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1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Q: 1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Yes it sounds foolish BUT, I was able to fix an OS (operating system) on 1 disk infected by a ransom virus from an OS on the second disk. Here's my dilemma, because I almost lost some very important data, I would like to protect certain data from damage or viruses in the future so -  I want to have 2 hard drives with a total of 5 OS's on them. First disk would have XP & Win7 on it. Second disk would have XP, Win7, & Ubuntu. My reasons are I would like to use one XP OS for financial transactions & nothing else. I use 2nd XP as a backup/recovery for the 1st XP. Then I use 1st Win7 for general surfing & research. I use 2nd Win7 for backup/recovery of 1st Win7. For the 3rd system I would like to install & try Ubuntu for a few months to see if I would like it.
     So far I have installed XP & Win7 on one hard disk. I have created 3 partitiones on the second hard disk, formatted 2 of those partitions & installed XP on the first partition & planned on installing WIn7 on the next partition then Ubuntu on the final partition. Now when I boot up the only OS's that appear on the list are the 2 XP systems. The Win7 system doesn't show up as an option to start. So at this point I'm not sure how I should proceed from here to have the Win7 OS to show up as an option to start & be able to continue installing the next Win7 & Ubuntu systems. Any help would be great.
Also, I wasn't quite sure which forum this entry would best be suited to.

Preferred Solution: 1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

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A: 1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Well one way to do what you want is to use a boot manager. There are a bunch listed when I Googled with "partition boot manager"
Using one XP OS for financial will not be enough protection. If you were to get a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for example they would be able to see and access all the drive letters in the computer.There are ways around that but I went for the simple method in my case.  One method to be secure is use removable drive trays and only have one OS inserted at a time. One OS for financial on its own drive, One Tray for the other OS's. The other way would be to use security software that encrypts the OS drive to be unreadable until you boot it and enter the password, Another possibility would be Virtual Machines holding the OS's.
One nice desktop for everything except for financial use. Then a inexpensive laptop that gets used for online banking, Billpaying, Income tax, Shopping at known good sites such as Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect and clothing/shoes. No Email, No surfing the web. Nothing else. I pull it out twice a month Bank, pay bills, Make an order, if needed, Then I shut it down and put it away again.
That is about the best I can think of for my peace of mind.
Good Luck

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I have a Sony Vaio VGNFS315Z with Windows XP Home. I am looking to connect a 60gb Hard Drive in a firewire enclosure which currently has the same Windows XP operating system on it. I would like to retain the use of both operating systems to preerve some of the software on the 60gb drive.

Apart from plugging it in to the firewire port what are the steps I need to take so that my Sony Vaio will view it as a separate operating system. This will prevent me having to format it and start again.


A:Simple steps to using 2 operating systems on separate hard drives with one computer.

Even if your laptop supports booting from firewire hard drives, Windows doesn't.

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hello -
i'll try and make this simple .
i have 1 HD with windows installed on it ,it's having probs i need to format .
i have another HD that also has winodws installed ,im going to use that HD.
my question is . im only using 1 HD the other isnt connected ,its a back up HD.
i want to connect them both and transfer the important files over to the back HD up from the HD thats having the problems .where should i put all the files from the HD that is having problems,so i can see them when i am using the back up HD .so i can see the files from the problem HD ,so i can transfer over the files .?
the reason i ask is i have alot of stuff on the problem HD that is on the desktop and in my documents folder ect..
if im not booting up from the Problem HD then i wont be able to see the desktop folders ,my documents ect..,right ?
i hope this isnt confusing .
thanks .

A:2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Make your backup HDD primary master and problem HDD primary slave. Boot your computer. Windows will take care of your drive letters, so you should have any problem copying the data.

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I have a 32bit single core computer, I want to install two hardrives with different Operational systems. One with XP Pro, and the otherone with Win 7, can it be done, and when opening computer, can I choose which one I want to work on.

A:Different operating systems using two hard drives

It can be done. Do a lot of reading in setting up dual boot systems...

