Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD

Posted: 01-23-2009, 09:37 PM
If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS, how
do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to the other?
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Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD


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Terry R.
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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-23-2009, 10:50 PM
The date and time was Friday, January 23, 2009 1:37:25 PM, and on a
whim, W. eWatson pounded out on the keyboard:
> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS, how
> do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to the other?
You won't have much luck with USB.

I have 5 OS's. I use Boot Magic which is the boot manager included with
Partition Magic. It works great. There are free alternatives and you
can use the XP boot.ini file to multi-boot similar OS's (not Win9x, etc).

Basics here of dual booting:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559


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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-24-2009, 01:41 AM
From: "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net>

| If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS, how
| do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to the other?
| --
| W. eWatson

| (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
| Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

| Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>


As noted, not with USB.

You can do this with SCSI by switching which drive (SCSI ID) on the SCSI bus is chosen to
boot from.

You can do this with E-SATA.

You can do this with SATA using a drive in a removable chassis.

You can do this with EIDE/PATA using a drive in a removable chassis.

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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-24-2009, 03:08 PM
"W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS, how
> do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to the
> other?
> --
> W. eWatson
>
> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>
> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>
Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card interface
capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than the onboard hard
drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and bios capability related.

Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is another
matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very broad term. An
unknown OS booting from that is not known possible based on that data of an
unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware that XP can operated on.

Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable device
and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And, in the
discussion of that within this thread, does not address your question at
all.
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Terry R.
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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-24-2009, 06:14 PM
The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:08:55 AM, and on a
whim, Lil' Dave pounded out on the keyboard:
> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
> news:hMqel.14429$YU2.5251@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS, how
>> do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to the
>> other?
>> --
>> W. eWatson
>>
>> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
>> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>>
>> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>>
>
> Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card interface
> capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than the onboard hard
> drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and bios capability related.
>
> Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is another
> matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very broad term. An
> unknown OS booting from that is not known possible based on that data of an
> unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware that XP can operated on.
>
> Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable device
> and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And, in the
> discussion of that within this thread, does not address your question at
> all.
Hi Dave,

Other than WW figuring out his "removable drive" issue, why does
suggesting a boot manager not address his question? I have separate
drives with 5 OS's on them and use a boot manager. Works perfectly.


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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-24-2009, 06:51 PM
Terry R. wrote:
> The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:08:55 AM, and on a
> whim, Lil' Dave pounded out on the keyboard:
>
>> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
>> news:hMqel.14429$YU2.5251@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>>> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another
>>> OS, how do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from
>>> one to the other?
>>> --
>>> W. eWatson
>>>
>>> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
>>> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>>>
>>> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>>>
>>
>> Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card interface
>> capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than the onboard
>> hard drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and bios
>> capability related.
>>
>> Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is another
>> matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very broad
>> term. An unknown OS booting from that is not known possible based on
>> that data of an unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware that XP
>> can operated on.
>>
>> Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable
>> device and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And, in
>> the discussion of that within this thread, does not address your
>> question at all.
>
> Hi Dave,
>
> Other than WW figuring out his "removable drive" issue, why does
> suggesting a boot manager not address his question? I have separate
> drives with 5 OS's on them and use a boot manager. Works perfectly.
>
>
> Terry R.
Let me give a few more details. I have a removable tray that I can use. My
interest is putting Linux on it. I have vague memories that if I wanted to
install, say, Win98 (I don't!!) on the removable the install process would
ask me what HDD I want it on. The same may be true of Linux. I don't see how
BIOS comes into play here.

