How should I connect 2 Hard Disk Drives?

May 30, 2013 at 02:08:04
Specs: Windows XP, cpu Pentium D Ram 3 GB
My working hdd is Seagate Barracuda 160Gb 7200 rpm SATA (OS is XP Pro).Few days ago I bought a new HDD Seagate Barracuda 500Gb 7200 rpm SATA (Installed OS Windows 7 Ultimate).Motherboard is Asus P5B..Cpu is Pentium D..I want to use both of the HDD in the computer.How shoud I make the connections???

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May 30, 2013 at 02:16:11
Hi Memed,

for such queries it can greatly help if you advise make and full model number of your computer or laptop, or if not possible the mobo make and number.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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May 30, 2013 at 02:43:24
As I have written,the mobo is ASUS and the model is P5B....

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May 30, 2013 at 02:52:14
You simply plug in the smaller data connector for the new harddrive into a free SATA connector next to the existing one and plug a spare power connector into the back of the drive and away you go. However, the more important question is how you intend to use the second drive. You mention that it already had Windows 7 installed onto it - was this installed whilst it was attached as a primary drive on your system or were you just given the drive with the OS already on? If you want to dual-boot it, which I suspect is your aim, then it isn't just a matter of adding a drive with the OS on I'm afraid unless you simply want to choose a different drive from the BIOS at each boot.

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May 30, 2013 at 03:12:41
Hi Memed,

If you would like to use the second hard drive to store and access data only, please refer to the link mentioned below which may help you:

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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May 30, 2013 at 04:47:39
For files storage, just plugging a new drive in and partitioning and formatting it from Disk Manager is all you need.
If the drive already has an OS on it, but it was installed on another system, you CANNOT do this (it will not work). The operating system MUST be installed while the drive is installed on THAT exact computer.
To run two operating systems on two hard drives on the same system, you start with the older OS (in this case your installed Windows XP), plug in the new drive, Delete all partitions in Disk Manager and reboot the system to the newer OS install disk (Windows 7), select Custom so you can choose the disk to install Windows 7 on (go by the disk capacity to verify the correct drive) and choose the dual operating system option.
If Windows 7 was already installed on the drive AND it was connected to the EXACT computer but the XP hard drive was unplugged at the time, you can then select the OS you want to run by setting up both as bootable in your BIOS, selecting one as the default (first in boot order) and using F8 when booting to select the alternate drive to boot to. OR you can run msconfig within Windows 7 and add Windows XP to your boot options and Windows would give you the choice at boot up.

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

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May 30, 2013 at 07:03:58
Just connect both HDDs then install GAG boot manager.

GAG doesn't need its own partition. It installs itself in the first track of the hard disk, wich is reserved for these kinds of programs. It can also be instaled on a floppy disk, without using the hard disk

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