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i have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop with a bad hard drive. I've ordered a new hard drive. I have a more current Toshiba laptop with a smashed screen. But the hard drive works. Computer number 1 had a Windows 7 operating system. Computer number 2 is Windows 10. Can I transfer operating system and files and program from computer 2 to computer 1 ? Thanks

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I am currently running 2 operating systems (98SE) on a FAT32 fs and (XP) on NTFS fs on the second hard drive.

windows 98se is my c: drive - primary

xp is on my second hard drive that i've just recently installed.

for some reason, after reformatting this drive twice, i can not get all files to work - for example i cannot access system information, help and support etc etc.

i want to reformat the d drive - the one with windows xp but when i shut down to dos to do this, dos is not recognizing the d drive.... is that because i've made it NTFS and it's not seeing it from the FAT32 drive?

i'm so lost!!

my goal is to have both drives with FAT32 fs so that they are accessible from each other, but i cannot seem to be able to format the drive with xp which has nothing on it other than the operating system.

any ideas? geeze i re-read this and it doesn't even make sense to me, never mind someone else. sorry folks!

any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!

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i have a question (well i was wondering)

i have 2 hard drives in one machine and i have Windows 98 on one and the other with Windows XP.
is it posible to select an OS at start up with the 2 drives??

A:is it possible to boot 2 operating systems on 2 hard drives in 1 PC

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At work I am running xp home but I have another harddrive in the bow which has Win 2k pro with a program on it I use weekly. How can I set the machine up so I can boot from either drive. I have tried everything I can think of but can't figure this out. I placed the drives in cable select mode but only the xp drive shows up in bios setup. When the box boots up I can see the win 200 drive but can't open the program from the xp drive. This program will not work in xp. Long story short is the boss is cheaping out and will not upgrade the program

A:How can I boot from multiple hard drives and operating systems

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1Should do it. I don't use it but it looks like it should be simpler and more windows centric than what I use.There are other boot managers. I use grub to boot Linux and three different versions of windows on the same machine. Grub is a bit complex but is integrated into multiboots that include linux

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My computer is very slow

System Configuration is

OS windows XP SP3

Ram 1GB
HDD !60GB 72000
Motherboard INTEL 945
Processor 2 DUO Core 2.2

But it very slow I am not able to run 2 program together Suppose I want to play song and copy some items from CD i can not Help any one

A:Slow Computer Problems (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Hi matthewforu
This could be due to various factors.
Is the inside of you PC clean? Dirty systems will run slowly due to overheating etc. Clean all the dust out esp from the CPU fan and in the heatsink. Check the CPU & system temparatures. under 50 should be good. near to 50 or over and you have a problem
How much free space is on the HDD? You need about 25% free space to prevent the system from slowing down too much. Also maybe run a disk defrag.
How old is the windows installation? As your system gets older, it gets more and more filled up with junk. Maybe running XP repair installation will be all it needs. Don't do this if you have spyware or low disk space.
It may be spyware...have you picked up any other problems that may indicate spyware? Look at this thread if you suspect this - http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html
How many files are in the My Documents folder? Everytime you load up windows, the files are indexed and cached for quick access. To be safe, do not have too many files stored here. Move them to different locations.

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OK, not sure if this is the right place to post this thread but here goes.
My system has a WD 500Gb drive with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
My mothers system(Dell Studio Slim 540s) has a Seagaate 620GB(HD642JJ) with Windows Vista originally but has been upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. Now she has been having allot of issue's(freezes BSOD's ect). So I took her hard drive and installed it in my system in the hopes of using allot of diag repairing programs I have accumalated on my system to trouble shoot and maybe repair hers. The reason I just didn't do this in her system is because any time you try to access things like the registry or sensitive such areas it will BSOD and so no changes can be made. So any ways is there any way to have both operating systems running on the same system at the same time without having to switch between them by booting? Also have tried to make a recovery disk but again every attempt results in a BSOD. So if it is even possable to wipe the drive and do a recovery without the upgrade disk which she seams to have misplaced some where, would be a great option also. Any help ideas would be greatly welcomed. All other programs on her drive a expendable but really don't wanna have to buy another Windows package if I do just wipe the drive.

A:2 Drives with 2 operating systems aat same time?

You won't get the drive to work inside your machine you would need to place it in a usb enclosure,the reason is the hardware is not the same so it will not boot correctly,put the drive back into the dell and see here for service manual user guides and trouble shooting Dell Studio Slim 540s Service Manual | Dell
if possible you should follow the istructions here
you will find links in the first link I gave you on running the dell diagnostic and to the user manual which should tell you if the machine has a recovery partition,please also check the ram ie remove and reseat and if it has a graphics card do the same also check the cables and connections are firmly and securely seated

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Hi, I installed the OEM version of Windows 7 but forgot to reformat the Hard Drive before installing. What was left on that Hard Disc was on old un-bootable Version of Windows Vista upgrade.

