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Multiple Hard - Drive Question

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#1 merthyrblue


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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:58 AM

I am at present running Ubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon as the default Operating System and have no intension of changing it. The trouble is the hard - drive is getting low on space. So i shall be getting a new larger internal SATA hard - drive on which i want to install Windows Vista. So could i ask how i keep the original hard drive which runs Ubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon as the default hard - drive? Thanks all

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:01 PM

I would simply make sure that the original hard drive is set up as the "master" and the new drive is set up as the "slave" drive. This is normally done with jumper settings on the drive. I have two computers set up with multiple drives in this manner. You may have to temporarily disable the original drive in order to install Vista on the new drive once you have it installed in your computer. How do you plan to switch between the two?

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:20 PM

I thought that once Vista was installed on the new hard drive the separate drives would show during boot up and i could choose from there?

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:28 AM


study up a little on bootloaders

there are several options

serial/sata drives have no master/slave jumpers or cable placement to figure out

you could even use bios to set the new sata drive to boot temporarily while you install vista then just change it back to boot to linux, and if you have the option just use a keystroke command to boot to the vista hard drive

personally I would use xp as the alternative to linux, linux won't do a lot of stuff, vista has the same problem, xp is probably the best all round OS.

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