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Question: Dual boot Dual hard drive Dual OS questions..

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

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G'day all!

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

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!

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

Answer:Dual dual hard drive, master/slave arrangement

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

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I?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 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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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

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000or file transfer wizard program..to move data from old drive to new one.

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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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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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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: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p.../multiboot.asp

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

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

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

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

Answer:Questions about Dual Boot and Drive letters

Welcome to Seven Forums.

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual Boot, Dual Drive

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

Answer:dual boot dual drive

Hi

Is your XP drive Disk0, in BIOS & Windows?

Is your Win7 drive Disk1, in BIOS & Windows?

Can you post srceenshot of Disk Management.

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

If you remove your new drive will XP boot?

Check the tutorial you may have missed a step.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I'll try to keep this as short as possible, but I have a number of questions:

Background: About four months ago I laid splurged and purchased myself a new system designed specifically for video editing. Very briefly, the specs are as follows: ASUS P5WDH delux, Intel Core2Duo E6400, 2GB RAM, 2X WD 250GB HDs (one system, one for media), GeForce 7300... I have probably forgotten something, but suffice to say that within the budget I could affort this machine was fantastic. I am running Premiere Pro 2.0 for video editing, along with After Effects, Encore DVD, and some other video software.

When this was a brand new install it was incredible. Editing was like a dream -- everything in real time, no crashes... perfect. Unfortunately, I don't have the space or cash to dedicate this machine entirely to editing. Instead it has all sorts of MS Office apps for my wife, internet downloads and games from my kids, etc. etc. Four months later and it is still pretty good, but editing is becomming noticably slower. This even with regular scans, ccleaner and more.

So, what I am considering now is making this a dual-boot XP install. One dedicated entirely to my video editing apps and the other to all the rest of the kids and wife's apps.

My questions are at several levels:

1. Will this actually help? To the best of my understanding it should be the next best thing to a dedicated machine, but I need to know whether this will do the trick for me.

2. What is the best... Read more

Answer:Dual boot, possibly from external drive -- multiple questions

medgen said:





1. Will this actually help? To the best of my understanding it should be the next best thing to a dedicated machine, but I need to know whether this will do the trick for me.Click to expand...

Absolutely it will help, your understanding is correct.





medgen said:





My questions are at several levels:

1. Will this actually help? To the best of my understanding it should be the next best thing to a dedicated machine, but I need to know whether this will do the trick for me.

2. What is the best method? I really don't want to have to remove and reinstall everything that is already on the machine, and for a couple of reasons don't want to put in another internal drive, so should I:

i. Partition my current system drive (if so, what tool is best for doing this) and put the new bootable XP on it,
ii. Set up an e-SATA external drive (if so, how to do this please?)
iii. Can I use an external USB or Firewire drive for a second XP boot?Click to expand...

These are all options that could work for you. I've never tried with an external drive of any type, so have no advice to offer you on that. I've partitioned existing drives & installed XP several times, so I know that method works reliably. I used Paragon Partition Manager, which you can find here:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Paragon_Partition_Manager_d2812.html

It works within Windows to ensure... Read more

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

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

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

The fact that you do not have a bootable Windows Vista DVD with such systems, may also limit the ability to successfully create a dual boot with Windows XP.
USER BEWARE: CHECK WITH YOUR SYSTEM MANUFACTURER WHETHER OR NOT YOUR WARRANTY IS VOIDED IF YOU INSTALL AND DUAL BOOT WITH WINDOWS XP. MANY OF THE NEWER SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED AND CONFIGURED TO ONLY RUN WINDOWS VISTA. HARDWARE ON YOUR SYSTEM MAY NOT BE DESIGNED TO RUN WINDOWS XP.
Preparation

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

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

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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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Hi All,

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

Answer:Dual Boot with New Hard Drive

Hello James and welcome to the SevenForums.

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

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

Good luck with setup!

Kari

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

Answer:Partition hard drive for dual boot

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

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

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

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

I appreciate any help I can get.

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

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

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

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

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I am 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

thanks

Answer:Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot

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

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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 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,
~Jonathan

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

Answer:Dual boot win98sd & XP on hard drive each

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

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I am 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 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!

