Vista and XP on 2 hard drives on same computer

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by fratchj, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. fratchj


    Aug 29, 2009
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    Is there any way to have 2 hard drives hooked up to one computer with Vista on one and XP on the other. I have Vista on one hard drive and Xp on the other but I unplug one to go the the other. I have sata drives and I keep the side cover open to un hook one and hook up the other. It gets old.

    fratchj, Aug 29, 2009
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  2. fratchj

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  3. fratchj

    Guest Guest

    depending on the make of your computer you should be able to bring up a boot
    menu at startup....usually F10 or F12. With both HD's installed and
    connected just boot to the drive containing the O/S you want. I do this with
    XP, Vista and Win7 installed on one box. Plus all my common files and data
    are on a 4th HD that each of the 3 O/S can see. In each O/S however you
    should go into device manage and disable the other O/S or else you will lose
    system restore points.
    Guest, Aug 29, 2009
  4. fratchj

    Guest Guest

    Forget the reply from "chas2209".

    You can leave both of them connected all the time, just enter your
    BIOS and set the one you want to boot from as first in line. When you
    want to change, restart, enter the BIOS and put the other first in
    line. I've been doing it like that for a couple years now.

    I can even get fancier: I have each of the two drives in drive
    caddies (I have a large tower with 5 external bays) and can turn power
    off of whichever one I don't want to use - but I still use the BIOS
    Guest, Aug 29, 2009
  5. fratchj

    Guest Guest

    The Vista boot disc should be able to install the Vista boot loader so that
    you have the option of choosing which OS to boot to at start-up.
    However Microsoft decided to punish dual booters so Vista is set to wipe out
    its own system restore files when you boot to XP. This was a deliberate
    up-yours to the consumer which Microsoft could have changed at any time but
    has chosen not to. That tells you just about all you need to know about the
    Microsoft corporate mind-set.
    On the other hand, System Restore is a great theory but never seems to be
    available when you need it.
    Guest, Aug 29, 2009
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    Guest, Aug 30, 2009
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