave. I currently have WinXP installed on the Seagate with the IDE connection. Since my PC is older I had to buy a SATA to IDE Converter which worked fine originally and still does. The problem I am having is making sure the connections are setup correctly. I can't get both drives to be recognized by the BIOS or bootup. I have tried what I believe to be every option and still can't get it. I know that since the Seagate IDE with WinXP installed is going to be my Master, I have that plugged into the Black IDE plug, then I plug the Grey IDE plug into the SATA to IDE converter and the converter into the WD SATA drive. On the converter there is 2 jumper settings, one for Master and one for Slave. I placed the jumper on the Slave but it is still not working. Given the 2 hard drives that I have and the info above for which one is Master and which one should be Slave along with the SATA to IDE converter. How should my setup be for placing these drives. Oh, I have even removed the jumper from the SATA to IDE converter leaving that open and placed that jumper on the... Read more

Answer:Dual hard drive issues, need help

You need to set the jumpers correctly on both drives. The jumper on the IDE drives should say master and the jumper on the SATA drive should say slave.

If you don't have enough jumpers to set the drives to master slave, see if you can make them both "cable select"

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I have a computer with a new hard drive and I would like to slave in another hard drive that has some data I want to retrieve and copy to my new hard drive. How do I go about this with XP. Also can I format my old hard drive when done.Thanx.

Answer:Dual hard drive questions file transfer wizard move data from old drive to new one.

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Hi, i got an easy one i think. I have 2 HD's running WinXp on 1 computer. One is 40gig and i want to use that one as my main HD for programs. The other is 160gig and that is for testing things like anti-virus software and anti-spam software. Both HD's are formatted with WinXp PRO and i can log into either one no problem. Heres the question. When i go to My computer both hard drives show up (C: & E and i dont want that to happen. I want it to work like i can boot and work on 1 HD or restart and work on the other. I dont want them to even know the other is there. Is that possible? If so how? I try to download files on one drive and i point it to install on it but some files still install on the other and it slows that drive down. Please Help!

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Hi, in trying to re install XP home and the house computer I have managed to install two XP os's on one hard drive, how can I remove one without stuffing up the other? Thanks.

Answer:Dual installation of XP on one hard drive

My advice would be to use a programme like GParted and just delete the 'second' XP partition. If you then have a problem booting, repair your MBR as per MBR Repair
Other wiser heads may have other methods!

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Ok well ill start with the first question i was wondering if i can run windows xp off my c: and windows me off my e: at the same time and how?

the second question is on my c: it detects my e: but when i run my e: it detects itself as c: when its running and doesnt see the real c:? the c: is winxp and the e: is win me

P4 2 ghz
512 ram

Answer:Two questions {Dual OS's and Hard drive detecting}

I think he was asking if he can dual boot ME and Xp, and the answer is yes.

Here is a link that will help youy do it:

Micro is right about the NTFS thing though. If me is formated as FAT32, and XP is NTFS, you will have the issue that you are experiencing, and its going to be that way unless you format your XP drive and reinstall it on FAT32

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

Answer:Repartitioning Hard drive after dual boot

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

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

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

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

I appreciate any help I can get.

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot using External Hard Drive.

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

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I built a new computer about a year ago, and installed win 7 home premium. the version I bought has both 32 and 64 bit included. I have no idea why, but I installed the 32 bit version, and now a game I want to play requires 64 bit. I'm trying to remove all other hard drives except for the c drive so I don't accidentally format and install to the wrong one. I know it sounds stupid, but with xp, I've done this before. the default drive to install on wasn't c drive, and I didn't pay attention to the drive it was formatting because I assumed it would be c. anyway, when I disconnect all drives except for c, I'm getting the boot error message. when I connect my other main drive, which wasn't connected when I initially installed windows, then it runs fine. there is a hidden folder on the second drive "system volume information". my question is, if I disconnect it and install the 64 bit version, am I going to run into any problems when I reconnect it after I install windows?

Answer:i'm confused about dual hard drive setup

Connect all of your drives and post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Is your goal to have 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 installations in separate partitions on the same hard drive using a single license?

