Hello. I have looked through the forums, but have not seen this exact problem listed. I hope someone can help me.
I bought a new computer kit last month, and after I got it all together, I installed Windows 7 Pro 64. It has the AMD A8-3850 Quad core CPU, 8gb of RAM, on an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard, and a 1tb SATA HDD. One of the first things I had to do after installing the OS was to flash the BIOS on the MB. I have everything the way I want it on the computer now, and made a backup image of the C drive.
For the most part, everything is good with Windows 7. The only thing I don't like is with the sound card. I like to sing Karaoke on a website, but I couldn't get the "What you hear" function on the onboard sound card. So I bought a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer. I have the WYH function now, but my voice coming through the headphones has a lag that throws me off. So I have decided that I want to do a dual boot with Windows XP.
I have read many tutorials that tell how to do a dual boot setup, so I set out to do that. When going into the WinXP setup, I was having a problem with the hard drive. So I decided to reformat the hard drive and install the winXP first, then just install the Windows 7 backup afterwards.
WinXP saw the hard drive and had me do the partition and format then winxp installed fine, no problems. Ok, one problem. It installed on the C: drive. It didn't give me another option. And I know when I go to put the backup of Windows 7 back on, it will want to be on the C: drive also. I have it setup the way I want it, and really don't want to have to setup both OS's again. So I again formatted the HD, installed Windows 7 again, then installed the backup image. I am back to where I was at the beginning. I partitioned the HDD into 4 separate drives; C:, D:, E:, and F:.
When I go in to install WINXP, the installer sees the hard drive, but it shows the partitions as:
D: Partition 1 [NTFS] 1 MB (278718 MB free)
-: Partition 2 [NTFS] 100 MB (66 MB free)
C: Partition 3 [NTFS] 123327 MB (97131 MB free)
E: Partition 4 [NTFS] 830441 MB (276178 MB free)
The only partition it will let me install it on is C: Partition 3. And that would wipe out Windows 7.
So, my question is: How do I get the XP installer to see the partitions, or would it be better to just install another HDD, maybe a 120gb SATA drive, and just install WinXP on that? Would I still be able to do the dual boot that way?