Riki

Answer:Dual boot Win XP from external hard drive?

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

Answer:Add hard drive, storage or dual boot

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

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

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I 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?

Thanks,
Nora
 

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

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

Answer:Reconfigure Dual boot - remove C hard drive

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

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

If necessary, use fixmbr from the RC, too.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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I have a 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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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
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?

easypace

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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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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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 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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Hey guys,

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

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

Thanks in advance
 

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Dual booting dual hard drives help!

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

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I 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?

Thanks
 

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

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Hey Gang,

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

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

Does XP have that capability?

Thanks,
HULK
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 was wondering if i would be able to upgrade the hard drive in this laptop and if so, is this specific hard drive compatible: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178340.  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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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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:

SYSTEM
(C
RECOVERY
HP TOOLS

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 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!

Derek

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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?

CCT,

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.

Silekonn
 

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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
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carsomyr said:

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



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

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

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

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Hello Everyone ,

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

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

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

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

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

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

--Asif

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

Hello Asif,

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

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

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

Originally Posted by Carsomyr


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



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

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

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

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I have a desk top that is running on windows 7. I have the operating system, programs and so on in partition c which is half of a 2 tb drive and all my images on the other half.

I am going to fit a SSD to which I will install windows 7 and some key photography editing software only.

I know I can set up so at boot I have of choice of which windows the pc will boot from, but if I boot from the ssd will I be able to access outlook and word etc that is on the other hdd or do I have to install them on the ssd as well?
if I have software installed on the old drive can I create a shortcut on the ssd to access that software or must it be reinstalled via the ssd even if its directory location is not on the ssd but in the other drive?

hope that make sense to read
Alistair

Answer:Dual boot questions

You'll have to install Word and such to the new Windows version on the SSD in order for the Windows version on the SSD to be able to make use of them.

Otherwise, it doesn't know where the essential files are because the required information isn't in the registry.

If you have programs that don't require Windows installation, they can be run from the old drive with no issues.

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Well, today I dual booted XP with windows 7. Don't know why I just felt like having to OS's(Stupid reason, I know). Now I made a partition on 500gb HDD (Now will be referred as HDD 1) and installed it. Now My 100gb (HDD 2!), has all my contents of my old C: drive that has windows xp bios and stuff on it. But now, HDD 2 is looking in W7 folder (Made a whole new drive [E:] when I partitioned it with the "Windows 7" label on it, within it are the contents of the OS, W7) trying to find vital files to run it ( While on W7 OS). Obviously, I go into XP and it works fine. My question is, is there anyway to fix this? I don't, really dont, want to reinstall EVERYTHING. I also don't want to use XP whenever I want to open a program as im currently in favor of Windows 7. I tried to write this as best I can, so if you need anymore distinct information, just ask.
.Content HDD's.
[E:] Windows 7
[C:] HDD 1
[D:] HDD 2

(Not sure if there exactly right drive letters, as said before just ask for more info)

Answer:7 And XP Dual Boot Questions

I'm not sure exactly what you are saying or asking.

Do something for me and I'll be better able to understand your situation:

Type the following into the Run box (just do "Windows Key + R" on the keyboard for the shortcut to it) and hit Enter:

diskmgmt.msc

Maximize this "Disk Management" window and take a screenshot using the "Prnt Scrn" button on the keyboard. Paste this into Paint, save it, upload it to the internet, and post it here.

Disk Management can speak loads for what is going on in a system better than most people can.

Also, try to explain your problem better. I couldn't understand exactly what your problem is. Something about the OS looking in the wrong place or something. Use the names in Disk Management to refer to what partition, hdd, etc... that you are talking about. Do you have one hard drive with multiple partitions? Or separate hard drives? I don't know what you want to "fix" because I don't know what the problem is. I can most likely fix your problem once I know what it is.

Spell it out for me very plainly, and I'll do my very best to help you.

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I am working on my parents computer right now. They currenty are running win2000 but it is run at 100% CPU load. It is next to impossible to do anti-virus, spy ware, etc. because of how long everything takes.

I would like to format the hard drive and start fresh, but there are critical files on the computer that need to be transfered.

i have a spare HD laying around. I would like to disconnect the HD and install xp on the new one. once it is up and running proper, i wish to slave the old hard drive to transfer the files.

