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Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Q: Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A: Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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when I use fdisk there are three choices as far as what sort of partition I wish to create; extended dos logical etc. what Should I use?

A:partitioning hard drive for duel boot XP and 2k server

When you use fdisk to create an additional partition, you first create an extended partition. Logical partitions are created in the extended partition. IE you have a 30 gig hard disk, create a primary dos partition of say 5 gig; create an extended partition; inside the extended partition you create a 10 gig partition and a 15 gig partition. This will give you three partitions on your disk. Note; the numbers will not come out exact in that a partition must start and end in certain areas of the disk so your 5 gig partition might actually be 5002 megabytes.
Remember to back-up anything you want to keep prior to working with fdisk.

Hope this helps

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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I know at this point it's tricky and i should have done it before installing Windows 7 however...
My new physical primary drive now has Windows 7 pro running exclusively the whole partition (c
I'd like to add the drive that had XP pro running on the same PC.
i'd like to get this running as a duel boot without corrupting the XP drive.
i know i gotta run the Win 7 startup DVD but what from there??

Thank for a reply

A:Duel boot Win 7 and XP 2 hard drives

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Hi i want to duel boot windows 7 and windows 8.1...i have a 240gb ssd with windows 7 already installed on it....i also have a 2tb storage hardrive and i use this for storage..btw this hardrive did have my windows 7 on it untill i bought the ssd then i ported windows 7 on to the ssd using Paragon Migrate OS to SSD...then i formatted the 2tb drive and have it as a storage drive now.

Ok so my problem is when i split my 2tb storage drive into 2 partitions using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition ("i intend to use the one partition of about 750gb for windows 8.1") ..however my computer will not boot anymore? i get a Status Oxc0000225 The boot selection failed....i belive this is because the storage drive still has the mbr on it from when it had windows 7 on fact i know it is still on there but i dont know how to delete the mbr from the storage drive???

If i split the storage drive into 2 partitions the computer will not boot....if i disconnect the storage drive and boot with only the ssd it will boot again my pc boots again....also if i rejoin the storage drive back to one partition and reconnect boot fine with it connected there for some reason windows on C drive does not like my storage drive having a different size or being 2 partitions and it appears it needs some information from the storage drive if conceted to be able to have successful boot??... could this have something with the old MBR on my storage drive from when windows 7... Read more

A:Oxc0000225 boot fail after resizing storage drive want to duel boot

Can i delete the mbr from the storage drive


does my storage drive need an mbr?


and can i ever restore that drive back to a primary drive?

yes make sure none of the volumes on it are marked active

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ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated

A:scsi hard drive?

You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?

A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?

A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.

What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

A:2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.

My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.

If I can't make plates I can't print so I need to get this reso... Read more

A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
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A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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What are the differences between all of these?

I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?


A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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!!!!!! Old server down. Can not Boot. IDE c: with SCSI D: XP update sp2 error I'm in recovery console as Administrator. Need to copy files from SCSI to IDE to solve problem.
I get Access is Denied error on SCSi drive. ???? Any chance of success?

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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Hello All,

I just figured Id run my current situation by you all and see if anyone can think of anything else to try...

ill start with my computer specs:
amd xp 3700+
abit kn8 sli
2gb corsair ddr
maxtor atlas15k 36gb ( my boot drive and the problem here.. i think)
nvidia gs6800 ( normally 2 but just one now- you'll see)
dvd drives and all the rest of the stuff that doesnt really matter
so here's what happened- computer has been running flawless for about 4-5 mos.
Was on it all last night playing WoW and then i went to bed. my phone rang- i happened to look up and saw it BSOD and reboot.. so im like ok.. wtf?
as its rebooting i see nice green and gray lines all over the screen.. ok great so my vid cards are effed up... ok
i take out one, put the sli card in thats needed, and same green lines. Put back the othe 6800gs and then its fine. Ok so vid card #1 is bad.. no problemo- ill just run on one card and RMA this sucker.
SO i boot up to Win xp (sp2) it finds theres only one card.. yada yada.. ok we're disabling SLI and rebooting.. fine.
As its rebooting, I figured id put the side back on so I hold down the power button to shut it off. - i wasnt looking at the screen, but it was pretty late into the boot so im pretty sure the OS was loading at that point.
I put the side back on, reboot and then the system hangs ( does not freeze) aftter seeing nothing in the cd and trying to boot to hard disk.
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After an entire weekend working on this project, I am beat. I have a client who has a Windows NT Server and is replacing a 4 GB SCSI hard drive with a 20 GB IDE. System sees the new drive. I have used Ghost to create the clone of the original drive from the 4 GB SCSI to the 20 GB IDE. That worked fine. However, after removing the SCSI drive to boot from the 20 GB IDE, I repeatedly obtain the STOP: 0x0000007B INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. I have been in contact with Symantec and they have not been of much help. I have seen the article from Microsoft regarding the error as well but have not had much luck.

