Win7/dual-boot. Not erase active drive

July 8, 2011 at 08:30:02
Specs: Windows XP
I've got two HD's, Win7 already installed and i want to install WinXP to dual-boot. I've got data on the second 1 TB HD, and plan on installing XP on that, however I don't want to erase everything on it if i install XP and i have a feeling that will be the case. Thoughts?

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#1
July 8, 2011 at 08:41:54
ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR DATA BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!!

it should work with XP - remember to boot from the XP CD and during instalation select in format options "Leave the current file system intact (no changes)"

if you don't get this option best not to go further...


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#2
July 8, 2011 at 08:59:37
Agree'd on the backing up of data. Fortunatly i haven't gone that far, i was at the screen where i had to choose a drive, and i suppose the way windows labels my 2nd HD is different than the way it labels it when trying to install an OS. Cause my 2nd drive is F and when trying to install it's listed as D. Is this normal/sound right?

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#3
July 8, 2011 at 10:26:13
How are you trying to install XP? Are you booting to the CD?

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#4
July 8, 2011 at 12:32:25
Yes, i'm booting from the CD.

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#5
July 8, 2011 at 12:43:54
as long as the folders you have on the drive don't match any of those xp windows makes and you dont format the drive you can install xp.

do know that once done you won't be able to boot win7. You will need to repair win7 boot by putting the win7 dvd in and booting it to do the repair

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#6
July 8, 2011 at 13:02:29
First make sure that your system has XP drivers available for it or this will not be easy, if possible at all.
I would recommend using Disk Manager in Windows 7 (after backing up files) to shrink the data partition and leave unallocated space for XP to install on. Then choose Custom/partition/format from the XP install and indicate the unallocated space to create the new partition to install XP on and format that. Make sure that you write down the size of each drive/partition so it will be less confusing and make it easier to select the correct drive. Note that EACH operating system will call the drive it is installed on 'C' drive and will assign other drive letters differently. Having XP on a separate partition from your data will make it easier to remove XP later if you should change your mind. You would just delete the partition and then remove XP from the boot list. As mentioned above when XP is installed you will have to do a repair of Windows 7 in order to boot to it and that is when you get the option of the dual boot.

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#7
July 8, 2011 at 13:15:06
So after i get XP up and running, before being able to access Win7 again, i'll need to boot from the Win7 CD and run some sort of repair tool? Have you done this before? Is it fairly self-explanatory?

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#8
July 8, 2011 at 16:06:27
google it. tons of stuff out there on this subject.

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#9
July 8, 2011 at 17:09:02
I assume both HDDs are already connected & they're both SATA drives? The 1st thing you're going to have to do is create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. This has been discussed dozens of times in these forums & there are plenty of tutorials available by searching google. You'll need a program called nLite to create the disc.

After the disc has been created, install EASEUS Partition Master in Win7, then partition the 2nd HDD (if it isn't already partitioned). Copy all your files & folders onto the 2nd partition in the 2nd HDD. Once you're sure the copying was successful, delete all the files on the 1st partition leaving it empty. Shutdown & disconnect the Win7 HDD so you don't accidentally muck it up.

Boot off the new XP disc & install XP to the 1st partition on the 2nd HDD. Make sure to install all the drivers, SP3, anti-virus, etc. Make sure everything works correctly before moving on. Once you're happy with the XP installation, reconnect the Win7 HDD, boot into Win7, then install GAG Boot Manager.

http://gag.sourceforge.net/


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#10
July 8, 2011 at 19:47:42
W7 installed then I'd just run a virtual machine and be done with it. Fast, easy, safe.

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