I'm sorry not to be clear. I have 2 hard drives on the same computer; both running windows xp pro. When I boot the machine I get my oringinal (1st) hard drive booting as c: drive. It shows my second hard drive as f: drive. I have to dissconnect my 1st drive to boot up my 2nd drive. They are both Sata drives with 250 gigs.
well why do you need 2 drives with xp, is this like a sever or something, you can make the second drive the slave drive and that should only boot the first one, but you really dont need xp pro on both hd.
It's like this: I was having crashes on my original hdd. My games were crashing often as well as occasionally during normal use. Microsoft Error Reporting said it was due to my Lucent Modem Drivers, which were for windows 98. I upgraded to XP and started having trouble. I downloaded the newer drivers and software but the Installasheild wizard got hung up. Useing task manager to end the process I got a message telling me that the remote procedure call failed. The tech guys at the modem site told me I had to do a clean install of XP since it was a windows problem. No: I just went through a hdd wipe and install a month previous and was not about to repeat that so soon. I simply got another hard drive and installed Xp on that one as well and installed new modem drivers without a hitch. I will run my games and a few other things from that drive and do most of my other stuff on the original hdd since it doesn't crash all that much without playing games. Some day when I am in the mood and want to do the hdd wipe thing and reinstall everything again I may do so on the original hdd. So I thought dual booting may not be a bad idea. Do I need to rethink that thought?
Well there you have it, my latest book.
Thanks again for you ear (or eyes as the case may be),
Do I need to rethink that thought?-----yes, this is not a technical question.
I have to dissconnect my 1st drive to boot up my 2nd drive.------i guess you didn't install your second os on the same boot system. you can check boot.inf file on first drive.
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
I think you can do it like that not 100% so i would double check with someone else. Because i had to change this from one that was booting 2000 and xp so it could be different for booting 2 versions of xp, also not sure about if you just say xp pro or spell out professional.
I'm ignorant in this matter. If i'm understanding what I see, you are correct. Here is what I've got in Boot.ini:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL" /fast detect /no execute=optin
So how do I correct the problem?
Thanks for replying,
1, first of all, i was not rude with you. have you ask friend is simply because, this is not very hard to fix, it is much more depends on your thought and requirement. when you talk with friend face to face, he can explain to you clearly.
2, your boot.ini shows it is not a dual boot sys. you might load your second os on another computer.
Thanks for the info. Never crossed my mind that you were being rude. Mikeanddike is correct, my understanding is just limited, hence my postings. Looks like it may be better if I put my other computer back together and install my second harddrive on it instead of trying to do the dual boot thing. Or take kccomputerdr's advice and put another partition on the one hdd. Mikeanddike22, thanks for your input; I'll ask around and see if I can get conformation on your recomendation. Thanks to you all for your replys.
i think dual boot only happens in 1 disk with multiple partition.. i don't think it could be applied to two separate disk coz if you try to change your boot configuration in your bios you are being ask what drive would you want to be the primary drive specially if you're using a xata. so why not decide what drive is more important to you and have the other drive your back up? i think thats the best solution i could think. hope it helps.