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Installing XP again...

by Saltrams / July 6, 2005 12:46 AM PDT

Could someone point me towards the walkthrough instructions for having XP installed twice, once on each of two hard drives so I can choose which one to boot at startup? I know I should be able to find it by searching but....I can't!

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Is the second...
by jackintucson / July 6, 2005 2:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Installing XP again...

drive empty?.. if it is, make it the C: drive. don't even hook up the original drive. Treat the second install as a new install. Once this is acieved, re-install the original as the C: drive, re-install the second drive as the d:. Go into setup and change boot device priorities. However, setup may not allow boot from two harddrives. I am assuming you want the second OS in case the first fails for some reason. If your BIOS won't set to second harddrive as bootable, you'll have to change cabling again to put second OS as primary <master>.

Is this what you are talking about??

and life goes on...


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Yes, the second drive will be empty.
by Saltrams / July 6, 2005 9:20 PM PDT
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I'm not actually doing it as a backup like you describe though. What I want is to get the same option on booting up as I used to get when I had Win98 on one drive and XP on another, a message would ask which OS I wanted & had a countdown default to XP. Can I get the same option to choose between "XP on C: or XP on E:"? Both HDDs are formatted to use NTFS & I would do as you say & disconnect C: totally & do a clean installation on E: (D: is a partition on the same physical drive as C: by the way). I assume I make the E: partition active & install XP as usual? I want to end up with the choice of my current setup or a new, faster, uncluttered registry and few programmes & no Internet connectivity. I will play games using the E: setup.

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Do this...
by jackintucson / July 7, 2005 3:32 AM PDT

Click on <start> -> <help and support>. When the page loads, type <dual operating system> in the search bar. This should tell you what you want to know. Let me know, OK?

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Like mine
by phantazy / July 7, 2005 4:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Do this...

I have XP Pro on two disks. I seem to remember that when you install from OEM cd it asks which drive you wish to install upon. When you've done the installation, which is now x 2, go into BIOS and set the preferred disk as master. Make sure it's jumpered as master too. When it boots, edit the 'Boot.ini' file to be like this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=''Microsoft Windows XP Professional'' /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS=''Microsoft Windows XP Professional'' /fastdetect
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT=''Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'' /cmdcons

save it and you will have a choice of three. Recovery console is optional.

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