I'm not clear on whether you are referring to partitions or drives, so the screen shot is needed.

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I have a laptop that has Vista installed on it. I have an upgrade disc for Windows 7 and I am thinking about performing a "clean installation" over the Vista OS - which I know is allowed, on the following link;click here Now, I would like to create another partition (on the same hard drive) and install Vista (using the same disc that it came with the laptop) onto that blank hard drive partition - is this possible to do?Thanks,Stormsy.

Answer:Dual booting hard drive with 7 and Vista.

That is a good question. Yes, it is possible to do but I'm not sure if it's legal.So I'd recommend you post your query in a fresh thread at the official Microsoft forums in this relevant sub-forum click here (I think it's the correct one - but if it's not, a mod will move it to the correct section), after registering via click here. If you already have a Windows Live ID, login with that instead & try posting.Once you find out that it's indeed legal, return to let us know & we'll let you know how to go about it. G

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

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

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


Answer:Add hard drive, storage or dual boot

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

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

-need to get back to work!


Answer:Dual boot Win XP from external hard drive?

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

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Bought new 2 terabyte drive. Installed xp pro on the unpartitioned drive. Figured i needed to create a new partition for the installation of windows 7. Don't know if i needed to or not, but i did by using the home version of Partition Magic. So, my first partition is Primary, System and Healthy. The new partition is Extended, Logical and Healthy. Ok, so i tried twice to install my Win7 into the second partition and it refused to boot up. I am currently completely reformatting this second partition. I do not know if i should have chosen the First partition to install Win7 in, because WinXP is already there. That sounded scary, so i didn't try that. How do i install the Win7, so i get the option of which OS to boot to. Do i even need a second partition and if i do, is there a way to make it a bootable system partition? Maybe i need to make a 3rd partition. I am totally lost when it comes to understanding partitions and reading and reading on the internet hasn't helped out bit. Thank you if you can with this tricky installation.

Answer:Partitioning confusion. Want dual OS on 1 hard drive

Just offering an option you might consider as it simplifies the boot issue.

Install Win 7 ( if it's Home Premium )and load VirtualBox which is a free download.

From there, install XP into VirtualBox.

This way, if your hardware is sufficient, you can run both Win7 and XP at the same time.

If you have Win7 Pro, it already has XP mode that accomplishes the same.
Nice thing about Virtualbox is that you can also experiment with various Linux distros and you only need the one partition.
Myself, I run Virtualbox on Win7 Home but with Win2k for several older apps that run better under Win2K.

It's fairly simple to set up, imo.

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

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

Answer:second hard drive in dual boot system

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot/Hard Drive Partitioning

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

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I have an external hard drive that is connected through my router USB. I have formatted two partitions, one for use with Time Machine in OSX Journaled and one partition in FAT 32. I have an IMac and a PC and I'd like to use this external hard drive for storage as well as for the Time Machine.

Time Machine will not recognize the partition I have formatted for it. I have no trouble seeing the partition that contains the storage in either computer. I can also mount both partitions on my Mac, but I cannot get Time Machine to select that partition in it's available choices. What am I doing wrong?

I know it can be done, but all the articles I have read thus far have helped me only to a point.


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I went out and got a double hard drive fan cooled enclosure for two Sata drives (one 700 gig and one Tera) I put them in the same drive enclosure, as it is built for two and started them up. I formatted them as one drive, not two. I was using them off and on for 1 month, and when I am done storing something on them, I turn them right off to save electricity and to elongate their I thought. One day I sit down and turn it on and it wants me to format the disk. It isn't seeing the 700gig anymore, but the 1 terebyte drive. I had TONS of important stuff backed up on there. Any way I can get the data back? Is the 700 gig drive dead? HELP! lol

Answer:external Dual Hard Drive Mania

*bump* next day

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

Answer:Partition hard drive for dual boot

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

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I have a pentium 2 notebook computer that I find very useful for some tasks. I prefer to have win 98 on it because it works faster than xp - after you strip 98 of some of the trash it comes with. I have a Dazzle external caputure card that I would like to use with it. Contrary to popular opinion, it works very well but it is very particular about who is touching it's own precious dll's. I have a c: d: and e: partition on the hard drive. I want to install bootable copies of win 98se on c: and on d: and use d: only to work with the dazzle capture card. I have done dual boots with xp and 98 before. How can I do with this dual 98's?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Answer:Dual installs of 98se on the same hard drive

As long as you install them on different partitions then you will be fine.

