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Solved: 2 OS HD's on same Asus mother board?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bumbledor, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. Bumbledor

    Bumbledor Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2006
    Ok. I know I can have both of these drives on the same mother board, but here is the problem.

    I was hoping that I could access the windows xp system, with the windows 7 system, so that we could transfer files..

    My Asus motherboard sees both drives, but will NOT allow me to select them as boot drives..
    In other words, I have to select 1, and cannot select the other, even though I have 4 options.. A HD, a CD/DVD, a Removable or nothing.

    In the hard drives section, I can see all 3 drives,. but when I go to the set boot section, it will only allow me to select one of the two os systems.

    I currently have a 120 Gig maxitor with windows xp
    a 500 Gig WD with windows 7
    a 1TB Toshiba for storage.

    I want to be able to access them all from windows 7, if that is possible..
    Will I be able to access the xp disk from windows 7?

    And last, No matter which one I set it to boot, if I hit F8 during boot up I can select which operating system to use.. so thats not a problem..

  2. huggie54


    Feb 17, 2008
    hi ,when running from windows 7 your xp os should be seen as drive "D" have you set the xp drive to share? set one of my PCs up with XP on drive A,Installed 7 on drive B,at startup i am offered which OS to run,it does not matter which OS i am in i can see and access the other drive.
  3. Bumbledor

    Bumbledor Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2006
    well, my asus Mother board sees all 3 SATA drives that I have installed.

    1. Maxitor 120g with windows xp
    1 Western Digital 500 Gig with Windows 7
    1 Toshiba 1TB that is a storage drive

    It lists the maxitor and the WD as SA and the Toshiba as an SD for the sata ports.
    (or something like that..).. the 2 are seen as one kind, the storage as another..

    Now Setting up bios to boot, it will only let me choose one of the 2 OS drives.. so right now I have XP set up as the default.

    Now I can still boot to Win 7, if i hit the F8 key as my system boots up..

    Unfortintaly im on a wireless card to access the internet.. it has XP drivers, but not windows 7 drivers so Im on my way to the store to get a newer wireless card.
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