Solved jumper settings for WD & seagate dual boot

Dell / OPTIPLEX GX280
April 14, 2012 at 06:09:59
Specs: windows xp & xp, compaq 1500gig
need jumper settings for WD & seagate hdds for dual boot

felix


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April 15, 2012 at 08:15:23
First of all WD hard drives have a third jumper setting for Master alone, which is used if there are no other drives connected to the same cable as the WD.

You do NOT need to configure the two drives for a dual boot if all you want to do is use one of the drives for storage or to access files on it. You only need to have both boot if you nedd to run programs installed on both.

If one or both of the drives came out of other computers it is unlikely the drive will boot without a Windows repair or re-install.

If one of the drives is currently booting and running in that computer the only thing you may need to do is to reset the boot order after introducing the second drive.

Windows will assume you want to boot to the latest drive so you will need to set the boot order back to original settings. If that doesn't seem to work for you then make sure the boot drive is the Master on the Primary IDE channel.



#1
April 14, 2012 at 06:22:44
I assume you're asking about IDE/PATA HDDs? Both should be jumpered as master. One should be on the primary channel, the other on the 2ndary channel. You cannot just dual boot them unless they were configured to dual boot. If they weren't, you'll need to install some type of boot manager program such as GAG.

http://gag.sourceforge.net/


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#2
April 14, 2012 at 12:48:23
What is the model of of your Compaq?

Why do you want to install two instances of WinXP?

We need more information than you have supplied. Are either of the mentioned hard drives the original drive?

What interface is the other drive (IDE or SATA)?

Is your CD drive connected to SATA or IDE?


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April 15, 2012 at 04:13:06
thanks guys
both are ide drives, one is connected to primary, the other to the 2nd
so i jumper both as master which answers my main question
and i realize i need to configure them to dual boot

and this is an older comp i mainly want to off load some of the data, photos etc, I don't especaially need the latests OS to do this

felix

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April 15, 2012 at 08:15:23
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First of all WD hard drives have a third jumper setting for Master alone, which is used if there are no other drives connected to the same cable as the WD.

You do NOT need to configure the two drives for a dual boot if all you want to do is use one of the drives for storage or to access files on it. You only need to have both boot if you nedd to run programs installed on both.

If one or both of the drives came out of other computers it is unlikely the drive will boot without a Windows repair or re-install.

If one of the drives is currently booting and running in that computer the only thing you may need to do is to reset the boot order after introducing the second drive.

Windows will assume you want to boot to the latest drive so you will need to set the boot order back to original settings. If that doesn't seem to work for you then make sure the boot drive is the Master on the Primary IDE channel.


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#5
April 17, 2012 at 04:05:49
thnx you guys have all the info I need each post had valid info for my need

thank u all heaps

felix


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