Dual-boot Windows XP with Windows 7

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    Motherboard connections
    IDE0: Master: HDD-0; Slave: HDD-1
    IDE1: Master: DVD; Slave: None

    IN BIOS
    First Boot Device: HDD-0
    Second Boot Device: HDD-1
    Third Boot Device: Disabled

    I installed Windows 7 on HDD-0. HDD-1 had data on it.

    I disconnected HDD-0 and installed Windows XP on HDD-1.

    In Windows 7
    C:\ - Windows 7
    D:\ - Windows XP

    I reconnected HDD-0. I booted Windows 7. I used EasyBCD to add Windows 7 on D:\ as a second boot device. When I booted and selected Windows 7 it booted fine. If I booted and selected Windows XP it did not boot.

    How do I fix this so windows XP boots?

    Note: if I select HDD-1 in the BIOS as the first boot device then Windows XP boots.
     
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    not sure how to read the boot listing above, but xp has to be installed first before win7
     
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    I already know that if Windows 7 is installed after Windows XP then the setup will automatically create a dual boot. I have done that numerous times over the years.

    In my case I installed each one individually with the other HDD unhooked. Now I have both HDD hooked up at the same time.

    I know what I want to do is possible because I have done it before. It's that it has been a long time since I have done it and forgot how I did it. BTW, one time I had a tri-boot with two versions of Windows and Linux.
     
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    Options are: edit the windows boot manager or use a stand alone boot manager to replace the windows boot manager.

    I guess the latter is what you were attempting to do using EasyBCD, but because you had disconnected the alternate drive when installing each OS, BCD would not be able to be aware of the other OS, leaving you with two OSs that each still have their own native boot manager.

    As you have observed, BIOS will only boot from 2nd device if it finds no 'bootable' on 1st device,

    The easiest thing to do, and far superior to multi booting is to use plug-in HDD adaptors, so you just plug in the disk/OS you wish to use.

    Alternatively, if you are familiar with Linux, you can use GRUB

    I am told that it is easy to edit the Windows Boot Manager, but I have never done so, so unable to tell you how.
     
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    I decided to give up on my current setup and start over. There should have been a way to do what I wanted but I already wasted too much time on it.

    Before:
    HDD-0: 80GB HDD with Windows 7
    HDD-1: 40GB HDD with Windows XP
    Now:
    HDD-0: 40GB HDD with Windows XP
    HDD-1: 80GB HDD with Windows 7

    This time both drives would stay hooked up.

    Process:
    1. Reinstall Windows XP Pro on HDD-0
    2. Reinstall Windows 7 Home on HDD-1
    3. Use AOMEI Backupper to back up both drives

    Now the dual-boot is working like I wanted.

    Here is how Disk Manager Looks:
    Disk 0: Internal 40GB HDD for Windows XP Pro
    Disk 1: Internal 80GB HDD for Windows 7 Home
    Disk 2: External 200GB HDD for Backup

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    Now to fix the boot menu

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