The problem now is that there are two operating systems on the one Hard Drive the Vista that wasn't working and now the Windows 7 on top of it. Now my 1TB hard drive is showing as almost full which is impossible as I'm only using the Windows 7 with minimal programs on it. Question: Is there a way to delete the Vista O/S which is just taking up space and not working anyway?

It is also not showing as a second partition either. Remember the Windows 7 I have is an OEM full version and the Vista was an upgraded version upgraded from XP that I never took off before I installed Windows 7.

Is there anything I can do without having to start all over from scratch?


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I am currently using Windows NT but need Windows 98 (or newer) to install some software.

Can I run both programs off the same hard drive?

If yes, is it as simple as getting a Windows 98 CD ROM and installing it using add programs?


A:Two operating systems on one hard drive

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I have partitioned my hard disk and i want to install xp on one of em and win98 on the other but only one seems to be a bootable partition the other one @extended [email protected] says its not bootable. Or is there an easier way to achieve my goal

A:Can i have 2 operating systems partitioned on 1 hard drive?

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I do alot of downloading and trying out different software. My antivirus has recently expired and now my computer is acting weird, slow, and i have alot of unwanted stuff on my computer. So I reformatted my entire harddrive and installed a fresh copy XP. What I would like to do is install two operating systems on one hard. Reason why is because I don't wanna spend 80 bucks for another antivirus. Anyhoo... My plan is to have two operating systems, one for downloading music, videos, movies, installing not so credible software... expendable and one for personal use primarilly for school work, banking, and purchasing online. This way, when the expendable operating system craps out i can just delete and reinstall a fresh copy without affecting the other OS. So to sum it up... how do i install multiple copies of xp on one harddrive? i tried reading up on it, something about partitions, but i'm still not sure how to do this.

A:How to install Multiple Operating Systems on one hard drive

Windows, what ever version, MUST I repeat MUST always be the 1st OS on the 1st Partition.( Reason, if you load any other OS windows will take over the MBR and you won't see the other OS). If you want two versions of Windows i.e. W2k and XP, then the oldest version must be installed 1st.
If you install Windows then Linux , Linux will offer to partition the drive,( it's usually ok to accept the default setting) and will install a Boot manager.
With two versions of Windows , the last installed version will install the Boot Manager. You will also need to create two Partitions prior to installing the 1st version of Windows.
I have never installed two versions of Xp, so I don't know what will happen although I think you might have probs with the Register.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help me out with this question.

*I want to install an evaluation edition of Windows Server 2003 on my second hard disk and set the partition size to 5gb though it has 200gb. I don't have the serial card yet so that is why I'm just using this drive for educational reasons.

*On my first drive I have Windows ME and want to ensure that remains untouched in this process.

I basically want to be able to start my computer up and choose which OS I want to boot from and train myself to use the Windows Server 2003 OS.

Any suggestions on doing this smoothly would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dual Operating Systems on 2 separate hard disks

Welcome to TechSpot Forums

Doesn't it work if you just install it normally?

The textmode setup should ask you where to install 2003 and/or to create partitions. Depending on your computer it might have some problems with the 200 GB drive, as it is over 137 GB and therefore would require 48-bit addressing support, but if you just create a small partition in the beginning of the drive it shouldn't be a problem.

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I'm using Bart PE to recover files on my desktop PC's hard drive after Windows XP stopped booting. I am able to use the A43 file manager to browse and even open the files that I would like to recover, but when I attempt to copy them to an external USB hard drive, I get an error message saying that the source disk or file can't be read.

Any idea why it can't copy the files, or how I can get it to do so?

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A few months ago, a virus swept over my computer, and I ended up having to use a new operating system (The same Operating System (XP 2003 Home) but another copy) Now when I start up my computer, it asks me which operating system I want to use. I realize that the second one on the list is my old copy of Windows with all of my from before two months ago.
Also, I just noticed that all of a sudden, I only have 5 GB of free space (69/74). I never had this problem before, and now I'm having trouble even running Disk Defragment (it says it wants 15% free space to run it).
My questions are:
How can I delete the old operating system? I can't very well get on to it. When I select that second Operating System, It takes me into safe mode. Then, when I try to log on, it immediately logs out and goes back to the log-in menu.

