two disks Windows XP dual boot

November 29, 2010 at 15:35:51
Specs: Windows XP
Scenario: Have a WXP SATA disk with application "A" installed. I have another WXP SATA disk with application "B" installed. Application "A" and "B" are mutually exclusive so can't be on same drive/disk. Currently I swap the disks out and reboot when I want to go from one application to another. This is cumbersome and means I always have a loose drive laying around (the one I'm not currently using).

Desire: A two (or more) bay SATA removable drive bay so I can have both drives installed and choose which one to boot from at startup.

This is a bit different from examples so far because I already installed WXP on each drive (actually both drives are simply clones of a 'master' drive image with either "A" or "B" app then loaded). So I don't actually perform a WXP install with both drives installed (so that my boot.ini has any knowledge of the 'other' drive).

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November 29, 2010 at 18:22:03
They do make special swap bays.

They also make A/B switches but may not be for sata.

Why not simply select boot device from bios or boot menu and leave both installed?

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 29, 2010 at 20:24:48
Depending upon whether there are more than one partition on the drives, a boot manager may be the easiest solution.

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