My question is by chance, has anyone else experienced a similiar situation and what has been your resolution? I would be extremely grateful to anyone who may have an answer to this problem.

Thank you for any help you may provide. I have not seen a similiar thread here on this forum of a clone from a SCSI to an IDE.

A:Inaccessible Boot Device after cloning a SCSI to IDE drive in NT Server with Ghost

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?


A:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.

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64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
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Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

A:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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M5A97 LE R.20 MB
AMD FX 4350
2 Sandisk SSDs one with Win7 other with Ubuntu/Kodi
1 Seagate 1 TB HD
8 gig RAM
Thermaltake 500 PSU
7 130 fans
Win 7 Professional 64
Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
When PC running Ubuntu, this does not happen
When PC running Windows and applications run, does not happen
Only occurs when PC idle in Windows 7
Have stopped boot after post pending hitting shutdown
Monitored temps and voltages....all within spec
Windows logs:
I found this "workaround" but it does not help:
At this point, my thought is to simply use Acronis to restore the system to an earlier time.
Any other thoughts.

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I had two computers, one running Windows 8.1, the other 7.My computer running 8.1 somehow sat in water for an undetermined amount of time (a cup had a whole in the bottom next to it and leaked).I strongly believe the hard drive survived, I connected to an external hard drive cord, and the cord blinks like it's trying to work when plugged into my other computer, but when I try to connect it as a solo hard drive, as if replaced, it shows an error message, "no bootable disk"I was told I should be able to run as a secondary hard drive, but it doesn't show up when I plug it in to the computer.Any idea how to get it to work, or if it even will?

A:Duel hard drives

Hi, It still has "signature" of the old computer, you have to clear it first. Normally, you can use computers from other brand to clear it then copy all files elsewhere before re-initiate it. Regards.

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Hello All, I am not a very computer savvy person, but here it goes. I have added a second hard drive to my computer and I installed Windows XP OS. My primary hard drive has Windows 7. My primary drive is connected via a SATA connection and the the secondary hard drive is connected via IDE connection. I have set the jumper "pins" on both drives to match each other. The Bios has the Second hard drive set as slave. Upon start up I do not get an option to select an OS. It automatically goes into Windows 7. What do I need to do so that I can get prompted to chose an OS? Please help. Thanks alot.

A:Can't boot secondary hard drive that has different OS from primary hard drive

Apples and oranges. There may be tricks, but normally dual boots require setups all be on the same type cables and connectors.

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Hi all,
Can anyone help me out here. I have a Windows XP computer and I kept the hard drive from my old Windows 95 computer. I want to be able to to use the Windows 95 hard drive, but dont want to be takeing things apart inside my computer. Plugging in the old hard drive, I can just about manage, but thats about it. So, anyone know how I can use the 95 hard drive .... I dont really want to have the 95 hard drvie being the one that loads up first when i turn on my computer. Maybe there is a way of choosing which one to boot? or switching to the 95 one when I have started up my comouter normally?


A:Duel Booting. Different OS's. 2 Hard Drives

Only the "first" hard drive is used for booting the computer. Drives are enumerated in the order of primary master, primary slave, secondary master, secondary slave. So if you make sure your current HD is the primary master, then there's no problem.

Booting Windows 95 is an issue though, since DOS (and thus Win95) will not boot unless it is on the first hard drive in the system.

Some advanced boot managers can swap the hard drive IDs and make the secondary drive look as if it is the first one.

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I am planning on running two hard drives on my pc one for regular interneting stuff and one strictly for gaming and i was wondering will i have to install my os system on both hard drives and if so can i use the same copy of xp or will i have to buy a copy of xp for both hard drives I will be usiing SATA hard drives and another question is what order do i plug them in cuz my mobo has 4 sata pluggins and they are not numbered as to witch is 1 or 2 etc and my mobo instruction book does not say what oder tr plug them in or does it even matter cuz i know on the old regular Ata one was master and one was slave but this sata is diffient now is one master and one slave or will they both just show up as hard drives and will it really make my gaming faster if i dedicate one hard drive strictly to it ?????

