Hello to all. Just registered and this is my first log-in and first posting.
My question: When I have two SATA HDD, two 64-bit OS's, and one computer, how do I install one OS (which will default to installing to the "C" drive), and then install the other OS (which will also default to installing to the "C" drive)?
Some background/details: Due to a death in the family, I now own an HP dc5700 microtower PC with XP Pro SP-3 (64 bit) installed on a 320GB SATA HDD. At about the same time I had been planning on building my own PC, so I also own a 1 TB SATA HDD and Windows 7 Ultimate (came with both 32 and 64 bit disks; I would like to use the 64 bit version). The computer owner's manual indicates that the MOBO will support these two SATA HDD, so I have installed both. Both are recognized and both work. So far, as good. There is nothing on either HDD which I cannot live without or re-load. I have all original, licensed software DVDs or CDs.
At the present time, I can dual boot by going into the BIOS every time I boot and making a small change, saving my change, and waiting for the computer to finish booting up.
There MUST be a simplier way to dual boot my computer!
I would like to have XPP (XP Pro) on the 320GB HDD and Win7 on the 1TB HDD, without partitioning either HDD.
Here is what I was thinking of doing. I have not yet done any of these steps. Any input - Grav!ty, are you listening??? - would be HUGELY appreciated! Thank you!
1. Unplugging the Win 7 1TB HDD.
2. Wiping the 320GB HDD.
3. Re-installing XPP on the 320GB HDD.
Here is where I'm not sure how to proceed. The default drive for XPP installation from the DVD is the "C:" drive.
4. Unplugging the 320GB HDD.
5. Wiping the Win 7 1TB HDD.
6. Re-plugging in the 320GB HDD.
7. Re-installing Win 7 on the 1TB HDD.
Seems too complicated, and I'm the guy dreaming it up! Can anyone help? Thank you!