Is the duplicate Operating System what is taking up so much space? I would say I probably have about 45 GB of programs/documents on the old one, and 25 GB on the new one. Do I have duplicate copies of the same programs (MS Office, Windows XP, etc...)

If you could answer these questions, I would be your servant for life.


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Hello everyone

I don't belong to Windows 7 forum so I am asking this question here. A friend of mine has a new computer with Windows 7 operating system. He also has a copy of XP Professional. Is it possible for him to load XP professional on his machine whilst running Windows 7? In other words can he have two operating systems running? If yes, how can it be done


A:Two operating systems on one computer.

What you want is a dual boot and very common. Personally, I would not want it for my computer. It is used to run programs that XP runs better than Seven.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

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So I managed to get my hands on a laptop that has 2 operating systems, maybe 3.

As far as I know, it used to have Windows 98, but then 2000 was installed (at least partially), and XP was somewhat installed. The problem is that they're all kinda running together, preventing anything from getting done.

I'm only able to log in on what the computer says is 2000 prof, yet it's actually 98... rather, it's 98 with 2000/XP programs running on it. However, I can't remove/alter any programs from this system, which is where the problem arises. I need to be able to access 2000 or XP and get rid of 98.

Essentially, I'd prefer to have just one system running on the computer ^.^ Haha.

I've considered reformatting the entire thing, but I don't know if I have the system cds to be able to reinstall it.


A:2 Operating Systems, 1 Computer - HELP!

I suggest contacting the manufacturer of the computer and ordering a recovery disk set and do a clean installation of Windows or purchasing an OS of your choice and do the same thing. Oh please backup any important data before this procedure.

Also some system specs would be good if there is anything else to help ou with.

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We recently got a computer from a friend, and it had Windows 98 installed on it, and we ran our Windows XP professional installation disk on it. Now, whenever we start the computer, it asks what operating system do we want to start with. XP works fine, but computer freezes up when we choose 98. Since it is taking up so much disk space, I wanted to get rid of 98, but am unsure how to do so.
Anyone have any suggestions? Please?

Thanks in advance for any help you may have!


A:2 Operating Systems On 1 Computer

If it is not too much trouble your best course of action would be to "Wipe" the drive and make a clean install of XP.I like Kill Disk. It can run from most bootable media, floppy, CD\DVD, flash drive and it is free.

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Hi all,

A friend has recently switched to a laptop and offered me his old desktop. The only thing I know about the specs is that he was running XP, whereas my last system was Vista. He wants to keep his hard drive, so I'll install mine instead, a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9. If I swap out the hard drive, will it automatically boot in Vista instead of XP, or will I get a motherboard error? The disk has a factory image partition, which should include Vista, but I'm concerned his motherboard might not recognize the disk. Or could it start in XP and then allow me to change to Vista using the image? This HD model does not use master/slave settings, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'm just not sure if there may be other problems. Thanks for the help!

A:Swapping hard drives on Vista/XP systems

The drive should be recognized all right, but chances are that it won't boot to a different board. And if your drive contains a recovery partition, then it must be an OEM version for a specific make and model, which means that that version of Vista probably cannot be used on a different model at all.

What machine did the drive with the recovery partition come from?

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I have a HP Pavillion that came with Vista Home Basic already installed . What I would like to know is can XP Professional be installed on the same computer with both OS being operative at the same time successfully My situation is that I manage to find a lot of freeware/open source that supports XP but it's rare for me to find specifics that is supported by Vista (or at least: that's what I read in a lot of freeware/open source descriptions) . Also, I've read in some previous posts here that one could change some 'executables' of the XP software and/or install using Vista's compatibility mode . I've already tried playing with the different features of the compatibility mode and have had no further progress with the XP software . Could you give me more information on what the 'executables' of a particular software is all about if possible so that I may have another option when going at it again I'd really appreciate any information that can be offered .

A:2 Operating Systems On 1 Computer? Or Compatibility?

What program are you having problems with?

You can have both XP and Vista installed side by side but you need to install them in a chronological order, i.e. XP first and then install Vista on top of it.

The executable is the file with the .exe extension and is the one you run to start the program.

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This is a long one but just need some advice if anyone can possibly help.

