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dual boot xp and vista on a dual sata raid rigg

Q: dual boot xp and vista on a dual sata raid rigg

i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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Preferred Solution: dual boot xp and vista on a dual sata raid rigg

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

A:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!
 

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I hope I didn't double post this.
I currently have XP SP2 installed on RAID 0
ANyway I have Partition Magic 8.5 and VistaBootPro 3.3 ready to go for a dual boot on a RAID 0 partition. I'm not exactly sure how to use PM. Do I resize my current partition and then create a new partition? Also, will I lose my XP RAID configuration if I use a Vista RAID configuration on the same physical drives (2 WD Raptor x's in RAID 0)
Also any other tips you may have for setting up a Vista dual boot would be appreciated.
Basically I want to run DirectX 10 games only on Vista for my geForce 8800GTS card
Thanks

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4 chipset with 6.86 drivers

A:Win Xp and Vista...Dual boot RAID??

Follow up:

I took the plunge and resized my RAID 0 partition. Does it matter if I make the new partition a Logical or Primary drive when installing Vista for a dual boot. I ask because I tried it as a Primary drive but when my PC reboots it goes straight into XP and never finishes the install of Vista. When I tried it as a logical drive it boots into a boot menu with Vista as an option but since in never installed I get an error message with 3 options none of which I am able to carry out.
I sense that I'm close to figuring it out but not quite there. Some help would be nice or a link that might help. I haven't found a good link that covers this particular situation.
Thanks

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Hi,

I had Vista installed on a Raid 0 array with an extra HD for storage. I decided to use this extra storage HD to install XP on so I could set up a dual boot system between two different HD setups, one raid with vista, and one single drive with XP.

I unplugged my raid HDs from the power and sata cables then proceeded to install XP on my single storage HD. After a few attempts due to sata driver issues I finally got a smooth clean install of XP on a single HD. I re-connected my raid drives that had Vista 64 installed on it. I rebooted and got an error message: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER, which I did of course. Vista loaded and showed my partitioned Raid 0 array but no operating system is shown. It should show Vista 64. So I disabled my Raid option in Bios and XP booted up no problem. So now my question is...how do I get vista to boot back up on my Raid stripe?

A:Help With Dual Boot Vista/xp And Raid 0

RAID boots differently from single drives - I suspect that there's an issue between the RAID and the bootloader. Because of the errors that you're receiving, I wonder if there's a connection of some sort between your RAID boot and the other hard drive. I wonder if your RAID array is initializing/set to the point where it knows to boot from the array (rather than from a single disk)

Not knowing that much about RAID, I'd suggest removing the storage hard drive and repairing the RAID installation with the Vista Startup Repair.

What concerns me (and I don't have the knowledge to explain this) is that the RAID BIOS/array seems (at least on my system) to boot before the boot menu becomes available. So you have to manually turn over control to the RAID array in the BIOS each time. In other words, the system will POST, then you'll have to select the RAID array to boot into Vista - or opt out of the RAID array to boot into XP.

In short, I'd guess that this was a problem with the settings in the RAID BIOS/settings that may not be recognizing the bootability (?) of the array.

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my computer
hdd: 2x 500gb WD sata 16 mb in raid o,1x 300gb wd sata 8 mb
mb: abit ab9 pro
vc: radeon sapphire 1950 xtx 256 mb
ram: 2gb 800 mhz
dvd: asus dvd rw litescribe,samsung writemaster
capture card pinnacle
floppy drive
os.win xp sp2
i want to make dual boot with vista but when i start to install vista is not recognizing the raid 0 drives just the separate drive and it says that this drive is not activ .
 

A:dual boot install xp vista on raid 0

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I would like to install XP on a second hard drive(E) which it is on SATA 4 and The Vista hard drive is on SATA 0. I tried using tool call easy BCD 1.7.2, however it did not work or I am doing something wrong. I would like to have a dual boot.
Thanks!
 

A:Dual boot Vista and XP and two SATA drives

What's the Make n Model of the computer ???
 

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Hi everybody. I always seem to end up on this forum when I'm Googling for tech issues and always find all the answers, but recently I've come across an issue I haven't been able to find info on so I figured I'd join here and ask.

My old PC with a 160 gig IDE running WinXP recently died from a fried CPU, so I took the RAM, video card, and hard drive and installed them in an old Dell I had layin around that still worked pretty well. The Dell had a 80 gig SATA HDD, so I did a clean install of Vista on it figuring I could use my old XP IDE HDD as a slave, which worked out fine by the way except for one small (HUGE ;o) detail.

I literally have thousands of dollars worth of web and graphic design software on my old HDD, and I want to be able to have a dual boot system, where I can choose to boot either the SATA with Vista, or the IDE with WinXP so that I can still use my software if I'm working on a project that requires it. I really can't afford to go shell out another $2500 on software that I already have on the old HDD so this seems like a really good option.

