Dual boot using 2 drives-Ultra ATA & IDE

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downhill

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Want to add a 250GB Ulta ATA drive to P4 computer currently booting 98SE on generic IDE HD. Goal is to dual boot - XP Pro on ATA & 98SE on IDE (Reason: Legacy software). Have SATA/150 + Ultra ATA/133 combo PCI card available to install. Current drives on system: 20GB IDE HD, 1 CD-RW, 1 3.5 Floppy. Need to know: 1) Good or bad idea, 2) If good, how to do the job. I am novice level at adding hardware & configuring BIOS.
 

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UATA is IDE. Your generic IDE drive as you refer to it would have to be pretty old and small for it not to be at least ata66. and unless you are going to use overlay software witht he big hard drive win 98 is going to have some real problems with it. Unless of course you partition it so that it is several smaller drives. Win XP will probably handle the Legacy software just fine. If you are talking about software that was originally designed to run win98 as legacy software.
 

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The legacy software are applications that won't run or run poorly under XP. All those apps are installed on my current hard drive. The objective is to modernize the one PC to run XP Pro while maintaining the ability to use the old apps.
 

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Have you installed XP yet? If not, installing it should create a dual boot menu for you....XP or 98.
 
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