Have a Compaq Desktop PC [new] which is running Vista - [not happy with Vista at all as sick of a lot of our favourite programmes not now being compatible with Vista.[160gb hard drive]

Have a custom built desktop PC which has a 250gb Maxtor hard drive running Windows XP. Having problems with this computer and have just had a new psu fitted as it would boot up but then switch itself off just after starting Windows. However there are other problems with this pc as it keeps freezing and turns itself off - when I try to start it up it freezes at the screen showing the make of the motherboard. The only way to start it is to tap F8. So we are thinking of putting this pc to rest.

I have just read that you can run two operating systems on one computer if it has two hard drives - so my question is could we have the Maxtor hard drive [which runs on XP] taken out of the custom built computer and put into the Compaq Desktop.

A:Running Two Operating Systems On One Computer

is is possible to run 2 operating systems on one PC, but i don't see its a good idea to run them from 2 different HD's, and you didn't mention what type of HD u have.is it IDE or SATA.

Anyway my suggestion is that u can partition the 160 gb HD that is on ur compaq and install XP on the new partition so u have Vista and XP on same Hard Drive.And for the 250 gb HD u can format and add it to ur compaq as backup or storage device.

I think we still have to wait few months for everything to become compatible with Vista.
U can also remove Vista from ur Compaq and install XP instead, and still use the 250 Gb drive as storage or backup device on the compaq and in few months u can reinstall Vista.

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I have myh main PC with WIN7 and has a 2nd HD used for misc storage. I also have a old dell business desktop (no graphics card) with XP I use to play my old games which I enjoy. Is it possible to have my WIN7 on it's existing drive and install XP on the other?



A:One Computer Using 2 Different Operating Systems On 2 Different Drive

Yes, however if the old Dell XP is an OEM version (almost all OS supplied with a PC from a PC Vendor is an OEM version), the OEM version is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

The other issue is whether XP drivers are available for the Win 7 PC. For example the Win 7 audio driver is not compatible with XP (unless it is a multi-OS version that includes XP).

My PC is a Triple Boot, Win 7, Win 10 Pro and Win 10 Preview (Insider) version. Each on a separate SSD.

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I recently had to reformat an reload windows XP on my laptop. Now, when I start my computer it comes to a list to select which copy to use (even though only 1 is loaded). I have run into this before, but can't remember how to get rid of the invalid one. HELP!!!

A:2 Operating Systems when starting computer

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Here is what I did: Originally I had Windows 7 installed on my C: Drive. I then split the drive into two and installed Windows 8 onto the second half. I then formatted the Windows 7 part, changed it into unallocated space and merged it with the Windows 8 partition.

The only problem is that my computer will ask me whether to boot from Windows 8 or 7. If I boot W7 then it goes black and my PC restarts. I have the F: Drive which is Windows 8 and the G: Drive which is "System Reserved" with a file called "bootmgr~2" in it.

What can I do to fix this situation.
PS Another problem I have is that I have 1mb of unallocated space before the "System Reserved" partition and then Windows 8, like this: [1mb Unallocated Space] [100mb System Reserved] [450gb Windows 8]. How can I remove this space as I cannot merge it with the "System Reserved".

A:Computer thinks that there are still two operating systems

Use EasyBCD and boot into Windows 8. Use the software and select Edit Boot Menu, and delete Windows 7. The 1mb of space is not an issue....you should leave it alone.

EasyBCD Download Registration - NeoSmart Technologies

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I have two hard drives....1 running XP home (internet, wordprocessing, music downloading etc..) and one running 2000 professional (home recording, photoshop.) I would like for the two of them to share my motherboard, cpu, memory, graphics card, and most importantly my audio interface hardware.

The dual boot software seems like it was designed more for hard drive partitioning reasons and less for independent operating systems. I do not have many security concerns and am not too concerned about relying on software to get the job done. I was intrigued by the "nicklock" device that served as a jumper switch between two hard drives prior to startup but felt turned off after learing that the computers needed to be restrted to switch back and forth and that there are known issues with such devices.
Obviously I would like to have the convenience of flipping back and forth between drives like a KVM switch does between computers. Networking the two drives to comunicate at times would also be helpful for data transference.
Am I missing any simple solutions or are there really no obvious answers to the problem? Any suggestions or feedback will be greatly appreciated. James

A:Need two HD's to run on different Operating systems but share computer parts.