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Answer:Partitioning the hard drive for Dual-Boot

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

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I replaced DVD with a SATA Caddy Case for 2.5 Hard Drives.Everything Works fine, bios detects second hard drive. I install Windows 7 with no problemsBUT When I Use WINDOWS 7 I DETECT A SERIOUS PROBLEM: The system with two hard drives, the first an SSD (Crucial M4) and the second an 7200 rpm Hardrive (Original Disk), don't Restart neither Turn Off. I try several BIOS combinations and original SATA windows 7 drivers also latest Intel series 7 driver.Nothing works!The only partial solution that i found is to turn off the second hard drive via safely hotswap turn off, extract the hard drive and after that when i select restart or shut down,  the system takes some extra seconds and work. I believe this is a BIOS issue becuse this problem happened with original Windows SATA driver and also with latest Series 7 Intel Chipset drivers. I try with legacy BIOS MBR Partition and UEFI GPT Partition, in both cases the same problem. When i unplug the power cable to turn off the laptop, sometimes the pc donīt detect the SSD with error detection, so i change fast bios detection and the laptop detects SSD. Please verify this problem inside BIOS Laptop


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Answer:Dual Hard Drive Lenovo E430

On my E430 I have an Intel 330 SSD in the HDD bay and the original 500GB HDD in a HDD caddy I bought on ebay. I installed a fresh Win7 Pro on the SSD (under the Legacy BIOS option) and reinstalled Win7 HP on the HDD (under the UEFI BIOS option). I have no issues booting and shutting down from either of the drives. The only problem I have noticed is that when shutting down, the HDD sometimes parks its heads with a loud click noise (as if ungracefully). Your issue might be related to this:  

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I partitioned my OS hard drive in two with 50GB devoted to my OS and the rest to my documents. I also have a couple other HDs attached to my computer. Lately I've noticed that whenever I try to pull up My Computer so I can access the different HDs, the window takes forever to respond with the HD icons. Most of the time it never shows up and just crashes.

What's going on here? This only started about two weeks ago.

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Hi,i'm searching for a notebook with 2 HDD slot, an Intel i7 cpu and at least 8GB DDR3 RAM....anyone knows some laptop with these features???? Thanks

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

Answer:Dual booting on same partition hard drive?


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I noticed that the T560 has an option for a PCIe SSD or a normal 2.5'' HDD, but can I (with my own PCIe NVME SSD and 2.5'' HDD) use both at once?

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

Answer:dual hard drive boot problem

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


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

Answer:Dual boot win98sd & XP on hard drive each

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

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

Second, any external hard drives will do?

Answer:dual boot with external hard drive

You cannot install Windows to a USB device.

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

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I am currently running a DELL 4100 with Win ME 20GB HD
I want to install XP pro on a second hard drive in the Computer like a dual HD system
Is there a site where I can find out how to do this with 2 OS and 2 hard drives?


[email protected]

Answer:dual hard drive 2 Operating systems

or you can make more partitions of a harddisk without losing data
so,if u got data on the hdd on which u wanna install win xp,and dont got space to copy it on 1st hdd,then partition it with partition magic(
but it,it worths it

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How often should you zero the hard drive? My system is somewhat new but I've installed Window Vista I know about 10 or 11 times. Would it be a good time to perform this option? In performing a clean install although I haven't seen anything left over from the previous installs. Also after downloading Vista what should you do next in order to dual boot Windows XP? This is the part where I'm lost. Could you'll help me please. Thank you very kindly in advance.

