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Windows 7: Dual Boot With W7 And XP With Two Hard Drives


06 Dec 2011   #1

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Dual Boot With W7 And XP With Two Hard Drives

I have a M2010 running Windows 7 ultimate using raid. I was wondering if I put in a hd in the secondary spot if I could add XP Pro and dual boot. I have some things that work better under XP. I put my old laptop drive in and set the bios raid to auto detect/ata. It booted to 7 and installed drive E:. I didn't change any Matrix software settings so it's a raid/non raid setup. Thanks for any help. GBY

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06 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hi,
Welcome to the forum.

I would disconnect the Windows 7 drive, then install XP on the new drive.
Then reconnect the Windows 7 drive a boot to it.
Then using a program such as EasyBCD (it's free), add XP to the boot menu.
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06 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Assuming your old laptop drive is slower than your system drive, why would you want to boot XP off a slow drive? Carve off a partition on the system drive. Install XP to it. Use the slow laptop drive for data.
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06 Dec 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Best to boot Dual Boot via the BIOS, setting preferred OS HD to boot first, then choosing the other by tapping the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot.

Install XP with RAID unplugged to achieve this.
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06 Dec 2011   #5

W7 x32
 
 

Thanks for the welcome. So should I just unplug the primary drive and let it go to the secondary drive? I was just going to boot with the cd rom and have it choose to
load on drive E:.
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06 Dec 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

If you install XP with Windows 7 HD plugged in it will steal the boot from Windows 7, requiring repair of Windows 7 to boot independently.

Take advantage of the benefit of having separate HD's for this Dual Boot: Unplug Windows 7 while installing XP, then boot chosen OS via the BIOS so they remain independent drives without assorted complications.

If you don't like this arrangement, you can install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add XP to a Dual Boot menu.
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06 Dec 2011   #7

W7 x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Assuming your old laptop drive is slower than your system drive, why would you want to boot XP off a slow drive? Carve off a partition on the system drive. Install XP to it. Use the slow laptop drive for data.
The drives are about the same. One just has more gb..
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06 Dec 2011   #8

W7 x32
 
 

Thanks all, I'll give it a go. My last question. Does it matter if the XP drive isn't raid.. Should I change any Intel Matrix settings?
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06 Dec 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

This varies with every mobo model. If it's recognizing the secondary now and holding its RAID then it's a good sign. Be sure to note the settings so they can be replicated if/when you unplug the RAID.

May I ask why you RAID Windows 7? We see a lot of problems with it and it doesn't seem to confer any benefit.
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06 Dec 2011   #10

W7 x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This varies with every mobo model. If it's recognizing the secondary now and holding its RAID then it's a good sign. Be sure to note the settings so they can be replicated if/when you unplug the RAID.

May I ask why you RAID Windows 7? We see a lot of problems with it and it doesn't seem to confer any benefit.
It was set up like that. I guess it was turned on and left like that when they deleted/upgraded the original XP Media Center..Ironically it still has a media center splash screen before Windows 7 boots. I just got it non working on ebay for $250. I just re-greased the video card and reinserted the video card leaving the screws loose on one side. It booted up and has been working since. BTW, what settings should I note. This whole raid setup is new to me..Thanks...GBY
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