2 Drives, 2 Operating systems

By jendean71 ·
I have Win XP on my master drive. I have cleaned out my 2nd drive and want to install another OS. Do I have to make the 2nd drive master whenever I want to use this OS? Or is there a way for both to be master and just switch boot sequence when I want to boot the 2nd drive? Or would I need to set both to cable select?

I should have partitioned first drive, but never thought I would be adding another OS.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

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Can't make both HD master

by fwang In reply to 2 Drives, 2 Operating sys ...

You need a boot loader that can boot more than one operating system, such as NTLDR, LILO, or GRUB.

If the other OS is older windows (Win98/2K), you can have dual boot OS without boot loader software, but you need to install older windows first, then XP.

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XP and Vista

by jendean71 In reply to Can't make both HD master

I have XP installed already on my main drive, I want to install Vista on the 2nd as I test it out and see if I want to go full tilt with it. So, what your saying is that I need to find and install those programs right? Doesn't XP have NTLDR already?

I will check out those and hopefully I can figure it out.

Thank you

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by Jesus_C In reply to 2 Drives, 2 Operating sys ...

With dual boot it does not matter what which is master.Do the install like xp but choose the drive you want the install to go.It will automatically write to the boot.ini file which will give you dual boot

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by jendean71 In reply to no

I did originally do the install like normal, and specified the drive I wanted it to go to. However, when it rebooted, it went to the Blue Screen -O- Death. And when I go into my CMOS/BIOS, it only shows my master not my slave. So I'm am not sure what the problem is.

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You can investigate what caused this

by Jesus_C In reply to BSoD

by downloading http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/default.mspx and serching through the minidump filed on xp as to the cause.What is your hardware spec?

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