Not sure how to set up a dual boot system

September 26, 2011 at 22:37:02
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GHz
Windows 7 is installed on SATA 1, I would like to Install XP on SATA 2 drive in order to dual boot my system, Can I just load XP on SATA 2 and set up a dual boot?

There are three hard drive on my computer, SATA 1, SATA 2, and an IDE Quantum fireball all are 7200 EPM, The 2 SATA's and the IDE are my slave drive, The Primary drive is a Plextor DVD, and secondary is a plextor CD RW.

2 Gb DDR, an ASUS A8V motherboard, and an AMD 3200 64 processor all the drives are recognise by the BIOS, Please inform how to set my system to dual boot.

Thanks,

Havel


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#1
September 27, 2011 at 03:59:05
Uncable the 2 drives that are not for installing XP.

In other words you will only have SATA 2 cabled.

Install XP & make sure it is stable.

Cable up 1 of the uncabled drives, probably start with IDE drive, make sure it is stable & everything is normal, usually I jumper it as master, the Sata drives should automatically find their own settings.

Make sure your W7 drive has been backed up, just in case something goes wrong.

Now connect your W7 drive & if it boots into XP as default, you can hit F8 during boot & change it.

If you want to set the default boot, go into the bios > Boot & change the HD boot order.


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#2
September 27, 2011 at 05:01:43
Alternate method, install on drive you want, then run repair on Windows 7 with install disk or repair disk (make one from Windows 7 before you start). This way you will not need BIOS to switch between OS, but be prompted by Windows asking you which OS to boot from.

Know that XP does not natively support SATA drives so you will have to set your BIOS to imitate IDE drive until your SATA drivers are installed on XP.

Make sure you can get XP drivers for your hardware before you even bother to try to install XP.

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


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#3
September 27, 2011 at 05:29:40
Hi JohnW:

Thank you for the information, I will wait until weekend when I have lots of free time to put this valued information in place. Once I get mt XP to dual boot with Win 7, I will prempt my gratitude here,

Again, many thank you in advance.

Havel


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#4
September 27, 2011 at 08:02:16
Johnw's set up is not a multiboot but a bios centric boot.
Fingers has the correct setup for multiboot using windows multiboot.

This is important to understand as there are 1000's of registry entries that relate to what drive letter the OS was installed on. In Johnw's setup both Win7 and XP are on c: whereas xp will be on d: with a multiboot with win7 on c:

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#5
September 27, 2011 at 13:44:53
I'd use a virtual machine.

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#6
September 27, 2011 at 13:56:24
"In Johnw's setup both Win7 and XP are on c:"
Not correct Wanderer, I use this method on my comp & I get individual drive letters.

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#7
September 27, 2011 at 14:16:49
Hi Havel.
"I will wait until weekend when I have lots of free time"

I find the way I do it perfect, I leave the side cover off my comp & can disconnect a HD & reconnect another in seconds. Very handy when I get an infected or unbootable comp to work on, I can clean it up or backup the drive onto mine.

Also I have other spare drives with different operating systems on, for example a dual boot XP/Linux, just a matter of uncabling one drive & cabling up the other.
As a matter of interest, I use the Wubi method.

Wubi
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://wubi-installer.org/
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-u...
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi
http://www.linuxhaxor.net/?p=1006
http://www.linuxhaxor.net/2008/10/0...
http://kendlesworld.com/?p=51


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#8
September 27, 2011 at 15:32:15
leaving the cover off is bad for the air flow that was designed to cool the system.

you may have ended up with different drive letters but are still not doing a multiboot using the windows boot manager.

jefro's suggestion is a good one since you don't need to partition to run a virtual xp and the virtual software is free

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#9
September 27, 2011 at 18:19:00
wanderer said > "you may have ended up with different drive letters but are still not doing a multiboot using the windows boot manager"

Been using it this way for 3 years, if I am in XP, I can read & write to the W7 drive, if I am in W7, I can read & write to the XP drive.


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#10
September 30, 2011 at 11:48:38
If you are trying to dual boot, you can partition one of your hard drives, and install your OS on the partition, so when you boot your computer, you will be prompted to select the OS you wish to boot into.

If you don't partition your drive, you can install your OS to one of your physical Hard drives, but then you will have to change your boot priority every time you wish to boot into a certain OS.


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#11
October 1, 2011 at 18:30:39
I refer you back to response #2. You CAN do a true dual boot on different hard drives and windows WILL prompt you to choose which OS to boot from then you start or log off windows.
a- Make sure drivers are available first.
b- Make Windows 7 repair disk.
1- Remove storage drive (keep in 1st two drives)
2- Note what the capacity of your drives are to make sure you install on the correct hard drive. Remember that each OS will label the drive it is on C drive while you are in that OS and the other OS will use a different letter for it so adding a name label will help you keep things straight.
3- Reset the BIOS so XP can see the SATA drive as IDE drive.
4- Install XP. Install Drivers. Update XP to SP3 and then all else. Install AV & programs.
5- Reset BIOS to full SATA speed.
6- Put in Windows 7 repair disk and restart the machine, do a start up repair, selecting dual boot options. Remove the disk and reboot machine.

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#12
October 3, 2011 at 23:21:11
Fellows: Thank you for the information, I have decided to use the F8 option when boothin my computer, the dual booth is is not working out, but another problem has arived,

XP will not load on the SATA drive, once it started to load and reach the part for me to click enter to install XP, once I click enter, it stated that Windows did not find any hard disc on this computer so press F3 to abort.

Please tell me; Do i need a special driver for windows to see my SATA?

I have installed Linux on the same drive and there was no problem, the BIOS sees it, so I think that something is missing within XP Service pack 2 that I am using, Please give your advice,

Still waiting,

Havel


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#13
October 3, 2011 at 23:40:04
"Do i need a special driver for windows to see my SATA?"
I did'nt, but I use XP SP3, so I would slipstream SP3 onto your disk.

That would then probably put you where most people are & we can compare.


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#14
October 4, 2011 at 04:49:33
XP does not natively support SATA until the drivers are loaded (not sure if SP3 has support or not) but you actually have 2 options (assuming you have downloaded all drivers for XP for your hardware). One option is to 'slipstream' SATA drivers onto a custom install disk (Google it for details). The second option is easier but your BIOS needs to support it (I noted this briefly above) is to set your BIOS so that your SATA hard drives 'appear' to be IDE drives to the installation until after XP is completely loaded and your drivers are installed, then you reset your BIOS so that your SATA is back up to full speed. NOTE: With this method you chose, you will need to unplug all of the other drives when you install XP so that it puts it's own boot files on the same drive or you will run into all kinds of other problems.

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


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