Dell XPS 410
Window Vista Home Premium 32bit
Ati Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB
Intel 2.4GHz. duo core E6600 processor
250G Western Digital SATA hard drive
2 Gs of Ram

Answer:Zeroing hard drive/Dual Booting

What do you mean by "zero" the HDD? I'm assuming that means erasing everything and performing a clean install. Also, why are you installing Vista so often? What is the partition structure of your HDD?

In order to have 2 operating systems, you need to have a min. of 2 primary partitions with Windows installed on each.

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

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

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

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


Answer:Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

Screenshot tools.
Screenshot with Paint
Screenshot and Upload using MWSnap
Fscapture free download

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I have a new HP dv8000t with MS Win XP media center. The laptop has 2 100G hard drives. My question is what is the best way to configure these 2 Hard drives.
C: with operating system and software D: with data and doc's.
What are your suggestions.


Answer:Dual Hard drive configuration question

Yup, that is exactly what we did on our new HP. That way your data is safe if the os goes down etc.


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I have a dual core Samsung computer running Windows 7. When I look at the computer panel it seems all the data is being stored on the C drive and nothing on the D or J drive. I assume one of these is the second of the dual cores? can I safely move files from the C drive to one of these?

Answer:Using dual core memory on hard drive

Dual Core refers to the processor, not the hard disk.
Open Windows Explorer and click on Computer (or My Computer) and it should show you the Total Size and Free Space of each of the disk partitions. Post that information back here to start with.

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

Answer:Dual Boot with External hard drive or USB

Hey Rockhead, Welcome!

Try reading this tutorial.

Hope this helps,

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I have setup my PC to have dual booting with Win XP MC OS on a SATA hard drive and Win XP Pro OS on a separate (IDE) hard drive.

I have no problems booting up in either OS, however, the problem is that the drive letterings are DIFFERENT depending on which OS is working. I am concerned because I may run into problems when I try to restore a drive after a failure etc - I could mix things up and end up ERASING the wrong drive !!

Let me be more specific in describing my set up since this might be critical in your assisting me.

Like I said, the Win XP MC OS is on a SATA drive which is on my Intel motherboard. This drive has 2 partitions on it.

The Win XP Pro OS is on an IDE hard drive (with 1 partition) and is mounted as a MASTER on an IDE cable with another hard drive mounted as Slave on the same IDE cable. The Slave hard drive has 3 partitions.

This IDE cable is attached to an Adaptec ASH-1233 ULTRA ATA/133 PCI card since the Intel board had only 1 IDE slot which is being used by my 2 optical drives (If I hook up the optical drives to the PCI card the computer was telling me in the boot menu that there were no optical drives - so I had to hook them up directly to the motherboard).

As I said, despite the "confusion" above, I have no problem booting up in either OS and running the 'computers'

The letterings I get are as follows :-
(I am listing them so that the drives correspond in each OS)

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Answer:Problem with Hard Drive lettering in DUAL BOOTING PC

Okay i dont get it? What is the letter as they are seen under SATA and under IDE. I see a bunch of letters but none of it makes sense. C: C: G:

What does all that mean? Go this way.

C: System Drive
E:\ First partition SATA Drive

IDE drive 1

IDE Drive 2

Soemthing like that and tehn go the same route with the IDE Drive. That way we can figure out what is going on.

The way to change them is right click on My Computer>Manage>Disk Management. In there right click on any partition and change drive letter. But you will not be able to change the system drive that you are currently working under.

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

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

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

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

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Hey guys,

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

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

Thanks in advance

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

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

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

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

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Answer:extra hard drive/dual boot setup

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

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has got a dual or mutli drive external hard drive device working on a L520 or any other Lenovo laptop that uses either an eSATA or USB 3 connection. I can not seem to get mine working, it's a L520 (model 7859CTO) and has an eSATA port and an ExpressCard slot, and I also have both an eSATA & a USB 3 expresscard adapters. The external drives will all show up if I connected with USB 2, but using the existing eSATA port and/or the eSATA & USB 3 expresscard adapters it will only show one of the drives and not all. Thanks for any help on this.

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


Answer:remove one side of a dual boot hard drive

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

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I have a hp probook 5430s running windows 7 home 64.

