boot from secondary hard drive from windows 7

January 13, 2011 at 10:02:57
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to boot up my secondary hard drive when my computer starts up so that I can install XP pro on it. I have windows 7 pro on my primary hard drive. How do I get my secondary hard drive to boot up during start-up?

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January 13, 2011 at 11:28:43
Before you can boot a drive it must first contain a bootable OS. You can't boot to a blank drive.
If you want to install XP you will need to set the optical drive as first boot device in bios, after you save, exit and restart with the XP disk in the drive you will be able to run the XP instalation.
This can have it's own set of problems, if it's a sata drive, does your XP disk contain SP1 or later incorporated in it.
If it's a fairly recent motherboard you may need to set the sata drives to PATA/IDE compatability mode otherwise you would need sata drivers before you can install XP.
And after all that, you will find your Windows 7 no longer works as XP has overwritten the bootloader if the W7 drive was connected during instalation of XP.
So you better have a read of the instructions for dual booting with XP installed after W7.

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January 13, 2011 at 21:56:54
or you can download easyBCD its free, it will see your OS's and allow you to set them both as boot options.

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but cant help myself....

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January 14, 2011 at 01:33:32
The way I read it, he is trying to install XP on that drive, no mention of an OS on it. That would account for it not booting.

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January 14, 2011 at 11:51:11
It also appears from another forums post that BCDbootloader doesn't do two different drives but only boots the 2nd drive from the first.

Normally, using no 3rd party loader, you would not make any boot changes concerning the drives via the bios, you would install xp to the 2nd drive. Afterward you would only boot xp until you repaired the bootloader for Win7.

Then the win7 boot would give you the multiboot. No 3rd party software required

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