How do i go about doing this? There will still be an active install of 2000 on the 2nd hard drive.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:dual boot questions

Alright, so you unplug the current HD, plug in the other one and install Windows XP on it. Now all you have to do is plug in the old HD as slave, or cable-select, while the one you just installed WindowsXP on is plugged in as master. Then when you power-on, it should just see the Master Boot Record for the newest XP installation, and it will boot normally into the HD you just installed Windows XP on, but when you get to Windows, you will see another drive letter under "My Computer". Just drag and drop from one to another, and you're set.

Hope that helps some. It's not as hard as you think it might be. It's actually very simple. Having Win 2k installed on the old HD won't change a thing. The master HD has a new MBR after installing XP on it, and since the Win 2k drive wasn't connected when you installed WinXP on the new drive, the Win 2k installation won't even be seen.
 

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HI

Im thinking of adding Vista home edition 64 bit to my existing xp home installation on the same HD so i can dual boot im just thinking how much hastle it is.

Can you help me ?
1.If vista and xp are on the same HD and im on xp for example will i be able to play a game or open a file that i installed on VIsta ?
2.Ive heard that when adding Vista/xp in to dual boot its possible that a usb keyboard might not work when installing the os is this true ? if tht is the case what can been done about it ?
3.Ive got a 8800GTX GPU and when i installed the drivers for it i was on xp does this mean that there would be two differnt sets of GPU drivers needed 1 for Vista 64 bit and 1 for XP ?

thxs for your time
 

Answer:Dual -- BOOT questions

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Ok, I have a system with 3 OS's, but I want my vista and XP partition to share my documents & office suite without redundency (multiple installations of office, and notes). I want to have my outlook, onenote access and save in my vista paritition (Main) from my new XP partition (secondary).

I don't mind reinstalling Office, but sharing documents, onenote notebooks and outlook files is a MUST!
 

Answer:Dual boot questions

Sharing application installs is probably not a good idea bat sharing data is pretty straight forward. The easiest thing to do is to put everything on a separate drive and point everything there.

You'll need to set the paths to your mail files in Outlook and your notebooks in OneNote and setup any other applications you want to share across OS'es.
 

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Hi all, I'm new to this forum.

I am currently having a dual boot with Windows 7 RTM and Windows XP 32 bit on 2 different hdd. I have the student discount 7 Pro CD coming in hopefully next week and I'm planning to install it over the RTM. I want to know if I do the custom install, will it mess up the dual boot?

Thanks!

Answer:Some questions with dual boot

Hello wincentmoy Happy New Year 2010 at the Se7en Forums!

One question to start with here would be the edition of RTM you have on presently? And is that the 32bit or 64bit to ? The RTM is the same as the retail without the dvd there. It's still the 7600 build.

Once you replace the present 7 installation the new install should pick up on the XP installation and list that as the "previous version of Windows" when starting up. The 7 installer will detect XP and add it in automatically as the boot option there.

If for some reason it doesn't one free program called EasyBCD can add XP into the 7 boot loader by edit of the BCD store. Presently however the new 2.0 release for that is still pending which will preserve the new 7 boot splash screen. The 1.7.2 version available now was written mainly for Vista and could easily replace the 7 look with the old Vista scroll bar screen. Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies released 4/8/2008 there.

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Finally purchased an SSD with the intent to dual-boot this drive for separation of business and personal. As I really like Win7 I've decided to simply install it, along with all updates to it and hardware, on one partition. Will also install any apps that will be common to both partitions. When completed I intend to clone this and apply to second partition. I've created a common partition to accept files used by both partitions such as PST file and etc. A few questions I have are:

1. This is my first time installing an SSD so based on the attached photo (ssd_drive.png) it shows a "System Reserved" partition. Now I'm use to a drive reserving space for these required files but on all previous HD installs this file in usually hidden from the drive view of "My Computer". Just seems odd that it's accessible; when opened no contents are visible. Is this normal for SSd's or did I do something unusual on install?