A:Solved: Duel Hard drives

lol....ever use a comma, or period?...

No need to worry about where they plug in. And no, you don't need 2 x will just add another drive letter.
It will make your gaming 'slightly' faster, in that during gaming, the O/S will use necessary files from the main drive, and the games from the gaming drive, lowering the 'seek' time (the time it takes to look for data) 'very slightly'. However, you'd be better off upgrading the memory or processor if you want games to run faster.usually, once a game is loaded, it doesn't require much from the hard drives to run...asuming you have at least 1024Mb (1 gig) of memory.

What is your setup right now?


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I have two Asus M5A97 R 2.0 LE and one Asus M5A97 R 2.0 MBs. I want to do the following:

Duel booth them in the following manner. The main OS will be on an SSD. The trial (Win 10) will be on a second HD (not SSD.)

In addition, I want to use a third HD for data and do this on a clean install.

I know how to move the user folder by doing a single clean install but I am not sure I can have two Win OSs on two different drives using the same third HD to place the user folder.

My plan is to keep the OSs totally separate and using the bios to select the drives.

1) Can this be done?
2) Is it best for me to DISABLE SECURE BOOT IF I DO THIS?

A:New Builds: Duel Boot, ? Secure Boot

Secure boot is a pain. might as well disable it.

With all HD's disconnected except the SSD. Install the main OSDisconnect the SSD and connect the second HD. Install Win 10Connect everything back: SSD, HD1,HD2Boot up using the boot menu if available so you don't have to reconfigure the BIOS.

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hi everybody my name is raymond,and i am wondering if any body can help me with this litlle problem.i have two hard drives installed on my computer a desktop and would like to switch from one to the other withought having to go into bio,s to make the there any soft ware to do this at startup,and give me a choice.i would prefer doing it directly from my desktop or through my computer.any sugesstions would greatly appreciated. thanks raymond

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Ok PC gurus help me out. I'm building a new 64 bit PC for my wife, 64 bit mobo, CPU...etc. I want to install (duel boot config.) my old 32 bit version of XP on one drive and my new 64 bit version of XP on another drive. In other words two different versions of XP (32 bit and 64 bit) on two seperate drives. How can I accomplish this and be specific. Is this done by loading one OS on one drive, disconnecting the power to that drive and then loading the other OS, then plugging both in and rebooting. I sure can use some input people. Tech info: Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H ATX mobo, AMD Athlon 64X2 CPU, NVidia GeForce 8800 Gt OC Video card.
I have a duel boot set up on my PC with Vista 64 bit and XP 32 bit and everything runs fine but I know Vista's boot manager makes itself the priority boot.
Thanks in advance

A:Duel Boot XP 32 bit XP 64 bit


Originally Posted by bullman40

Ok PC gurus help me out. I'm building a new 64 bit PC for my wife, 64 bit mobo, CPU...etc. I want to install (duel boot config.) my old 32 bit version of XP on one drive and my new 64 bit version of XP on another drive. In other words two different versions of XP (32 bit and 64 bit) on two seperate drives. How can I accomplish this and be specific. Is this done by loading one OS on one drive, disconnecting the power to that drive and then loading the other OS, then plugging both in and rebooting. I sure can use some input people. Tech info: Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H ATX mobo, AMD Athlon 64X2 CPU, NVidia GeForce 8800 Gt OC Video card.
I have a duel boot set up on my PC with Vista 64 bit and XP 32 bit and everything runs fine but I know Vista's boot manager makes itself the priority boot.
Thanks in advance

you will have to load on, on the main drive, get it working and up to date.
then load the other on the "SLAVED" drive

then once both are loaded, on the main drive edit the boot.ini file to reflect the second drive

that is all


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I'm looking at setting up my computer for duel boot. How would I go about doing this?


A:Duel Boot

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Ok so I am currently Running Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I have started making youtube videos and stuff and I want to use the screen capture device I picked up. But there is one problem. The darn thing HATES windows 7. Well it likes 32bit 7 just not 64 bit. Yes I tried to use a Virtual os but they did not work as I need them to.