I know this is possible, I'm just not really sure how to go about doing it. I thought it would be as simple as installing the XP as master IDE and the Vista as primary SATA, and just going into the boot menu and choosing one or the other, but it hasn't worked out quite like that. The SATA boots as default, but when I try to boot the IDE from the boot menu nothing happens, and I just end up having to reboot again.... Read more

A:Dual Boot XP from slaved IDE with Vista Master SATA

You are in a tricky posistion.
1. Your IDE hdd has the drivers from a different computer and at best wont work very well on the different one so getting it to boot could cause serious problems.
2. Now if you have the install disks from the other progs. you would still be able to access the data files for them on the other drive. This would be the best option.
3. If you are willing to take door number three there is a way to make Vista recognize the other op system but you should try this first to avoid any failures but it depends on your computer saavy and some luck.

The old HDD was it from a computer that was preinstalled or do you have a XP disk?
If you have a XP disk you may get a repair install to make it work.
To do that I would take out the Vista drive and make the IDE primary.
It may even boot.
Then install the drivers and then we can reintroduce the Vista drive to the system.

If it was preinstalled and you have the disk then things are more difficult and probably wont work due to the fact that it wont see the computer that it needs to ensure completion. You can try but...
Just make sure that the Vista HDD cant be accessed while trying this.

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So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.
 

A:Boot.ini Problems - Dual Booting 2 Sata Drives - XP - Vista

phaze112 said:


So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.
 

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Hello all,

I have a situation. I have recently had to take the plunge and purchase a new system. This new system came with Vista Home Premium. I attempted to dual boot, so that I could continue to use some of my other applications that are no compatible with Vista. I have created a partition, and selected the boot order CDROM before HDD so that I could setup XP on the new partition. However, the system seems to bypass the CD and boot straight into VISTA as if it didn't recognize the setup CD. The research I conducted strongly suggests that I may be experiencing an issue with the SATA controller drivers of my HDD. Unfortuantely, the XP setup never gets into the first screen, so I am unable to F6 at all. I read another article that suggested I might be able to create a streamlined SP2 setup disk with the Controller Drivers on it, but I need to find these SATA controller drivers first. I searched on SAMSUNG's website, I've searched the Internet, and I've searched here, obviously with no luck. I read on one of these forums that all SATA controller drivers are essentially identical. So I was wondering if anyone could direct me to where I might be able to acquire these drivers. Or, does anyone else have any other suggestions as to why I am unable to install XP as a dual boot with Vista? Every other article I have read seems to indicate this is a fairly simple process. I hate that I am having such a difficutl time. I would appreciate any assistance with t... Read more

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Hello All

I have 2 500Gb SATA Seagate disks in a Raid 0 (stripe) configuration running VISTA. Was running like this for a while and then installed another 250Gb SATA Seagate drive.

My raid controller recognized this disk as a non-raid disk and I could see it was using port 2 on my raid controller (port 0 and 1 were being used by the 500Gb disks). I then preceeded to install XP on the non-raid disk (had to use F6 to install raid software while doing this install). Xp installed fine and I can access the RAID-0 disk while in XP. The problem is I cannot boot into VISTA again.

I tried playing with BOOT.ini but cant get it to recognise the RAID-0 disk as bootable. Please help!
 

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Can you shed any light or help me please?
I had Windows XP on my machine with two hard drives working fine,
Samsung SP1614C
&
Samsung HD 401LJ.
I have an Asus P4800D-X Motherboard running an Intel P4 3.2GHZ processor and 2MB pc3200 DDR RAM.
I installed Windows Vista on the HD401LJ, everything is fine and at first I could boot to XP on the other drive without any problems.
However, later on when I tried to boot to XP drive I got the blue screen of death or the computer would just keep restarting every time I chose the XP option. Clearing the CMOS does not help and neither does taking every component out of the PC except the Graphics card, Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT. Even if I disconnect the Vista HD the other HD with XP just keeps re-starting.
I copied all the data from the XP drive that I needed and tried to format and re-partition but the computer just hung or gave me the blue screen of death after it asked me to press enter to install XP, press R for recovery or F3 to exit.
I took the drive out of that machine and used another machine that formatted, partitioned and installed XP without any hitches. I then put the drive back in to my computer and the same story.
The drive is showing in the BIOS. It is there in my computer when I boot to vista and I can access the information on it, XP, but it will not boot to XP just keeps re-starting. I don? think its Vista as I have taken that drive out and I have cleared the CMOS, What is giving me so much grief?

A:dual HD Dual Boot Vista and XP

Have you tried removing your memory sticks one at a time ? First thing I would do is test you ram.

