Solved Dual booting 2 different ide drives

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June 20, 2011 at 10:12:15
Specs: XP Pro SP3, Celeron 2GHz/1GB
I have a 40GB IDE Drive and a 20GB IDE drive, I would like to install W7 and WXP respectively with a dual boot setup. I know that I need to install XP first then 7 and that 7's boot loader takes care of the dual booting. But what I don't know is how I set up the jumpers on the hard drives :( Do I make a master/slave setup or two single drives or what?

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June 20, 2011 at 10:54:17
20GB HDD for XP should be the primary master. 40GB HDD should be on the 2ndary channel - it can be either master or slave.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:56:38
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Don't connect them in a single channel.
Primary channel= 40gb hdd & optical drive
secondary channel= 20gb hdd & optical drive(first set both of them to master). I recommend to upgrade the system before installing win 7(if not win 7 is going to run very bad).

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June 20, 2011 at 12:30:50
Depending on the motherboard you may not need to worry about which to install first or using a boot loader, which can cause problems if one of the OSes or drive has problems.

My system has three hard drives. Two IDE and one SATA.

When first booting the system if I tap F11 I then get a menus to select what to boot from. ALL drives, including the optical drives are listed. You simply highlight the drive you want the hit enter.

The advantage of this setup is that the hard drives are totally independent of one another, so removing or adding a drive has no impact on the others.

Look at your manual to see if you have those BIOS options available.

If so, you just perform custom/advanced installs and choose the hard drive you want to use for each OS.

Doesn't matter if both IDE hard drives are on the same IDE controller channel if you are not going to use the other drive for programs or storage while in the either OS. You may only have one IDE controller anyway.

You can still partition the drives if you want. If you install a second OS on either of the drives then you will get the normal Windows boot loader after selecting the hard drive.

When using the above system the normal boot order (default) will prevail and if you don't tap F11 you will boot to the first hard drive in the list.

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June 20, 2011 at 13:08:14
Does primary secondary mean two different cables or the two different connectors on the one cable?

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June 20, 2011 at 13:22:39
When a motherboard has two IDE controllers, the first is the primary, the other is the Secondary.

Each Controller is capable of supporting up to TWO devices. Those can be connected in one of two ways. First is to jumper one drive as the Master and the other as the Slave. The other method in use by OEM makers, is called Cable Select (CS). When using CS, the drive on the end of the cable is automatically designated as the Master. When using the Master/Slave settings the Master drive can be connected to either connection on the IDE data cable. That sometimes makes it easier to make up the connections.

Both those solutions require the use of an 80 conductor/ 40 pin IDE cable. These have been standard for about ten years so unless you find an old cable you probably have the correct type.

80 wire cables are color coded. Blue to motherboard. Center connector is Grey. Other end connector is Black.

Older 40 wire cables usually had all black connectors.

Hope that brings you up to speed on IDE, which is on the way out, technologically speaking. Some new motherboards don't have any IDE connectors on them. Ones that do, only have one (primary).

The link below has pictures of the various IDE cable types, including round ones.

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June 20, 2011 at 14:45:19
Most newer systems can fully use both drives at the same time. If that is old then put both as master or one of each channel and put a slave cd on one of them. Set bios.

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June 20, 2011 at 21:53:05
thanks everyone!

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