2. I have currently installed the OS and common apps on the "SSD General" partition and am looking to clone this to the "SSD Trade" partition. Since the "System Reserved" partition has thrown me for a loop I figured I'd ask if the current partitions and partition types will be fine for my intentions? (see attached images)

3. Been a long time since dual-booting (win98/xp) so might as well ask as I have your attention -- Am I correct in believing cloning would be the best route to take? Will it be possible to clone directly ... Read more

Answer:Various SSD dual-boot questions

1. It's as hidden as it needs to be, without a drive letter so not accessible.

2. Should be, use "Auto" clone or imaging setting so it allows clone/image to boot as C, do not copy MBR or Track0. Then add the new Win7 using EasyBCD Download Registration - NeoSmart Technologies. I've been able to do this without reboots from C using Acronis.

3. Acronis WD app is excellent. Try the Auto cloning method, if that wont' cooperate use imaging. The Manual is on the downloads page and easy to understand. WD Support

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I'm trying to get my head around the exact process that will enable a system to boot from either one of two instances of Windows. I have read the Microsoft KB article but I still am unsure if my understanding of some details is correct.

System:
OS : Windows XP Pro
Imaging Software : Acronis True Image
Partitioning Software : Partition Manager
Disks : 2 x SATA (therefore no need to set master/slave relationship with jumper)

Requirement:
I want to image Windows from Disk_0 onto Disk_1 and then be able to easily boot into either instance.

Questions:

1. Do I need a Boot Manager (e.g. Boot Magic) or can the instance of Windows be simply selected during the normal boot by pressing F11 and then selecting whichever instance of Windows I want to boot into on either Disk_0 or Disk_1

2. Active Partition : Is it necessary to set the 2nd boot instance as the "Active" partition if I want to boot into that partition. If "yes" when and how does one do this outside of Windows? (I say "outside of windows" because I want to be able to make the decision as to which instance to boot into at the time of startup).

3. MBR : Do I need to do anything to the MBR on Disk_1. (Disk_1 will have the same MBR as Disk_0). If "yes" what must be changed and how are these changes made?

4. boot.ini file : I assume that the boot.ini file on Disk_1 must be changed. Can I simply edit this file in Notepad changing the disk references from (0) to (1). (I assume that ... Read more

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I was wondering if anyone would like to take a look at this question again....
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ok, today i finally (FINALLY!! after 2 days of trying!!!) manged to set up an XP/Vista dual-boot. and so far it's been working excellently (and i love vista's interface!). but i have a question regarding programs, and it's whether i'll have any problems regarding using (all vista-compatible) software for both OS's with only one installation.

thanks in advance

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also: wheneven i try to login to another user account (other than the admin) in vista, the computer crashes and reboots. on XP it works fine.

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Please excuse my noobiness on this topic. I have researched and have guides already on the setup, but I have additional questions. I am looking at WinXP x32 and Vista Business x64. I have several apps that only work on WinXP x32 (Cisco VPN Software is the biggy). I had thought about a VM, but I'm building this rig with a Quad Core and VMWare is limited to 2 cores and I need all 4 cores for a couple of the apps that will be running. I realize that I won't see all the memory on the box and I can live with that.

- If one partition is "active" is the other one effectively turned off?
- Do you need to install apps to both partitions (and therefore both OS's)?
- How large should each partition be? If I was looking at a Seagate 640GB HDD, can I create 3 partitions? One for WinXP x32, one for Vista Business x64, and one for data that both OS's can see

I'm sure I'll come up with other questions, but those are the basics right now.
 

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Why not run XP in a VM and use that for the Cisco VPN, and then use Vista for everything else? I'm not a big fan of dual-booting, especially since there are some good, free VM applications out there, VirtualBox being my favorite.

As for your questions, both partitions are accessible at any given time. You do need to install apps under both OSes. You don't want to try and "share" applications between the two. That's only asking for issues down the road.
 

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I've just spent the past couple of hours searching past threads and none seem to address the questions I have so hopefully there is an untapped wealth of knowledge out there.

I've just bought a new PC, (AMD X2 4200+, 2Gb RAM, Windows Vista Home Basic, nothing special just an all round upgrade, very cheap) it's replacing a P4 2.8Ghz, 1Gb, Windows XP Home.

I've heard lots of mixed reviews about Vista and am thinking about making my system a dual boot.

