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SATA DRIVE WITH IED and DUAL BOOT UP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by RogueWarrior, Mar 12, 2007.

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  1. RogueWarrior

    RogueWarrior Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    Thank you in advance for taking the time and interest to help me with some computer issues and questions. I really appreciate it, and appreciate the work you have put into computers to learn, and gain the experience to help others. First so you know who you are dealing with, I have been gaming since about 1983 with a Commodore 64, and then a Commodore 128, and then I moved to a 286. I started with a 300 baud modem, and by the time I had a 900 baud and even an outrageous speed of 1200kps I ran a bulletin board and loved it. I have paid many people to fix my computers and watched them like hawks, asking every question I could think of. So I did tech support for Prodigy, and set up my own computer repair business out of my home. Since I was a Respiratory Therapist and an EMT I called it the PC MEDIC Computer Repair Shop. I am self taught, and know just enough to fix many things, and enough to destroy other things. I really wish my computer knowledge was better rounded.
    SITUATION: I just bought Vista 64 Home Premium, and another 250MB hard drive, only this time; I went with a SATA drive. I am running on a crappy motherboard in my opinion which will be up graded in the next 3-4 months. I am disabled now, after 4 heart attacks, 2 Open Heart Surgeries, numerous angioplasties, and stents, plus a new pulmonary disease that has left me with “3-5 years” I don’t buy that, but sometimes doctors are right. My point being resources are almost nonexistent.
    Motherboard: Chaintech ZNF3-250 socket 754 (I will get a new motherboard, CPU, and memory within 3-6 months.
    CPU: AMD 64 bit 3400
    Memory 1.5GB
    Video: ATI Radeon X1650 Pro AGP with 512 ram
    I have 2 hard drives via IED and 2 DVD burners the same. I also have an external drive via firewire in the ULTRA Mini Port Disk case which I love.
    My computer and power supply are SATA compatible
    According to the Vista Compatibility chart I make the minimal hardware requirements. Namely my CPU speed, everything else seems fine, and as I said in the near future I will upgrade. I just keep my existing system, but will replace the motherboard, CPU, and of course new Ram will be required. Too bad I have Corsair Gaming ram… Oh and a new damn video card as well Dang PCIe & SLi ;-) What you want but can’t afford, wants versus needs…

    QUESTION: Will my computer be able to handle, or any computer for that matter IED drives, PLUS SATA drives? Then I have my external drive as well, which I could get rid of. Or do you have to sick with one or the other. I’d also like to know if there is a program that will allow me to select the operating system, and if so how to go about it doing all this KISS, KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE I was going to unplug my 2 IED drives, and try to install Vista on my new SATA drive. Then plug in the other drives. But I see a major conflict there. Is there an easy way to try VISTA on the new drive, and if I like it add my IED drives? Is there also a way to change or select the OP on boot-up just in case my CPU is not able to handle it, or my gaming pad (Nostromo N52) is not Vista compliant? Like I said I am handicapped, and when I do get out of bed, Battlefield 2142 takes away the time until my wife and kids get home. Otherwise I just lay there, remember my ER, EMT, being a man earning a living, going fishing, and SCUBA diving life, which is now behind me. I really can make time disappear with a good game such as BF2 or 2142…


    Thanks I hope I am not asking the impossible, and jumped the gun on a bigger drive and on purchasing Vista.

    I appreciate you greatly!

    Mark
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  2. Rich-M

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    There is no problem using sata and ide drives in same system, though I would encourage you to start OS with sata drives as they are faster, quieter and will last longer. You have to be certain the bios is set to boot to the correct drive and the easiest way to accomplish that is only plug one drive in while install Vista and then plugging others in afterwards. That will also insure your main drive will be C drive.
    Now if you want Vista to boot several OS then have it be the second install to an already operating XP or whatever else you want to install, and then it will boot both OS.
     
  3. Zugi

    Zugi

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    I have a Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLi Mobo and have 2 SATA hard drives installed. A Western Digital with Win. XP Media Edition and a Seagate with Win XP Home. Is there a way at bootup to select which HD I want to boot?

    Thanx,
    Zugi
     
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