|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.