So I want to put a copy of Windows Xp on my second HDD. So I want to be able to duel boot. You know be able to switch between Windows XP and windows 7. I have a legit copy of XP. I got it a while ago and never bothered to use it. SO how do I do this. I want to make sure that my copy of Windows 7 is safe. I used to know how to do this right but it has been around 2 years since I last set up a duel boot XD. And that was a duel boot of windows 2K and Windows XP.

A:Trying to do a Duel boot

Hi I think you can find what you need here Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums scroll down a bit for what you want

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Hi, I would like to put another hard drive in my pc, both have an operating system in them, and I would like to know how to do this so I will have the option at start up to choose which drive I want to start up with. Also if I can, how do I set the master / slave jumpers on the hard drives, or do I connect them both as master.


A:duel boot

What two operating systems are you trying to dual boot?

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I have been running Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 each on a separate hard drive. I had a problem with Windows 10 and my pc would not reboot so I disconnected the Windows 10 HD. How do I get rid of the Windows 10 on the OS startup page.
Thank You,

A:Duel Boot

from the RUN box type> msconfig

go to the BOOT tab and delete the windows 10 entry

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Hi All,

I brought a samsung NP550P5C-S05IN and its pre win 8 installed one. I want to insatll win xp. I did the partition with partition magic and made 4 drives. When i started installing windows xp i can only see one partition c: with 953868 MB. and its asking me to do the partition again. If i do so i will lose all my win 8 backup and installed win 8. So please help me. How can I see the partition when i install win xp on windows 8 pre installed laptop.


A:Need Help for duel boot

Hi there
Why not install Windows XP as a Virtual Machine -- use VMware player or Vbox (both free).

Getting Windows XP to run Natively on modern hardware can be very tricky -- particularly with newer sata / e-sata HDD's as you'll have to slipstream the drives into the XP install media first to recognize all the HDD's.

The advantage is that when you want to use XP you don't have to re-boot --just start and stop (known as "Power on and Power off") the Virtual machine as a normal application - and you don't have to mess around with weird drivers.

Also if you machine has more than 4GB RAM in it then you can still use any RAM with your Windows 8 system - with XP the maximum is 4GB. - With a virtual machine you can allocate RAM as you want to --probably 1GB would be enough for a VM XP. Graphics etc is now much improved so you can play things like DVD's and run a few legacy games nowin Virtual Machines.

(It might not be very good for extreme gaming but it should certainly handle a lot of legacy games now).

I run several XP VM's on a laptop -- often have THREE (3) different XP VM systems running at the same time.


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i had windows 98 and win 2000 in my was in c: and 2000 in e:.i had format c: and installed windows again in 2000 duel boot window had lost.i have emergency repair disk and registry back with i can refix my duel boot?pls help me.

A:Duel boot

Hi There...

You'll need to re-associate 2000 to the boot sector on the C Drive. You might be able to run the ERD and fix the boot, but the other thing you may need to do is run a "REPAIR" install of Win2000.
Good Luck!


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Thanks to everyone that helped me with my duel boot, now I have another question. XP Home 32 bit is installed on "C" drive and XP Professional 64 bit is installed on "D" drive. Everytime I try to open (mainly a keygen) on "D" drive it tells me I don't have authorization. Now I tryed to uninstall a program on "D" drive with the same results, I actually had to boot "C" and delete the program in "D" from "C". It almost acts like all administrative priveleges have to go through through "C" no matter which drive you boot. Any suggestions? Will BCDEDIT help by switching drive letters? I have a duel boot with XP and Vista on seperate drives and each acts as it's own entity but not the XP OS's. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

A:XP 32 and 64 bit duel boot

the forum does not offer help with illeagal software

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I am currently using win 7 Ult. X64 on my corporate domain with a dynamic IP. I would like to run duel boot with win 7 Ult. X32 with a static IP address. My laptop only has the one hard drive and I have tried everything I can think of to make this happen. I partitioned the hard drive but it will only create a dynamic partition and win 7 will not let me install on a dynamic drive. One of the four partitions on my drive is set up for system restore so if I convert to a basic drive I am afraid the restore will not function. I also looked into using VHD but I don?t think I can run it with the static IP. Does anyone know of a way to accomplish the Win7 X64/32 duel boot?

A:Duel Boot Win 7 x64 and x32

It's unlikely your HD came from factory partitioned as Dynamic Disk. This likely happened when you created the Dual Boot partition and accepted the conversion warning. You'll need to delete the partiition you created in Disk Management, then convert back to Basic using Partition Wizard home edition v. 4.2 partition wizard 4.2 - Windows Live

Once you do this, post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, and we can advise you how to create the new partition as a Logical extended partition which will allow further expansion without converting the disk.