Your PC can only ever have one OS running at the time, so either W2K or XP.
Put both HD's in the same machine, have W2K installed in the first partition of the first (master) drive.
Do whatever partitioning you want, making all partitions NTFS.
When finished installing W2k etc., install XP in the first partition of the second HD.
They can share any partitions you want, including the OS-partitions.

Alternatively, have a good look at HyperOS, they may have (almost) exactly what you want.

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When I built this computer back in the dark ages of 2007, I set it up to dual-boot Vista and XP. Every time I powered on, I'd get a prompt to boot into Vista or "older version of Windows," meaning XP. I'd pick one and go on my merry way. In 2011, I formatted the Vista drive, installed Windows 7, and deleted the XP install since I had XP mode in 7 if I needed compatibility. No more dual-boot prompt. I had no issues until last night, when I went shopping for a new hard drive. My motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, was running an old BIOS that has problems with drives of 1 TB or more. So in order to be sure I could use the drive I'm buying, I updated the BIOS to the latest revisiion, using Gigabyte's @BIOS utility to do it in-OS rather than through the boot menu.
When I rebooted, the system POSTed fine. But instead of booting Windows, it gave me the old choice between Vista or the "older version of Windows" - despite neither of those operating systems being present. If I tell the boot manager to do anything, it spits out an error since it can't find any OS files it recognizes. The BIOS itself seems to be fine - I'm writing this on the affected computer, running Ubuntu with a Live CD. I can see all the hard drives, open files, etc. I just don't know how to get the boot manager pointed at Windows 7 again. Help?

A:Updated BIOS. Now the computer is trying to boot into old operating systems.

Since you built this computer I'm guessing that you have the installation disc for Windows 7?
I'm also going to guess that you have all of your important data backed up for the installation of Windows 7.
What I would suggest would be to wipe the hdd which has the operating system on it with an application like Darik's Boot and Nuke and then do a fresh installation.  By wiping the hdd you will have a clean slate to start from.

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I recently have had tons of trouble with my HP mini and memory.
I think it is because I am running windows vista or some file/program messing with it.
I was recommended to switch to ubuntu but I'm don't know anything about switching operating systems.
Can anyone tell me how to completely wipe my computer and uninstall vista so I can install Ubuntu?
Thank you.

A:Solved: How do I wipe my computer and switch operating systems?

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I am running windows 7 pro 64 bit on a WD 500 gig Sata Hard Drive, The other day I pulled the sata cable from the 500 gig sata and installed a samsung 250 gig SSD and loaded win 8 pro. The install went great. The problem is when I connect the sata cable back to the 500 gig HD to boot to win 7 I have to hook to a different slot on the motherboard to get it to boot. If I want to boot to the win 8 hard drive I have to do the same. If there a easier way to use two hard drives with two different OS in one computer so I can boot to either one. I dont want to dual boot on same drive. Thanks for your time

A:Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

Are you using Windows 8 Upgrade?

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My pc have 2 hard drives with operating system xp each one. I installed one as master and the other as slave. I want run the pc with the 2 hard drives and operating system on each one. When i run my pc it runs well but when i want to open the slave hard drive I cant open it because a message say the i have to format the drive. ***How I run my pc with the 2 hard drives with operating system xp on each one?****

A:Help How to Run 2 Hard Drives with operating system on each

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I have an old computer (AMD Duron 800 MHz) that my kids use for their computer games. ME is installed on it, and it has a 30 GB hard drive. I had an even older computer that I no longer needed that had a 10 GB hard drive on it with stuff we didn't want to lose, including more games that my kids like to play! Anyway, I installed the 10 GB hard drive in the AMD computer as a slave. Now, not surprisingly in retrospect I guess (but I'm new to these things), the programs on the slave do not appear to work. What do I need to do to make it possible to use the programs installed on the slave hard drive?

I don't know if this is at all related, but the HDs are installed as primary master and primary slave. I had tried to install the 10 GB as a secondary slave (with the CD drive as the secondary master), but when I did that the computer would not boot.

Thanks for your help!

A:Put 2 'used' hard drives in old computer - problems using programs on slave

Well those programs probably require registry keys. And they were installed on your old computer. The only way you will be able to get those to work is to reinstsall them on the new computer.