I am trying to get the computer set up to be a mobile DAW for my upcoming deployment and decided to remove the optical drive and install another hard drive to put my huge libraries on so they don't take up all of my C drive. The computer recognized the drive just fine and I'm able to transfer files between the two drives and run all programs with absolutely no problem. The new drive is a Seagate 500 gig by the way... When I turn it on it boots up very fast with no issues at all.

The problem is when I want to close the lid, reset, sleep, or shut-down. with sleep, reset, and shut down it goes to the blue screen where it shows you logging off like normal and then the screen turns black (when I close the lid screen turns black after closed and stays black) I can hear the drives stop spinning like normal but the power button stays on. And at that point the only way I can use the computer again is to hold down power button to make it completely shut down then turn back on whenever I want to use it again, and again it starts up great.

I don't know if the computer is looking for the optical drive still to complete the full shut down cycle or what. The main errors I keep seeing in event log are BTHUSB, HPDSKFLT, the following boot-start drivers failed to load:cdrom. But they didnt show up last time I started computer except for bthusb which always shows up.

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Answer:hp probook 4530s dual hard drive issues

i hope you don't get too excited seeing a reply here, because i don't know the solution. But, I was wondering how you have progressed with this problem. I would love to extend disk space in this maner. Any luck? I really hope so.

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

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

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

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

What kind of drive?

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

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

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

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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

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

Answer:dual boot xp vista usb2 hard drive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Making dual boot from a clean hard drive

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

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Hi all.

Recently I installed Ubuntu Linux on a partition on my secondary hard drive (it's a worthwhile education, I'll give it that). Since then, when in Windows, the remaining space, used for games, alternates between being accessible and being unaccessible. What's the go?

For example, when I go in My Computer and try to open D: drive this is the message i receive:

D:\ is not accessible

The parameter is incorrect

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Dual Booting - Second hard drive partitioning issues

Just to let you all know, I'm in Linux now, checking the hard drive. It recognises the first partition as being NTFS formatted, and the partitions are correct, which points or at least indicates the problem as being with Windows.

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

Answer:Solved: Partitioning the hard drive for dual boot

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Answer:Remove hard drive from dual boot system

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

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I have a dual boot system with Win 98SE install on 20m hard drive (C. and have a second hard drive (D with Win XP SP2 installed.
My quest is I want to remove the win 98 HD and reconfigure the second HD to C:. After going through the forum for a while reading similar threads on reconfiguring dual boots, I have sort of put together a plan to accomplish this and I desperately need to have someone confirm that Iím on the right track. Donít want to have to reinstall everything again, been there and done that.
It has been a while since I set this machine up and assuming that C: was set up as master drive and D: as slave, I can remove the C hard drive, reset the XP hard drive to Master and boot up with XP CD. Then use fdisk /MBR to repair master boot drive.
Am I missing anything, if so how much?

Answer:Reconfigure Dual boot - remove C hard drive

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

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

If necessary, use fixmbr from the RC, too.

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

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

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

Any suggestions?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Essentially, I'm trying the unplug OS drive method. However, I'm running into some problems. I have an existing Windows 7 installation and want to install Windows XP as a completely discrete installation without combining the bootloaders (and just accessing via bios). The problem is that when I plug my OS drive back in, it skips the XP installation and immediately boots into Windows 7. So, I tried a bootloader and found that somehow the XP installation was missing ntldr, etc. I don't understand how this is possible seeing as how it was installed on its own, separate disk. It happens each time I try it. Is it possible that XP is writing the boot files on another internal drive (I have 4)? Would I need to unplug the other drives (I think the disk number for the XP drive is #2, whereas Windows 7 is the 0 drive)?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dual-booting on separate hard drive w/out integrated loader

You should have stuck with the plan and unplugged ALL other HD's during install of each OS. You were on the right track.

Post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. We can see if XP boot files are on another partition as signified by the System Active flags. There should be these flags on both Win7 (or it's 100mb System Reserved partition) and XP partitions.

Then set preferred OS HD to boot first in BIOS setup, boot the other using HP's ESC one- time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot.

