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I want to install a hard drive from one of my computers to another one and have two hard drives in one PC. I want to keep all the data thats on the one I'll be installing as well as the data that's on the one I already have installed. The rig in my specs below is the one I'll be installing the other HD into. Both HD's are alike but the one I'm wanting to add has XP Home OS and the one below has XP Pro. Will this be a problem? Can I keep both OS on one computer? How should I set them up? Will I have to change anything? Will I have to change the jumpers? I've never installed 2 HD's in a PC before.
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You'll be able to keep the data and the OSes I think, but you will have to go through a boot screen every time you launch the PC.

Basically it'll come up with your two OSes and ask you which one to load. Other than that, it SHOULD be fine. You might have to change boot sequence in BIOS though.
    
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yea, i think you can......

called dual boot i think..


im not sure tho.
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Make sure the jumper of the second hard drive is on slave, install it like you should, then go into bios and make sure your old hard drive is first to boot. You may have to select which OS to boot from though if a menu pops up. then after that your good to go.

I would suggest copying or backing everything up from the hard drive your adding and formating it so you don't run into any future problems. Hope that helps
    
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So I should be able to just enter into the BIOS the HD I want to boot from?
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So I should be able to just enter into the BIOS the HD I want to boot from?
technically no, you can select which hdd your want it to read first in the drive order. Sorta like when your installing windows on your computer, you have to go into the bios and make sure your cd drive is the first to boot. But that doesn't always mean its gonna do that. What you could try doing is not putting that second drive in the boot sequence at all and seeing if that works.
    
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post #7 of 10
I would set the one with the OS you want to use as the master and the other one as a slave by adjusting the jumpers on the back of the drive and make sure that the one with the OS you will be using is set as the boot drive in the BIOS. The one marked as slave should be looked at by the comp as a storage drive. I don't think it will show up as a dual boot because each OS is on a different drive rather than different partitions on the one boot drive.
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Most mobos have a key you can hit during bootup to load a bootmenu that allows you to chose which device you wish to boot off (CD/FLOPPY/USB/HDD/LAN) etc.

Albatron boards its usually Esc, Asus usually F8.

Failing that you could do a repair install on the windows on the 2nd drive, and that should add a boot menu for dual booting.
    
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post #10 of 10
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All is well now. I had to take the drive back out and reinstall to original comp. I then entered into administrator files and unchecked make files private. ( this drive would not boot to windows that was on this drive) I then moved files I wanted from this drive to the main drive and deleted everything else. Then I reformatted this drive and now I'll use it for storage.
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