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Windows 7: two hard drives, two OS

25 Apr 2011   #11
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Bruce, can you post the make and model of your motherboard?

It sounds like there may be confusion about the BIOS settings and how to select a drive during start up. When you start up the computer it goes through the POST - that's the "stuff" you see rolling by - usually starts with text and may the go to a graphic+text. On that screen you may see something like: Press DEL for BIOS / F12 for BOOT SELECT (whatever else your motherboard offers).

Entering the BIOS (DEL on my computer) opens the BIOS settings - it is here where you set the default boot devise order. This default is the order the computer tries until it finds the first bootable devise in your list (decending order).

You can bypass that boot order list during the POST - you do not enter the BIOS set up - by pressing the key listed on the POST screen (mine is F12). This opens a screen (mine is text based) where I scroll down to "Drives" (your label may be different but does the same thing), open "Drives" which is the listing of all the drive on the system - the order of the list is based on the socket number on your motherboard (e.g., SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4, etc.) but the LABEL may be the model of the drive instead of the SATA socket number.

So, my list looks like this:

WD5000AAKS
WD3200AAKS
HD1013SJ
ST63500418AS

I know what OS is loaded on each - I select the desired drive and boot to it.

This method is very easy/simple and takes no more time to select/boot than a boot manager. The primary benefit to the method is reduced writes to the Master Boot Record, no error messags if one drive is removed (for any reason).

Following this method you do NOT have to "start over" or load and configure any software.

Regards,
GEWB


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25 Apr 2011   #12
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

I installed Easybcd and add the xp drive to the list. After that I could not boot up because the win 7 boot partition was changed. I had to boot up with the win 7 cd and let the repair mode fix he boot sector. Sorry for the troubles.
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25 Apr 2011   #13
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

When I install XP on the new drive I did remove the sata cable from the mobo like you said.
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25 Apr 2011   #14
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

The make and model of the motherboard is MSI K9NGM4-F V2
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25 Apr 2011   #15
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

I entered the bios because there was no other option such as f12 to select bootable drives. Probably because this is a custom pc I built.
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25 Apr 2011   #16
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

I take all that back, I just hit the f12 key and had a choice to boot to either drive. It works. I want to thank you all for some great advise and your time. Bruce
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25 Apr 2011   #17
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BruceMyers48 View Post
I entered the bios because there was no other option such as f12 to select bootable drives. Probably because this is a custom pc I built.
[Delete this reply as Bruce also replied that my method WORKED - we crossed in the ether.]

Glad it worked for you!

Easy, isn't it?

Regards,
GEWB
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25 Apr 2011   #18
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BruceMyers48 View Post
I take all that back, I just hit the f12 key and had a choice to boot to either drive. It works. I want to thank you all for some great advise and your time. Bruce
Hello Bruce -

Please mark this thread as solved so it can help other users find the solution to the issue a little faster/easier.

Regards,
GEWB
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25 Apr 2011   #19
BruceMyers48

Windows 7 prof. 64 bit
 
 

GEWB, How would I go about marking this thread solved?
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25 Apr 2011   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BruceMyers48 View Post
GEWB, How would I go about marking this thread solved?

It's already been done, see the green check mark by the thread title?


You use the little red triangle at the top right of every post.
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