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My computer has windows vista on a 500gb harddrive.
I bouch a second 500 GB HD disconnected the vista one and installed XP on the second drive both are SAta drives.

The Bios sees both drivesthe vista drive first as SATA 4 and the XP drive as XP. My MOBO is a nvidia 780I.

What I want to be able to do is , when I boot to be prompted as to wchich drive to boot from. but it does not ask me this it instead just boots vista.

when in vista I can see that the XP drive is there and under manage it is listed as active.

So what else do I need to do get a prompt on boot so I can also boot into my XP drive without having to eitehr physically disconnect the XP one or have to change the boot sequence inthe bios ???
    
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Unfortunately, you're missing one very crucial step. In order for you to get a prompt, you had to have Windows XP installed and installed a fresh version of Vista on the other hard disk with the first plugged in. This would have created the multiboot bootloader that you're looking for. The only way I can think that you can fix this now is to add in another entry in your boot.ini file for the second Windows installation. Hope that helps, and if you can't figure out how to do it, reply back.
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I assume you meant boot.ini in XP which is the second boot drive, as Vista seems to have no boot.ini file to modify, in easybcd I have xp now added in the boot list but Still only vista will boot when i try to get XP to boot I get an error /NTLDR that says file is missing or corrupt but it is there and i tried replacing it with one on the easycbd site but still no luck, the only way the XP drive will boot atthis point is when i physically disconnect the vista drive. so I dont know what to do atthis ppoint
    
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I know a way if you want to use it to make your drive boot XP. All you have to do is start up your computer, go into the BIOS, switch which hard disk is the startup one to the XP hard disk, and it should boot it for you. Of course, you're going to have to use this method from now on, and it's the way I use it, but I think that's your last resort without having to reinstall windows. make sure your boot.ini file in XP is back to normal and then try this last suggestion.
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1. put in your vista disk and repair startup
2. boot back into vista and download vistaboot pro - it's free
3. install vistaboot pro
4. configure your boot and entries
5. reboot and you should now be dual booted


Yes it's always best to install xp first!


However if you disconnected the HDD with vista on it prior to the XP instal and now you have both plugged up, you'll need to select your boot drive in the bios to determine which OS you boot to.
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Actually... leave it as is. Just hit ESC on boot and select which HD to boot off of. It is MUCH easier in the long run if you ever decide to go with one OS. Also, it reduces boot time.

Otherwise, get a MBR editor and add both OS. Again, this will cause more headaches than it is worth.
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I know a way if you want to use it to make your drive boot XP. All you have to do is start up your computer, go into the BIOS, switch which hard disk is the startup one to the XP hard disk, and it should boot it for you. Of course, you're going to have to use this method from now on, and it's the way I use it, but I think that's your last resort without having to reinstall windows. make sure your boot.ini file in XP is back to normal and then try this last suggestion.
I switched in the BIOS so thatthe XP drive is seen before the vista one but when i do this the bootmanager no longer comes up asking me which it just boots right into XP.

with the vista drive seen firstthe boott manager asks me which i like to bboot from but again only the vista selection works when itry to do XP it just rebbots back to prompt screen.
    
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Hello everyone I finally got everything to work the way I been trying to get it to. taking a few tips given here and piece them together I found a combination that works atleast for me at the moment maybe it will help others who also want to install a seperate HD in there computer while keeping Vista as the primary one and the second HD with XP. I did this because Vista has too many issues still and I wanted to use XP on my new machine which i'm hoping will run my 32 bit games better then my slower 64 bit drive.

How it is setup now Vista is drive 0 Xp is drive 1. used easyBCD to add XP to the list. using one suggestion here I copied the BOOT.INI file on the root the XP drive to the root of the Vista drive also then modified it so that the boot.ini file on both has the rdisk as (1)

this is what the Boot.ini file looks like which is on the root of both my XP and vista drive now they both boot by just selecting which one on I want when the bootmanager screen comes up. Thanks for everyone who helped!

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\\WINDO WS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Home Edition" /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN
    
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