Can i run 2 hdd in a computer, each with its own OS? I want to build a comp for my dad, and he has to have XP to run his audio production software. So the computer would have win7 64 on one drive, and win XP 32 on the other. Neither drive would have to access files off the other. I wasn't sure what section to put this in, System building, Win 7, or Storage.
When assembling the system. Connect only on HDD, install Operating system. Verify good installation (Note Does NOT matter which is first XP or Win 7). Power down, disconnect that HDD and connect 2nd HDD. Now install 2nd operating system. When done. Power down and reconnect the first HDD.
When you power on and system is in post Hit the Key that brings up the Boot menu and select which HDD to boot to (on My gigabyte MB it's F12).
If, it is a"store bought" system with say Win 7 installed, Just follow the method above - disconnect HDD w/win7, install 2nd HDD and install XP.
Above method does not require a software Boot managet - A great plus. Which ever drive you boot to will be your "C" drive, and Unless you partion the HDD the other drive will be "D" and fully accessible.
Had my system with 3 sets of HDDs, vista, XP, and Win 7 RC - worked great.
What's wrong with a proper dual boot system? Install the older operating system first and then the newer operating system. You will then get a boot menu enabling you to choose which operating system you want to load.