Installing Win xp on a separate Hard drive.

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    Luckyjfl

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    Hi Guys, is it possible to install Windows XP on a separate Sata or Ide hard drive and to have duel boot. At the moment I am using a Win 7 64 bit system. Nvidia GForce GT 1030 Graphics card . An i3 Processor. Also is it possible to actually add the win Xp Sata drivers to the installation cd, providing I can copy the whole lot to a cd or dvd. Thank you.
     
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    Elizabeth23

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    https://www.nliteos.com/download.html
    download for xp


    http://www.nliteos.com/guide/index.html

    main, requirements, and 3 parts guide for using nlite


    http://www.msfn.org/board/forum/89-nlite/

    forums, read all the pinned threads, to see if they apply to you


    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/158294-nlite-officialunofficial-faq/

    definitely read these faq’s


    http://forum.notebookreview.com/mic...-version-windows-xp-nlite-detailed-guide.html


    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/663...e-programs/?hl=+reinstall++removed++languages

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    yes it can be installed on a separate drive as long as the drive is c:, you can dual boot but xp has to be installed before windows 7, (always install the oldest OS first)

    with nlite you can slipstream your sata controllers onto your install cd.
     
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    Get one of these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-Univ...&sr=1-3&keywords=Kingwin+trayless+mobile+rack

    Connect your C:\ sata cable/power to it. You can now plug your bare C:\hdd in & its back to normal. Instead, plug in a 'new' 2.5" or 3.5" hdd, , & install whatever os you want, from cd dvd usb. I have several of these on diff comps, they all work fine.

    A few years back, I bought a 'lot' of 10 WD 2.5" 120g hdds (ebay, $6 each) I have XP 32 pro, xp 64, ubuntu, Mint, & a few other os's on diff hdds. If I like 'whichever' os, I clone it to a larger hdd, use partition wizard to expand the partition on the new drive.
    I have 3 identical mobo computers which a clone from the 120g hdd will work in any of them. Setup/install all your favorite tweaks etc, one time (for me was XP 64) & I use a kingwin power dock for simple cloning without even needing a computer
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=USB+3.0+to+Dual+Bay+SATA/SSD+Hard+Drive+Dock+w/+Offline+Clone+Function.+Compatible+w/+2.5”/3.5”+SATA+HDD/SSD+(SATA+I/II/III)&t=ffsb&ia=products&iai=B01LZUM60Ahttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31lOVF%2BYUHL.jpghttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31lOVF%2BYUHL._SL160_.jpg
    Now, apparrantly kingwin is 'power dock PLUS', there are cheaper deals, They are pretty much bullet-proof.
    I also have 'hot swappable' drive bays with hdd in a tray if its one I remove/swap a lot, keep those fingers off that circuitboard!

    I have waaay too much free time on my hands!!
     
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    Thank you for your replies. I will now take a good look at my options. Cheers again.
     
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    For multi booting different versions of Windows I would suggest Boot-US boot manager. It can "true hide" primary partitions so that one instance of Windows won't be able to see any other instance and mess around with it, as explained here:

    https://www.boot-us.de/eng/tips_w05.htm

    http://reboot.pro/topic/19532-how-to-true-hide-a-partition/

    Also, the tip below might be useful if you decide to clone a disk or a partition with some disk imaging application (Acronis, Clonezilla, etc):

    https://www.boot-us.de/eng/tips_w06.htm

    Just to give you an example of what is possible, here is my layout:

    Disk #1
    Primary Partition 1: Windows XP
    Primary Partition 2: Windows 7
    Primary Partition 3: POSReady 2009

    Disk #2
    Primary Partition 1: BartPE
    Primary Partition 2: empty
    Primary Partition 3: empty

    And here is an example of boot screen with Boot-US code installed in MBR:

    https://postimg.cc/ygFJTWmk
     
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    Thank you Lex24. I must admit, to be honest. It all looks a bit daunting. I shall have to really stand back to consider what to do. I understand I need to have the win xp on first, so it would seem I will lose all my games on the windows 7 setup. Never mind, cheers once again for taking the time to give me some brill advice.



     
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    Os's on their own hdds completely negates any/all issues with dual, 3x, etc. schemes having multiple os's on one disk. One can even have all hdds installed internally (if you have enough sata ports on mobo:

    https://www.amazon.com/PW4101-Alumi...=1508440555&sr=8-5&keywords=sata+power+switch

    Just turn off comp before 'pushing' the buttons, , , ,
     
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    OBEY's hardware solutions are foolproof. However, it is not that difficult to get multiboot setup working by editing a few boot configuration files. You just need to remember about the following issues:

    1) Disk mapping: XP must be tricked to think that it is booting from Disk #1 even if it is really booting from Disk #2, #3, etc.

    2) True hiding partitions with other instances of Windows.

    3) Boot.ini file:
    - set partition(n) to 1,2 or 3 as needed
    - rdisk(0) must always be "zero", to indicate Disk #1.
     
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    That $17 Kingwin looks like a nifty way to use other OSes. I've done something similar- I just swap the boot drive cable to other drives sitting next to the open computer (real PC geeks never put the covers back on their PCs, f**k the FCC).
     
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    Post # 3 above.

    Leave the case covers on! 2½" & 3½" drives!

    https://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-Univ...&sr=1-3&keywords=Kingwin+trayless+mobile+rack

    Connect your C:\ sata cable/power to it. You can now plug your bare C:\hdd in & its back to normal. Instead, plug in a 'new' 2.5" or 3.5" hdd, , & install whatever os you want, from cd dvd usb. I have several of these on diff comps, they all work fine.
     
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