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dual boot with multiple hard drives

by jethrow815 / August 24, 2009 1:53 PM PDT

hello, I'm having a real tough time dual booting vista and xp together on separate drives. Ive done it several times on the same drive but need more space. so had to add.

In particular I'm looking for the boot selection screen at start-up would be grand.

I understand why it's not working, drive -0- which is set to boot has no clue drive -1-has a OS on it. anyone know how to solve this?

I have 3 HDD's now.

Vista X64 on drive -0-

drive -1- is empty (will be putting XP on this drive)

drive -2- has over a Tb of games and movies

thank you for any input!


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Two methods
by Jimmy Greystone / August 24, 2009 10:49 PM PDT

Two methods

1: Wipe both drives clean. Install XP first on whichever drive you choose, and then go back and install Vista, which should pick up on the XP install and automatically configure a bootloader menu.

2: Find a Vista bootloader editing program and use it to configure a boot menu to boot XP.

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by jethrow815 / August 24, 2009 11:07 PM PDT
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Seems correct
by Willy / August 25, 2009 2:02 AM PDT
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Rule of thumb, install older OS, then the newer OS for dual boot systems. As your provided link noted if XP is loaded after Vista it will mucky up the bootloader, this is a known problem. As always, backup any important data before proceeding, no matter what appears easy to do, you usually have a good install, just "once" if any headaches arise. Shocked

tada -----Willy Happy

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