need a tutorial for 2hard drives in one computer with 2 os

Emachines / Eme732z
March 9, 2013 at 08:32:48
Specs: windows 7, 2.133 GHz / 2806 MB
iv tried to get 2 hard drives in one pc with 2 operating systems but i cant get it to work.
i need a tutorial on how to do it (a video tutorial would be amazing) ,thanks

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March 9, 2013 at 09:42:45
Do the HDDs already have OS's installed on them? Was each OS installed while the HDD was attached to the computer it's going to be run on? If so, you might be able to install a Boot Manager program such as GAG.

Otherwise, we'd need to know if the HDDs are IDE or SATA (or one of each) & which 2 OS's you want to run. You may have to reinstall one or the other. Usually the older OS is installed 1st, then the newer. For instance, if you want to dual boot XP & Win7, XP would be installed 1st on HDD1, then the Win7 disc would be launched from within XP & using "advanced" setup, Win7 would be installed on HDD2. The dual boot menu would be configured automatically.

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March 10, 2013 at 08:32:56
i would like to install xp and win7 and my hdd are both IDE. im not bothered if i have to reinstall the os on any of ther oporating systems its just i cant get on windows xp with both the hard drives pluged in it just dosnt load

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March 11, 2013 at 12:36:53
You didn't provide any details about the IDE HDDs as far as capacity. Also, we have no idea how many total IDE drives you have or how they're connected. Generally it's best to put the HDDs on separate cables/channels (although it's not absolutely necessary). The HDD1 (for XP) should be setup as primary master. HDD2 (for Win7) should be on the 2ndary channel as master if it's the only drive, if it's paired up with an optical drive, it doesn't matter if it's master or slave. Just remember that one must be master & one must be slave. The jumper cap on the rear of the driver determines master or slave:

Each drive is different & the settings are usually printed on the label, but here's a general idea:

Once you have the drives configured & you've confirmed they're being properly recognized in the BIOS, do the following:

- prepare both HDDs in advance. In other words, partition them, then format using NTFS.
- boot off the XP disc & install XP to HDD1
- after XP is installed, pop in the Win7 disc while within Windows. Do NOT boot off it. When the Win7 menu comes up, select "Custom (advanced)" & make sure to install it to the 2nd HDD. Do NOT reformat. Here's what the Win7 menu looks like:

That's all there is to it.

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March 11, 2013 at 14:30:17
i didnt have any jumper clips on my hard drives.iv just ordered 2 but which one do i put it on hdd1 with xp or hdd2 with win7 and which pins do i put it on,thanks

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March 11, 2013 at 16:25:58
What are your HDD's? Manufacturer? Exact model number? How many? Just two?

Do you think riider is asking these questions just to hear his keyboard rattle?

Audares Juvo

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March 12, 2013 at 11:44:27
just these 2 hard drives

hdd1 - 80gb , maxtor
code : yar41bw0
image from google:

hdd2 - 40gb , seagate
code :st340016a
image from google

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March 16, 2013 at 11:54:04
how do i do it i have the jumper on cable select and i can see both of the hdds in boot menu but when i try to boot from one of the hdd it says boot dick error. what do i do

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