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Terry R.
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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-24-2009, 09:02 PM
The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:51:29 AM, and on a
whim, W. eWatson pounded out on the keyboard:
> Terry R. wrote:
>> The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:08:55 AM, and on a
>> whim, Lil' Dave pounded out on the keyboard:
>>
>>> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
>>> news:hMqel.14429$YU2.5251@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>>>> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another
>>>> OS, how do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from
>>>> one to the other?
>>>> --
>>>> W. eWatson
>>>>
>>>> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
>>>> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>>>>
>>>> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>>>>
>>> Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card interface
>>> capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than the onboard
>>> hard drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and bios
>>> capability related.
>>>
>>> Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is another
>>> matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very broad
>>> term. An unknown OS booting from that is not known possible based on
>>> that data of an unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware that XP
>>> can operated on.
>>>
>>> Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable
>>> device and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And, in
>>> the discussion of that within this thread, does not address your
>>> question at all.
>> Hi Dave,
>>
>> Other than WW figuring out his "removable drive" issue, why does
>> suggesting a boot manager not address his question? I have separate
>> drives with 5 OS's on them and use a boot manager. Works perfectly.
>>
>>
>> Terry R.
> Let me give a few more details. I have a removable tray that I can use. My
> interest is putting Linux on it. I have vague memories that if I wanted to
> install, say, Win98 (I don't!!) on the removable the install process would
> ask me what HDD I want it on. The same may be true of Linux. I don't see how
> BIOS comes into play here.
>
Linux will prompt you which drive, so you should be good to go.


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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-25-2009, 04:09 AM
>>> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
>>> news:hMqel.14429$YU2.5251@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>>>> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another OS,
>>>> how do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from one to
>>>> the other?
>>>> --
>>>> W. eWatson
>>>>
>>>> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
>>>> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>>>>
>>>> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>>> Lil' Dave wrote...
>>> Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card interface
>>> capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than the onboard
>>> hard drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and bios capability
>>> related.
>>>
>>> Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is another
>>> matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very broad term.
>>> An unknown OS booting from that is not known possible based on that data
>>> of an unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware that XP can operated
>>> on.
>>>
>>> Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable
>>> device and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And, in
>>> the discussion of that within this thread, does not address your
>>> question at all.
>> Terry R. wrote:
>> Hi Dave,
>>
>> Other than WW figuring out his "removable drive" issue, why does
>> suggesting a boot manager not address his question? I have separate
>> drives with 5 OS's on them and use a boot manager. Works perfectly.
>>
>>
>> Terry R.
> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
> news:uvJel.9472$pr6.3867@flpi149.ffdc.sbc.com...
> Let me give a few more details. I have a removable tray that I can use. My
> interest is putting Linux on it. I have vague memories that if I wanted to
> install, say, Win98 (I don't!!) on the removable the install process would
> ask me what HDD I want it on. The same may be true of Linux. I don't see
> how BIOS comes into play here.
>
> --
> W. eWatson

W. eWatson...
First of all let me say I'm quite unfamiliar with the Linux OS having worked
with it only a very few times in the past. I don't think my lack of
familiarity with that OS matters re my following comments but I wanted to
mention this just in case it would have some impact on your situation.

Using a mobile rack to house a removable HDD would seem to me an excellent
idea in your objective of creating a simple & straightforward process to
boot to different OSs. But I'm not entirely clear as to the precise hardware
configuration you have in mind.

First of all you mention a "removable (tray or USB drive) HDD". These are
quite different types of configurations. I'm going to assume that you would
be considering a removable HDD contained in a mobile rack that's affixed to
a vacant 5 1/4" bay on your desktop machine. I don't think you want to set
up the kind of dual-booting system you have in mind using a USB external HDD
(if that's what you meant when you referred to a "USB drive").

The system considers a removable HDD as an *internal* HDD. I'm assuming you
would be working with two HDDs - an internally-installed HDD and the
removable HDD. On one of those HDDs would be installed the XP OS; on the
other HDD the Linux OS. So that you could easily boot to whatever OS you
want. And the OSs would be physically/electronically separated from each
other.

Alternatively, you could use a removable HDD and have two separate trays
(caddies) one being used to house the XP OS, the other housing the Linux OS.

If you want I could provide you with more details re this type of hardware
configuration, however, before doing so you should provide more details re
the kind of system you'll be working with.

Are these PATA or SATA HDDs?
I assume there's an internally-mounted HDD in your present system, right?
And you do have a vacant 5 1/4" bay to house the mobile rack, yes?

