XP Setup not detecting secondary HD

Dell / Optiplex 260
January 9, 2009 at 11:27:17
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium IV/512MB
Well the problem is basically stated in the suject. I have XP Pro installed on my primary Hard drive (C:) and wanted to install it on my secondary HD (F:) Mind you, I'm not using a boot disk for this, I simply ran setup through windows. After it restarts, it goes through a few screens and whatnot just as it should, but then when it does the "configuring disk setup" it only recognizes the C: drive. That is the only option that is given to perform the installation. Why would this be? Is it because the XP setup doesn't detect hard drives that are set as slaves or something? I'm pretty sure its set as a slave, its the second one from the primary IDE.

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January 9, 2009 at 11:34:32
Best case would be to move the slave drive to the Seconday IDE channel. Why do you want to install two instances? Why not use VM? You also can't install Windows from within Windows. You'll have to boot to the install CD and install to the Second drive if you want two true installations of the OS.

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What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 9, 2009 at 12:07:55
I don't think you will be able to install a second copy of windows with the Dell software.

You probably need to purchase a Microsoft XP install CD. But unless you have some very special need, it isn't very practical to have two XP OSs.

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January 9, 2009 at 14:18:15
Is F: set as Active Partition?

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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January 9, 2009 at 15:45:49
You might want to see if you have the jumpers on the back
of the hard drive are set to slave. Once they are set correctly
the post will prompt you that is sees the changes.

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January 9, 2009 at 16:12:35
dumbob just so you know setting f: as active won't make a differnce unless the bios also lists that drive as the primary boot device.

Also, by doing so and then installing, you create two standalone installs not a multiboot.

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