Solved 2 hard drives,2 os in one computer

Emachines / Eme732z
March 2, 2013 at 03:37:46
Specs: windows 7, 2.133 GHz / 2806 MB
i have 2 hard drives and i would like to put them on my computer.i want them with diffrent operating systems on the hard drives.is it possible and if so how,thanks

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March 2, 2013 at 16:35:48
You can actually install XP on the second hard drive, but since Windows 7 is already installed, you will need to then put in the Windows 7 install disk and do a start up repair. What happens is that XP overwrites the boot loader for Windows 7 so Windows 7 will no longer boot. When you do the start up repair, the Windows 7 boot loader is reinstalled, but upon seeing XP also installed, it will set up (or offer you the option) the dual boot for you.

The other option is using your BIOS to select which system to boot to. To do this, you set both hard drives to being bootable in your BIOS, then shut down and unplug the hard drive that Windows 7 is installed on. Then you install XP on the second hard drive, shut down and plug in the original hard drive again. This way they each have their own boot loader, but it is up to the BIOS to select which drive to boot off of. You may need to go back into the BIOS set up and select which hard drive you want first in the boot order (just after the CD/DVD drive) for the 'default' operating system. Depending on your BIOS, you may be given a boot option, of you may need to tap F8 at start up to be given the additional boot options.

As mentioned, installing XP first would be the optimal method and the one preferred by most. If you were also installing a Linux distribution, you would install that last since it's boot loader can launch Windows OS's but not the other way around.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
March 2, 2013 at 04:08:41
Yes, it is possible. Either install a boot loader to choose the OS to boot, or use the BIOS menu to select at boot time.

Exact details vary according to which OSs you wish to use. Google "Dual Boot" for further details.


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#2
March 2, 2013 at 07:00:23
I have that setup in my machine. I have XP Pro on one HDD and Win 7 Ultimate on the second drive. Rule of thumb was that you always install the older OS first followed by the newer one. What two systems are you planning on using?

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#3
March 2, 2013 at 07:28:33
Or alternatively if you are using Windows 7 and Windows XP you can put Windows XP in a virtual machine and switch between the two without having to re-boot.

You can do this with Windows 7 Home, the only difference is that you have to supply your own version of Windows XP Professional. With Windows 7 Professional and above Windows XP comes as a bonus.

In those circumstances the rule of thumb is reversed where you install Windows 7 first, then the virtual machine, then Windows XP.

Stuart


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#4
March 2, 2013 at 07:37:28
i am going to use xp and win 7 how would i do it though,is there a video on how to

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#5
March 2, 2013 at 07:47:56
Prepare both HDDs in advance, that is, have them both partitioned & formatted before attempting to install Windows. Start by installing XP on HDD1. Once it's completed & you're booted into XP, pop the Win7 disc in the drive wait for the menu to come up. Select 'custom advanced' & direct it to install on HDD2.

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#6
March 2, 2013 at 08:53:18
thanks ill try it later,ill tell you if it works

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#7
March 2, 2013 at 10:12:30
iv already got windows 7 installed and i dont want to format the hard drive is there any over way i can do it

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March 2, 2013 at 14:23:54

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#9
March 2, 2013 at 14:26:42
i would like diffrent os on diffrent hard drives not on one hard drive using a virtual pc

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#10
March 2, 2013 at 14:35:53
Some people will insists on doing things the hard way.

Stuart


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March 2, 2013 at 16:35:48
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You can actually install XP on the second hard drive, but since Windows 7 is already installed, you will need to then put in the Windows 7 install disk and do a start up repair. What happens is that XP overwrites the boot loader for Windows 7 so Windows 7 will no longer boot. When you do the start up repair, the Windows 7 boot loader is reinstalled, but upon seeing XP also installed, it will set up (or offer you the option) the dual boot for you.

The other option is using your BIOS to select which system to boot to. To do this, you set both hard drives to being bootable in your BIOS, then shut down and unplug the hard drive that Windows 7 is installed on. Then you install XP on the second hard drive, shut down and plug in the original hard drive again. This way they each have their own boot loader, but it is up to the BIOS to select which drive to boot off of. You may need to go back into the BIOS set up and select which hard drive you want first in the boot order (just after the CD/DVD drive) for the 'default' operating system. Depending on your BIOS, you may be given a boot option, of you may need to tap F8 at start up to be given the additional boot options.

As mentioned, installing XP first would be the optimal method and the one preferred by most. If you were also installing a Linux distribution, you would install that last since it's boot loader can launch Windows OS's but not the other way around.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
May 26, 2013 at 19:35:11
My situation is a bit different. I have a WIN8 HP up and running. My other desktop, a Dell, crashed but the hard drive is good. It is running WIN7. I now need to install the WIN7 hard drive in my HP because my logitech security cameras are not compatible w/WIN8. What now, all help is appreciated...

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