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First off, hello
Now for the fun. I've got a new rig I'm building and I want Windows Vista on one of two 300GB HDD's, while I want Windows XP on a RAID 0+1 thats setup on four 250GB SATA drives. I started with vista and then setup the raid 0+1, everything went smooth. I proceeded to install windows xp on the raid, which also went smooth. But I couldn't boot into windows Vista anymore, so i repaired that and now I can't boot into windows XP. Whats goin on?
Windows XP Pro w/sp2
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
4GB DDR2 5300 (i think)
2x 300GB maxtor IDE
4x 250GB Seagate SATA in raid 0+1 (mirrored + striped)
Asus M2N4-SLI
X1300 All in one wonder
2x DVDRW/CDRW
What yall think?
 

A:Dual Boot, Windows XP, Windows Vista, IDE and SATA

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ok here is my problem. I recently got windows vista business edition through msdn. I install it on my sata hard drive and everything worked great. well i desided since there are still some bugs in vista and that all the drivers arn't done yet i'd partition my hard drive and put xp on it to. Well i did this by using disk management in vista and shrinkiing the partition first then nameing a new one. I then ran the xp installation and it went throguh the copying of files and eveything. Thern when it went to reboot the bios stops right after pickiing up the drive. I left it sitting for over 30 mins and nothing. I tryed resetting the bios everything. It just sits there. can anyone help me? I even put the drive into a never computer i have with a newer bios just to see if that was it and still it sits. it comes up that it has detected it and that it is S.M.A.R.T compatable and that the status is ok. And then nothing the bios stops and doesn't finish to go into the boot. I really need help here guys i don't have money for a new hard drive. anyone have any suggestions?

A:SATA, windows vista dual boot windows xp

I've heard of this problem a few times now, but can't remember where I saw it or how to fix it. Bottom line, don't install Vista and XP on the same drive.

Try using the repair console in vista. Put the DVD in the drive and boot from it. From there use the recovery console. This will search for boot level errors and hopefully fix it.

If these are fresh installs and you have no data to lose, just erase it and choose one or the other until they can play nicely.

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Hiya, guys.

I have Vista pre-installed, have a recovery DVD, made another primary partition, want to dual boot XP.

I am running with an Nvidia/EVGA 680i mobo, Nvidia raid driver. I have 2 SATA hd's in Raid 0 config.

What problems will having Raid 0 cause, if any, during install, and what would I do to avoid those problems? I just don't want to get to a point where XP won't finish install and Vista won't work, so I'm checking first...
 

A:XP/Vista dual disks/Raid 0?

I put this in your own thread; replying to a guide is not going to really get you anywhere.

To answer your question, first of all you need to read the part of the guide where it tells you a recovery disk is not going to work. You need a real MS vista disk to repair the BCD files.

Next raid is not a problem as long as you load the raid controller driver during the install of xp. Vista sees most [if not all] raid controllers without having to load a driver.
 

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I have windows 7, Disk 2, Drive C and am setting up a dual boot with win 8, Disk 2, Drive W. On my windows 7 setup I have a Raid 5, 3 disk array, that has all of my pictures on it, Disk 0. Will I be able to access it at all in windows 8? If so, is there anything I need to do when installing Windows 8?

Does Storage Spaces work if it is a raid 5 setup?

Thanks...

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I am getting ready to build a brand new computer from scratch with 2 WD Velociraptor HDD's. I want to set them up in a RAID 0 for the speed. I also want to dual boot with Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP 32-bit. My question is... what is the proper way to dual boot these 2 operating systems, and will it work with 2 HDD's in RAID 0? As I said, this is a new build that I haven't started yet. I already know how to set up a RAID array. Just don't know how to dual boot.
 

A:how to dual boot XP and 7 with 2HDD in RAID

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I'm really hoping there are some hardware gurus here that can help me with this. I've searched to the ends of the "www" (well, it feels that way anyhow) and have found no conclusive answer to this question:

If I have a machine with XP installed on RAID-0, can I add a 3rd, non-Raid drive to an available SATA port, install Win7 on this single drive and then be able to boot from either the XP-RAID or Win7-SATA?

A:Dual boot with Raid + non-Raid

Hello hines57, welcome to Seven Forums!



The method in the info below would be the best way to go about it; just be sure to reconnect the SATA cables for the RAID into the original port.

   Information

The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.

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Hi to everyone,
This is my first post here and hope to get solution.

I have bought HP Dx6120 PC.
This has come with a SATA 80 GB (SATA0) + I have installed another SATA 160 GB (SATA1). DDRAM 1GB.

Objective:

I wish to install XP on both the drives so that while booting the pc through setup I can choose boot drive and accordingly the OS residing on the respective drive will be loaded.

