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Booting Between 2 Seperate Hard Drives


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#1 soulshard

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:09 PM

hey guys. i have 2 hard drives in my computer rite now. both are formatted with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. and the way i have it setup now is as follows. my 640Gig hard drive is the master. and my 250Gig hard drive is slave. sometimes i like to boot on my 250Gig drive for miscellaneous reasons. but i was wondering if there was a way to boot onto it without having to open up my pc every time and switch it to the master and my 640 to the slave. like, cud i get an entry in grub for it? or is there a way to change the boot order to slave? or what?

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:44 PM

The answer to your question is yes.

This is how I switch between my 500 Gb Windows 7 hard drive and my 80 Gb UBUNTU Linux hard drive.

I restart my computer and hit my key to enter my BIOS setup utility, in my case its the DELETE key.

I use my arrow keys to scroll over to a BIOS menu called BOOT.

It is there that I switch my drive from my 500 Gb drive as the SECOND drive to my 80 gb being my SECOND drive.

just for clarification, my dvd drive is always my first boot device, because I use it a lot with boot up disks. (if theres no boot disk it does not offer to boot to one at boot up)

Now when I save the changes and exit, my computer boots from UBUNTU on the 80 Gb drive.

I do not have to enter my computer to change a thing.

To boot back to windows 7 again, I do the reverse, I switch back to the 500 Gb drive and save the changes.

Hope this save you a lot of ware and tear on your data cables, because the way you were doing it will eventually ware things out.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:11 AM

You can also change the default operating system in the Control Panel under System

Control panel> System> Advanced> Startup and Recovery> Settings.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 02:53 AM

thanks so much for the feedback guys!

Edited by soulshard, 10 August 2010 - 02:53 AM.





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