My first thoguhts are just to pull the XP HDD from my old machine and plug it into the new machine, is there more to it than this? I'm guessing I might need to do a Vista repair so it can find my old XP install, but I don't know.

My primary questions are to do with capabilities:

-Will I be able to access files from both hard drives?

-If I have software installed in XP, will I be able to use it if I boot up in Vista? Would I need to install the software under both OS's?

-Can I make one directory common i.e my documents where both OS's use it but each Hard drive has a copy of the directory (essentially backing up my data) I think this used to be possible in ME with the briefcase facility.

-Is it worth running both OS's? Would running Vista negate the hardware upgrade essentially making it run slow? I use MS Office, and Flight sims mostly.

-Does XP run a version of DirectX 10, or do I have to have Vista in order to use the more capable graphics features?

Thanks for any advice or help.

JM

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You cannot pull the harddrive from your old system and expect to use the operating system. Different system, different drivers. Besides if the operating system on that drive came with that computer, then you cannot legally do this. You cannot transfer oem software from one computer to another. You will have to purchase the full retail version of xp.

In addition you will have to locate xp drivers for your new system.

When you boot to one os, you cannot run programs in the other. In addition, you cannot use the same license for the same program if you install it in both. You can access files between os's.

Theres nothing wrong with dual booting, in fact, since vista is the future, its best to keep it and learn it.

Since there is a xp version, you should be able to use all features - depending upon the system and graphics card.

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I'm trying to get my head around the exact process that will enable a system to boot from either one of two instances of Windows. I have read the Microsoft KB article but I still am unsure if my understanding of some details is correct.System:OS : Windows XP ProImaging Software : Acronis True ImagePartitioning Software : Partition ManagerDisks : 2 x SATA (therefore no need to set master/slave relationship with jumper)Requirement:I want to image Windows from Disk_0 onto Disk_1 and then be able to easily boot into either instance.Questions:1. Do I need a Boot Manager (e.g. Boot Magic) or can the instance of Windows be simply selected during the normal boot by pressing F11 and then selecting whichever instance of Windows I want to boot into on either Disk_0 or Disk_12. Active Partition : Is it necessary to set the 2nd boot instance as the "Active" partition if I want to boot into that partition. If "yes" when and how does one do this outside of Windows? (I say "outside of windows" because I want to be able to make the decision as to which instance to boot into at the time of startup).3. MBR : Do I need to do anything to the MBR on Disk_1. (Disk_1 will have the same MBR as Disk_0). If "yes" what must be changed and how are these changes made?4. boot.ini file : I assume that the boot.ini file on Disk_1 must be changed. Can I simply edit this file in Notepad changing the disk references from (0) to (1). (I assume that the partition references will stay the same because the boot par... Read more

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The easiest way of doing what you require, is to use whats called a "Raid" soloution. This will depend on your motherboards capabilities but both hard drives must be configured as dynamic. Let us know your motherboard specs etc!

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I am considering dual-booting my Win 7 Pro laptop with Linux, but have a few questions.

1)Which distro would be the best? The laptops specs are: 2GHz T5750 C2D, 3GB RAM, GMA x3100.

2)How hard is dual boot to set up? I know I would need to install Linux on a seperate partition, do I just need to create a partition and insert the CD to install, or is there something else?

Answer:A few questions about Dual Boot

Dual booting isn't difficult as long as you start out correctly. That is, partition your hard drive leaving a sizable area as unallocated (for Linux to use). Install Windows first, then install Linux. Install the boot loader to the MBR.

As to what distibution of Linux to use - it depends on what you want to so. There are many Internet site that discuss Linux distributions.

Regards,
GEWB

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i have 98se on C drive and 2000 advanced server (fat32) on E drive (partition). if i delete 98se on C will 2000 still boot? can i then reinstall 98se or 95B (or maybe linux) on C?
 

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No, not without a lot of pain, the bootloader files are on c, overwriting or erasing will make 2k unbootable
At least that has been my experience trying to eliminate C and change my D drive to C, won't boot for one reason or another, wasn't worth the hassle

You can delete windows and any files and folders that are not on the C:\ root drive to free up space
 

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info>http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;289022&sd=tech

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