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how to dual boot XP and 7 with 2HDD in RAID

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  1. acerzr2

    acerzr2 Thread Starter

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    I am getting ready to build a brand new computer from scratch with 2 WD Velociraptor HDD's. I want to set them up in a RAID 0 for the speed. I also want to dual boot with Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP 32-bit. My question is... what is the proper way to dual boot these 2 operating systems, and will it work with 2 HDD's in RAID 0? As I said, this is a new build that I haven't started yet. I already know how to set up a RAID array. Just don't know how to dual boot.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    Yes

    Its fairly easy, Install XP, create a partition of at least 60gb for XP, leave the rest for W7.
    After XP is installed, install W7, create another partition on the leftover space for W7 to install on.

    Partition creation can be done during XP setup and W7 setup.

    W7 will install a nice bootloader for both OSs.

    Remember with Raid 0, if anything goes wrong with either hard drive, you lose all data.

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  3. acerzr2

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    Mumbodog, thanks for the answer. Will I need to install all of my programs on both partitions? How about Windows updates? Will I need to do updates for both partitions?
     
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    So, if I use Norton Internet Security 2010(3 user pack), this will take up 2 of my 3 users?
    Also, will I have to install drivers for everything separately for both OS's?
     
  6. Michael York

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    Hi acerzr2,

    This is Mike from the Norton Authorized Support Team.

    Since you will have a dual-boot system, you will need to install Norton Internet Security 2010 on both installations of Windows seperately. This will use 2 of the 3 licenses that you purchased.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  7. acerzr2

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    Thanks for the info everyone!
     
  8. Mumbodog

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    Yes.
     
  9. Sami27

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    Download them in one file on xp and install them ,put them on a USB or something,then put the folder on windows 7 and just install them when you need them because with my experience windows 7 needs a lot less drivers than xp
     
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