To answer your IP address question, I would post it anew in Networking sub-forum as it was sorted here due to it's title.

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I got Windows XP Pro SP3,Ubuntu 8.10 Is there a way to install Vista with them? =/ I always wondered about this.

Thanks to anyone that can help! :)

A:Duel Boot three OS's

I think you'll find you needed to load in this order for it to work.
If you load any version of Windows after a non Windows OS then Windows will wipe out the MBR and use it for itself.

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i have win7 hp 64bit and i want to install win 8/8.1 on a seperate partition(duel boot).
how do i do this? i do not want to upgrade i want to keep seperate systems.

A:duel boot win 7 win 8

Read this Tutorial.

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista


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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

A:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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*i dont know if ithis in the right board*

i have 2 hard drives in my new computer and i have windows XP pro installed on one. when i go to My Computer it only reads one hard drive even thought i have both of them connected. my question is, can i install Linux on my other hard drive even though i have win xp on the other??

A:duel boot system

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Hi Guys,

I originally loaded the Beta test of Vista as a duel Boot (only 1 HDD). I now have the proper 64bit copy, if I just load over the top of the other vista (formatting as I go) will it ruin the bootloader and not recognise XP?

Would it be safer to follow the steps and remove Vista beta then reinstall it on the clean partition?

Any ideas?

A:Vista/XP Duel Boot

i'd boot from the dvd, and let it format and install over top of the beta, and then the installer will make sure that the bootloader is there for it to all work when its done.

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i have installed vista on a fresh hdd.

can i now install xp on the same hdd and duel boot it?

would i start xp setup, and create a new partition?

would that now erase the vista bit?


A:duel boot vista XP

You should install XP first, then install Vista.

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Ok im trying to install a flaver of linux and I've it a road block. I can't get my PC to boot to the usb I am using i have used the UUSBI (Universal-USB-Installer- no put it on the drive and close out of it take out the flash and power down plugin the drive and power on and it just boots to windows i have tried F9 to boot to it but it just opens a root folder i have gone to the bios and turned on legacy suport and reboot and nothing. I have been all over the web searching for someone who has had this problem and found nothing. plz help 

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Ok today i tried to install Windows 7 over my currently installed Windows xp. But the installation failed, ok so i just forgot it and continued to use XP, But every time i reboot my computer it brings me to this duel boot screen that says
" earlier version of windows " And "setup rollback" I have tried going to ms config and removing it there but only windows xp comes up. PLEASE HELP IT'S ANNOYING!

A:Duel boot problem please help!

Select the setup rollback and next time you boot it will be back to normal.

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I want to confirm that this will work before i go ahead and make the leap.

I currently have 32 bit XP windows NTFS installed on 1 of 3 hard drives in my computer. I would like to install the 64bit version of Vista on to my second hard drive then choose my operating system to boot with when i turn on the computer.

Is this possible? and will my second hard drive get wiped by vista when i install it?

Any and all help would be much appreciated.

A:Duel boot vista and xp?

i have 2 hard drives in my system:

Vista and XP Pro.....if i want to boot off any particualr one, i just repeatedly tap F8 which will bring up a menu for me to choose which hard drive and corresponding operating system i wish to boot up on. One of these will of course be set as default but using this method is simple for swapping between drives

I presume your 2nd drive already has xp or something on it?

When you install Vista, it will overwrite all the previous operating system (i dont think you can revert back to it) but leave you a file called .old which gives you the opportunity to retrieve your data

That is how installed mine and did not lose any data whatsoever-a very simple procedure

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I have trying out Win 8 and wish to uninstall it. I don't see anything in the tutorials or search that helps.

Could anyone point me in the right direction?


A:Uninstall Win 8 with duel boot Win 7

Hello CR,

Here you go.

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I just requested a CD of linux and was wondering how to duel boot it with XP. I wanna fool around with it mostly but I am also going to see what games play on it. So if anyone nows how to duel boot it thanks in advance for help.

A:How do you duel boot Linux?

I put 'dual boot xp linux' into google,and got at least 100 step by step guides :haha: HERE

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hello all

i have a pc with 1 HD and 3 partitions. the first has win2k on it and the third has XP, both are NTFS. the second is FAT32 and has some ghost backups. i initially had 2 partitions, but used partition magic to take some off the FAT32 to install XP.

now i want to get rid of XP, but i'm wondering will the BOOT.INI file get contrary when it finds the third partition goes missing. i'll be re-merging it back into the FAT32 partition.


