I have just been looking through previous threads regarding a dual booot system as described in the title of this thread. My current system is running XP home on a 30GB HDD and I have got a new 80GB HDD. What I planned to do is install XP Home onto the new drive and then have a dual boot with the other. However this is only if the question i am going to ask will work. So here goes. If I boot into the new HDD XP will I be able to see the other HDD? The reason being it would then be easier for me to copy a lot of my files across to the new HDD. I know some might be thinking why dont you just copy the whole HDD across but I really want to do a clean install of XP and all programs I use onto the new HDD. Cheers.
I need to keep a lot of the files so dont wanna delete them. Plus my original HDD will be closer to failure than the new so this will become my slave eventually. I was trying to avoid saving aload of stuff to cd but I think I'll partition the new one and save what i need onto that and then install XP onto the other partition. I also wanted to keep everything ruinning on the old HDD so that there is still access to the internet and programs while I take a while to get everything sorted on the new HDD.
Try HyperOs. It provides facilities for multiple copies of the OS (up to 22 windows installations from win95 through to longhorn) Each partition is visible to the other. Backup system images and restores via drag and drop. Absolutely fantastic bit of software, though not real cheap. Has saved me ££££s in reinstall time over the last two and a half years. One system stable for that long?? I know it sounds improbable, but it is true. I run three copies of W98SE and 4 copies of XP pro on the same PC to do different jobs. look at their site - click here