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I'm currently acquiring windows 7 (6956).
I have 3 hard drives (500Gb, 500Gb, 160Gb), i want to install windows 7 on one of my 500gb hard drives but i still want to have the choice of using xp on startup. Anyone know how to do this?
(i want xp to only use the other 2 drives.)

A:2 Operating Systems (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Welcome to TSF!!!


I am going to move your thread to the Windows XP forum. The folks over there will have a better idea how to set you system up and the like.

Hope everything goes well for you.

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Blu-Ray drives can benefit many by offering:

1.Ability for users to watch Blu-Ray movies from their own computer.

2.Burn HD video and sound data to disc.

3.Have a much larger capacity than CDs and DVDs combined.

4.Enabling computer programmers the ability to experiment with Blu-Ray file systems, sectors, and data structing, as well as write Volume Boot Record bootstrapping kernels and software, and/or boot from the device when none others are available or capable.

Why is Blu-Ray so big in movie distribution media, but so small in modern day computing use and practices?

Vote and push for manufacturers like Dell to install OEM-supported Blu-Ray drives, driver software, and this will both benefit them and us in the long run.

A:Why don't more computer systems ship with Blu-Ray drives?

Blu-Ray drives are noticably more expensive than regular optical drives - which is one reason why they don't come as standard equipment in most computers.


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Is this possible on a laptop? If yes how would one decide to boot from one or the other?

A:Installing two operating s on 2 seperate hard drives...

yes it is possible to do.

you will need a boot manager to switch between the different os's

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I have searched all over the internet, but I still haven't figure this out.
I'm having a laptop, with Windows 7 Pro 32bits installed, and I would like to install a second hard disk in the place of the DVD-RW (I will buy an extension slot, it exists). The second hard drive already have Windows7 Pro 64bits, with everything installed for the computer, but at the moment I am changing them each time I need to boot the other and is very annoying.

I would need to know, how could I set the hard disks that, when I will chose from BIOS to Boot from Hard Disk HDD0, to boot from it with no issues, and to have the other hard disk (HDD1 maybe), deactivated, and not available in Windows.
And when I need HDD1, to set from BIOS to boot from it, and also, to have in the second windows, the HDD0 unavailable.

Also, it is not possible to change anything on HDD0, neither its location. I can do whatever I want with the HDD1.

I need this complicated thing because I use one of the hard disks for work, one for home, and I would like to don't mix things up. And it is very difficult to get around with to laptops.
Both HDDs have 2 partitons.

Thank you in advance!

A:2 Hard Drives, 2 Operating system, Separate boot

No answer?
Is it impossible to make it work somehow?

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I am running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4). I currently have a 4-gig SCSI hard drive divided into three partitions. Partition 1 (2 gigs) is my C drive and contains all of my software. Partition 2 (2 gigs) is known as D and is used as “MY DOCUMENTS” drive. Partition 3 (47 MB) is named my E drive and is used as a “RECYCLE” bin. These drives are in FAT format.

I have purchased and installed a new 18-gig SCSI hard drive with a logical name of G. This drive is in NTSF format. I thought that what I wanted to do was to copy my C drive to G into a folder called Old C Drive and copy my “MY DOCUMENTS” from D to the root of G. I do not need drive E and it is empty.

At that time I could reformat my 4-gig drive (C, D, and E) into a single partition as my C drive. This would give me two physicals drives each with a single partition: C and G. I would then have to reinstall my software to drive C.

I have sought advice from some people that know more than me. Some agreed with my plan and others suggested creating more than one partition per hard disk. However, when I asked why, and what are the tradeoffs, no one could answer why they choose their method.

Now I am turning to the true experts with my issue. Can you suggest how and why I should handle this process one way or the other? Perhaps there are even better ways of setting up my computer to make it run better and faster.

Thanks for your help,


A:Partioning Hard Drives under Windows NT Operating System

Welcome to TSG.

There are many reasons to have multiple partitions, and others for not having them. It will end up being a persoal choice, as neither is better than the other.

Having one large partition means that you never have to woryy about one partition running out of space, and having to move files around to other partitions, or restructuring. however, it takes an age and a day to defrag, scandisk, and AV scan one large drive!

Having multiple partitions allows you to save certain files to specific drives. It is also much handier to run defrag, scandisk, and AV scans. The problem is allocating enough to each partition, to make it small enough for the system tools to run effectively, and yet large enouhgh that you shouldn't run out of space soon.