[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

so what i was going to do is delete the last line in the BOOT.INI file (above) and then preceed to use partition magic to delete the last partition and the re-merge it into the second.

the first partition is a primary and the second is a logical with 2 extended partitions. so should i go ahead or is there something else i should do. there is no important info on this HD, but i don't want the hassle of setting up win2k again. i already have 2 pc's here to rebuild - i don't want a third.

A:Duel boot win2k & XP - want to get rid of XP

just to close this, i made a copy of the boot.ini file to a floppy first. then i deleted the last line of the boot.ini file that pointed to the XP partition and i set the timeout=0. i then booted the pc and it went straight into win2k no problems. i then booted to partition magic and deleted the XP partition and merged that unallocated space with the FAT32 partition. XP gone without effecting the boot process.

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Hey Everyone, I just ordered Vista Home Basics for dir X 10.It should be here early next week.Heres the question(s).
First,I have three hard drives.I want to put Both OS's on the Raptor 74 if possible.Just partition the HDD down the middle.Is this going to work,or is it better to have them on seperate hard drives?Which OS should I install first?
Next,the two spare HDD's.One will be for storage which Im sure I can access with both system.The other HDD I want to use exclusively for games.The BIG Q is am I going to be able to access these games across both OS's?Say install it on XP and be able to play it on Vista?Or visa virsa.If so,how?
Thanks for the feedback in advance!:)

A:Win Vista & XP Duel Boot

I have set up several dual boot vista and xp. It is better to install xp first, then vista, since with vista Microsoft redid the bootloader.

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I had a duel boot (both XP) and had to format one and now the partition that I used as my main drive is inexcesible as a bootable drive. I can access it through my computer (only through my documents and settings, All Users but not the two names) In computer management it used to say "boot" next to it under disc management and the drive I just redid said system, now the drive I just did says syetem next to it but the other drive doesn't say "boot" next to it which I am sure has something to do with it. Windows is still intact and it is still NTFS. Is there any way to make it so it is bootable agian without loasing any info?


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i am using windows 7 since three months ago, however my wireless device does not support windows seven and the manufratructres don't care about upgrading it's drivers so i needed either vista or xp to run the device. i decided to duel boot win 7 with xp for i might need to sometimes use that device. i checked on the web for various methods nd i installed XP on a seperate new drive.
after the installation was complete i restarted the system and i had two option to boot with the same name. how ever i choosed frist one and xp booted.
i installed basic drivers and softwares and everything was fine and i was redy to boot to win 7
but wen in the next re start i choosed second option it says some files missing so can't boot.
then i inserted win 7 dvd and re paired it
now when i start my system i won't get any option for booting xp or win 7 but i directly boot into win 7.
Please help me how can i get that option to choose boot between xp and win 7.
thank you.

A:i have a problem with duel boot win 7 and xp

Hi vivekvr, welcome to the forums
please take a look here, I believe this has the solution

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Is it possible to run a duel boot system with these two?? and if so how ???

A:Vista 32 and Win 95 Duel Boot ???

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Ok we will do our best to explain our issue.

Everything was AOK on a single boot system using Win 8.1. I apparently made some type of change in the OS to cause Win8.1 on "C" drive to fail booting into OS. I tried a few things, but the OS would not let me into the safe mode or restore system area. I tried several times, though I could see the system through the BIOS uefi boot up screen. So somewhere I must of messed maybe the MBR or something, I am not sure. It is not a virus and the system is still intact, it just is unable to initiate Windows 8.1 to take it to repairs.
So, what I did is installed Win8.1 on another disk the exact same size as the non-working system. All in hope to copy boot files over from the new system to the old non-working system. This would also give me the chance to examine the non working system files for anything out of the ordinary. When installing the new system, the install was smart enough to create a duel boot and it ask which system to boot into when starting. I have tried to allow it to boot into the bad system, but it gets stuck when handing the system to windows somewhere. I have even tried copying the registry files over from a backup in the old system, into the old system registry config folder. In hopes it would clear a possible registry problem and boot up. It did get it farther into windows, but it locks into the diagnosing your PC and does not complete the diagnosing.
I was wondering what I could do to reawake the original OS... Read more

A:Duel Boot using a Win 8.1 & a non-working Win 8.1

post a screen shot of disk management

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I was running a duel boot system win 7 disk 0 and win 8.1 disk 1
I have removed win 8.1 and would like to Know how to remove the 8.1 option on boot up.

p.s. still don`t like win 8

best regards topper.