Problem:

In boot order I can see only one name SATA so there it is not possible to choose boot drive i.e. SATA0 or SATA1.
By default it boots always from SATA0
In device configuration I disabled SATA0 so that system must boot from SATA1 but then upon boot it gave error that non system disk.

Can someone please help?

ketan

A:Dual boot XP on SATA

Previously I had another system on IDE that had two HDD with XP installed on both of them.

From setup I could select the primary HDD and accordingly it will boot from that HDD's OS.

Now I have two HDD - SATA1 and SATA2. Both with XP installed.

In set up boot order it shows just SATA (no option to choose 1 or 2) and IDE (I do not have IDE drive on my PC)

If I select SATA, it boots from SATA1.

To boot from SATA2 only possibility is disable SATA1 on boot. But then it says non system disk error.

Hope that I am clear.

My objective is two XP installations on two drives and option to choose which one to boot.

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I have a SATA drive with Windows Server 2008 installed. I have a extra hard IDE hard drive with XP Pro installed on it. How would I go about dual booting the two? Also the specs in my sig are not correct anymore.
 

A:Dual boot Sata and IDE

You are gonna need an IDE to SATA converter http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3481275&CatId=84. I am guessing that you have a motherboard with sata connections. Also you will need a power adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123119

You are also going to have reinstall your Xp Pro, therefore I think it would be better to get a new SATA HDD. Considering the cost and upgradability. This might save you more in the long run, but the decision is yours of course
 

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I have a question regarding dual booting windows xp and vista. I've been running this setup for a while now. I have vista on a raid 0 array and xp on a single hard drive. If I want to switch betwen OSes, I have to go into the BIOS and change the boot HDD. The thing is, everytime I boot into XP, I get the new hardward wizard for both drives that are using teh raid 0 array. Then I get a message saying there was an error and they can't be installed. which is fine, since xp was not installed with raid drivers. It's getting annoying though. I just bought a drive identical to the one XP is installed on. I'm debating on setting up 2 raid 0 arrays, (the one I have now for vista, and one new one for xp) If I installed both OSes on raid 0 arrays, I shouldn't get these errors, right? and then I can also boot into the OSes normally, i.e., a screen on startup asking me which OS to boot into, right? Or is raid even worth it? and I could just install them on single drives and have all single drives. I've read mixed reviews about raid 0, some reviews say 20% increase, some say no increase. I have a evga 680i mobo.
 

A:Question about dual booting XP and Vista in RAID 0 setup

I would have thought that when you installed the second OS the bootloader would have been modofied to give the choice of boot drive on startup.

Perhaps editting the boot.ini would work (an example; http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/30334191/dual-boot--need-bootini.aspx ).

Do some research in that area.

As to Raid performance, this is a VERY informative article as it draws insight into the whole 'speed' issue re the interface between all components;

http://www.integratedsolutions.org/performance.htm
 

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I have set up a dual boot- Win7 pro & XP ultimate, both on separate SSD's, all OK. I also have two 3TB HDD's set up under windows 7 RAID, all OK. In XP under drive management the RAID drives show up twice, once as 775GB unused drives with no drive letter allocated and also as 2.7GB RAID drives with status 'failed', drives marked as 'missing'. Is there a way I can get the RAID drive accessible under XP?
Thanks

A:Win7 RAID drive access from dual boot XP?

Anyone ?

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Hi,Currently, I have Windows 10 Pro installed on main Toshiba HDD. I want to dual boot with CentOS.I have 2 x Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD's. I enabled RAID1 in the BIOS for NVMe's. When I booted viaUSB CentOS boot media, the installer did not recognize any of my drives, except for external USB drives.When I disable BIOS RAID on P70, CentOS installer saw all drives Toshiba HDD, each of the NVMe's, externalUSB storage drive, and Samsung T5 external storage SSD (with USB Type-C to Type-C cable). - Is enabling/disabling RAID, changing from RAID to AHCI?- Is not seeing the drives due to CentOS not having a driver to recognize Intel RST? Doe's CentOS have a driver? Is it something else?- Is there a way around this?- Disable BIOS RAID, install CentOS to NVMe0 then use MDADM to RAID1 NVMe drives?From what I have read so far, BIOS RAID is software RAID, just in the BIOS. Also, I was thinking possibly instead, installing CentOS to the Samsung T5 drive, however: - T5 is not recognized as a boot drive when using Lenovo F12 boot menu (If T5 is using USB Type-C to Type-C cable)- T5 is recognized as a boot drive in F12 boot menu (If T5 is using USB Type-C to Type-A cable)- If install works on T5 drive, then maybe I can enable P70 RAID1 and use NVMe's for storage space.or keep RAID disabled and use NVMe's as seperate drives. When done, I'm looking to have dual boot Windows and CentOS, and use Virtualbox forother VM's. I have not installed CentOS on any of the drives yet... Read more

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Greetings All,
I am running XP on a SATA HDD. I have installed Win 7 on a second partition with some problems. The main problem was random BSOD's. This I believe, I have traced back to the fact that the MoBo runs Nvidia chips. Have downloaded the updated Nvidia Win 7 chip drivers. So, I uninstalled Win 7 and removed boot loader via BCDEDIT.