I trust I haven't misunderstood your objective.
Anna



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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-25-2009, 05:31 AM
W. eWatson wrote:
> Terry R. wrote:
>> The date and time was Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:08:55 AM, and on a
>> whim, Lil' Dave pounded out on the keyboard:
>>
>>> "W. eWatson" <notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
>>> news:hMqel.14429$YU2.5251@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>>>> If I want to create a removable (tray or USB drive) HDD to another
>>>> OS, how do I do that with my XP machine? Further how do I boot from
>>>> one to the other?
>>>> --
>>>> W. eWatson
>>>>
>>>> (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
>>>> Obz Site: 39 15' 7" N, 121 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
>>>>
>>>> Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
>>>>
>>>
>>> Depends on your bios, any onboard interface, any add-on card
>>> interface capabilities for true booting from a hard drive other than
>>> the onboard hard drive you normally boot from. Its all hardware and
>>> bios capability related.
>>>
>>> Capability of an OS within the hardware you have on your PC is
>>> another matter in itself. Description as an "XP machine" is a very
>>> broad term. An unknown OS booting from that is not known possible
>>> based on that data of an unknown OS and a broad spectrum of hardware
>>> that XP can operated on.
>>>
>>> Boot managers that use software manipulation to select the bootable
>>> device and/or bootable partition are another matter entirely. And,
>>> in the discussion of that within this thread, does not address your
>>> question at all.
>>
>> Hi Dave,
>>
>> Other than WW figuring out his "removable drive" issue, why does
>> suggesting a boot manager not address his question? I have separate
>> drives with 5 OS's on them and use a boot manager. Works perfectly.
>>
>>
>> Terry R.
> Let me give a few more details. I have a removable tray that I can use.
> My interest is putting Linux on it. I have vague memories that if I
> wanted to install, say, Win98 (I don't!!) on the removable the install
> process would ask me what HDD I want it on. The same may be true of
> Linux. I don't see how BIOS comes into play here.
>
I've got only one question for you. Do you know how to put
an MBR back on a Windows drive ? If you do, then you're ready to
install Linux :-) Good luck.

The above does not apply, if the Linux target hard drive, is the
only hard drive present while the installer is running. I decided
it would be fun to leave three hard drives connected, and the
MBR on my Windows drive was wiped for me.

I wouldn't have tried as many Linux distros as I have, if it
wasn't for a positive experience with Knoppix. Knoppix is a LiveCD
distro. It works fine if run that way, but works less well if
you try to install it to a hard drive. Other distros have
been less cooperative, with some refusing to boot on my new
motherboard. Debian worked fine, but still had bad table
manners. I managed to crash the kernel in five minutes,
using nothing but a new webcam as an "instrument of torture".

Have I got my money's worth ? You bet :-)

I still like Linux for hardware testing.

Another thing about Knoppix - it really likes to have
a swap partition installed on the hard drive. If the
OS is under memory pressure, the garbage collector
cannot keep up. And at times like that, some kind
of swap partition makes all the difference. That is
something I learned purely by accident, and wasn't
mentioned in the documentation I read. Most hard drive
installations, do that step for you.

Paul
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Re: Booting to another OS on a Separate HDD
Posted: 01-25-2009, 10:00 AM
On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 10:51:29 -0800, "W. eWatson"
<notvalid2@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>Let me give a few more details. I have a removable tray that I can use. My
>interest is putting Linux on it. I have vague memories that if I wanted to
>install, say, Win98 (I don't!!) on the removable the install process would
>ask me what HDD I want it on. The same may be true of Linux. I don't see how
>BIOS comes into play here.
The way I see it, if you want to put an operating system on a
removable drive, then it should be self-contained, meaning that the
bios would boot from that drive.
The way to install the os is to physically connect the removable
drive, then go into bios setup to set the bios to boot from the
removable drive. Now when you install the os, the boot code will be
placed on the removable drive, and not on some other drive.
 
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