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Well guys, I ordered the evaluation copy and vista and will probably just evaluate with it or not use the key till i get my new build together. So I have an old 40Gb HDD that is empty so could I install Vista on this then keep my XP on my main drive. Would I have to to set the boot order to HDD 1 and HDD 2 or what?
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Well guys, I ordered the evaluation copy and vista and will probably just evaluate with it or not use the key till i get my new build together. So I have an old 40Gb HDD that is empty so could I install Vista on this then keep my XP on my main drive. Would I have to to set the boot order to HDD 1 and HDD 2 or what?
If you wanna do it the easy way, leave the XP drive as the boot drive and then tell vista to install on the second. The MS boot loader will come up and ask you which one you want to boot every time.

The problem with doing that is if you want to get rid of vista you'll have to go through a whole process to fix XP, and if you want to get rid of XP you'll have to go through a process to get vista to work without the first drive.

So the best way for you to do this is to unplug your XP drive, install vista on the other one, plug everything back in and then install a 3rd party boot loader (like Acronis).
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ok i see, I will probably have a new system by the time I get it installed so it should be good
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Yeah, just tell vista to install on the second drive. I have no problem doing it that way, as it isnt that hard to erase the vista choice from the MBR if you decide you don't want it on there anymore.
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So the best way for you to do this is to unplug your XP drive, install vista on the other one, plug everything back in and then install a 3rd party boot loader (like Acronis).
Good info on Acronis--I wish I had known about it when I installed Vista (debating whether I'll just go back to purely XP, and having the OS prompt when starting up windows can get annoying--but completely tolerable). +rep!
    
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Yeah, just tell vista to install on the second drive. I have no problem doing it that way, as it isnt that hard to erase the vista choice from the MBR if you decide you don't want it on there anymore.
Well, the MBR on the XP drive will have turned into a Vista MBR that directs the CPU to boot from a different hard drive. So you'd have to replace it with the original XP one to get rid of Vista.

The Microsoft boot loader is all kinds of screwed up.

The boot process is:
BIOS
MBR (Sector 0 on the first HD) <- this is where 3rd party boot loaders interrupt the process to give you a choice
Partition Boot Record (1st sector of a partition)
OS load <- this is where the MS boot loader interrupts the process to give you a choice.

So you have to rewrite the whole MBR to redirect the boot process to the partition XP is on if you get rid of Vista. With Acronis absolutely nothing has to change, all you have to do is erase it.
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You don't even have to deal with bootloaders or changing the MBR. Pull the XP drive and install Vista on the second drive, without the first connected. That way each OS will think it is the only OS in the system. When you want to boot from Vista, just choose that drive as the drive to boot from in BIOS.
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I have Vista one of my 500gb drives and XP on my other one. I just go into the bios and tell it which one I want to boot from. No bootloader here, it was more trouble than it was worth.
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