I have a PC with two connections for IDE drives. There is one drive in ot with Windows XP installed on. I got another IDE drive from an older computer with Windows 98 installed on it.
At first, when I istalled the Win98 drive the complete PC tried to startup on the 98Drive. I used FDISK to remove Windows 98 from it and it seemed to have worked.
Only.....when I wanted to startup again, the PC still tried to run from the 98Disk (and crashed in DOS).
The PC is an older Compaq and does not give many options in BIOS. There is no option to input the drive from which I want the PC to startup from.
Does anyone know if there is some program, utility or trick to fix this?
Btw. When I startup with only the WinXP disk it works fine.....but when I then turn on the Win98 disk, the system crashes
True, but it is the BIOS that chooses what disk to try to boot from. So depending on how the BIOS is configured, it will either look for the second disk or give a no OS present warning and just not boot.
Maybe change the jumper settings on the back of the drives to force master/slave? Its been so long since I've meesed with IDE, but if its a 98 era drive it may not do cable select so you'd want to have them configured that way.
I should add, go to the manufacturers site and get the proper strapping/jumpering for the drives, assuming they aren't listed on the drive. The master should be at the end of the ribbon cable and the slave should be in the middle.