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I need a switch . . .

by Coryphaeus / March 3, 2009 3:49 PM PST

I know, that's the electricians job.

I want to mount an external, swappable IDE hard drive, cannot be USB. I want a switch that will connect the IDE port on the motherboard to the internal drive and an external drive. I want to be able to switch drives, powered off of course during the switch, to run different OSs. No, I don't want a dual boot system, nor do I want a virtual PC either. I want two separate drives.

Right now I have XP Pro on a hard drive and Win7 on another. I have to open the case and physically swap the drives. I want to do it with a switch. Software switch would be nice, but hardware will work.

Any such animal?

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At school ...
by Kees Bakker / March 3, 2009 4:20 PM PST
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we have some PC's with a removable hard drive. You just slide it in and out from the front. A group of students have their own hard disk and get the PC for an evening. Next evening it's for another group of students. Never seen it anywhere else.

That would be something that suits you?

Kees

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By not wanting dual boot
by Steven Haninger / March 3, 2009 7:55 PM PST
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do you mean just not wanting both OSs on the same drive? You can accomplish this easily enough by loading each OS on a separate drive and then selecting which to boot from by entering the BIOS every time you want to change drives. I don't see the advantage of using a switch. You might confuse your BIOS anyway because it will alternately see and not see that drive. I'd think it would be better to see it each time. But, if you've a spare IDE port and want to run a separate ribbon cable out the back of the rig, you can just leave the IDE port attached and get a DPDT switch to sent power to the desired drive but leave the grounds attached. Radio Shack should have these as well as a cheap plastic box to mount it in. You do the splicing. It's easy and ugly. Happy

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I want one of these; Alienware.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 3, 2009 8:40 PM PST
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That seems like an expensive way to go.
by ahtoi / March 4, 2009 2:25 AM PST
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Personally I like the swapping tray method better. However, you know what you need better than anyone. Good luck.

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If you are sure then save about a hundred ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 4, 2009 3:22 AM PST
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