I have a home built computer here are the specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel i7 2600k unlocked processor
Asus P8 Z68-V Pro Motherboard
Antec EA-650 Green 650Watt PSU
Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse
Diablotek EVO ATX Midtower Case
LG 22x DVD writer (Sata)
Liteon DVD writer (Sata)
Corsair 8GB Ram
WD 1TB (Sata) Hard drive
Anyway here is what I wanna do but have not gotten around to figuring it out.
I am currently running windows 7 on this set up. I have an extra 500GB western digital hard drive (sata) laying around that I decided to throw in this setup,
then i thought why not run another operating system on that 500gb hard drive. I was thinking either linux or I have windows xp. My question is how do I go about setting up this computer to turn on and give me the option for which operating system/hard drive I want to boot into. Is it like a boot loader or something? I was also thinking if I use some kind of boot loader it would be nice if it had a feature where if I dont select anything within X amount of seconds it defaults to my windows 7.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
[Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum.jgw]
Edited by jgweed, 13 August 2012 - 06:25 AM.