What "loader" did you install to manage the Dual Boot? If needed because BIOs boot method is not preferred I would only use EasyBCD installed to Win7, then add XP from it's Add OS Entry tab. If necessary EasyBCD can also repair/re-create XP boot files.

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Alright guys here's my question:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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I just recently installed a hard drive from one of my older systems. It's nothing special just an old 1.2GB Hard Drive that came out of a very old Win98 Computer. I was wondering why my computer was doing three memory checks. What happens on the first one is it says:

Configuration automatically configured
60GB[Disk 1] DVD-ROM[Disk 3] CD-RW [Disk 4]

After the second time it comes up and says:

Configuration automatically configured
60GB[Disk 1] 1.2GB [Disk 2] DVD-ROM[Disk 3] CD-RW [Disk 4]

Then it does the mem check a third time and boots up to WinXP Pro

Here is my sys config.

Compaq 7110US
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 @ 1.3GHz
Memory: 256MB RAM
Hard Drive 1: 60GB Hard Drive
Hard Drive 2: 1.2GB Hard Drive(Storage)
Grap. Card: 64MB NVIDIA GeForce2

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Hello.I have been running my computer fine for over a year, then suddenly, after turning on the computer, the boot sequence shows that the primary master and slave drive cannot be found. This is what i have set up:Two 120GB WD IDE hard drives, one on primary master, one on primary slave. The master has all my windows files and program files. The slave is STRICTLY data, only music, videos pictures etc. I also have 2 cd rom drives connected to secondary master and slave.I am running a pentium 4 1.7ghzwindows xp home768mb ramWhat i have done so far:I have tried replacing ide ribbon cables to brand new ones, no help.I went through the bios and made sure everything was on auto detect.In the bios, when on the selection for primary master or slave, it cannot detect the hard drives either.What i have been able to do is: Since one of the hard drives is used to store windows programs etc, and the other is used ONLY for data.If i set the windows hard drive to master i am able to boot up normally and everything is fine except that i'm missing my second hard drive and all the data on it since its not plugged in. If i try the reverse, and just plug in the "data" hard drive, same thing happens, cannot detect hard drive.I hope i have given enough information for help, thanks everyone!

Answer:Hard Drive suddenly not detected (dual master slav

There may be a problem with the IDE channel onthe motherboard or the hard drive has problems.I would try to slave the secondary hard drive into another machine and see if it functional there, as it may be the one with a problem.

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Hey Gang,

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

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

Does XP have that capability?


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

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


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Hello there!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

C. (Bob)

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


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


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(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 wonít have to switch jumpers?
Question 2: Is it possible to open and slide those connectors along the cable if they wonít 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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So I have had Windows XP Pro 64bit on a seperate hard drive for a while that I have installed first. I just decided today to partition my second hard drive and put Vista on it. The installation went fine.. but sometimes i get corrupted errors and the Main partition for Vista is listed as C when its listed as E in XP. This is causing problems. How can I make it so it stays E? This has been baffling me. Any help would be appreciated. thanks!

Answer:Dual booting XP and Vista is assigning wrong hard drive paths!! please help!


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I have the 80GB primary SSHD with my operating system Vista 64, and a second 250GB (5400rpm)  HDD in the second spot, I also have a new 200GB (7200rpm) available. neither second drive is formatted yet.I would like to extend the SSHD with one of the drives.Will windows (and most installed programs) continue to run quickly since it is installed on the fast SSHD?will the RPM difference of the second drive affect performance much?Please let me know if you have any experience with extending solid state drives? 

Answer:dual hard drive on W700 primary 80GB SSHD and extending to another?

I think you're not getting any replies because of the word 'extended'.  the only way I know of to 'extend' is to set up RAID across drives, and I don't think that's what you mean.. I don't believe there is a way to merge multiple drives under the same drive letter. So you would have 3 seperate drives/volumes/drive letters at a minimum, I believe. Good to have the boot stuff on the SSD, and programes as well, while storing backups or bulk data on the HDDs. I have the 128G Samsung SSD, and while it definitely isn't slow, it ain't a hell of a lot faster than an HDD so far.. mine has SSD only at this point.

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