What I would now like to try is to install Win 7 on a separate IDE HDD connected to the primary IDE controller. This is so I can sort out the Nvidia driver problem.

I can see problems with this. My questions are the following:
What will I set the IDE HDD to be, Master or Slave?
Then boot off DVD/ROM and then install Win 7 as normal onto IDE HDD.
If yes, I take it that the Win7 bootloader will not be installed on the XP SATA HDD.
If this is the case then I should be able to use EasyBCD to add the XP on the SATA HDD.
Most critical part of the whole deal will be to set the SATA HDD (with XP) to boot FIRST. I have been down this track before and the MoBo sets the IDE as Drive 0 (FIRST boot HDD).

I know that there is a simple answer to this. I just cannot see the forest for the trees at present.

Regards

A:Dual Boot - XP on First Drive (SATA) Win 7 Second (IDE)

Set IDE to either. This is only a drive location issue.

Plug ethernet if poss. Boot WIn7 DVD,

select "Keep connected to internet during install" to get latest updates/drivers.

select Custom install with Advanced drive tools so you can format first.

Windows 7 will configure the dual boot correctly, updating the MBR on XP and holding the boot files.

Not necessary to use BCEdit or EasyBCD since Win7 is installed last - Only if Xp was.

Give Win7 installer a shot to provide NVidia drivers first. It is driver-complete, updated during install, with newer arriving quickly via Windows Updates. THis is because MS funded the WHQL partnership with all manufacturers to develop Win7 drivers - MS paid, they have them first.

If blue screens, install your own Nvidia drivers in safe mode.

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I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7.

I am trying to slip in SATA drivers in an XP disc to perform a dual boot into XP to run XP programs on my new computer.

Don't I need the drivers for my new computer? Not my old computer, right?

So I need the drivers for Windows 7 with a 500MB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive and Intel I-3 330m chip?

Where can I find them? Do I need the 32 bit drivers or the 64 bit drivers?

Or do I need drivers for Windows XP? If so, which drivers? Can I perform this task on my new laptop or does it have to be done on the old laptop? I'm very confused about how to slip in these drivers using nlite.

A:Can you tell me which SATA driver I need for dual boot?

What are you trying to do? Why do you need XP (you really don't) - what application you trying to run?

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Hello,
Thank you in advance for taking the time and interest to help me with some computer issues and questions. I really appreciate it, and appreciate the work you have put into computers to learn, and gain the experience to help others. First so you know who you are dealing with, I have been gaming since about 1983 with a Commodore 64, and then a Commodore 128, and then I moved to a 286. I started with a 300 baud modem, and by the time I had a 900 baud and even an outrageous speed of 1200kps I ran a bulletin board and loved it. I have paid many people to fix my computers and watched them like hawks, asking every question I could think of. So I did tech support for Prodigy, and set up my own computer repair business out of my home. Since I was a Respiratory Therapist and an EMT I called it the PC MEDIC Computer Repair Shop. I am self taught, and know just enough to fix many things, and enough to destroy other things. I really wish my computer knowledge was better rounded.
SITUATION: I just bought Vista 64 Home Premium, and another 250MB hard drive, only this time; I went with a SATA drive. I am running on a crappy motherboard in my opinion which will be up graded in the next 3-4 months. I am disabled now, after 4 heart attacks, 2 Open Heart Surgeries, numerous angioplasties, and stents, plus a new pulmonary disease that has left me with “3-5 years” I don’t buy that, but sometimes doctors are right. My point being resources are almost nonexistent.
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A:SATA DRIVE WITH IED and DUAL BOOT UP

There is no problem using sata and ide drives in same system, though I would encourage you to start OS with sata drives as they are faster, quieter and will last longer. You have to be certain the bios is set to boot to the correct drive and the easiest way to accomplish that is only plug one drive in while install Vista and then plugging others in afterwards. That will also insure your main drive will be C drive.
Now if you want Vista to boot several OS then have it be the second install to an already operating XP or whatever else you want to install, and then it will boot both OS.
 

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Hey all,

Ok, a friend has XP Pro now on an ide drive, and wants to install XP 64bit on a Sata.

So, he will disconnect the ide drive, and install XP64, along with the sata drivers etc. Ok, now he has a 64bit system. Now he wants to put back the original ide drive, and dual boot these O/S's, as 64bit does not yet do all he wants for his business.