A:duel boot removal


Contol Panel->System->Advanced System Settings. There is StartUp and Recovery click Settings.
In default OS select Windows 7,and uncheck Time to display operating systems.

You can follow this tutorial.

Windows Boot Manager - Delete a Listed Operating System

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hi everyone, i have been dual booting windows 7 and vista for the last 6 months. now the beta version of windows 7 is about to expire. i don't really want to upgrade to it permantly. i was wondering if i should just delete the partion on my harddrive that contains windows 7 or if i need to do something else. thanks.

A:Duel boot abort

Never done it, but found this article

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Hi guys,

Okay, so I used to run Windows 7 off of an old 1TB hard drive that I bought the PC with. I then bought a 120GB SSD and installed Windows 7 on it from my original Windows installation. I decided I don't need anything on the old HDD anymore, so I want to format it and use it solely for storage.

BUT... every time I try and format it I get an error "Format is not allowed on current boot, system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume."

Anyway I can force windows to stop booting on C: and then jumping to D: and just use D: without a Windows disk?

Many thanks,


A:Duel Boot Issue

Post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

It sounds like you did not disconnect the old HDD before installing to the new SSD, so your boot manager was written to the old HDD. The above image will confirm this, and we can then suggest a fix for you.

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Anybody know how to unduel boot a machine with Win98/XP?
I wasn't sure which subject to put this under. I want the 98 to stay and remove the XP. I ghosted the 98 partition and now applied it to the new HD. However I get that Windows Selection Screen. just wondering if I can remove that screen. And if so, How?
Thanks to all.

A:Solved: Un doing a Duel Boot

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i have installed windows xp pro on a separate partition on my hard drive , i am already running windows 8.1 on my c drive the problem is when i boot up i only get the option to boot into windows 8.1, windows xp does not appear in the boot menu, i installed windows xp on my spare partition to run some older programmes but when my pc boots up it boots straight into windows 8.1 there is no option to boot into windows xp, if anyone can help i would be most grateful.

A:Duel Boot Problem

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I would like to duel boot Win98se and Win XP Pro NTFS. I have two HD's 1-10gig and 1- 20gig.
Here is what I would like to do, put 98 and XP on the 10-gig and have the 20-gig for Apps, Data and games.
What size should the partition's on the OS HD be?
The apps HD need's to be FAT32 correct?
Will both partations on OS drive be primary partation's?
Will both OS's be able to use the apps on the other HD?
Do I need a boot program?
If at a later time I wanted to load Linux would it need to be on the OS HD or say on a different HD?


A:Duel Boot will this work

What you will want to do will not work. You will not be able to access a fat32 Partition from a NTFS partition on the same machine. The only way this would work is if all of your partitions are fat32.

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I have a very odd problem which I need some pretty serious help with. I have installed duel boot machines for the past few years no problems. However I run into the strangest thing..

I have a machine with XP Installed it on. I decide I wanted to duel boot, I began to install Windows 7 64bit I purchased from newegg with a new 1TB HDD and extra 4gig of ram. I did the usual and set the computer to boot from CD and began the slow 7 Install. My first attempt at install I ran into the a known problem

?setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition?

No problem I tried a number of ways to get around it. I finally got sick of it and simply shut down the pc and disconnected the SATA cable for the old hard drive and left the new hard drive plugged in. Started the WIN 7 install again no problems installed. Figured insisted of win 7 detecting earlier version I would just add XP in EasyBCD.
I start WIN 7 Finally I am in, I reconnected the other hard drive and changed the order of the SATA cable on the motherboard(I put new HD on Sata1 and old on SATA2)

Ok I start WIN 7 install EASYBCD, I add XP in there and once its added I went and changed the target drive to the Letter XP is set(since some reason easybcd defaults to C) Easybcd choose the correct volume when I looked at the simplified boot file.

I start the computer and I have the option to choose either XP or Win 7. When I choose Windows XP The computer INSTANTLY SHUTS DOWN. T... Read more

A:Windows XP & Win 7 Duel-boot problem

No ideas?
should i have been less detailed?

