Add Vista HDD to XP Pro machine

Hewlett-packard / A1350a
December 21, 2009 at 12:53:32
Specs: Windows XP
i have a xp pro computer and took out a vista hard drive from a dell vostroand plugged it in to mine and i now have a vista and a xp hard drive setup the first time i turned on my computer with both plugged in it started up normaly i found the new hard drive in my computer but no BIOS menu came up i am able to transfer files and documents i want to dual boot withthe vista`s design coming up but the xp pro`s coming up in my computer and still running i think you swap the xp`s hard drive cables and put it on the vista but i am just making sure,thanks

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December 21, 2009 at 14:45:31
unless the hardware the drive is in now is similar, and it can't be with a dell, then you don't have the correct drivers in vista.

vista was installed on c; so it has to be the primary drive so it will boot.

you are also violating the dell/ms oem eula doing so. just format it and use it for storage from xp.

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December 21, 2009 at 14:52:41
Firstly, if Vista is anything like XP it is tied intricately to the hardware environment it was installed in. Therefore the Vista operating system that you have which was installed in a Dell machine will not boot up in your hardware.

Second, Just attaching a harddrive with a pre-installed operating system as a secondary drive does not automatically trigger a dualboot menu.

If you wish to try booting up Vista then you can do so in one of two ways. Remove your XP drive and leave only the Vista drive. Then see what happens when you try to boot.

The other method would be to leave both drives attached as they are and go into BIOS to reset boot order so that the Vista drive is ahead of the XP.

In either case I will bet Vista will spit the dummy.

My recommendation. If there are files you want off the Vista drive then transfer them to your disk. Format the vista drive and if you want a dualboot then get your own version of Vista and install it. The Dell version, even if you have the Dell install disk probably won't even instal in non-dell environment.

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