1 IDE and 2 SATA with 3 OS ?

February 12, 2009 at 01:05:36
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Im going to buy a new 160GB SATA next
week,Currently I have a 40GB IDE and a 80GB
SATA HDD.

I want to get my Final System like this,

40GB IDE -> Windows 7 beta
80GB SATA -> (40GB Linux) + (40GB Backup)
new
160GB SATA -> (80GB Windows XP pro) + (80GB
Other stuff) *** PRIMARY HARD ***

Please tell me with a bit of explanation on
how I can Assign the Drives OS installation
and Boot Order things, as I hate to Install
OS's again and again,

jcvip@hotmail.com
TIA


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#1
February 12, 2009 at 05:18:43
Win 7 should not be on the C:\ drive.

Get yourself a boot manager.

http://gag.sourceforge.net/


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#2
February 12, 2009 at 05:42:09
How should I set the Booting order of the
Hard drives in the BIOS ??

What will happen to the Boot order/menu If I
remove/re-install
1. Fedora Hard Drive
2. XP Hard Drive
3. Windows 7 Hard Drive


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#3
February 12, 2009 at 06:26:59
You didn't give any system specs so we need to guess about what you have.

You state you want to make 2 partitions on a 160GB hard drive with WinXP on one partition. You might run into trouble with 48 bit LBA compliance.

Your BIOS may or may not be 48 bit LBA compliant. Also, you need at least SP1 installed in order to access hard drives larger than 127GB. Look at the link below for more info on 48 bit compliance.

http://www.48bitlba.com/index.htm


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#4
February 12, 2009 at 08:57:11
Oh Sorry,

Intel 3.6 Dual Core
Intel 945GCNL chipset
Windows XP Pro SP3
1GB RAM
256VGA


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#5
February 12, 2009 at 10:10:30
OK then, you shouldn't have any problems other than I am not sure if Windows 7 has SATA drivers incorporated or you need to supply them. Doesn't hurt to supply them at any rate.

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#6
February 12, 2009 at 10:16:06
Thanx. I think it has coz I'v currently
Installed Windows 7 in the IDE drive,

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#7
February 12, 2009 at 10:19:36
IDE drives and SATA drives are different animals.

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#8
February 12, 2009 at 12:26:21
I think, I would put xp on the 40 gig ide drive & 7 on the sata.

larry


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#9
February 12, 2009 at 13:00:08
larryf215

What do you mean by the statement in #8. You are saying to put an IDE drive on the SATA drive. I'm pretty sure you didn't mean that.


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#10
February 12, 2009 at 15:36:26
I think the poster is saying he has 3 drives 40 gig ide & 80 and 160 gig sata and wants to install xp, windows 7 and linux.
If it was me I would put xp on the 40 and windows 7 on the sata.

larry


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#11
February 12, 2009 at 16:15:08
larry, I read your initial post wrong, sorry.

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#12
February 13, 2009 at 01:27:14
Hi, post#10 is correct,
But Windows 7 is going to expire on Aug. and Im Doing all my work in XP, and Fedora a bit too, So I want to put all my work in the 160GB Drive with XP which should be the Primary OS, and because linux is not a permanant installation, I chose to install it on the IDE,,,, will installing the OSes Independantly and plugging back in together work or is there another way around..

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#13
February 13, 2009 at 05:06:31
Use a boot logger. That way you can add or eliminate an OS without any hassle, like you will see with the Windows version. I think you need a very small partition at the beginning of a boot drive to install the logger.

I don't have any experience with a third party boot logger myself. I suggest you might want to start a new thread just for that purpose. I hear Grub mentioned a lot.
edit
I might add that some BIOSes have provisions built into them to allow selection of which drive to boot to. I am using motherboard with a BIOS that has that feature. Message is on the screen at the beginning of the boot.


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#14
February 13, 2009 at 05:30:14
Ok, tanx,Il try some googling,

1 thing, I Installed Bios Settings from
selecting "windows xp" at the BIOS download
section, Will it be a problem with this ??


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#15
February 13, 2009 at 10:22:04
You may be downloading drivers. The OS is independent of BIOS settings. I don't know of any place where you download BIOS settings either.

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