Boot Xp on 1 drive and Vista x64 on another

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UnknownImp

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I have two drives:
C: 67.4GB with 48.8GB used
F. 298GB with 183GB used

I currently have XP installed on my C: Drive and my F: Drive runs as a secondary expanding my space.
I want to install Windows Vista x64 on the F: Drive but still be able to access the F: Drives files while using the XP OS. I've had multiple suggestions most of which say I shouldn't have the 2 drives connected to my computer at once, The problem I have with that is that it limits my xp to 67.4GB out of a total 376GB available.

BASICALLY anyway of setting up the two OS's that I can use both and still access the F: drive via both operating systems would be great.
 
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My system has two 120 GB drives. What I have done is created two partitions on the first disk:

C:\ Windows Vista
D:\ Windows XP

I used the second whole hard disk as a data drive where I store documents, pictures, etc. In Vista and XP, I have redirected those folders to the data drive, so no matter what OS I boot into, all documents, pictures, etc. point to the same place.
 

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"I used the second whole hard disk as a data drive where I store documents, pictures, etc"

Correct me if I'm wrong but you don't store Data on the first 120GB drive?

" In Vista and XP, I have redirected those folders to the data drive, so no matter what OS I boot into, all documents, pictures, etc. point to the same place."

What do you mean you redirected them?
 
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Correct. The first HD is partitioned, the second one is not. On the first HD, I have Vista on C, and XP on D. So far as redirection goes, you can just redirect where your documents, pictures, etc point to in both XP and Vista.
 

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Going back to your first post. Do you have important data now on the "F" drive?
If so, transport them to a folder on the XP installation. Boot up the Vista 64 bit and install Vista on the ( now empty?) drive. Vista 64 will set up a dual boot automatically. You will be able to access either drive from either OS.
I have never heard of a problem with having the two drives connected at the same time.
 
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Hi, I have a hard drive plus a lacie external drive. I am back to front and have Vista 32 as the main operating system and XP64 as a second. I have no trouble using either partition or ext. drive from either oS. love Mal
 
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