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post #11 of 16
As TwoCables stated:
Unplug the other HDDs just during each OS install.
Use your motherboards boot manager/menu to select the HDD to boot from.


Mixing boot loaders is a headache.
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post #12 of 16
Twocables is exactly right on all his advice in this thread.

Always remove other drives when installing Win 7 (same with Vista) then add them back. F12 and choose boot drive.

I don't worry a single bit about plugging/unplugging drives. People used to say the same thing about seating PCI/PCIE devices, I've never once heard of failure from too many seats/reseats of components or cables.
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post #13 of 16
I used to have a setup like that. Install ubuntu on the second hdd. Add an entry for windows to the grub menu that points to the first windows hdd. You can change the default, order and timeout in your grub menu file. Put the ubuntu disk as the first boot in bios.
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post #14 of 16
I'm siding with twocables. Install 7 on a drive. Remove the power cable from that drive, then install ubuntu and grub on the other drive.

Re-connect the power for the 7 drive and just access the F12 menu when you boot. Mixing bootloaders usually ends badly and is very complicated.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by venom55520 View Post
seems overly complicated, plus my keyboard doesn't work in the bios, so i have to keep getting the PS/2 keyboard from the closet every time i want to switch. and i did enable usb in the bios :/
Thank you for the support everyone, except now I'd like to know how to get around this issue.
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post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Thank you for the support everyone, except now I'd like to know how to get around this issue.
Update the BIOS....


There is absolutely no reason why a USB keyboard wouldn't work in the BIOS..... not a recent chipset like the 7-series.
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