is it possible to install a switch so that you can isolate one hdd.at startup, so i can have an os. one each drive . jim.
Install a HDD caddy,(mine cost a fiver each) then use one for each HDD.
Partition magic comes with a dual boot programme so you can install several Os's onto different partitions or HDDs on the one machine. when the computer boots you choose from the list which OS you want to use. Dead easy.Cheers Lixdexik.
g0nvs thanks for that info, i never thought of that. but i need to keep the hdd's in the m/c for safety because they might get damaged otherwise.thanks all the same. jim.
lixdexik,thanks, but i don't want to partition the drive. i've dual booted before and i don't like it.i just wondered if anyone had tried booting using a selector switch. thanks for the suggestion anyway.jim.
I've not heard of a switch that will do that but I stand to be corrected. Dual boot is by far the best method.
I keep mine in caddies - with fans, so they run cooler than normal as well. I have WinXP on one, and Linspire on the other. Plus a third to hold backups.I actually think it's safer to keep them separate this way, particularly the backup drive.
thanks everyone for your contributions i think i will probably end up using caddies. so i will tick the resolved box. thanks again.jim.
Once you tried, you will ask the following question."Why didn't I do it before?"You do not need to partition, what the boot magic (come with partition magic) is let you select which OS to boot. When you boot into one OS, another one is hidden.
Tomjerrythanks,i maybe will give partition magic a try, which version has boot magic.jim.
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