So, is the above possible, and would something like GAG work ok as a boot loader with the sata and 64bit system?

Thanks for any input.

Scorp.
 

A:Sata and Dual Boot questions

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Hi there all,

Currenlty got an issue where i have a user who wants to dual boot with Vista and XP using sata disks.

The general rule of thumb when doing dualbooting is to install the oldest operating system first, and then gradually work your way up.

The way it will be setup is as so

Vista - Primary partition of the 1st disk
XP - Primary partition of the 2nd disk.

Now, The way i was thinking of doing it was to install XP first, then install Vista, And modify the boot.ini to find the entry for XP.

The question i have is, Is there any difference in modification of the boot.ini file when using sata drives, and is there any difference when making mods in Vista (As i have only edited the boot.ini in XP)

Can someone please advise of the correct way to do this?
 

A:Dual booting Xp and Vista with SATA drives

Give this article a look see:

Dual-Booting Win XP and Vista – PC Magazine

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2109434,00.asp
 

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Well, this is quite a complicated one I think but I'll give this a shot.

I need to dual boot windows XP along side my current windows 7 installation. But here is my biggest problem, I only have sata hard drives (3 that are in RAID) and have no floppy drive to load drivers. As such, whenever I boot the windows XP disc, I get a blue screen (0x0000007B).

Now I have the installation files on one of my other hard drives, and can access them through "Safe mode command prompt" and launch winnt32.exe (I get an error when I run winnt.exe becuase of windows 7 been 64bit) and am presented with the installation menu. Three problems here -

1) I am not given the option of where to install
2) It will overwrite the windows 7 boot loader (and possibly windows 7)
3) Once it is installed, it wont be able to boot becuase it doesn't have sata drivers....or am I wrong in that assumption?

I have spent the last 4 hours trying to find ways to install XP with no floppy drive (I litterally don't own one), and have even attempted to create a customised CD with the drivers on but to no avail.

So my question is....Is there a way to install windows XP Pro (SP2) along side windows 7 (either boot loader is fine) with no floppy drive to load up drivers?

Thanks in advance

A:Installing XP, in dual boot, on a SATA drive!

this link should help you http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-7-xp.html

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i have one sata raid 1 array and one pata 80gb drive (in bios boot priority as SCSI)
i have winxp pro on the raid 1 array and win2k on the 80gb drive (in bios boot priority as HD0)

both operating systems boot.ini files are:

winxp:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

win2k:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /


my problem is that i want to boot to winxp 95% if the time.. i can just go into the bios and change the boot priority but that is a pain.
what advice can i get on settings for the boot.ini file so that i can boot to either drive/os from and have it set to boot from the raid 1 array??
 

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Hi,

For a project I need to have W2008 running for a while, preferably on a physical machine. So I'm exploring this route before going virtual.
This is the setup:
HP 8530w laptop
200Gb internal sata HDD
8 Gb RAM
External sata HDD
Windows 7 is installed on the internal HDD.
I'd like to install w2008 on the external HDD.

The e-sata drive is recognized in w7, and I set the boot order in the BIOS as CD/DVD-esata-internal HD.
I boot from the w2008 DVD and select disk2partition1 as the destination. The install runs until first reboot.
Then the error appears: /windows/system32/winload.exe is either corrupted or missing.
BCDEDIT output:
Windows Boot Manager
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identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {1dcb6f56-966f-11de-b54a-ed2d69a068ba}
displayorder {165a98c1-dc6d-11de-975c-a5780e7e3fcb}
{current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 6

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {165a98c1-dc6d-11de-975c-a5780e7e3fcb}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Server 2008
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
bootdebug Yes
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A:Dual boot W7 (internal HDD) W2008 (e-sata)

It may be that you need to have AHCI enabled and if so, then you will need the drivers disk to load when installing the OS to the external drive.

Try here....

Does Windows 7 have AHCI drivers at install

Hope this helps....

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Comp Stats: HP pavilion a6230n
Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
3 GB Ram
GeForce 8600 GT

I have a used WD enchanced IDE hard drive that I wish to install windows xp on and have no idea where to start.

Most threads on the web talks about installing dual OS on one hard drive and almost none on how to use dual OS with 2 separate drives (SATA + IDE)

So how do I install XP on the IDE hard drive and how to boot XP or Vista when I want?
 

A:Dual Boot on separate drives SATA + IDE

Have you read the Locked threads at the top of the list on the Vista Forum(http://forums.techguy.org/75-windows-vista/) ?
There you will find all you need to know, there is NO difference between using "Partitions" and separate drives.
 

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:knock:

I have 2-120 gig SATA drives, XP Home on my first drive for general applications and just installed XP Pro on second for professional music engineering applications. I need to have a dual boot setup for dedicated operation on second drive. I have been reading the threads and found some help, but none specifically for my application, I think.

