2 hard drives 2 separate OS

August 24, 2010 at 17:09:50
Specs: Windows XP/Windows 7, core 2 quad/4 GB
I have 2 hard drives with XP pro installed in one and windows 7 in the other. Each OS was installed separately with 1 hard drive (Sata) connected at a time. Both run fine by itself, but if I connect both drive at the same time and boot, it take a long time foe W7 to boot and normally with an automatic shutdown and reboot. It eventually boot up but it worries me. beside, I do not have the prompt to select the OS at boot. Any help, please.

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August 24, 2010 at 17:54:23
You can fix the Windows 7 installation to show a boot logger or you can hit an F key to choose which drive to boot from. Watch the screens at start up to see what keystroke/s to use to get the choice. IMO that is the better method, if available. The OSes are now totally independent. If you modify the boot menu then one will be dependent on the other.

F11 give me the choice of which drive to boot from. You system may be a different keystroke. If you don't see any choices when booting then enter the BIOS (setup) screens and disable all logos.

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August 24, 2010 at 22:22:34
you may also download easybcd is free, and will setup your win7 as the primary drive/boot manager, this will give you the choice of which drive to make primary and the opportunity to choose a OS at boot, or you can just do a repair of the win 7 installation while both drives are connected that will do the same.

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but cant help myself....

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