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switching between drives

by dhurley755 / November 28, 2009 1:48 AM PST

Hi everyone. I hope each of you had a very happy Thanksgiving. I have a question to ask. I feel very embarrass for contacting you guys with so many questions that seem so simple. The user manual does not help in most cases. I have 2 hard drives on my G4 Power Mac. One is used for my graphic design, web design, and desktop publishing software. The other one is used for general computing browsing, e-mail, internet surfing, and using Virtual PC for windows files. If I am using the one for graphics and want to switch to the other to use Virtual PC, I have to open System Preferences and click on the name of the other drive and then restart in order to use that drive with its software. Are there any shortcuts I can use instead of going through so much trouble?

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Strange arrangement,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 28, 2009 3:17 AM PST

Are you saying that there is an OS X system on both of those drives?

If that is the case, then there is no way around the "problem"

Why do you have things separated like that? All that software will live, reasonably happily, on the same drive and you can use one drive for the design storage and the other as the boot disk and applications folder.

What you have is not a usual arrangement for a machine with two drives in it which may explain why there is no mention of that particular configuration in most books.


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Forgot to mention,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 24, 2011 1:08 PM PST
In reply to: Strange arrangement,

Holding down the Option key at startup will present you with a list of drives from which to start.
Just pick the one you want and hit return

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I am guilty too!
by OldGrayMary80 / November 24, 2011 4:12 AM PST

I did the same stupid thing (pretty much). How do I undo It? Two hard drives both with Windows 7 and no way of communicating. Any ideas?

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Not sure I understand that one
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 24, 2011 1:11 PM PST
In reply to: I am guilty too!

No way of communicating what?

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