I just want to avoid messing up my system as it works well now, and don't want to have to build another PC to do the same job.

Is there a way for me to do this?
(I just loaded all applications on to my new drive, but will wipe and reload, or what ever I need to do.)

Any help on setting this up would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you kindly~

Gigabyte K8N Pro
nVidia nForce chipset
AMD 64 3200
1 gig DDR 400
Gainward FX 5200
Dual SATA 120G Western Digital 7200rpm HDD
 

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Has anyone been successful getting Vista64 to boot on SATA3 with a MB that has two different HD controllers for SATA 2 & 3? Just need to know it is possible before I buy a 6gb/s SSD. So far I have failed to get it to work with a 1TB WD Caviar Black.
Thank you for your consideration, any input pro or con will be appreciated.
I should also mention I cloned a SATA2 boot drive to a SATA3 drive and I do not think Windows will let me do that.

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I installed XP in dual boot mode with Vista pre-installed on a Toshiba Satellite L350-20J notebook.

Since I couldn't find the appropriate files for the F6 process in the Matrix Storage Manager (in the L350 Toshiba driver section for XP, you get an EXE file) to use at xp install time, in the BIOS I switched the SATA AHCI parameter to "compatibility". The XP installation went fine.

Once XP was installed, when I tried to run the Matrix Storage Manager driver, I got the message "This computer does not meet minimum requirements for installing the software". On the other hand, the chipset utility was installed without a hitch.

When I switched back the "compatibilty" parameter to AHCI in the BIOS, the system would not boot properly. It would direct me to multiple choice screen for Safe mode, etc.

Furthermore, EasyBCD gets stuck when I try to define Vista in the Add/Remove entries section.

How can I get into SATA mode at this stage?
 

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Hi. I want to install Windows XP onto a machine running Win7 x64. I think I am OK with the procedure, but I am having problems from the word go as I have just discovered that the drive onto which I want to install XP (a Seagate ST1000DX001) is a SATA drive. So I need to have the SATA drivers on a floppy (or incorporated into a setup CD-ROM): WinXP installation does not see the drive at the moment.

But I am going round in circles trying to find the drivers I need. Can anyone kindly help me locate the ones I need to install? The M/B is an Asus P6X58D-E. I do have the Asus CD-ROM (the drivers there won't be the most recent, but no matter), but when I browse the folders there I can't see a SATA drivers folder. Subfolders on the CD-ROM under 'Drivers' are: Audio, BCU, Chipset, EPU6Engine, ExpressGateHDD, LAN, RAID (IMSM & Marvell subfolders), TurboV and USB3... Is it the Marvel AHCI driver?? Or the Intel AHCI/RAID driver??? No idea which if any are the SATA drivers..

Otherwise, can I download the SATA drivers from somewhere? An hour's Googling hasn't helped.. I do have this page, but no idea which, if any, of the drivers there are the ones I need to download..

Download Asus P6X58D-E drivers for Windows 7/XP/Vista, BIOS

Many thanks.

A:Help me locate Asus SATA drivers (for XP dual boot)?

OK, I tried the Intel drivers from the CD-ROM first - no joy. Then the Marvel ones, and hey-presto. I think I was being over-cautious (not sure why, what could have happened??). Anyway, it's the Marvel RAID (32- or 64-bit as appropriate) from the Asus disc which are needed, just in case anyone has the same issue in the future.

XP currently installing to my SATA drive..

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ASUS MOBO, AMD, XP pro, Seagate IDE HD, WD SATA HD

So because of some problems, I did fresh formatted XP installs on two seperate hard drives, one SATA and one IDE.

My primary OS choice would be the one located on the SATA drive. In fact, the only reason I want another OS is as a backup b/c having an OS on a NVIDIA/ASUS platform causes so many issues. The operating systems want to make my IDE OS the "C" drive, so after the installs, the IDE OS is C and my SATA is labelled "E".

Previously, I'd used Partition Magic to label the SATA drive C.

Now, if I boot and press nothing, I get a NTLDR is missing error. Previously I got a Could not Load Boot Disk error. I have a feeling that my MOBO is looking in the wrong place for the NTLDR/boot.ini etc. I think it is still looking for the old Windows stuff I had installed, perhaps an SATA drive labelled C.

Here's the wierd part: If i choose my boot device, and set it to the IDE drive, it boots up the OS located on the SATA drive. This makes no sense.

I've labelled the SATA as the first device to load. I can't make it primary master b/c the IDE has preference.

If I try to boot from the SATA drive, I get a reboot with no error message, just seems like a total crash or something.

In a perfect world, I would like to have the SATA drive as C drive, default drive to load, and I would like to be able to access the OS located on my IDE drive.