I have a measly 8 Gb hard drive in one partition. 10 Gb would be the largest partition I would have. If I had an 18 GB partiton, I would suggest breaking it down to at least 2 partitions. Adding your original 4 GB as your primary, to run OS related functions, then have each 9 gig partition store work and personal, or any other config.

Again, it is a personal choice. Some people have no problems with time, as they might leave their computer running overnight for the requisite 3-4 hours to defrag their 30 GB Hard drive. Others, who like more organisation, have more partitions.

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I would like to describe a problem, the solution I arrived at, and put a question to the Forum.
I recently re-arrange my 4 500GB SATA drives to provide better cooling. The system rebooted fine but every two or three days on booting Vista would kick me back to the BIOS starting screen, or, completely freeze, requiring a reboot. The system then wouldn't boot saying it couldn't find an operating system. Turning the computor off, and a restart would fix the problem until the next time. I resolved this by rearranging my hard drives so that Vistas C drive was the Motherboards logical boot drive. An obvious solution. My question is two fold. Why would BIOS find the Boot Drive sometimes and not others (The disks are not faulty), I perhaps don't fully understand how SATA operates, and, Is this the solution or a fix that masks another problem. I have had no further problems to date.

A:Sata Hard Drives and Vista Operating System

Hi Norm,

When you rearranged your drives, did you disconnect the cables from them whilst you were doing so? It is possible that you didn't connect the drives back to their original port on the motherboard when you wired them back up. Check this, and also check that all cables are securely fitted.

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

A:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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Hey was just wondering whether it was possible to put win98 and winxp on the same hard disk without needing to partition the drive?

A:Operating Systems

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I frequently get the message. xprt6.dll not found. This is used to open some programs. The note says to reload the application but I don't know where it came from. Tried using RegCure to scan my computer and fix problems but RegCure had to be registered to work. I again got the message xprt6.dll not found. So this precluded my fixing the problem with regcure. What program created this and how can I fix it?


A:Operating systems

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I'm trying to install Windows XP, I started out with my Dell loaded with Windows 98 then went to ME, from that to 2000. I think, not sure, but I think that windows 2000 did not load properly and I don't know where to find it to take it out of the darn system. Every other time I've gone through the process, no problem but now while tring to load XP says "cannot continue, detect more than one operating stystem", HELP please. I did try to reload windows 2000 to take it out that way, again, "detect two operating systems" I took out ME and tried that, still the same thing. Help Help Thanks

A:two operating systems?

Reformat? then install XP and 2000 to another directory? Upgrading OS's seems like a bad idea to me

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The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista are limited to 4GB not because of any physical or technical constraint on 32-bit operating systems. The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista all contain code for using physical memory above 4GB. Microsoft just doesn’t license you to use that code. Meaning that you can infact, use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit OS.
The 4GB limit is retrieved from the registry by calling a function named ZwQueryLicenseValue. I'm wondering why Microsoft has decided to put a 4GB restriction on 32 bit processors?

A:regarding RAM for 32 bit Operating Systems

Quote: Originally Posted by BlackFusion

The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista are limited to 4GB not because of any physical or technical constraint on 32-bit operating systems. The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista all contain code for using physical memory above 4GB. Microsoft just doesn?t license you to use that code. Meaning that you can infact, use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit OS.
The 4GB limit is retrieved from the registry by calling a function named ZwQueryLicenseValue. I'm wondering why Microsoft has decided to put a 4GB restriction on 32 bit processors?

Hi and welcome to SF. I think you might like to investigate this further. Failing that why dont you take a prtscreen of the value and upload it so we can all see it. I just did a search thru my win 7 registry and its not there. just google the 32 bit ram limit and i think you will find a different answer

Again welcome to SF


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I want to install Windows ME on a separate, Internal HDD. I want to be able to occasionally use it instead of Windows XP. Is this possible? What problems might I encounter? Thanks.


A:Two Operating Systems

You shouldn't have any problems installing windows me on a separate HDD as long as the hard drive with windows xp is not connected to the computer while your installing windows me on the second HDD. After Windows Me is installed you can reconnect the Windows XP HDD to your computer. At this point you may have to setup the Bios to ask you at startup what version of windows do you want to use but i don't know how to do this so i'll ask a friend to enter the thread & help you with that step.

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