New thread because the other is getting old and worn. lol
But I want to redirect to a new nuance.
I decided to do the two isolated disk method: XP Pro on one disk (the
other disk not connected), then Win7 Pro on the second HD Drive (XP
disk not connected).
I then connected both HD and booted. It went straight to the Win7 Pro
Although probably not important, the Win7 is sata3, XP Pro sata1 and
the DVD sata2.
So there was no startup whatever asking which HD to boot from.
So I went into the BIOS and in the section "BOOT" I saw that only the
Win7 HD and the DVD were available to select from, the XP Pro HD was
not in the list. So I went to the drive section of the BIOS and found
that the Win7 Pro, XP Pro HD were both there (and the DVD).
So I nosed around the BIOS and found another selector that allowed me
to choose out of the HD drives (sorry not at that PC right now so I
cannot offer the BIOS parameter I set) and then went back to the BOOT
section and I was able to choose the XP HD or DVD but not the Win7 HD
(Win7 HD was now not in the list).
I do have the latest BIOS, just flashed it before all of this above.
(1) So, perhaps I am looking for some other terminology in the BIOS
(2) is there some other way to get a DUAL boot with this hardware / OS
configuration that is easier than multiple steps in the BIOS?
This is a MSI motherboard A75MA-G55 (MS-7696). And once in a while when
booting I see Winki (sorry I amy not be remembering that name
correctly). Not sure what this is all about. May be part of the UEFI
(but not sure what that is all about). More discussion on these two
P.S. when I started each OS, Windows (the one starting) discovered the
other HD and "installed" it. So I can see the other OS HD from the
booted OS HD. Nice feature for sure.
P.P.S. When I installed XP Pro it asked if I wanted to partition so I
did. I split the 500G into two.
BUT when I installed Win7 it just ate the whole HD and gave me no hint
of allowing a partition arrangement so I just went along for the ride
and now have only one partition on that OS HD.
(3) does Win7 Pro have an facility within itself to create a partition
on its own HD?
(4) if not, then what is the best (free would be nice) partition app
(one that I can easily figure out).