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A:Dual Boot Quirky - SATA and IDE possibly to blame

Let me add an update:

According to Partition Master, My IDE OS partition is labelled "system" and the SATA OS partition is labelled "Boot".

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Hi

This is my first post. I have a new Dell Studio laptop with Windows 7 Home Ed. with
a SATA hard drive. Because of work software I would like to add Windows XP (Dual Boot).

I only have the Windows XP software that came with my old laptop (from Dell)

I have read that I would need to get the SATA drivers to install Windows XP and that I would have to put them onto the install cd or a floppy (I can't use a floppy, don't have one). I also read that I couldn't add the drivers to the Install CD that I got from Dell.

Is there another way??

Drivers???? I got the drivers from Intel for my SATA hard drive. Do I need to get other drivers for other devices, to install XP????? or can I wait until after the install???

Thanks

A:Dual boot with XP SATA driver issue and no floppy

Have a read of those tutorials:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

A bit more reading.
BCDEDIT - How to Use - Page 7 - Windows 7 Forums
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...wont-boot.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...dual-boot.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

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On one of my desktop computers running Windows 10 Pro, I added a SSD drive. Then, I cloned the OS partition on to the SSD drive, which ran perfectly.

But on another desktop, I dual boot Windows 7 Home and Windows 10 Home on an older SATA hard drive. And I've now added a 240 GB SSD drive.

The existing boot drive has 3 partitions for booting -- the Windows 7 (C, Windows 10 (D and the 100 MB System Reserved partition.

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ? Anything I need to be careful about ?

Thanks for any assistance on this. Cheers.

A:Changing dual boot Win7 & Win10 from SATA to SSD drive

esgee said:

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ?



Yep, that's all you have to do.

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I need Help to install on my PC desktop a Dual Boot two separate HDD's Win7 32Bit on IDE drive & Snow Leopard OSX on SATA drive
My Pc
ASUS P5PL2-E
Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4GHz
2MB DDR2
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Please, let me know step by step specially for the Mac OSX

A:Dual Boot two separate HDD's Win7 32Bit IDE & Snow Leopard SATA

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I'm trying to install Windows XP SP3 as a dual boot on my Windows 7 laptop (Asus U33JC).

I'm following this tutorial:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

The computer has a SATA hard drive (not supported by XP), so I need to create a Win XP setup disk with the correct drivers "slipstreamed". To do that I am following this:

SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

I'm having no problems with the technical aspects, but I'm finding it impossible to find and identify the correct SATA driver. The chipset is an Intel 5 Series / 3400.

You'd think this would be trivial but I've spent hours on it! All I can find on the Intel or Asus websites are automatic utilities to identify and install drivers on systems with operating systems already installed, not the drivers themselves or any information about them. I did download one of those exe files and used 7-Zip to extract all of the drivers, but there is no way to figure out which is the correct one to use for XP and for that particular chipset. I thought I'd figured it out by a process of elimination by searching the .inf files, but it didn't work so I must have got the wrong driver. Googling just brings up hoards of fake driver download sites that link to what I presume are malware installations ("drivermax", "driveridentifier" etc).

I find it completely incredible that it is so difficult to obtain the driver or even information about what the correct one is!

A:Finding SATA driver for Win XP dual boot - Intel 5 series/3400 chipset

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.

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If you're running an IDE hard-drive and upgrade your PC by adding a SATA hard-drive, you may want to load a fresh installation of Windows onto the SATA and then copy all your files from the old OS to the new.

I did this with the intention of formatting the IDE once all the files were copied. However, when I formatted the IDE, I wiped out all the boot files which were on the IDE, and the SATA would not boot.

In a previous thread entitled "Dual Hard Drives", pcaceit kindly helped by showing me how to copy the boot files from the IDE onto the SATA, and run various "fixmbr and fixboot" commands under XP CD Recovery Console. Once this was done, he suggested I delete the IDE partition to remove it's active status, then re-create it and format it. I did all this and it worked fine.

Then quite by accident I discovered a much quicker and easier way to do it. Once you have transferred all your files from the IDE to the SATA OS, simply delete the IDE partition. Windows XP then automatically creates new boot files in the SATA OS.

If you only format the IDE partition as opposed to deleting it, it still retains it's active status and the PC will still try to boot from it, but there are no boot files as they were lost when it was formatted.

I tried this on two PCs and it worked fine on both. One had an ASUS P5LD2 SE mobo and the other had an Intel D915GEV mobo. I can't guarantee this will work on all mobos, but it does seem to be... Read more

A:Dual Hard Drives - Shortcut to safely remove dual boot

Yes in all my posts on these subjects, I always state to remove the partition(s) and continue Windows setup

Unless of course one of the partitions is a recovery partition
You wouldn't want to delete that
 

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

A:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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hello,
i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.
Cheers
 

A:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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