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Let me start with saying hello everyone! It's my first time on this site and I'm hooked already Ok, here's my question.
I wanna run a duel boot w/ xp and Vista, but on my new laptop Vista Home is pre-installed. The new laptop didn't come with a recovery cd, so how can i get the cd key for this copy? I know with running a duel boot with like NT and XP the old OS has to be installed first. Does this rule apply w/ XP and Vista? Do I have to use a third party program to extract the key, or some sort of partition software? I would prefer to do everything within the OS and BIOS if possible. thank for the time guys.

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Hello all ok so ive ran into and obsticle i currently have windows 7 ultimate 32bit and love the program for my videos and photoshop stuff but i like to run my games in xp SP3 so i came up with a stupid idea to duel boot so i watched a few videos and came across and option to partition my HD so i could run duel systems i did that now i have 587GB as Drive C and 100GB as drive D i then went on to reformat so i put windows 7 Ultimate on Drive C and XP on drive D they both worked great i get the option at startup to select one of the systems so i select windows 7 and internet is working great and everything is running smooth then when i reboot and select windows xp it opens fine BUT!! i went to install my netgear wireless drivers they install fine but it doesnt seem to install my wireless usb i put into my usb slot it doesnt even pick it up and it also doesnt come up with any internet option so my question here is can you run two systems both with internet from partitioning drives ? an if there is a solution please fire away im all ears any help would be much appreciated im really confused and very new to the duelboot scene.

my system specs are nothing special but here they are incase of further questions.

Graphics Card: 9800GT 1GB

Operating System: windows 7 Ultimate 32bit/XP SP 3

Mother Board: MSI


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66GHz

and i have no idea what my HD brand is only that its 687GB and my external is 500GB.


A:Duel Boot Problems Help Needed

ok ive had no reply so im guessing no one understands what i mean or dont have an answer well i fixed the problem and im duel booting fine with both systems working great the problem was quite simple yet was such a large problem :/ so after i posted here i decided to reformat again but i noticed when i formatted with xp when you go through the options youll come across this not sure if its exactly right but it says format NTFS (Quick)...... or Format NTFS..... the first time i formated the quick option this time i just ran it normally(AKA.FORMAT NTFS) with no problems then after i installed xp i reinstalled windows 7 again and they both run nice and smooth i hope this may help somone with the same problem

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A bit of setup info to help with this
320GB hard drive:
49GB-Misc Files

75GB Hard Drive backup

500GB Hard Driver
64GB-Vista x64 business
200GB-Video Games
149GB- Applications
53GB- Vista Home premium

I did all of the partitioning with Windows Disk Management.

My problem is after Installing Vista Home Premium x32 I no longer have the boot option to boot into the x64 edition. When pressing F8 at startup i get the advanced options but still no booting into the x64 version.

Previously I had the x32 on a partition in the 320GB hard drive and i was able to choose which OS to boot. I switched them both to the same drive duel to the fact that the 320GB is EIDE whereas the 75GB and the 500GB are both SATA and faster.
Does anyone know why I no longer have the choice of which OS to boot? And any solutions besides put them back on two seperate hard drives.

A:Vista 32/64 duel boot issue.

looks like boot files have been changed you could try easybcd to try to fix this just a thought

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hey huys any one know how to remove the stupid duel boot option i had tried to duel boot from 2 hdd i had my main has xp pro and i decided to put vista on my spare but i decided i didnt like vista so i removed the spare hdd and i still get the daft duel boot option i would like to know a easy way to remove it so i get a normal boot on my hdd any help ty in advance.

A:xp + vista duel boot option

From an XP cd, run the Recovery Console and at the prompt do "fixboot" and hit enter, then "fixmbr".

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Guys, I hope you can help.

I have been running xp pro and had 100GB partition on the drive for files.

Today I moved the files on the 100GB partition and installed Win7. When finished I had the option to choose which OS to load. This was all great until I decided to re-install 7 on the 100GB partition.

I loaded xp pro and was unable to delete the Win7 files on the 100GB partition so I decided to boot my pc using the xp disk, I then deleted and re-created the 100GB partition. Then I rebooted the machine with the Win7 disk and installed Win7 again on the new 100GB partition.

The problem I have now is that it boots straight into Win7 and does not even see that I have xp pro on the other partition. I can see the partition in disk management when in Win7 but it is listed as a logical drive not a boot drive?

Could I please ask how I can now boot to xp pro.....please...

A:Windows 7 and XP duel boot problem

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