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By isobel476 ·
I have two physical hard dives both are sata, both show up in the bios, both show in my computer, but as the pc boots up it does not give me the option of logging on to my d drive, both have operation systems on, and I need to switch from one to the other in times of emergency, please help

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If I understand correctly

by OnTheRopes In reply to hard drives

you're doing what I used to do. I had two copies of XP, one on each of my two drives. To access one or the other I'd reboot, enter the BIOS and turn off one drive or the other. Your pc will only 'see' the OS on your second drive if the first drive is turned off. If you want the second drive to be the main drive and have access to data on both drives you'll have to swap the SATA drive cables.

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You might need this little program......

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to hard drives

It is called GAG.
More here:
http://gag.sourceforge.net/
It is very good for switching between harddrives. Read more on the software from the link, it does not overwrite your operating system. You can add an icon and text in to the boxes for the different operating system(s) on your drive(s). Put the software on a floppy and boot from it. It is very easy to use. The big plus is that you can also add a password to it to be more secure. I an running it now and it is great. You cam have up to 9 operating systems on your computer, Linux, Mac (if possible), Windows (all flavours). Give it a go, oh it is FREE.

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